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

It is common for the power steering pumps to leak fluid.

It is 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.

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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It is common for the original coolant-level modules installed on the radiator to go bad; they will need to be replaced. If this occurs, the low coolant level light will illuminate.

The heater core in this vehicle is known to get plugged, which prevents the coolant from flowing freely, causing problems with the heater.

An engine oil leak may develop from the oil pump drive O-ring. This can often be confused with an intake manifold gasket leak. Careful inspection is required to determine the exact cause of the leak. Replacement of the failed 0-ring will commonly correct this concern.

Our technicians highly recommend that the transmission is serviced every 30,000 miles to avoid problems and maintain optimal operating order. If the fluid is dark in color, the transmission should be flushed.

The oxygen sensor can fail causing Check Engine Light illumination and the engine to run rich (burn more fuel than normal).

This engine may leak oil from the valve cover gasket.

The display on the heater and AC control panel may become dim or go completely blank. Our technicians tell us the control panel must be replaced to correct this fault.

The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with your local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

One or more of the rear suspension links may become bent causing a severe rubbing noise.

The timing belt may fail prematurely. Our technicians tell us that the belt tensioner and idler pulleys should be replaced when the timing belt is replaced.

The anti-lock brake (ABS) accumulator may fail causing loss of power brake assist. (The brake pedal will become very hard.)

The ABS master cylinder assembly may fail internally causing the ABS light to illuminate.