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Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
Dec 29, 2003 (11:36 am)
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. It's Millenium Yellow with the ground effects and spoiler. I love the car so far but there is one problem with it. I got the LS Coupe and not the LS Sport so I have the original 2.2 and not the ecotech so there is not alot of HP, at all. I was wondering if anybody could tell me what I can do to increase the HP for the original 2.2.
#1486 of 2171 KN Filter, IMCO Turbo Muffler
Dec 29, 2003 (1:42 pm)
You can either find a "cold air intake" which gives the most pop, or just add a K&N filter (check Autozone or Pep Boys, sometimes they are a stock item).
Also a better flowing muffler. I tried Magnaflow, but too loud. The inexpensive IMCO Turbo Muffler my shop had did the trick - a little louder, but workable.
Best trick, though, is to be patient, the engines tend to open up better after 3-5,000 miles.
Also keep in mind that the original 2.2, though not "rated" 130 HP like the stock Dodge Neon engine, displaces 200 cc more and always had a lot of low end torque.
BTW, all this assumes you have a stick. If you have an auto - imo they are all cursed, you need 30 more hp to compensate for an auto in almost any small car.
Jan 06, 2004 (12:34 pm)
I have a '92 Cav. (bought new) with 103K on the clock. Had the first head gasket replaced at 50K mi. For the last two years, I have occasionally smelled coolant when exiting the car. (Only in winter, and only when parked in the garage.) Every time I take the car in for an oil change, they need to add coolant. There are no hose leaks, no foam on dipstick, no puddling under car. Where is my coolant going??? I asked the dealer to check it out 2 winters ago, and they claim nothing is amiss. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that my head gasket is leaking again, dripping small amounts of coolant down the front of the engine block where the heat vaporizes it, just like it did back at 55k mi. Does this sound correct? Is it worth fixing, or can I limp along like this indefinitely?
#1488 of 2171 Get an Oil Analysis Kit, from Blackstone
Jan 06, 2004 (2:33 pm)
I'd recommend doing a cheap oil analysis to see if you have coolant in the oil. If you do, I'd sell the car! Or fix the headgasket. Coolant in the oil is probably no good for the engines moving parts.
If you have no coolant in the oil, and it is just exiting the way you describe, I'd first try one of those cooling system additives that is supposed to seal small leaks. A friend tried this years ago, and although it sounds both mickey mouse and too good to be true, the stuff worked! (Bar's?) At least if the coolant isn't making it's way into the engine, it's hard to see how the additive can really hurt.
#1489 of 2171 Cavalier Owner's Opinions Wanted on Trailer Hauling
Jan 06, 2004 (8:21 pm)
Am wanting to start hauling an 800# motorcycle
behind my 2002 Cavalier (2.2L push rod engine and
4 speed automatic).
People, like at U-Haul say, "No problem". Well,
they want to rent me trailers. So, I need some
"actual" advice from Cavalier owners.
Am I asking too much of a Cavalier ?
Does anyone know the lightest trailer for carrying only one motorcycle ?
U-Haul did say they can install a permanent hitch
that bolts to the underside of the body
platform. Their hitches are usually good. Does
anyone already use theirs on a Cavalier ?
Jan 07, 2004 (9:21 am)
recommends towing with the 2.4 only,you are on your own towing with a 2.2.
#1491 of 2171 "you are on your own towing with a 2.2... "
Jan 07, 2004 (10:31 am)
Isn't this the same engine as in many of the
S-10 Sonoma pickups ?
Are the pickups restricted ?
If not, I'm beginning to wonder if the rear
body of the Cavalier is not structurally
sound for towing with ANY engine ?
Jan 08, 2004 (9:12 am)
00 Cav 2.2 and a 99 Sonoma with a 2.2,the Sonoma is rated 3200 lb tow rating.The Cav has a 3.63 axle ratio the Sonoma 4.10.My Cav owners handbook states don't tow with a 2.2 but you can with the 2.4,I think the 2.4 rating is 1000 lb going by memory.
#1493 of 2171 The Cav has a 3.63 axle ratio the Sonoma 4.10.
Jan 08, 2004 (9:24 am)
Gearing has a LOT to do with towing...
#1494 of 2171 Reply to '92 coolant loss problem
Jan 09, 2004 (4:59 pm)
May be the intake manifold gasket. GM had a recall on these in the early '90s. If you are fixing it yourself, this is a straightforward job, but check with the dealer on the recall first. I would try this before doing the head gasket again.