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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 152004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Theft system light started flashing and car wouldnt start. Tried to start several times with no success. Disconnected /reconnected battery attempted to start again with no success. Tried to start again several hours later and car started just fine. This has happened approximately 5 times since the first incident occured.nothing out of the ordinary seemed wrong car drove just fine. There is no link between this happening wether we just drove it or it sat all night it has occured either way. We purchased the car used from a dealer and was never aware of any theft system at all. As far as we know there isnt one in this vehicle.

- Safford, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 071998


  • miles
Sometimes during the initial start-up the car will crank. You have to remove the fuse for the theft-system and disconnect the battery cables and wait at least 30 minutes to let the computer reboot itself. This has happened two times during driving where the car accelerates by itself and then dies. And after you get it started the theft-system warning light stays on. Until you turn the car off and then back on.

- Aurora, IL, USA

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