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Chevrolet Cavalier

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  • gonogogonogo Posts: 874
    If you are talking about factory security, if it is on the security light will keep flashing. In security mode the injectors will not open, no ground from PCM. You should still get spark so I don’t think it is security issue. You also should still get the fuel pump, my understanding is the security only cuts off injectors, so no go.
    The only suggestion I have for the pins is spray them with electronic cleaner and connect and reconnect the plug 6 or more times to scrape the corrosion off.
    Also there was a TSB on the 95 to install a water shield so the connector would not corrode.
  • anybody have any advice.. my car acts like it wants to die when I am at a stop light. I have a 2004 cavalier. I am new at fixing cars. I have changed the fuel filter and the air filter.. I was thinking maybe spark plugs, but I am not sure. I could use some help.
  • its probly the track. it will open fine but when it closes it gets bound? or stuck? try greaseing the track and gears for the sunroof. (you may have to take out the cieling pannel. if the sunroof gets stuck in the same place every time but will still close once in a while. the there is probly a bad spot on the track. (bent, or worn) if the sunroof never closes all the way it could be any of these and more but look at the track and gears(or whatever drives it) make sure nothings obstructing or damaged. GOOD LUCK!
  • i sugest taking to a machanic and getting the codes checked- i had a simular problem with my 98- seemed to do it the more humid it was- turns out that the was a bunch of garbage codes in the computer that needed eraseing. worked for me
  • I had that problem and it was bad plug wires. My 98 had a service advisory put out about it. I would remove the plugs one at a time to see if any of them have excessive build up on them. If they do the plug could be bad but in my experience it was the wire.
  • dobler55dobler55 Posts: 1
    Hi Guys:

    I need to change the wire (it went loose) that goes from the gear shift to the gear box, does anyone has a manual with instructions or an idea on how to do it. Mine is a 98LS Auto, 2.2. Thanks
  • beehivebeehive Posts: 7
    since my car is a 2004 is has a coil pack and not plug wires. I changed out the spark plugs changed and today I was driving it and I had the air on and it died.. then I had to pump the gas petal when I was trying to start it.. it finally started after about 8 pumps so then I stop at a stop sign and it did it again so again I pumped,,, of course I come to a yield sign and I was just turning into track and I had to pump it just to
    get it going faster,, I still think fuel line somehow.. but I had it flushed... going crazy now.. lol :confuse: image
  • beehivebeehive Posts: 7
    since my car is a 2004 it has a coil pack and not plug wires. I changed out the spark plugs changed and today I was driving it and I had the air on and it died.. then I had to pump the gas petal when I was trying to start it.. it finally started after about 8 pumps so then I stop at a stop sign and it did it again so again I pumped,,, of course I come to a yield sign and I was just turning into track and I had to pump it just to
    get it going faster,, I still think fuel line somehow.. but I had it flushed... going crazy now.. lol :confuse: image
  • beehivebeehive Posts: 7
    since my car is a 2004 it has a coil pack and not plug wires. I changed out the spark plugs on sunday and then today I was driving it and I had the air on and it died.. then I had to pump the gas petal when I was trying to start it.. it finally started after about 8 pumps so then I stop at a stop sign and it did it again so again I pumped,,, of course I come to a yield sign and I was just turning into track and I had to pump it just to
    get it going faster,, I still think fuel line somehow.. but I had it flushed... going crazy now.. lol :confuse: image
  • jmoore81jmoore81 Posts: 13
    My 98 cavalier tries to die with the A/C turned on. The car idles up and down and the battery light flashes. This on happens at low Rpms. If I am doing 70 on the freeway with the A/C on everything is good. I had the alternator and battery both checked and they test ok. The weird thing is my ABS started acting up right before this started. I tried hooking jumper cable up to another running vehicle to see if the erratic idle would stop but it didn't. Also if I am stuck in traffic for awhile the engine will start doing it without the A/C on. Any ideas? It has 205,000 on it would like to get some more, it gets good mileage.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Most cars have something to regulate the engine's idle (i.e. idle sensor, idle motor, etc.). This part may be the problem. Also, check the basics. Replace the fuel filter if you haven't done so within the last 30K miles, replace ignition wires if they are original, etc. Good luck.
  • hornet0419hornet0419 Posts: 1
    I don't know about the industry standard but i just replaced my front brake pads and rotors in about an hour and paid only $100 for the parts. You can do it in your driveway with a jack and a few tools. About the pads you can buy pads that will last longer then the OEM ones from EBC just look them up on google
  • halscahalsca Posts: 15
    The Cavalier's brakes are quite simple compaired to some I've seen. I hope you used premium quality brake pads like the cermamic ones made by Raybestos they're much quieter and cleaner too.
  • jmoore81jmoore81 Posts: 13
    The more I read about the Idle Speed Control Actuator the more I think it is my problem. Anybody else had this issue? I am going to try and take it apart this weekend and test it. The bad thing is nobody seems to have the part in stock so if I have to replace it I will have to get it ordered.
  • beehivebeehive Posts: 7
    I have finally figured out the problem on my car. I had to change out my spark plugs and I had to change out my coil pack. After changing out everything under the moon. lol. I still think the idle is making it run a little rough so if I was you I would try and adjust it for now and see if that works and then order the part if it dosen't work. I am like you I keep trying this and that and finally after paying out 700 dollars I can say my car does not die at stop signs. Good luck and hopefully you won't spend as much as I have just trying to figure out one little problem. Good Luck !!!!
  • How did you fix the sunroof. Ours is doing the same.

    can you email me. chuckphillips@juno.com.

