2001 Cavalier won't start & the BCM/R...

2001 Cavalier won't start & the BCM/RFA clicks

Neil

Hamilton, Canada

#1 Oct 3, 2007
Hello everyone. For the last month, on and off, I have gotten into my car and it does not want to turn on. I can keep trying and then let it sit for five minutes and then it will come to life as if nothing happened!! When I try to start the car and it fails I hear a clicking (which I traced to the BCM/RFA 09388219 by Delphi Automotive Systems -- What is this?). I have figured it is the Ignition Switch. What do you think.
Ken

United States

#2 Oct 19, 2007
Hello,

That black box is called a Body Control Module (BCM). It controls all kinds of things (dash/interior lighting, etc.) that will drive you nuts trying to figure out what's going on with your car when it starts acting possessed.
It seems to me this part was invented to replace something else...but has never worked very good and has had alot of malfunctions. From what i've been reading, this is only an issue on Chevrolets.
Another inferior foreign-made part put into an American vehicle....and they (GM,FOrd,Chrysler) wonder why HONDA and Toyota are right up their asses in the automotive markets.
Daddyo

United States

#3 Oct 24, 2007
happened to me to.you have to replace BCM thats located under dash by drivers left foot.dealer item only an very pricey.$225.00.then you have to have it flashed at the dealer only.$99.00.its not to hard to do but you have no choice.Good Luck Neil.
Anonamus Coward

Loveland, OH

#4 Oct 29, 2007
Is there a reset switch? Or is it if this thing gives you an issue yanking it is the only option??
SDCHV

Plover, WI

#5 Nov 11, 2007
I'm having a problem starting, but without the clicks.
robbie

Centerburg, OH

#6 Aug 26, 2009
I have a cavalier also and i think the bcm is a problem but im not positive. I have a battery drain where if the car sits a day or two its dead. I have traced the problem to be the bcm. I unplug it and the drain goes away. I dont know if its the bcm or something the bcm controls. I'm stuck. anything anyone?????
n0 m3chanic

United States

#7 Sep 11, 2009
I have '02 cav w/ 250K+ mi & have had strange elect issues since about 100k. intermittently no brake lites &/or elect door locks..lasted about 1/2 in the beginning..after about a year of this, finally stopped altogether. found, when the fuse was pulled, voltage on load-side. never figured-out where it was coming from, so I bypassed the fuseblock & wiring & ran battery right to the switch. currently have an issue that burns out the headlite/turn/haz cluster every couple months, but doesn't blow any fuse...& the cluster gets REALLY hot, so I know there's a current issue. from the cheesy manual I have, it may be a BCM issue(s). Do we have to buy new...how about a junk yard ?
Barry

Denver, CO

#8 Nov 24, 2009
robbie wrote:
I have a cavalier also and i think the bcm is a problem but im not positive. I have a battery drain where if the car sits a day or two its dead. I have traced the problem to be the bcm. I unplug it and the drain goes away. I dont know if its the bcm or something the bcm controls. I'm stuck. anything anyone?????
Hi Robbie, I have the same issues...have you figured out the problem?
Tom

United States

#9 Mar 29, 2010
y 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier will not start. I drove to the store and on the way back the ABS light, Trac Off light and the Brake light came on then When I parked it and turned off the engine and went to start it back up the indicator lights come on but the car fuel pump comes on but it acts as if the solenoid is getting no power. Could this be cause by the BCM ?
jab

Williamston, SC

#10 Sep 11, 2011
hey i have a 2002 and it is doing some of the similar things yours is doing. all the dash lights are blinking on and off and where the mileage is it says error?????? why i dont know the gear shift locks somethimes and sometimes it dont its sounds crazy i know but true......I replaced ignition switch and bcm and still doing all the same as day 1..... any suggestions please...
bob

London, Canada

#11 Oct 3, 2011
jab wrote:
hey i have a 2002 and it is doing some of the similar things yours is doing. all the dash lights are blinking on and off and where the mileage is it says error?????? why i dont know the gear shift locks somethimes and sometimes it dont its sounds crazy i know but true......I replaced ignition switch and bcm and still doing all the same as day 1..... any suggestions please...
hey did you have any luck mine is doing same thing don't have a clue
bob

London, Canada

#12 Oct 4, 2011
bob wrote:
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hey did you have any luck mine is doing same thing don't have a clue
it was a security problem had to put key in the on position for 10 minutes do this 3 times without starting car then start it hope your battery is good you can put a trickle charger on it while you do it or boost your battery then you have to go to dealer or someone with communicator to re-program the security code
Mandy

Littleton, CO

#13 Oct 28, 2011
Wow!! I am glad I decided to see if anything was out there... We had our first cold snap and had a problem starting my cavalier, I moved the gear from park to 2nd a few times and then it started, but went out this morning and no go. I have all the lights and everthing goes on but the car. WIERD!!
don

United States

#14 Mar 16, 2012
i have a 04 2.2 will not run has fuel spark etc whats crazy ia when battery is almost dead is when it tries to start
Helo

Germany

#15 Oct 19, 2012
Delphi is an American company btw, so your "foreign made inferior product" is the usual american crap
roy

Maryland Heights, MO

#16 Dec 6, 2012
i have a 1999 chevy cavalier with over 100,ooo miles on ,but runs fine, but over night the battery go dead had every thing check ,ok. took ground cable it sparked so i put test lite between cable and bay. lite come on. so i got a dead short. pull every fuse out ,under dash and under hood. lite stays on . then all at once a black box begins to click i unplug its middle wires it stops. can i get some help ,, please
roy

Maryland Heights, MO

#17 Dec 6, 2012
Barry wrote:
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Hi Robbie, I have the same issues...have you figured out the problem?
hi this is Roy have the same problem , any fix yet?
Bill

Schaumburg, IL

#18 Jul 1, 2013
This BCM is a real work of art...My Mothers 99 Cav has "all" the idiot lights lit..no tach, no radio. etc. Learning if you try and play the radio it wont start. It clicks on and off while driving..all the while the car runs and starts fine..holding off paying the $$hundreds for a replacment until it just wont start.
Gary

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Jun 24, 2014
Does any one know where the rest buton is located on a 2001.
Sherry

Bladensburg, MD

#20 Jan 17, 2017
Let mask I have a 2002 cavalier I drive it battery goes dead alternater is good battery. Is good what could be draining it

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