Chevrolet Cavalier Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Chevrolet Cavalier 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 fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart.

One or more of the fuel injectors may short out electrically causing a rough idle condition.

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.

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. The engine may overheat as a result of the coolant loss. A leaking water pump should be replaced.

It is not uncommon for the power steering rack to develop a fluid leak requiring replacement of the rack assembly. Loss of power steering fluid may also cause an abnormal noise and damage to the power steering pump

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The 2.3L 4 cylinder engine can be prone to head gasket failure. This can result in coolant loss and engine overheating.

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

The engine vacuum hose to the MAP sensor may crack resulting in a vacuum leak causing the engine to run rough and/or stall.

The timing chain tensioner and guides are prone to wear and may develop an abnormal noise, requiring replacement.

It is very common for the high pressure power steering rubber hoses to leak. Our technicians recommend replacing leaky rubber hoses to prevent the loss of power steering.

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 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.

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

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 PCV vacuum hose under the upper intake plenum may become brittle and crack causing an engine vacuum leak.