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Chevrolet Cavalier Maintenance and Repair



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,480
    Spark plug wires and tune-up parts for sure if it hasn't been done. As for belts and hoses, a careful inspection of same would be in order. Probably the struts are worn out but this is not something that will cause the car to break down. Gotta check for oil and coolant leaks by lifting the car.

    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.

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  • momtiwns5momtiwns5 Posts: 2
    My daughter's 2002 cavalier has about 84000 miles and one night when she was driving the car shut off and the check engine and oil lights came on. She took it to shop and they said that was too vague to figure out what was wrong.

    Has anyone else experienced this and if so what was the problem.
  • sounds to me like the throttle positioning sensor needs to be replaced. I went through that about a year ago in my 2001 cavalier. its a small sensor on the back of the engine, very easy to access. wont even cost $30 to fix.
  • quiet1pquiet1p Posts: 2
    My daughter drove her car yesterday,. It was fine.. Last night she went to go to the store.. put key in and it wont turn the ignition even to the acc. The steering wheel is locked.. its in park.. we tried everything to get it to turn the slighest bit.. Please help if you can... Thanks in advance!!!!
  • vehicle stalling intermittenly. Any suggestions
  • it could be a the transmission coolent lines, the come off the tranny and go into the bottom of the rad and top of the ride...under the car black lines, looking from front they are on the right side
  • My 2000 Cavalier has 187,000 miles on it (2 Dr., 2.2 liter engine) -- I drove about 45 mi. today, then did some running around to stores. At the last store, I come out (the temps had dropped a good 10-15 degrees in an hour!!) and all of a sudden the engine would not turn over. The AAA guy came and first put the jumpers on in case it was the battery, but it wasn't that. So then he tapped on the fuel tank as I cranked it, and it started!! He said it is the fuel pump. YIKES!!! I don't have much money right now, not for what I'm thinking will cost about $500.

    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???


  • The Fuel pump is labor intensive, 1.5 -2 hours maint.

    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.
  • I recently bought a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier from a private party. The ABS, Trac off and Service light are all on. (The service light not check engine light. My car has both lights.) The car runs amazing. No problems what so ever. I have changed the ABS sensors and the lights will still not turn off. I have tried to disconnect the battery and still nothing. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get these lights to go out without having to take it in to the dealership or use a computer. I want to try and reset the ABS computer to see if the sensors was the problem.
  • camperbccamperbc Posts: 1
    I have an automatic 2002 Cavalier sedan with just 100,000 kms (61,000 miles) When I am driving down the road everything seems great, then out of the blue I get a pretty drastic vibration throughout the car; can't pinpoint where, just seems everywhere. Some serious shaking going on. So I slow right down almost to a stop and then go on my way again, and everything is back to completely normal. This has happened twice in one day.

    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)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,480
    Well you'd better get to a mechanic or get under that car, because whatever it is, it's obviously dangerous. You can tighten all the wheels, look for a torn boot in the front axle CV joints, look for a huge bulge in a tire, or face the car and see if the tires are both pointing straight ahead, or if they have some weird angle to them side to side or top to bottom.

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  • hemlock1hemlock1 Posts: 2
    My son has a 2001 Cavalier and the warning/ beeping sound won't stop -even with the car off and the keys out. Nothing is on. Sounds like the beepoing tone when the lights are left on? continued until I disconnected and reconnected the negative terminal from the battery. any thoughts woudl be appreciated. would this issue show on a computer scan?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,480
    edited June 2012
    Hmmm...wonder if some relay is sticking? Maybe if this happens again you can run to the relay box while the alarm is going off and feel for an extra warm relay.

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  • I just had my fuel pump replaced, honestly 2 weeks ago, my car was driving fine until about 4 days ago, yes my car lasted 10 days... there is a HUGE hill on my commute to work, while climbing the hill my car wouldnt get higher than 60 km/h with my RPMs at 5000 and the whole vehicle shaking. Also, the day after I picked up my car it has this weird ticking sound coming from the dash board area, whenever it is in low idle or just immediately shut off. I have no idea what is going on, and as I live 74 km from the nearest garage, does anyone have any idea what could possibly be going on with it? :confuse:
  • 2004 cav ls sport,where and how do you change running light bulbs,what tool?
    Appreciate all replys.
  • Hello all,
    I am in dire need of some help with my 87 cav wagon. It has been very reliable but now has a stalling/ shutdown problem. I drove the car a distance, roughly 30 miles and it shutdown. I mean nothing, no dashlights no cranking nothing. I had it towed to my mechanic. Of course by the time it got there it started. So he found nothing. He tested for loose connections and let it run for awhile but it was fine. I am afraid to drive it now for fear it will continue to do this. Any ideas on what I can check? I am afraid if I cannot solve this problem the car is not long for this world. Thanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,480
    Okay, complete electrical failure? You should have the alternator bench-tested by a specialist and the battery load tested.

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  • Thanks. My mechanic did that. I think it is a heat problem. Once the car cooled off( after the tow) it started and ran just fine and has been. I have never taken it for more than 15 mikes as I cannot trust it. Is there something that when it heats up cause a complete disconnect?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,480
    when you say "no lights" you also mean no headlights or tail lights? Or just no dash lights?

    The only thing I can think of that makes a car go completely dead would be the ignition switch...but even then, you should still have parking lights at least.

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  • The "no lights" refers to dashboard lights. It happened during the day so I really do not know about headlights or taillights, did not think to check them. I'm on my own on this one as my mechanic is reluctant to spend much time on the car. Aside from the dieing for no appernt reason it runs fine and gets good mpg, is not burning oil so I hate to just junk it. The problem really appears like something just disconnects. I had a similiar problem a few years ago when a wire broke. That was easy to find as it stayed dead. This is one of those annoying intermittent problems. Thanks for the help.
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