Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Cavalier Engine Prone to Head Gasket Failure
Chevrolet Cavalier Problem
Engines Affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.3L 4 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 58,407 mi (31,517 mi - 110,000 mi)
Visitor, 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 31,517 mi
I purchased my car in June of 1995. May of 1998 was the first time I had the head gasket replaced. Coolant was burning up before it hit the ground so the "low coolant" light was the only indication of a problem. In October, 1998, Chevrolet sent out a letter stating they were aware of this issue and had extended warranty coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles. I have replaced the head gasket 7 times now. As yet, and after many attempts to solve the issue, there is no cure for the head gasket problem.
Overheating, new water pump, new thermostat, radiator cleaned and checked and engine flush. Still ran hot. noticed water in engine oil.
I had this fail after only 30,000 miles. It then failed again around 70,000, but I think that's because the first shop didn't do a good job.