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1996 Chevrolet Caprice

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1996 Chevrolet Caprice Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The auto level ride compressor may fail causing the rear of the vehicle to ride to high or too low.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The idler arm or pitman arm may wear causing looseness in the steering. When this occurs the front suspension will not be able to be aligned correctly.

Drive Train -- Verified

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The transmission extension housing seal may leak fluid, replacing the worn seal will commonly correct this concern.

Engine -- Verified

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. The engine may overheat as a result of the coolant loss. A leaking water pump should be replaced.

Engine -- Verified

A burning smell may develop due to an oil leak form one or both valve cover gaskets. Resealing the valve cover will generally correct this concern. However, the valve covers should be inspected and replaced if damaged.

1996 Chevrolet Caprice Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 8, 1995

Summary: THESE VEHICLES WERE SHIPPED WITH BOTH THE SUPPLEMENTAL INFLATABLE RESTRAINT CAUTION LABEL AND A ROOF RACK CAUTION LABEL INSTALLED ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE SUN VISOR. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO.208, "OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION."

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Drive Train, December 2, 1996

Summary: THE WHEEL LUG NUTS WERE NOT TIGHTENED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION DURING ASSEMBLY.

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Suspension & Steering, February 22, 1996

Summary: DEFECTIVE LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT ATTACHMENT NUTS WERE NOT PROPERLY TORQUED AND CAN LOOSEN.

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Suspension & Steering, February 22, 1996

Summary: THE REAR LOWER CONTROL ARM CAN CRACK AT THE REAR STABILIZER BAR ATTACHMENT.

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1996 Chevrolet Caprice Questions and Answers

miss m, 1996 Chevrolet Caprice, Westland, MI

My vehicle makes a noise that sounds like metal. It is continuous. The best way to describe it....it sounds like metal rattling or rubbing. The vehicle has 99000 miles. I appreciate any help.
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miss m, 1996 Chevrolet Caprice, Westland, MI

Sometime after my car has been sitting, I will back the car up and when I try to turn the steering wheel to go forward it is hard to turn. The steering comes back in about 30 seconds.

DanG, 1996 Chevrolet Caprice, Grantville, KS

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unles55, 1996 Chevrolet Caprice, Palmdale, CA

while drive dash lights turn off then cars follows soon after then dash light come back on and gar runs fine any help
thanks in advance if you can send me a text 6612097631

beartownjon, 1996 Chevrolet Caprice, Saint Paul, MN

can you please show me a belt diagram and/or names of pulleys on a 96 chev. caprice w/5.7l V-8.I have a squeaky pully and I think its an idler pulley but not sure it's right under the altenato...

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1996 Chevrolet Caprice Reviews

Greatest year of Caprice- 1996! Of course, I am biased because I own that year. However, I do suggest you not go to southern florida looking for hard to find parts. I went to the wrecking yard to find a fender from where some jerk hit me while parked. THERE WERE NONE TO BE FOUND. The only complaints I have are electronic distributor being underneath the water pump. HELLO???? It's way worse than carbon tracking! Not to mention the amount of time it takes to pull that sucker out yourself, because (let's face it) shops are a arm, leg, and two eyebrows. My second would be the scissor tracks guides for the windows. My front window suddenly sunk foward and jammed in the door. Pain in the ass to fix going eighty on the highway!!!! Secondly, if any of your doors take a ding from another vechicle or gas station pump barrier, say good bye to those track guides. Otherwise, I love kicking butt on the open road in my baby!

I'm on my forth Caprice. My latest car had only 26K miles on it when I purchased it. Now at 44K miles,2 yrs later. All of my cars have been trouble free. Two cars were 9C1 models,ex police cars with around 100K miles when bought. One 9C1 had over 260K miles when I sold it,it still ran great,used no oil. These 9C1's were ran hard by the PD and me as well,I would not have a problem going cross country in any of them. These cars with the LT1 V8 were the fasted PD car of its time,properly equipped could run 145 MPH + all day long,not even breaking a sweat. Some PD officers called them a 4 door Corvette since the LT1 was also used in the Corvette and could handle corners like a sports car. Two engines were available in the '94-'96 cars. A 4.3 liter V8 and the 5.7 liter LT1 V8. If looking for a Caprice,choose the LT1,you'll be much happier since the Caprice is such a heavy car.
The civi models came with any option one could want. The cars are very comfortable and could tow a pretty good size trailer properly equipped. One can expect Hwy fuel mileage as high as 27 mpg, I usually get 24 mpg if I take it easy at 65-70 mph. These cars are not without its quirks. The Optispark (distributor) tends to go bad and is expensive to replace, and is mounted on the lower front of the engine where water causes issues. Replacement R&R can cost between $750-as high as $1000 depending upon the repair shop. If kept dry,its pretty dependable. Also the plastic rollers on the window tracks go bad causing the windows unable to roll up. My latest Caprice has both rear window track rollers bad,even at 44K miles. Higher mileage cars tend to develop problems with the digital dash. GM has stopped making lots of parts and the aftermarket doesn't carry some parts causing a person to visit wrecking yards. Low mileage cars are getting harder to find as well as rust free cars. I have nothing bad to report on the Caprice,other then GM shouldn't have stopping making them.

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