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Chevrolet Lumina Maintenance and Repair



  • hello i am looking for a ASG 5.0L V8 engine for my lumina Z34. and a kick [non-permissible content removed] body kit can someone help me out.
  • Hey everyone I own a 1996 chevy lumina with about 130k miles on it she's a 3.4 V6 she ran great until I notice oil spills and if I passed 60mph, it started to shake a little. Well today I tried to take her apart to change the spark plugs, I have a shop manual and I notice oil in the around the spark plugs and a lot of it I removed the head and two of the seals for the spark plugs where a little twisted out of shape one in the front and the other in the rear where the spark plugs went I was going to remove fuel rail because I notice oil and antifreeze moisture around the area but I'm stuck I don't know what to do the manual does not really tell me anything else ??? :confuse:
  • Hey everyone I own a 1996 chevy lumina with about 130k miles on it she's a 3.4 V6 she ran great until I notice oil spills and if I passed 60mph, it started to shake a little. Well today I tried to take her apart to change the spark plugs, I have a shop manual and I notice oil in the around the spark plugs and a lot of it I removed the head and two of the seals for the spark plugs where a little twisted out of shape one in the front and the other in the rear where the spark plugs went I was going to remove fuel rail because I notice oil and antifreeze moisture around the area but I'm stuck I don't know what to do the manual does not really tell me anything else ??? I also posted this message in another forum with a different title by mistake.. :confuse:
  • fbryanfbryan Posts: 2
    I just had the same problem on my 97, it wasn't the control, it was a broken vacuum line. All the controls are operated by engine vacuum. On my 97 there is a vacuum reservoir under the battery. You have to remove three screws from under the car. Just under the left headlight, front corner of the left front fender, under the battery. The reservoir is a sphere about the size of a soft ball. The one vacuum lines goes from it up by the battery, down the side of the engine compartment past the brake booster. Mine was smashed under the battery. It's a hard plastic line about 1/8". You can remove the panel under the glove box, and the glaove box itself to see all the controls and vacuum lines there too. It may be one pulled off at that location as well.
    good luck.
  • fbryanfbryan Posts: 2
    Does anyone know at what temperature the cooling fans come on on a 97 Lumina 3.1L ? Is it controlled by the ECM, or the CTS ? I replaced the CTS due to innacurate guage readings and I remember that it had two terminals. I would think that one is for the guage, one is for the ECM. Is that right? That would mean that the fans are controlled by the ECM ?
    I want to get the fans to turn on sooner. By the time they do, the temp is up to 250 according to the guage. It'd like them to come on around 210-220.
  • malikamalika Posts: 3
    my antilock light would come on in wet it stays on and when I turn to the right theres a whirr sound and I have no brakes, then they catch. Then the light goes off for awhile. My brakes are good. Is there some type of sensor that could be causing this? By the way, anyone ever find out where the flasher fuse is on one of these?
  • ajkeenajkeen Posts: 1
    I have a 1993 lumina z34. for the last few months the car has either not run well or not at all. i have replaced basically everything in the engine, including fuel injectors, spark plugs, spark plug wires, map sensor, fuel filter, ignition control module, knock sensor, i think thats it. after i replaced the map sensor and a fuel line part, the car was finally running great. i was able to drive it all over town and it gave me no problems driving it an hour away. however, a few days ago i turned a corner and the thing just died. i can not get it to start now. that is when i replaced the ignition control module and spark plug wires, but i cant get it to spark. it cranks, but it wont spark. does anyone have ANY idea what could be the problem? i have put close to 1000 dollars and countless hours into this damn car, so at this point im not gonna stop until i get it running. ill try to check back at this website, but if someone has a suggestion if you could email it to me at, i would GREATLY appreciate it. thanks everyone!
  • looramlooram Posts: 17
    I own a 1999 Lumina 4-door. Does it have an in car air filter and how do you replace it?
  • i have a 95 chevy lumina 3.1 recently driving home from a road trip black smoke started coming out the back as i accelerated it has plenty of power til about 25-30 mph then starts choking black smoke starts coming out and loses power if any help would be much appreciated thanx
  • mmgheemmghee Posts: 1
    i have a 97 lumina with 180k miles and has been running fine up until yesterday. it first started making a noise i normally associate with the power steering fluid being out so i filled it up later that day. i then drove it a few hours and it started back up this time worse than before so i parked it. this morning i tried to drive it and was nearly impossible to turn the wheel. it turns slightly when i apply gas....please help!!!
  • coderedcodered Posts: 43
    i have a 90 has a noise that kicks in round 40mph......its not there when wheel is pulled to the right...i was told driver side wheel hub...but still not fixed .....any info would be great...thanks
  • casonicasoni Posts: 2
    its your power steering pump..i had the same.
  • stonedgemstonedgem Posts: 1
    have a 1997 lumina standard v-6. 99600 miles. purchased new, well maintained. experienced a low coolant situation after a trip of approx 70 miles, speeds around 70.. light flashed as i stopped at a light at the end of an interstate ramp. of course, i blinked and wondered. as i waited at the traffic signal, the low coolant light stayed lit. as i traveled through the intersection and began looking for someplace to check this out, the low coolant light went out. i added coolant to the reservoir, which was empty and hoped for the best on the return trip home. i watched every day and could not find any coolant leaking out on the ground. about two weeks later, i checked the reservoir and found it was again empty. filled it up, took the car to the shop to find out the problem. was told i had a leak at the intake manifold. muddled through for another 2 weeks waiting on the shop. finally they called and said .. ready to repair. repair was done, bill paid $515. took car on a short drive 65 miles. as i was traveling the temperature gauge was higher than normal, smelled a rubbery hot smell. suddenly lost all power, had to pull to the side of the road. tried to restart the car, got a clickety, clickety, click. called the mechanic, he had me get out and check the belt. it was fine. could not determine the source of the hot smell, but did check the reservoir and it was totally empty. told the mechanic and he gave me some cock and bull story about it needing to settle. what a hoot!!! then he said he thought my alternator might have failed. i told the mechanic he had better hope there was a wire off somewhere. had the car towed back to the shop. the next day the car was delivered to my workplace.. mechanic said that a clip that held a wire to the back of the alternator had failed and the wire was off. it had been replaced. i drove the car for another few days and was planning on driving approx a 100 miles so decided to check the reservoir as the car had been running, again, hotter than normal. the reservoir was empty. i immediately drove to the shop and asked the mechanic to talk to me.. as i knew there was still a leak somewhere. he hemmed and hawed and then reached across the top of the engine and a little bit below the top of it and moved some wiring. showed me a hose and connection that you could see the coolant leaking out of. the mechanic told me that this was a quick connect type of connection and that a plastic clip held it secure.. and that it looked like it was either missing or had broken. the mechanic told me that it would take about 10 mintues to replace. i was ok with this, what do i know? i then had to drive the car about 6 miles to the banks.. as i started down the ramp to the interstate i pressed the accelerator and the temperature gauge began a very fast climb and stopped at about what i call the 75% spot.. having 25% more to go to the red zone. i was surprised.. and waited for the damn thing to stop.. it didnt and as i turned on the a/c the gauge began a slow descent. when i stopped at the bank.. the gauge began a climb.. as i eased back onto the interstate .. it dropped. i just drove home totally befuddled. questions here: does this sound like it will be fixed (the coolant leak), when the clip is put on the quick connect type thingy and does it sound like in addition i have a gauge problem or do these things have a thermostat in them like the older cars ... i love my lumina and know that it has a whole lot more miles to give me. dont want to muck it up either by ignoring something like this. any help or suggestions? would be much appreicated. thanks. stonedgem
  • 062458062458 Posts: 2
    It is the DRL diode that needs to be replaced. It is located under the insturment panel on the left side of the steering coloum. I had mine replaced at the dealer. Around $125.00 total.
  • The passenger door lock is stuck (no longer working) and I want to remove the door to see what's wrong. But I can't get the door off....does anyone know how to remove the passenger front door of a 1993 Lumina?
  • misspatmisspat Posts: 4
    I to have the same problem let me know if you get the answer.
  • misspatmisspat Posts: 4
    I have found myself in need of the engine diagram and can not locate one online. Does anyone out there know where to get on for a 1995 3.1 Chevy Lumnia? I am having trouble with the airconditioning and need to know the specs and where each thing is under the hood. A A/C man told me to check for the little screen in my condenser or HIGH line but i have no idea if where is, is what i am looking at with out specs on the motor.
    Any information would help.
  • I have a '97 Lumina and I need to replace the AC Compressor, I'd rather do it myself than pay like $400 to have it done for me. Does anyone know how to do it that can tell me?
  • cog1233cog1233 Posts: 4
    Hello! I am new here.I have a 1995 lumina with the 3.1.It has the obd 1 system in it for reading the trouble codes.My problem is,I have the 12 pin ALDL connector.It says in my book and I have seen it on the net at various places that I should be able to use a jumper wire between the B and A terminal and then turn the ignition to the on position and watch the check engine light for the codes.Here's my delima,there is nothing in the B slot.I have on mine a wire in the A slot and directly below that in the M slot,so it would be the 2 far right slots that I have a wire in,and nothing in any of the other slots.I want to know if and how I can use the jumper wire on mine to read the codes?Please help!!!
  • Hello everyone,

