1990 Chevrolet Celebrity Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1990 Chevrolet Celebrity as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

The upper intake manifold gasket and/or a PCV vacuum lines/hoses can develop vacuum leaks with age. This type of leak can result in a higher that normal or rough idle.

The outer tie rod ends on the steering linkage may wear causing excessive free play in the steering and uneven tire wear. If the worn tie rod ends are replaced, the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted as necessary.

The ignition module or crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to die and not restart. Diagnoses will be necessary to determine if the module or crank sensor is causing the no start condition.

The steering rack may fail causing the steering to become hard to turn.

The spark plug wire rubber boots may get soaked with oil, causing a misfire or rough idle.

You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission system should be completely  flushed.

A stalling issue may occur if the battery goes dead or is disconnected and the "idle learn" procedure is not performed. For more information on "relearning" the engine idle speed, please click here»

A coolant leak and/or engine overheating may be caused by a failed water pump. Replacement of the leaking pump should correct this concern.

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

Fuel injectors can short-circuit electrically causing a rougher than normal idle and reduced performance.

Body: A dirty throttle body may cause a lower than normal engine idle resulting in a stalling condition. A stalling condition may also result if an idle learn procedure is not performed if the battery goes dead or is disconnected.

The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid; it should be replaced.

The rubber section of an automatic transmission cooler line may develop a fluid leak . In some cases the leaking section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this concern.

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

This engine may leak oil from the valve cover gasket.