2002 Chevrolet Prizm Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Chevrolet Prizm

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2002 Chevrolet Prizm Problems

Rough Idle and Backfiring Engine with Check Engine Light

The Chevrolet Prism has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. This issue does not affect the Geo Prism.

The engine ‘breathes’ through valves that are pushed open by the camshaft, and closed by springs. When valves are closed, they seal against a valve seat. In this vehicle, the valve seat is too soft, so after the valve contacts it thousands of times, it becomes crushed. Once it is crushed, the valve can no longer make a proper seal, and the valves erode due to extreme temperature (burnt valve).

Symptoms related to this issue:

To repair the burnt valves, the cylinder head must be removed and rebuilt, which is a costly internal engine repair, however, this issue can be prevented through inspection and adjustment of valve clearances every 40,000 miles.

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

Replace spark plugs every 100,000 miles

The spark plugs should be replaced every 100,000 miles. Our technicians recommend replacing the spark plug wires also at this time.

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2002 Chevrolet Prizm Questions

My car suddenly lost daylights and now have to disconnect battery to turn off (2 answers)

Battery must be disconnected to kill the dinner and parking lights every time. With no key in the ignition the parking lights and dinner stay on even with door closed what's wrong

Hit a big bump motor stops sometime. Sometimes it will restart instantly. (2 answers)

Other times, have to wait overnight, currently it want start for 2 weeks?????

transmission fluid change is advised every 30,000 miles. Is there a time limit> (3 answers)

If I don't drive 30,000 miles in 2 yrs should I change it?

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2002 Chevrolet Prizm Reviews

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My Prizm is very economical to run. Great MPG and plety of Toyota parts and service. Interior quality, plastics, door handles and weatherstrips are of poor quality. They break and peel. Issues with Emissions EVAP codes are common in this vehicles. Other than that is solid little car.

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