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North Reading, MA
Most likely a heat shield on the exhaust.I had one 2 days ago and shield rotted off.I used hose/worm clamps to wrap around shield,tightened clamps and good as new.We don't remove them because there on for a reason.They shield the heat from where ever there located,next to mounts,wires,fuel line,brake lines,ect....
Is the vehicle running? If it's running,what's the high side reading?
We did this to a few headlights.(remove headlamp first)We used a smoke machine to put smoke in the headlamp where the bulb goes in to,to find the leak.Then sealed it with silicone.Blow out moisture with air and then put tissue paper in lens to remove some more moisture. Added some white rice and it works most of the time. Rice absorbs moisture.Some people put it in there salt shakers to keep it from turning into to rock salt. No smoke machine? Get someone that smokes and have them blow into lamp.If the crack/seam leak is big enough you should be able to find the leak :)
Do your brake lights work? If not, check fuses or brake switch.Brake switch sends power to shifter actuator to unlock shifter.
Here are some pictures of a 1997 Ford Taurus G model. I don't have much info on your car,so i'll show you these. The top 3 are under dash and the 4th one is under hood/engine compartment. http://www.911stopsmoking.com/repair-pal/fuse-location-1.jpg http://www.911stopsmoking.com/repair-pal/fuse-location-2.jpg http://www.911stopsmoking.com/repair-pal/fuse-location-3.jpg http://www.911stopsmoking.com/repair-pal/under-hood-fuses.jpg
Sounds like the catalytic convert is getting clogged.The exhaust noise could be the exhaust back pressure trying to escape from the pressure build up.
Every shop charges differently.Some shop won't even do lines unless they put in factory lines.I did two honda civics last week and i charge about $500.00-Parts and labor to do 3 fuel lines and 2 brake lines.That was cheap compared to $130.00 for each line x 5=$650.00 the dealer wanted just for the lines,not including labor.One customer said they got a price of $1000.00 plus.
The cavalier has an automatic tensioner.How did you get the belt on?You have to use a tensioner tool to replace the belt.When you take the tension off the tensioner and it stays where you put it,it will need a new tensioner assembly.Unless the belt you put on is to long.
See if your brake lights work? If not check fuses.If fuses are good and brake lights still don't work it could be the brake switch above brake pedal.
It's on top of the fuel pump sending unit.Top of gas tank.Some vehicles you have to drop the gas tank a little to replace it. Here is a picture of the sensor mounted on top of the fuel pump assembly. Sorry if you get more than one email.I edited this 3 times and didn't know repair pal shows HTML links. http://www.911stopsmoking.com/repair-pal/fuel-pressure-sensor.jpg