2004 Chevy cavalier won't start

Asked by Nov 15, 2014 at 11:13 PM about the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2004 Chevy cavalier won't start
unless I jump it. It runs fine
throughout the day. I have to jump it
in order for it to run. New battery. No
corrosion to the battery plugs.
Alternator fairly new. Timing belt
doesn't skip not does it make a
noise. Confused to what else could
be wrong. Please help!!!

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Does it need a jump every time you need to start it or just the first time in the morning?

I usually need to jump start it after 8 or so hours. I've only had it for a week. It's suppose to be my "winter beater". One mechanic said it could be an electrical problem yet doesn't want to deal with it.

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Most likely you have a small draw on the battery. If you do not want to chase it down you could invest in a battery tinder and plug it in every night. I would invest an hour of time and connect a light to the battery then start pulling fuses. When the light dims or goes out you will have found your problem area. Follow your wires from there and find your problem on check parts. Most draws on the battery are created from aftermarket items such as radios, i pods, gauge packages, amps, alarm systems, ect After that check Carfax for the last place it was serviced. That may give you a clue as too what the last repairs were if you do not have a history.

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