Alternator or maybe electrical?

Lisa Richardson

Asked by Sep 03, 2014 at 02:42 AM about the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My battery light started coming on, and Les Schwab tested the battery and alternator
and said they were fine. I had been told a few months before that my starter was going
out, so when the car wouldn't start, a mechanic replaced the starter. The battery light
started coming on again within a day, and then the A/C and radio would go on and off,
and then the airbag light started coming on. After a day of this, when I turned off the car
it wouldn't start again.  I tried getting it jumped, but it will start but dies when you try to
put it in drive or reverse. Any suggestions before I just let a shop start working on the
problem?  I'm financially challenged, so if it's possible to rule some things out, I'd like

3 Answers


Check your battery cables connection. Make sure that they are tight and clean.

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owning a car, and being "financially challenged" is the big problem- you will need a GOOD mechanic to back you up- I would say take it back to the guy who put the starter in, but it sounds like he is incompetent, if he can't put a starter in without messing everything up-

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Lisa Richardson

Ended up being the alternator. Thanks guys!

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