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

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 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.

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

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

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.