1997 Chevrolet Lumina Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Chevrolet Lumina 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

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.

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 water pump may develop a coolant leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.


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

The fuel pump may fail causing engine to stall and not restart.

One or more of the power windows may stop working due to a failed window switch. Failed switches will require replacement.

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.

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

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

Air flow from the dash vents may be incorrect due to a damaged engine vacuum hose near the battery tray.

The engine temperature sensor wire for the engine temperature gauge, or warning light, may touch the rear exhaust manifold causing a short to ground causing erratic operation of the temperature gauge or warning light.

The automatic transmission shifter may fail, or a wire may break near the shifter causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

Acid may leak from the battery at the cable connections, resulting in corrosion on the battery cable ends and in the battery tray. A Leaking battery should be replaced and the cables thoroughly cleaned or replaced if necessary.

Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.

Corrosion may develop at the connection between the ignition coil tower and spark plug wire resulting in an engine misfire. The Ignition coil and spark plug wire should both be replaced to correct this condition.