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Why won't my 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier start?
Hello. It sounds like you have an ignition problem. If you are not getting spark then this will occur. I usually check fro spark first. If you have spark then it may not be timed correctly. You may have a...
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I started my car this morning and as I started down the road there was smoke coming out if the vents. The smell was like a wood fi
There are a few different things going on with your 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier. If smoke is coming from the vents the most likely cause is an electrical fire either inside the vehicle or from the engine bay, or smoke from...
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When I start my car all the warning lights come on,but after a start driving it they all go off.
Hi there. It is normal for all of the lights to come on when the vehicle is first turned on. The vehicle does this as a bulb check for the systems. As long as the lights go off right after...
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Car will not crank.
Hello there, many faults will cause your 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier to have problems starting. You have done great in replacing the battery, starter, and solenoid as these are the most common issues. Your car will need diagnosis to determine what...
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My car is overheating. What's wrong with it?
There are a few different places at which the coolant may be leaking from. Check for leaks around the thermostat housing, the water pump, all coolant hoses going to and from the motor and back to the radiator. Any of...
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Car won't start in colder weather
Hi There, As you may already know, car engines and batteries typically do not do as well in colder weather for a few reasons. When the engine sits for an extended period of time in cold weather, the oil inside...
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My car starts but it wont move when i put it in any gear
Hi There, It sounds like your car may be low on transmission fluid or the fluid may need to be changed. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required,...
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Idle Problem/Engine Misfire Code P0300 P0301 P0303
Hi there. Check the spark plugs and fuel injectors for cylinder 1 and cylinder 3. Both cylinders are misfiring. If the plugs are good and the fuel injectors are firing, then there could be a problem with the internals of...
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Car not starting
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a weak battery that is not turning the motor over sufficiently to start the motor. When the battery is weak, it is common for it to produce the rapid clicking sound as...
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Fan not workin but when i unplug the sensor in the thermostate housing it comes on. Its a 93 chevy cavalier
The 3.1 ltr has a second coolant temperature sensor that is probably not functioning properly. It is located on the front cylinder head towards the front (pulley side) of the engine, so the passenger side of the vehicle. If may...
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No turn signals, brake light or instrument panel lights.
Hello, thank you for writing in. You will want to start by checking into the connections, fuses, relays, and ground connections for all three systems. The three share a few of theses, but a wiring diagram will help a lot....
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Shuts down when idling
Hello There, What you have described sounds like you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that reads the air intake as it...
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Not Starting
This may be a sign of a faulty fuel pump or fuel pressure regulator. As you know, when you turn the key to on, the fuel pump is activated and the fuel system is primed with fuel at a specific...
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2001 cavalier sputtering while driving.
Hi there. Try pumping out all of the fuel from the fuel tank and filling the tank up with fresh fuel. If the water remover was put in the tank and the vehicle started to run a little better, then...
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What does the car do when anti theft is activated? does it have no compression kind of like head gasket?
The head gasket and/or other mechanical components of the engine are NOT involved in this fault you are experiencing, at all. Cavaliers have quite a few electrical and instrument panel problems. If you search the NHTSA database for complaints from...
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Car dies at idle
This may be a result of a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...
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My cars auto theft was triggered and now my battery is dead.
Hi there. You can get a jump-start to start the engine, but I recommend either charging your battery or replacing it. Trying to jump-start your vehicle with a completely dead battery may damage the computer and other components. This also...
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Traction Control System
This suggests you have a problem with your traction control system (Trac system). The traction control system monitors the steering stability of the vehicle and engages when loss of traction has been detected. This is done by the use of...
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Why is my check engine light on an the ETS light too
Hello. The ETS light is part of the traction control system. It can illuminate for many reasons. The check engine light is likely because the component that has failed is used by another system in the car and also relies...
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Hit a curb, bent the axle?
Although the CV axle on the side that was hit, particularly the CV joints, could have been damaged in the collision, the damage you are seeing is more likely due to the control arm, strut, and steering knuckle getting pushed...

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