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I have an automatic 1996 Chevy Cavalier. My car turns on and stays on. But it does not drive. I've tried the drive, reverse, 2, 1 and nothing happens. My car just won't drive. What could be the problem?
Yeah, I got a 98 cavalier 2.2L and notice the thermostat is no longer there on the right end of the head--it has a black pipe running out the left end of the head around the alternator bracket and across the front side of engine to hose going to radiator and heater core. NOW I CAN'T MOVE THE THERMOSTAT TO THE HEAD END FROM THE LOWER RADIATOR HOSE THAT RUNS INTO ... Read More
My brother has the 1997 with the thermostat at the water pump area. Still having problem with overheating!
thanks kingpalm61..... brother and i had the same issue with a 97 sunfire with a replaced motor from a 96 or 07 ..Cav... we changed head gasket because of a bent valve ..its because of snapped timing chain ... it would spill antifreez everywhere after a short drive .. but never at idle ... head scratcher !!... after doin compression checks and the likes ... with no issues !! my brother ... Read More
I work as a mechanic and had just recently ran into this problem. Customer brought me a 1996 Cavalier that kept overheating. After finding a bad thermostat, bad head gasket and cracked head, I went ahead and corrected these issues. Car STILL overheated. Approximately 6 weeks prior, I had installed a new water pump. No blockage, coolant flowed freely. It was then that I noticed something - the water pump was ... Read More
how can I be certain that I do have a blown head gaket. There are problems with loss of water & over heating. The oil remains clean not milky. Help in Miami.... 1996 chevy cavalier, 4cly. 1.6 or 2.2 litre engine. Thank you for your help
Had the same thing with my 96 Cavalier and had to replace the ignition switch.
It sounds like you have the exact problem that my mother in was having with her car. We thought it was a headgasket but it turned out to be a clogged coolant system.
I have a 1996 chevy cavalier (2.2L / manual) and for the past couple of days my car keeps chugging and stalling out. When the car is about to die, i put it into neutral and try to reve the engine but it acts like it isnt getting any gas and dies anyway. It only does it once the engine is warm. If I let the car sit for a little ... Read More
it is not always the timing chain tensioner. i have a 97 with a 2.2 with 116,000+ on it and i have the same problem, but it isn't the timing chain tensioner, it's the lifters. when you first start the car, it's fine, after about 5 min then you start to hear the noise, and i have checked it out only because i had the same problem with my 93 duster. ... Read More
If it is around the front cover, it is the timing chain tensioner, common problem.
I recently bought a 96 Cavalier with 140,000 miles on it; the engine makes a lot of clatter, it sounds like a diesel. There is no detenation going on and it sounds like top end noise not rod nock. The noise is always there but increases once things warm up like after a few miles. I don't know if I have an oil starvation problem or not. The seems to run ... Read More
To answer you question about the bumpers the first few years of this design 1995-1996 or 1997, the Cavalier VL (base model) had the grey bumpers. Chevy changed this to give the car a nicer and less rental look.
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 ... Read More
Maybe it's three pieces? In Full Test: 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Convertible the Edmunds editor mentions a three-piece boot that sounds like it does what you want. That article isn't going to help you find it, but if it really is three pieces you can probably create better searches for it. Good luck!
I drive a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Z22. When I turn on the headlights the "ext lamp" fuse blows and my dash board and break and signal lights go out. But when the headlights are off and I hit the breaks the same tail lights turn on and the signals will still work. I have replaced all of the bulbs that are effected and the problem still exists. If someone could provide ... Read More
Yes they turn it in to cover the 'core' charge. Places that rebuild auto parts charge more if you don't have a core or turn in a unit so trashed they can't use it. I worked for years as a mechanic this is standard practice. Most mechanics don't have the stuff or don't want take the time to rebuild precision parts like A/C compressors, alternators or starters UNLESS they come from ... Read More
halsca.... Thanks for your reply. :) You are probably right...when you say that getting a remanufactured unit put in my car...would be better in the long run than having my old compressor fixed. I noticed that you used the words remanufactured...So...they are not NEW compressors that the repair shops put in? Interesting? I suppose...they will then take my old compressor...and turn it in somewhere and get some money for that...and then ... Read More
If the case is cracked any repairs probably would be temporary. Most mechanics prefer to replace stuff like A/C compressors rather than repairing them. You'd still have to pay all the labor charges anyway, it's better to go with a remanufactured unit in the long run. All I can say is shop around to see if you can get a better price.
