Chevrolet Lumina Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 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

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.

An engine oil leak may develop from the rear of the engine. This is commonly caused by a failed oil pump drive o-ring seal. The leaking o-ring should be replaced to correct this concern.

Contaminated brake fluid can cause problems in the brake system and it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Our technicians highly recommend that the engine coolant be replaced every 30,000 miles.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) can fail causing stalling, and engine and transmission drivability concerns.

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

A coolant leak may develop form the Intake manifold gasket causing overheating complaints. The coolant leak may be internal allowing coolant to mix with the engine oil, this condition can result in internal engine damage.

If the spark plugs are not replaced at 80,000 miles, the spark plug wires may burn and damage the ignition coil pack.

On vehicles with a 3.1L engine, the front motor mount may break, causing the engine to jump while shifting gears or accelerating; this can break the water neck (thermostat housing) resulting in coolant loss and engine overheating.

On the 3.1L engines, oil leaks from the O-ring on the oil pump drive, the front crank seal, the oil pan gasket, and the oil sending unit are quite common.