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The car won't start
Hello. I'm guessing your battery is shot. What you are smelling is likely your battery. Does it look like it's swelling? If so, it is toast. Be extremely careful when replacing it because when a battery gets to this point,...
Battery light on, alternator good, battery changed, changed starter week ago but it's missing a little cable the old one had.
Hello. Yes. The small cable that is on the battery generally is for grounding purposes. Without that cable you won't have complete connection as far as electrical goes. If you need to have this checked, a qualified professional like one...
Oil leak
Hi there. Believe it or not, changing from synthetic to conventional could increase the leak. Although the viscosity of oil is similar in 10W30, synthetic oil tends to be a bit thicker in general. Plus, if you use synthetic, you'd...
Just got a new upper motor mount for 2001 Cavalier and the OEM screws won't fit inside the new mount. I'm stuck
Hi, thanks for writing in. I suggest returning the motor mount and getting the correct one before proceeding with the repair and replacement.
Gas leak
Hey there. As you may know a fuel leak can be extremely dangerous depending on the location and what is causing it. I would recommend not driving your car at all until you are able to have it looked at....
Acts like it wants to die, shifting issues.
Hi, thanks for writing in. This issue could be caused by a vacuum leak, a failed sensor, a problem with the transmission, or any number of other possible problems. Some diagnostic testing will need to be performed to identify where...
New wheel bearing hub assembly
Hello, yes it does sound like you have a bearing issue. That red ring is a seal located in the knuckle area where the bearing mounts, it is for keeping moisture and debris away from bearing. The important things to...
My car has been having issues staring I turn the key and no clicking or sound happens lights still work and I know not battery
There are several issues that could possibly cause this issue. A bad connection, a failed starter (or starter solenoid), a bad relay, or any number of other possibilities. It would be best to have a certified mechanic do some diagnostic...
Vehicle won't start when warmed up - 1992 Chevrolet Caverlier
Hello. A bad ignition coil is often times the culprit of a no start/no spark issue when the engine is warm. Since you just replaced this, this should not be the problem. I would suggest checking the crank position sensor...
What is wrong with my suspension/steering?
Hi, thanks for writing in. If the struts on the car are original, it would not be unreasonable to replace them outright simply because you have relatively high mileage on the car. While the struts are being replaced, all other...
Stick shift has absolutely no pressure. Feels like there are no gears at all.
Hello, thanks for writing in. If there is no pressure on the clutch pedal, then most of the time it is caused by an issue with the clutch hydraulics. Most of the time it is caused by a bad clutch...
Car makes a grinding noise when moving forward but nothing while you're moving backwards
There are a few things that could be causing your grinding noise. Typically this is a sign of worn out wheel bearings, but that can also happen in reverse as well. It's possible that you have a transmission issue or...
Will not crank
Hi, thanks for writing in. It sounds like your alternator may have failed. If your vehicle died on the highway and will not even crank the starter now, it is likely that your battery is fully discharged. The only way...
Faulty half shaft
Hello there, many different faults will cause a vibration that increases with speed. The most common would be the wheel balance, brake rotors, faulty tires, wheel bearings or a CV joint. This vehicle will need diagnosed properly to tell what...
car stall s and the trac off come on
Hi there. Most of the time the trac off will come on when there is a powertrain problem. This can be voltage related or it may have a crankshaft position sensor that is failing among other parts. I usually start...
Will not start back up
Hello there, many faults will cause your 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier to die and not be able to be restarted. The most common faults are with the battery, alternator, battery cable, fuel pump, fuel filter, wiring harness fault, or MAF sensor....
Safe to drive with hole in muffler
Hi there. A hole in the muffler is typically not a really serious issue. It should be safe to drive the vehicle. My biggest concern though is the exhaust itself. If the hole is allowing exhaust to enter the cab...
About Engine Swap
The LD9 "Quad-4" engine offered with the Cavalier Z24 option (same years 1995-2005) is your best bet and will yield about 25% more horsepower. Make sure to get the transmission, wiring, and electronics from the donor vehicle, so that hardware...
Accelerating gas and it dies wont start after acts like it wants too & won't. I already changed fuel pump igni module crank sensor
Hey there. There are several issues that will keep a vehicle from starting. It really depends on exactly what is keeping the vehicle from starting. You'll need to find out if there is proper fuel pressure, is it getting sufficient...
Can you confirm the diagnosis before I book a technician?
Hi, thanks for writing in. Unfortunately, the diagnosis cannot be confirmed unless the system is checked and diagnosed by a mechanic, as the issue could happen for different reasons. The parts store only does a preliminary check and sees the...

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