1997 Geo Prizm Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Geo Prizm
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1997 Geo Prizm ProblemsCheck Engine Light Due to Restricted EGR System
The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is also wise to verify the EGR system components i.e. the Transducer, EGR Valve and VSV Solenoid at this time.
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) may function erratically or illuminate the warning light due a damaged wheel speed sensor. A wheel bearing and/or CV joint with excessive runout can cause the ABS trigger rings to rub against the ABS sensors and damage them.
A transmission fault code of P0770 or P0773 may occur at higher mileages which indicates that the 3-way lock-up solenoid has failed and will need replacement.
1997 Geo Prizm QuestionsWhy does my Geo still have a noisy belt after replacing brand new alternator? (2 answers)
Geo Prizm with 122000 miles. Alternator was faulty making loud noise and a burning plastic smell. Replaced with new DENSO alternator and later 3 OEM Toyota belts. Loud noise and smell went away. Though, squeaking noise was really awful with the older aftermarket belts. It's much better now wi...
It is leaking bad when engine turns off down by the pump or seals. When i take the radiator cover off It stops. I dont know exactly which one. I am troubleshooting small to big. Air is cold, Heat is fine, Oil is clear, belts are fine. I am at a lost. The Haynes book is not good on pictures ei...