1997 Chevrolet Camaro Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Chevrolet Camaro

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Problems

Car Won't Start Because of Anti-Theft System That Uses Raised-Chip Key

Problems with the anti-theft systems using the raised-chip key can prevent the car from starting. The wires in the steering column to the ignition lock cylinder tend to break. The the key and ignition lock cylinder must be replaced to correct this condition.

Intake Manifold Gaskets May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil

The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Our technicians tell us that operating the engine  with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct these leaks.

Hood and Rear Hatch Supports May Fail

The hood and rear hatch supports may fail causing the hood or hatch fall back down after being raised to the open position. Replacement of failed supports is recommended.

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1997 Chevrolet Camaro Questions

What are the replacement parts for the smog pump recall (1 answer)

Called dealer to find replacement for smog pump. The recall was already done but failed, trying to find replacement for smog pump.

Oil pressure drops when driving. Have replaced rods and mains, oil pump. (1 answer)

We have replaced the rods and mains, oil pump, fuel pump and oil sending unit. Car idles at 20 and then drops to 0 when driven. There is no rattle or knocking in the engine. The engine sounds good.

Building up pressure in the gas tank. Smelling gas fumes after parking in the (1 answer)

garage. Replaced charcoal canister. On hot days after driving 30-40 minutes and the gas tank is 1/4 or less, a tonal sound comes from the gas tank while the car is running and also when it is not until gas cap is removed. Gas cap shoots into my hand along with hot gas vapor from the tank.

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1997 Chevrolet Camaro Recalls

Recall 96V219000
THESE VEHICLES WERE MANUFACTURED WITH SEAT BELT RETRACTORS OUT OF DESIGN POSITION WHICH CAN CAUSE THE RETRACTOR TO LOCK-UP ON SLOPES LESS SEVERE THAN THE FMVSS REQUIREMENT. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS NO. 209, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES."

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1997 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews

I have a 1997 Z28 30th Anniversay Edition. Love This Car!!!!!! What a fun ride. Other than regular maintenance, I have only had to replace the power window motor, rear pinion, and manifold gasket. Car has 130,000 miles and runs like the day I bought it.
I love how fast my Camaro is. The Chevy engine has always been strong and the transmission has held up well through years of abuse. I have kept my camaro in the garage so it's still in nice shape. I have had some odd electrical issues with the interior lights but the car mechanically is great. I wish the brakes were stronger to help the car stop as quickly as it goes.

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