My 2002 Chevy Cavalier is having a problem with the ignition.

Asked by Sep 22, 2015 at 09:59 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It starts up just fine, but in order to shift gears, I have to hold the key in the
ignition at a certain angle until the radio light comes on, then it is no problem.
Until it starts to rain, then I have to hold the key at a certain angle in order to
get the wipers to turn on, and have the time it still doesn't work.  was told that
it could be the ignition switch, but I can't find a way to test it. Any suggestions?

2 Answers

101,565

You are testing it, by the way you have to hold it to get accessoriesto work in the car. You need a new ignition switch..

Update: Car won't start at all now. Before I was able to replace the ignition switch, I was driving down the freeway and the car completely died in mid-driving. I pulled over to the side of the road and luckily a friend came by. He helped me try to jump it, but that did nothing and when I tried to turn the key, nothing happened at all. Next day we tow it home, I replaced the ignition switch and that made it so it dings when the keys are in the ignition, but it still doesn't crank and the dash lights don't come on. The headlights and interior light both work fine and all the fuses are good as well. What do I do now?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2002 Chevy Cavalier starting problem. 4 answers

    My girl friends 2002 Chevy Cavalier will start for only a second and just dies. When we can get it to start it will run nice and smooth without a miss. What could be the cause for this?

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 cavalier won't start 15 answers

    2002 cavalier won't start. No crank. Lights work. Makes kinda of a crackling sound when trying to crank. Noise seems to be coming from right in front of dash under the hood.

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 Chevy Cavalier: Won't Start 1 answer

    Ignition switch went out (got stuck in the on position), replaced ignition switch to find out i drained my battery, got battery recharged and now car wont start. I have done tons of trouble shooting...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a 02 Chevy Cavalier 4dr 2.2 base engine LS that has been experiencing a major charging system problem for 2 years. 25 answers

    Changing out both the alternator and battery with brand new ones will now only allow around 2 hrs of operation before failure. Each time (over 5 times) both the alternator fails and the brand new bat...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 chevy cavalier wont start 3 answers

    i have a 2002 Chevy cavalier, and yesterday while sitting at mc donalds drive thru it just turned off like it.. just ran out of gas but the tank is on a half..it wont start up, took out the crank fus...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Search Chevrolet Cavalier Questions

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,920
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,300
#3 mbar1
mbar1
Reputation 1,180
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Malibu
948 Great Deals out of 79,664 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
657 Great Deals out of 88,603 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
226 Great Deals out of 30,943 listings starting at $1,217
Used Chevrolet Impala
521 Great Deals out of 31,726 listings starting at $1,450
Used Ford Mustang
472 Great Deals out of 45,735 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Corolla
784 Great Deals out of 73,831 listings starting at $1,995
Used Pontiac Sunfire
310 listings starting at $3,975
Used Ford Focus
539 Great Deals out of 57,171 listings starting at $1,095
Used Honda Accord
813 Great Deals out of 84,287 listings starting at $1,050
Used Chevrolet Corvette
120 Great Deals out of 20,753 listings starting at $3,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,716 Great Deals out of 175,751 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota Camry
999 Great Deals out of 90,916 listings starting at $650
Used Ford Taurus
246 Great Deals out of 20,434 listings starting at $699

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.