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    2003 Cavalier won't start

    Hi all,
    I'm new here and just trying to get my wife's car running again. She has a 2003 Cavalier with the 2.2 ecotec engine and it won't start. The starter cranks the engine very slowly (at times) but not fast enough to start it. It really doesn't seem to make any difference (in cranking speed) if I have the battery charger hooked up while cranking. The starter has sounded weak for the past few months (cranking hard) but the car always started.

    Is the starter located on the front left side of the engine, basically behind the radiator and inside of the left wheel?

    Troubleshooting tips would be very helpful. Thanks

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    the starter is right behind the radiator, at the bottom center of the engine.

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    How difficult is it to change this starter by yourself? Does it come off with 2 mounting bolts and the wiring or is there more to it?

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    some good extensions and wobble-head sockets, and it's easy. I've done mine by myself in about a half hour, removed and installed.

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    I think it would be easier to swap the starter from the bottom of the car.

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    I think it would be easier to swap the starter from the bottom of the car.
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    it is.

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    Thanks, I imagine they are metric bolts? I really am not dumb or lazy, it is -50 degrees outside and as you can imagine, I really don't want to be laying out on frozen ground for long periods of time. I'd like to be prepared for anything once I get started. Any little details you can remember to help is greatly appreciated.

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    10, 11, 15, 17mm sockets I think. I'm not gonna swear to ya.

    disconnect the battery first, as you don't wanna be arc welding under there. remove the wires going to the starter. there's a bolt underneath that's easy to get to. the one that sucks is the one on top towards the block. that's where the extensions and wobble-head sockets come in. take the starter down to Napa or Autozone for testing.

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    Thanks for the help. I should be able to get the starter tested tomorrow. Wife has the truck today.

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    good luck its not hard either way you do it, if you from the top it will be easier once your inthere, from the button it will be tighter, i say go in from the top take the intake manifold off, and you have all the play room u need, just get urself a basic tool set, rachet sockets and a swivels, and the starter is sitting right there, same for the alternator, easy to take off and on, good luck hope that fixes ur issue


    p.s. if you need a good deal on a alternator i mgith be able to hook u up


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    Update: It took a little while to get the car up in the air and supported with a jackstand. Tools I used to remove battery cables and starter were: 1/4" drive ratchet and 3" extension with 8mm and 13mm sockets. (battery cables and starter wiring) Next I used a 3/8 drive ratchet, 15mm socket, and 2 extensions 3" long coupled together to get the top (difficult) bolt out. All that remained was the lower easy bolt and the starter came right off. Less than 10 minutes removal time (after the car was safely supported on a jackstand) in -50 degree actual air temps. Now to get it to town and have it tested.

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    took me a whle to relize ur not in a cobalt ,lol, i was like battery, we dont have a battery in the, than i was like douh


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