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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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2009 Chevy Cobalt LS XFE Intermittently Won't Start for 5 - 15 Minutes

Hello, I've been having problems starting my manual 2009 Chevy Cobalt LS XFE (~26,000 miles). It intermittently won't start after being off for a while (usually on cold days). After about 5 - 10 minutes it magically starts on the first try again like nothing was wrong. Last week it happened 5 out of 6 times I tried to use the car in a three day period, but as soon as I took it to the dealership it stopped happening, of course.

I was told by the dealership that it won't be covered anymore once my warranty expires in a month, as they can't replicate it. Needless to say I'm not happy at all and need this fixed. I can't have a car that's unreliable and it's already made me late for work twice in a week.

Here's a video showing it happening:

If anyone knows what is going on and how I can prove it and get it covered by my warranty, please let me know!
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It almost looks like the clutch switch is bad or intermittent. Make sure your mat wasn't bunched up under clutch pedal.

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It almost looks like the clutch switch is bad or intermittent. Make sure your mat wasn't bunched up under clutch pedal.
I'm fairly sure the clutch has been down all the way every time and the mat has never shifted out of place on me, but I'll make absolutely sure next time it happens. I'll add the clutch switch to the list of things to bring up as possibilities to the dealership.

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With your car in neutral try turning the key without depressing the clutch to see if symtoms are exactly alike. This will get you closer to a possible bad clutch switch. If symptoms are different then you have to look for something else.

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Please let me know when you're going to visit the dealership again, if you like. I am happy to follow up with them. Shoot me a private message with the name of your dealership, as well as your information.

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With your car in neutral try turning the key without depressing the clutch to see if symtoms are exactly alike. This will get you closer to a possible bad clutch switch. If symptoms are different then you have to look for something else.
The car is still at the dealership until I get a chance to pick it up, so I'll give that a try this weekend. Thanks for the ideas.

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Please let me know when you're going to visit the dealership again, if you like. I am happy to follow up with them. Shoot me a private message with the name of your dealership, as well as your information.

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Thank you, I'll be messaging you shortly.

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Please let me know when you're going to visit the dealership again, if you like. I am happy to follow up with them. Shoot me a private message with the name of your dealership, as well as your information.

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Unfortunately the forum won't let me send you a private message until I have 10 posts. Is there a way I can email you the information?
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Same problem a while ago.
It's the ignition switch.
You can try cleaning it with some electrical cleaner and then blowing air in it with a compressor so there would be no damage.
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Same problem a while ago.
It's the ignition switch.
You can try cleaning it with some electrical cleaner and then blowing air in it with a compressor so there would be no damage.
Yours had the exact same symptoms, including miraculously starting like normal 5 - 15 minutes later?
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Sure - send an email to [email protected], and put in the subject bar: "To Sarah, yourcobalt.com forum"

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Sure - send an email to [email protected], and put in the subject bar: "To Sarah, yourcobalt.com forum"

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Thank you, I sent it.
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