    Thanks!
  • rorytaterorytate Posts: 21
    Hi,
    I have a 1998 Chev Cavalier which doesn't have power locks.
    My drivers door is stuck on lock, the only way I can get the door open is if i put my key in, turn as if I was unlocking the door then pull the handle. I MUST hold the key in the unlocked position until I pull the handle up. It won't unlock. When I get out of the car I need to pull open the lock and hold it while pulling the handle to get out.

    How hard/easy would it be to fix that myself, and what am I going to be looking for when I open it up?

    Thanks! :(
  • I would definetly have the radiator dealer tested and you may want to take a closer look at the water pump; sometimes despite the fact that the pump spins nicely, a problem may exist. Try taking off the drive belt; you'll need a drive belt removal tool (approx. 30$-60$). With the drive belt off try moving the pump pulley side to side in a horizontal fashion; if you notice any exisive movement, a pump bearing has gone bad and needs to be replaced. Also check to see if any coolant is seeping from the pump's weep hole.

    If you find you have to add coolant frequently, I would also inspect all hoses and the tank itself for leaks. Hope all goes well ;)
  • You will have to get the ECU flashed by a GM dealership. I would also get the iginition modual and fuel pump tested before purchasing a new ECU as it is an expensive purchase and has to be programmed by General Motors. :sick:
  • k_erink_erin Posts: 5
    I have a 1991 Chevy Cavalier RS (2.2L 4 Cylinder). Last month we noticed a slow power steering leak and I am wanting to know if this model of cavalier has just one hose leading from the pump or if there are 2 hoses, and whether the hose(s) are low pressure or high pressure?

    The power steering pump was replaced 2 years ago.
  • whoohiwhoohi Posts: 1
    Hi everyone,

    I have a really simple question to ask that I need help on because I know nothing about cars. Anyways, my '96 chevy cavalier was broken into and somebody stole the really car radio that the previous owner had installed. I still have the original factory radio to replace it but I am having some difficulty.

    Well my problem is that there are two wires in the dashboard thing to plug into the radio. I have plugged in the one thats for the power but there is the other plug that I am sure is for the radio antenna because the radio works but does not pick up any stations.

    I'm not sure how to plug radio wire in because I dont think there is a place on the factory radio for it. It has a plug that looks like a big ear phone plug, unlike the power plug that looks like a hard drive plug. Let me know what to do or if I need to describe the situation better. Thanks a lot to anyone that can help.
  • Surely your factory antenna cable terminates in a plug like the lower item in this picture

    http://www.hama.de/bilder/00043/abb/00043622abb.jpg

    and the factory radio must have an input like the end of the upper item in the same picture (sometimes on the side and not the back of the radio)

    Let me know if I have misunderstood your info or question.
  • Do-it-yourselfers, where have you bought this gasket and how much have you paid? The high price the manufacturers are asking for the filter itself, I believe they should include the gasket, but they don't.
  • bmx13bmx13 Posts: 1
    got a 2000 cavalier with a 2.2 that hesitates when you get to half throttle in or out of gear and starts losing power . could it be a sensor or fuel issue ?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 874
    I would start with a new fuel filter.
  • I would like to know how to put the back seat back in for my Chevrolet cavalier. I don,t know how the little black hooks work. Can someone tell me.
  • I have a 96 cavalier that my husband replaced the timing chain on. The timing does not seem to be right........how do you set the timing on it?
  • According to Chilton's Cavalier 1995-2000 Repair Manual the timing is controlled by how the timing chain is reinstalled. For the 2.2L engine there are timing marks on the sprockets. For the 2.3L and 2.4L engines the timing chain and crankshaft sprocket must be marked before removal.

    The Chilton Manual may be available at your local library. I'm no mechanic, but I would suggest you seek professional help in getting chain properly timed.
  • rlp50rlp50 Posts: 13
    Hi,
    I have a 98 Cavalier with daytime running lights. Problem is when I turn on the headlights the passenger side headlight is dim while the drivers side one is normal, High beams both work fine. Both lights are dim when on during the daylight hours (about the same intensity as the dim headlight is when I turn on the headlights at night. I'm thinking a bad ground somewhere but sure could us some help.
    Thanks,
    Bob
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