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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

The most likely from my experience of this happening are - Worn/burnt contacts in the starter solenoid Worn starter motor brushes Bad connection between the high current cable and the starter ...
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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

What you are describing is known as a 'lazy' starter. Starters take a lot of power to run, enough energy to injure a human, so to protect the carbon unit between the pedal and the wheel automakers use ...
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Can't find schrader valve

As long as you have Tuned Port Injection (TPI), the Schrader valve is located at the back of the fuel rail on the passenger side (near the distributor). You have to use a 90° elbow in order to attach ...
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fuel system problem

On most fuel injected cars where you can hear the pump turn on, once the system is up to pressure, the pump won't re-engage until it needs to. One easy way to test this is to turn the car on, but don'...
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BRAKE ROTOR RUST

The best way I'm aware of to cure this is to get zinc coated rotors. While the zinc in the wear areas (where the brake is applied) wears off quickly, all the rest of the brake remains coated in zinc ...
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Help with wheel lock

To remove it, the easiest way I've seen is to get a sacrificial socket of the proper size (just a bit smaller than the lug) and drive it onto the wheel lock using a hammer. If done correctly, you can ...
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94 Z28 LT1 Camaro. Intermittent stalling/starting problem. Been haunting me forever

There are two places this could be: ICM or Optispark. The intermittent nature of it leads me to believe it is ignition related. On your year of LT1, ignition issues can pretty much be boiled down to ...
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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

As I've stated in the comments, because of how you describe things happening ... I'm taking a different tact than the other answers. I don't believe your issue is being caused by the battery or the ...
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Bulb confusion - 1995 Camaro front turn signal

You probably already know this, but the difference is the connector. The bulb itself is basically the same. Your best bet is to pull your current bulb and see how the connector is. This will give you ...
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How to actually measure a T-Top on an IROC-Z

The easiest way to quickly identify which type you have is to measure the t-top glass length where the glass fits under the center t-bar: Factory Installed T-Tops (Fisher) = 30 1/4" & ...
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Should the rear brakes get hotter than the front in a RWD vehicle?

Usually it's the front brakes that heat up as this is where most braking resistance comes from. Could be a handbrake issue though. If your handbrake did not release completely it could apply a small ...
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Slow acceleration when pressing hard on the gas

If you suspect the loose rocks may have caused this: check the air intake for cracks and leaks (leaning out the mixture too much) look at the steel fuel lines for kinks (poor fuel delivery) inspect ...
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1997 Chevy Camaro, remote start works but key does not

Here is the factory wiring diagram, so there are several possibilities why it will not start with the key. If it has an aftermarket remote start system this can make diagnosis more complicated ...
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1997 Chevy Camaro, remote start works but key does not

Sounds like the ignition switch, but it could possibly be a fuse. A couple things to test. Check any fuses related to starting. I think I would start by removing the steering column cover so you ...
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Will a Supercharger change the point at which an engine redlines?

I run a supercharger on my race car and it will definitely affect the safe RPM limit of a motor, the red line, as it increases the stresses of the internal components, the factory settings do not ...
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Will a Supercharger change the point at which an engine redlines?

I don't have any empirical evidence for you, so this is mostly opinion. IMHO, a supercharger will not change a redline. The redline is a factor of the mechanical abilities of the engine (internal ...
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My 1994 Camaro z-28 no start condition. Local mechanic says engine toast

If it quit running and/or won't start, it's more than likely the Optispark (the LT1 distributor) which is bad (ie: cranks but won't start ... never had an issue before). If you've never replaced it (...
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Oil change problems 2013 chevy camaro

Maybe you drained the transmission and added oil to the engine?.
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2010 camaro v6 camshaft position sensor

P0017 code is not for the camshaft position sensor, but telling you the bank 1 exhaust camshaft is out of time with the rest of the engine. This can be caused from several different reasons, none of ...
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Help with wheel lock

The official dealer will be able to sell you the correct replacement, owners are well-known for loosing them. You can sometimes find them on the bay of fleas, including complete sets. I have removed ...
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Engine problems ( I think its the man working on my car)

Get a new mechanic. If you can't trust the person working on your car, you need someone else that you can trust. Is the fuel old? If so, your mechanic should start by flushing it all out and replacing ...
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Do I need a tune with minor bolt-ons?

Note: Since you didn't put the model of your Camaro, I'm talking specifically to the V8 version, whether an LS3 or L99 version. What I'm stating will apply to the V6 version as well, but without as ...
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1999 Camaro engine noise

Might be rod knock or the pump going bad since I’m increases with rpm and at crushing rpm is low so the issues like these are masked. Something rubbing on the belt causing squealing?
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1999 camaro overheating

Assuming it's not leaking coolant and it wasn't just low on coolant, this is optimistically just a failed thermostat or a failed water-pump. If it is leaking, it's probably a failed water pump or a ...
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Engine running rough and a "Service StabiliTrak" message after vehicle has been sitting, why?

Keep in mind that the starter requires vastly more power than anything else in the car. Just because the lights turn on doesn't mean the starter is going to have enough power. Given the low voltage, ...
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Nothing comes to life when I turn the key

Turn the key OFF and remove it. Hit horn. On most american cars, the horn should work with the key out. If the horn does not work, it is something electrical - closer to the battery, probably ...
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Nothing comes to life when I turn the key

things to look at: bad battery terminals. typically when the car cranks it will sound normal even if the cables are loose but loose / frayed battery cables can shut everything off if they don't give ...
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1997 Chevy Camaro, remote start works but key does not

Was wondering if the neutral safety switch (auto) or clutch start switch (manual) is out (depending on your tranny). Your remote start would not be factory (didn't make them factory). It could be ...
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I have a '67 Camaro 350 with a starter that will not work when hot

I agree with much of what Moab wrote. Often times when a car gets to the age this one is, all of the connections get worn or dirty and have more resistance than they should. Add heat to a starter, and ...
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I have a '67 Camaro 350 with a starter that will not work when hot

Most common problem those years, usually it is a wiring issue, wiring to solenoid start terminals gets burnt near the starter where it is close to the exhaust manifold. also the ignition switch gets ...
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