Chevrolet Cavalier Maintenance and Repair
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Looking to find the oil pan on my 03 cavalier. I know this sounds stupid, however, I can't locate it. All I can see is what looks to be a cast iron trany plug. It's an ECO engine also. Any help would be great.
Any other tips would be appreciated as well.
Thanks in advance............
Anyhow, has anyone figured out a simple way to replace the oil filter without having to remove the right front wheel each time? That gets to be a pain in the neck, although I guess it's a great opportunity to inspect the brake pads.
I bough my car, was collided, but I liked, still I can drive it, but I need to fix it with some details, so that because I want it back, like a new it , the problems are: bumper, the place where it keep the suitcase, the lock, mirrors, seats. Someone can help me
I know I should be able to find this info somewhere, but I have had no luck so far. My wife and I want to move from LV, NV to Atlanta starting 12/21/07. We want to rent the smallest UHAUL trailer and tow our belongings (a nice HD Flat screen TV, a Queen-size bed, a Weber Grill and a bunch of books and sundries.) According to the UHAUL site, this trailer fits the deal:
Previous model available in some areas.
* Volume: up to 142 cu. ft.
* Max load: 1,650 lbs.
* Gross vehicle weight: 2,500 lbs. max
* Empty weight: 850 lbs.
* Inside dimensions: 8'1" x 4'1" x 4' (LxWxH)
* Door opening: 3'1" x 3'5" (WxH)
* Lowest deck
* Softest ride
* Padded rub rails
* Radial tires
Recommended moving items
* 5' x 5' x 8' storage room
* 15 boxes
* 1 roll of tape
* 1 dozen furniture pads
* 1 rope
* 1 lock
Your towing vehicle:
* Must be equipped with a hard top if it is an SUV. U-Haul does not allow any type of sport-utility vehicle not equipped with a hard top to tow U-Haul equipment.
* Must weigh at least 2,000 lbs. (curb weight)
* Must have Class 1 tow hitch (2,000 lb. minimum weight-carrying rating)
* Must have 1-7/8", 2" or 2-1/8" hitch ball (2,000 lbs. minimum)
* Must not exceed maximum allowable hitch ball height 25"
* Must have external mirrors on both sides
* Must have fully operational lighting
* Trailer lighting must be operational at all times, day and night
* Maximum recommended speed is 45 MPH
It seems that all this is possible, provided I install the Class I hitch. Does anyone have manufacturer specs or any tips on how to manage this with as little cost and as little wear on the Chevy as possible? It has 75k miles on it and is in EXCELLENT condition.
Any and all comments are appreciated.
Recommend for towing .
Models with 2.4L L4 Engine, 4 speed Automatic Transaxle.
Do not tow a trailer if your vehicle is :
- a convertible
-equipped with a 2.2L L4 [code 4] engine or
-equipped with a manual transaxle or a three-speed automatic transaxle
Of course what you do is your business.
no answers for now.
My fiancee wants to change out the spark plugs in his 2003 Chevy Cavalier but he can't find them. He said he followed the ignition wires but they weren't there. Can anyone describe where they are located?
Anyway, they're under the big silver cover that says 2.4L, located very far under the ignition coil. You'll need a few special tools to get in there. But since spark plugs only need to be changed every 100,000 miles these problems usually aren't a big deal.
i have a 2000 cavalier 2.4 with 161000 miles
and i have been seeing it slowly overheating a little it ran for 8 years at 190 and never moving now it runs at 195 and when you stop you see it move to 200 or 205 ( i guessing what the temp is by counting the marks).
i know it is not a big deal i just don't trust it. there is no reason for it to just move now and nothing causing it, there's something going on.
it has never been flushed ever or the dex cool never replaced i did have to drian to replace the thermostat so i add some to it for that.
i think its time to have it flushed and replace the thermostat again ( it been a few years for that one).
what all you think? i just want to get ahead of this one before something goes boom
thanks for any help.
Most breakdowns are fairly simple things, like belts, hoses, tires, coolant leaks, oil leaks....so I'd check all those things.
Also figure out if it uses oil or not, and if it does, the lad has to be really on top of that.
Yep I found a receipt for a battery also. I do not want this car to break down on my boy so do you think its time to replace all the wear parts like belt hoses spark plug wires etc.... Or do think if it aint broke don't fix it?
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport. I just recently had everything checked and a few things replaced. The front brakes replaced (brake masters), new tires put on, and just yesterday I paid a mechanic to replace the two front Window motors in both doors (performed at my home). My car was finally running in tip-top shape, or so I thought. After trying to start my car in the garage today, it started acting funny; I’ll do my best to explain:
1. Car started but couldn’t shift into reverse to back-out. Turned off the car. Tried to turn back on, it *begins* to start and then dies. It was continually doing this.
2. Checked battery and all connections, seemed fine. Went to start car and it was doing the same thing as mentioned above (would almost start and then just die).
3. After trying a few more times, I got the car to start. However, all gauges acted as if the car was off. RPM showed 0, speedometer (even when moving) showed zero, temperature 0, gas 0. The car would drive fine though (only took it out of the driveway and back in). I also noticed the custom CD deck that was put in wouldn’t turn on. It was acting as if the car was off. I also just tried turning on the car with just the battery - the stereo system still acted as if the car was off.
4. I turned off the car and the process repeated where it kept shutting off when trying to start it. I got it to turn on a few more times, but it took awhile – and still did the same things mentioned as above.
That's where I'm at, and I'm pretty clueless. Does anyone have any idea what this could be?
Thank you for your time!
I'd also check all the fluids and if they are dirty, flush 'em. For instance, if you have murky, dark brake fluid, change that. And the coolant should look clean.
Has anyone else experienced this and if so what was the problem.
1. I was reading on this forum about a fuel pump relay near the fuses, could it possibly be that, if so, how would I know before bringing it to a mechanic so that I don't get ripped off?
2. how hard is it to get to the fuel pump, will it be labor intensive at the shop???
I actually called around for a day and Pep Boys ended up being the best deal by price matching a local garage - their warranty was for 3 months on parts and 6 months on workmanship.
If it is the Relays you will be able to tell EASILY via a technician. Relays are either OPEN OR CLOSED, period. You can also hear them "click" sometimes. Anyone who has and knows how to use a multimeter and handle a wiring diagram should be able to diagnose this in 30 minutes or less.
It ended up costing me $280 for Removing and replacing the Fuel Pump - I even got a discount for being a veteran. Good luck.
My wife came back from driving and said it had suddenly occurred at around 85km/h,(and disappeared just as quickly; she was unable to duplicate it) so I went out in an attempt to duplicate it. Of course everything was running smooth as silk at all speeds. I increased to almost 120 km/h, and while bringing the speed back down to about 100km/h it very suddenly started vibrating badly. As I said, once I slowed down, then sped up again, everything was completely back to normal.
I am really flustered here. I don't have a clue what causes this strange behavior. I don't know if this is even worth mentioning, but the check engine light stays on; has been on since long before we bought the car. This may well not be connected at all to the vibration issue, and I would hate to throw anyone off with their diagnosis if there is indeed no connection. But it might be worth noting?
Has anyone on this fine forum ever heard of this happening, or experienced the same thing? Any and all help with this issue would be very much appreciated!(I live on a remote island, so am at present unable to get to a mechanic)