Bought my Cavalier new and have kept up with it as I should with regular checks, etc. Have had several problems thru the years...most have been fixed...(except the persistent electrical issue with the ABS lights remaining on all the time...and something draining my 4 batteries way too fast) I just noticed a week ago that the air conditioning system wasn't cooling. Took it in to a air conditioning specialist. They said ... Read More
Sounds like a blown head gasket. A typical problem with the 2.2 or 2.4 liter engines. Hopefully the cylinder head is not warped or cracked. Good luck.
Hi, I have a 96 chevy cavalier with 173K miles on it. Since past 1 week, I am facing a problem of overheating. When I start the car, it says, COOLANT is low and after running for @ 1 to 1.5 miles, the car temp increases to Maximum. I got my car checked for this problem. They are also clueless about the problem. Can anyone suggest me the cost effective way ... Read More
I'm pretty confident that no GM 2.2L Ecotec engines have ever been made by Toyota. But most reviews have been very favorable regarding that engine. The following reference seems to indicate that all Cavalier 2.2L Ecotec engines were made in Tonawanda NY : http://www.masterliness.com/a/GM.Ecotec.engine.htm And the following reference says that "most" Cavaliers were assembled at Yorktown OH plant : http://www.masterliness.com/a/Chevrolet.Cavalier.htm I do believe however that some right-side steering wheel Cavaliers were ... Read More
Hi, I am a 16 yr. old girl that received a Chevy Cavalier 1996 car from my mom for Christmas. We don't have much money and that was the best she could do for me and I am so grateful to her for it. The man that sold her the car told her nothing was wrong and charged her $2,000.00 for it and after she bought it he wrote SOLD AS ... Read More
In Sept. 2005 I bought a used '95 Cavalier with 28,031 miles on it. The car looked in excellent condition and the dealer said it was. Within an hour I had a flat, 18lbs of pressure in tires (some dealer!!!). Got new tires. I had a leak and a squeak, dealer said he fixed. Following week had to put in a new tension belt motor, change spark plugs (were original) new ... Read More
My 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier (2.2L) engine (30,000 miles) has a mildly rough idle (like little surges), that comes and goes from hour to hour of operation. My dealer changed the fuel filter and then told me that my problem was a leaking valve cover gasket that had allowed oil to foul the plugs, ruin the plug wiring, and ruin the serpentine belt. He proposed to replace the valve cover gasket, replace ... Read More
At 183,000 miles the car became subject to emissions testing and failed. New EGR valve eliminated NOx emissions, but hydrocarbon levels remained about 2x over limit despite new spark plugs and wires. Fuel filter is fairly new, fuel injector clean, compression ratio excellent, and the carís twin coil packs (in lieu of distributor) evidently do not normally need replacement. Two well-meaning mechanics now suggest the timing chain, which is original, as ... Read More
I was referred to this site from Chevrolet Customer Service, they answered some of my questions, but they thought the users and staff of this site might be able to fill in the gaps... Here's the deal - Around Christmas-time while visiting family 700 miles from home, we got pulled over in heavy traffic. The Police officer maintains we were going 89 mph, while our speedometer clearly stated 74 (speed limit ... Read More
Make/Model/Year: Chevy/Cavalier/1996 Engine/Transom/Other: 2.2/Automatic/Air Miles: 38k About a week ago the A/I started to act up on me ( I could hear the fan or compressor star going on and off and could hear a loud click as it went on and off). Around the same time the low coolant light started to go red (This would happen if I made a sharp turn and I thought it was mostly because ... Read More
Well you haven't had an experience with a Ford yet then, since the Cavalier is a Chevrolet. By what you just said, it looks as if (like most people out there) you aren't a plethora of knowledge when it comes to cars. I recommend you read up on some of the cars right here at Edmund's (their road tests go all the way back to the 1996 model year) and also ... Read More
It's a huge myth that a larger car provides better crash protection. Check out the offset crash tests (http;//www.iihs.org then click on crash tests) and you will see size doesn't matter. Also, I always thought the marketing strategy would be to have a person starting out get a company's entry-level car (Cavalier) and have that person try to be loyal to the brand forever, which means they move up to a ... Read More
I have a 1996 Chev Cavalier 2.2L. I get a really bad smell especially when I drive fast and the rpm goes high. Well the smell is coming from the engine I think and it might be a leak. Well I hope I am not the only person with this problem and I doubt I am since Chevys all share the same problems. Well I took it to the dealership and ... Read More
I have a 1996 Hyundai Accent (81,000 miles!), and am considering purchasing a new car in a few months. I'd like to know what experiences people have had with the Chevrolet Cavalier, especially with the 2.4 liter engine, since I'm considering buying that specific car.