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2004 Chevy Cavalier - car cranks over but doesn't start

Several weeks ago, I ran out of gas on the highway because my gas gauge was showing 1/4 of a tank. Trying to start it dry (not realizing I had run out of gas) destroyed my fuel pump, and my battery magically died overnight after I had it towed home. So in the last three weeks, I've replaced: the battery, the fuel pump, all four spark plugs, and the fuel filter. After all this work, my car cranks over, the engine is receiving gas, but it still doesn't start. :( We're thinking it could be something with the ignition module but supposedly there's no way to test it out of the car and I'd rather not pay to have it towed again since I've spent upwards of $500 in the last few weeks already. Any suggestions?

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Ignition module or crankshaft postion sensor . Test it in the vehicle , test light , volt meter . Videos on youtube .
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SOURCE: 1997 Chev Cavalier hard starting

it sounds like the check valve in the fuel pump is letting the fuel bleed back into the tank

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SOURCE: 98 chevy camaro wont start

check fuel pressure regulator

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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SOURCE: 1992 chevy corsica runs rough,stall or dies after stopping

Sounds the EGR valve and EVP sen is bad even if you tested it. The EGR valve cntrols idle and if carbon up will make the car stall or idle high and low (rpms going up and down) This was common on all cars during that time. I would say replace the EGR valve and senosr. This should take care of the problem. One more thing have the fuel pressure check on the car.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

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SOURCE: 2000 chevy venture doesnt start

Not the IAC, or MAF, or 02

Does the Van Crank over?
Have you checked the IGN Relays? 1,2,and 3?
How did the Battery test out?
Anything below 11.9v battery is dead.
So I suggest that you do not throw any more parts and check the battery again.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Cranks, but wont start, sometimes starts and dies immediately

check control mod

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Well, let me try to say this without being too offensive.....
Your car only quit running on you once. I find it really hard to believe that all of the parts you replaced so far, needed to be replaced to get the engine running again. It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that all of these "failures" would occur all at the same time.

You would rather pay for $500+ in parts that the car apparently did not need, than to pay to have it towed to a shop where they have the knowledge, training and equipment necessary to properly diagnose the vehicle and get it running again? And now you want someone to tell you what is causing the problem with your vehicle without the benifit of any diagnostic testing?

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