Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Chevrolet Lumina Maintenance and Repair



  • 1996 LS model with 125K on it, the problems are as listed
    Power steering
    - Will work on and off
    Won't start after X number of starts
    - All electronics will start and turn on, engine won't do anything
    Whenever it does decide to start
    - Clicking noise that eventually goes away
    - It will hesitate on acceleration, flooring it will make it go but nothing other than that
  • diddy1diddy1 Posts: 2
    engine hesitate like it want to cut off!
  • tphmaggietphmaggie Posts: 2
    I turn my car on and every thing electrical works. Battery is good. Starter works. Will not communicate with Autotech II.
  • bigdograinbigdograin Posts: 3
    what is a code 35 on a 1991 chevy lumina is my computer faulty car will not start at all ran fine yesterday but had one stall but started right away. now will not start at all changed map sensor. just put fuel injector cleaner in the fuel could it have an effect.
  • wzbzjmnwzbzjmn Posts: 4
    I have a 1991 chevey Lumina/euro 3.1 engine. I am having trouble with the engine sputtering like it isn't getting gas. This problem is intermittant and seems to happen when I decelerate. It almost seems like the engne is going to cut off but I just keep pumping the gas and then it goes back to normal. Is this a gas or electrical problem or could it be caused by the temp sensor or any sensor sending the wrong info to the computer. Where do I start.....Help!
  • yeah if your car at least turns over. but will not start you could have a lot of problems. check your sensors. do a manual diagnostic. i recommend getting a chiltons book. but test the exaust regulator solenoid. if no take your o2 sensor out. if it is very black then their is probly a block in your catalatic converter. seems like these cars are getting notorious for burnt heads and exaust problems. oh yeah and for all you lumina owners take care of the undercarriage. tends to rust and cause a lot of problems.
  • does smoke tend to come out of the manifolds when it starts to get hot. sounds. like you have a caytalatic converter that is plugged. change that .
  • wzbzjmnwzbzjmn Posts: 4
    I recently bought a 1991 Lumina from a friend who had the same problem. He had the torque converter clutch replaced. That solved the problem with it not going into gear, but he also had a hesitation when he was on the freeway. I have inherited this problem. I getting a 42 code which indicates a faulty circuit or short in the EST (Electric Spark Timing) System. Also I've heard it could be the VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor). I Also need to replace my Catalytic Converter, but would that cause the car to hesitat so bad. And isn't there something else wrong with the cars performance to have the catalytic converter go out in the first place? does anyone know?
  • wzbzjmnwzbzjmn Posts: 4
    Check your EST circuitry, for shorts or shorts to ground. Are you getting codes?
  • luminalumina Posts: 1
    Encendió luz de presion baja de aceite teniendo el nivel de aceite normal y encendió luz de seguridad; el motor se detuvo no pudiendo hacerlo funcionar.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,822
    Hola lumina,
    Lo siento, pero nosotros hablamos ingles exclusivamente aqui en estos foros. Se necesita buscar un sitio hispanohablante para la problema de su Lumina.

    Need help navigating? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.
    Share your vehicle reviews

  • fuzz26fuzz26 Posts: 1
    check you MASS airflow sensor, map sensor and or see if your air plenum on top the engine is cracked or not
  • I have a 1993 Lumina Euro 3.1, it has 120k on it and the overdrive gear is going out on me it will slip when i try to speed up on the highway unless i force a downshift by hitting the gas or moving the shifter, i also have a trans for a 2000 chevy malibu, it is a 4speed auto and i am wondering if i will be able to swap it out, they are a different trans but they are bolth 4speed, i think i will be able to do it if i get the ECM from a malibu but i am not sure, can some one give me some input on the subject?

  • use your money to buy a car that doesn't look like grandma's! my lumina is a great car except the fact that it looks like it should have soccer balls and shin guards in the back seat...
  • if your cat needs to be replaced because it's rattling there is a good possibilty that your exhaust has excessive back pressure, which is hard to diagnose without running a back pressure test. your exhaust my seem fine, by listening and feeling but without doing a back pressure test u won't know. u should be n the area of around 2-6 psi backpressure much more than that will cause stalling and hesitation . if u have no access to back pressure testers you can remove your o2 sensor in front of the cat to let the exhaust escape or unbolt ur exhaust at the manafold. it'll be loud but if it runs better that was ur problem. also back pressure will cause the computer to belive that your other sensors mey be feeding fals info when really there fine, such as throttle position sensors, M.A.P. , M.A.S. O2. this will in turn cause erratic shifting of your tranny and also a huge loss of power and fuel economy. now after this is determind, u still have to know what caused your cat to be fried n the first place. don't replace it untill u fix the problem or u'll fry your new one .check out that EST problem that can casue rich fuel mixtures that will fry ur cat. also engine coolant will fry a cat in minutes. if you have had head gasket problems of allowed coolant into your combustion chamber that may have been your problem.never diagnose a bad tranny untill your engine is running good. hope i helped. good luck
  • at a gas station my bottom radiator hose got a hole so i replaced it and filled the radiator back up with coolant. there was a sticker in the engine compartment saying that there is a certain way to fill the radiator back up it said to refer to my owners manual for instructions. but it didn't give me a procedure to follow just info about how to mix the coolant and water. so i just filled it normally and now the low coolant light keeps coming on but radiator is full and the over flow tank is full. so dose anyone know the proper procedure?
  • Yes you have help alot now i know where to start, i have worked on lots of car but most of the problems have been simple, altenator, starter, ect thanks for your time
  • It is possable that the sencer is bad that tells the computer that you are low, another think may be there is a bubble around the sencer, my low coolent light recently came on and i checked my coolent lvls and they were full so i started it back up and drove down a really bumpy road and about 5 minuets later the light turned off, try that first and then check the sencer.
  • brian78brian78 Posts: 2
    My 2000 chevy lumina with 151400 miles jerks when shifted in to gear. It also jerks hard when shifting 1/2 the time through all gears. I can hear it whine most of the time as well. I have just bought the car from a dealer "as is" and they wont help me at all. What is the problem? And do I need it fixed imedently? The problem is no worse or better than when I bought it about 1000 miles ago.
Sign In or Register to comment.