    My Lumina 95 turns off when is running, If someone have the same problem let me know, if you get the answer, please make me know

  • I'm getting a check engine light with a trouble code 42 after the engine stalls. The engine has been stalling at various speeds, and usually once the engine is warmed up. The engine may stall at idle one moment, at 45 or 65 next, requiring I put the transmission in neutral (while) coasting, to try restarting the engine. I replaced the spark plugs and wires at the end of March/2007 when I found a wire was arcing to the engine strut bracket. 2 months later the engine started stalling, and has been getting worse. I replaced the fuel filter (no fix), then the air filter (no fix), then the crankshaft sensor (no fix), then I cleaned the air intake (no fix) - the stalling decreased when engine is still cool, and gets bad when engine gets hotter.
    Next thing I'm planning to do is to remove the ignition module and coil assembly to see if a local auto part store can put on a bench tester.
    Does anyone have a similar problem and a solution?
  • Well Your Anti-lock Sensors on the right is out and it is about a 300 to 400 dollar job
  • Hey!If you didn't find one yet,try the Auto Zone site.
  • It's Good to replace all those Items But your going to far!
    If its not mechanical. Chances are the problem is the info from one of many sensors that your ECM is reading.
    if you don't like to visit a mechanic every time a lite comes on what you need to get is a codereader/Scanner for your year & make of your vehicle. a scanner will give you more details then just a codereader. I just changed my MAP sensor and that was the problem.
    the most common problem is the O2 sensor. hope this helps.
  • Your ac charge and to check and pressure is under your windshield fluid and batt.
  • You may want to do a fuel pressure test to eliminate the fuel pump pressure. A weak fuel pressure system, though it may run, can cause other sensors, such as an oxygen sensor to give a false reading. If the fuel pressure is even 2 pounds weak, replace the fuel pump.
  • From some other forums I have read I need to replace the "flasher". Does anyone know where it is on a '91?
  • Look in your owners manual.There should be 2 of them I think and they are normally in the fuse panel.They will be big square ones.
  • For those that might need this in the future, the flasher is under the dash, above the gas pedal. It is round and should be attached by a clip that you can just push and pull it from.

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