Car won't start

Asked by Jan 31, 2016 at 04:01 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier VL Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've changed the head gasket timing chain water pump and anything else you
can think of...timing marks are in position and car still won't crank all its doing
is spinning but won't turn over.,..its trying to start but just won't...any ideas?

2 Answers


Did you do any testing before you worked on it? If it cranks good but won't start, have a helper crank it while you visually check for spark at the spark plugs. If spark everywhere, use a gage and check proper fuel pressure. Check fuel injector pulse. Can you check for applicable trouble codes. If the cranking rpms are faster than normal, two things to check, one is that the starter drive gear is properly engaging the flywheel or, no cylinder compression for some reason.

Get you a Scan Tool and plug it into your car and see exactly what is wrong with it. Or else you'll be replacing a lot of other things. It could be fuel pump, Crankshaft or Camshaft position sensor or MAF or Air Intake Temperature sensor. Get a Multimeter and test Coils. Like I said it could be a number of things. Scan your vehicle codes.

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