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#1503 of 2171 2002 cavalier automatic gearing
Feb 06, 2004 (7:14 pm)
I have just bought a 2002 automatic chevrolet cavalier sedan, no later than a week of having it, it seems to have gotten weaker. When you take off, it takes longer than normal to change gears. In 2nd gear (automatic) it sticks so long it starts to roar, I get worried it might blow up. I'm a previous owner of a 4 cylinder, so I know what kind of power to expect.
Is this normal or is there something wrong?
#1504 of 2171 "is there something wrong?" - You've answered your own question.
Feb 06, 2004 (9:25 pm)
Transmission problem is likely....
Let us know ? ....
A transmission specialist will diagnose it
(GM's late model automatic transmissions are one of the
BEST features of Cavaliers.)
Feb 06, 2004 (10:01 pm)
Do you live in a cold climate? If there is not a serious drop in power throughout your rev range, the "problem" you describe may actually just be the vehicle keeping itself in a lower gear to facilitate a quicker engine warm-up. Most automatics now do this, and its quite noticeable in my 2003 Sentra.. for the first mile or two, when under moderate acceleration, the vehicle almost feels as though its lugging... holding gears to a higher RPM before upshift. Temps have been in the low teens for a few weeks now...
I'm not saying you definitely DONT have a problem, Im just offering a less harrowing, more optimistic explanation.
#1506 of 2171 @ alpha - " just offering a less harrowing, more optimistic explanation"
Feb 06, 2004 (10:19 pm)
Let's hope you're right, and I think you are...
If it's really something wrong inside that transmission...
Probably it's the torque converter...
Let's hope he lets us know...
Feb 07, 2004 (11:19 am)
Of ourse your engine is going to "roar" because the transmission is in 2nd gear! Leave it in drive and you'll be happily amazed at how quiet it (the engine) is.
For the record, I also own a 2002 Cav LS w/4spd auto. It has 17k miles on it
Feb 11, 2004 (5:45 pm)
my mother bought a 2002 Cavalier Sport (it has the 16" wheels, cladding, chrome exhaust tip etc...) and it is the 4 speed auto. It has the basic 2.2 (not the ecotec). She had a 94 cav. with the 2.2. Has anything changed between the 2.2 of 1994 and the 2.2 of 2002? I know from the outside it looks different, but is it essentially the same engine? Would it have been a better idea to go with the 2.4 or the ecotec engine? I have the 2.4 with a 5-speed in my Grand Am GT (1997), and absolutely love the engine. Is the ecotec a better engine even though it lacks some of the 2.4's power? PS.. just a word to the wise... if you decide to purchace a Sport model with the optional performance tires... opt for a good set of snow tires on the side.
#1509 of 2171 @ lilcityboy87
Feb 11, 2004 (7:57 pm)
Pros and cons about different J-body engines can
be found at :
It's tedious process to search through all that's
available at this site.
My summation : The old cast iron 2.2 engine was
many times improved, and the last ones in 2002
are reliable and easier to work on. The more
powerful engines (with dual o.h. cams are very
#1510 of 2171 I was SHOCKED !!
Feb 12, 2004 (11:22 am)
I received this in the mail today from GM Protection Plan :
"Dear Mr. XXXXXX, This may be your last opportunity to protect yourself against the rising
cost of repairs. Your vehicle's GM Warranty
may be about to expire, and after that it will be
too late to consider GM Protection Plan coverage.
This plan offers extended service coverage protecting you against the potential high cost of
parts and labor for repairs to your Chevrolet
I'm not going to, but if I replied, I'd say, "Dear
Mr. GM, I still have 18 MONTHS of coverage on
my 2002 Cavalier....So, take your $600 offer and
CRAM it !"
GM must be getting DESPERATE to stay ALIVE !!!
#1511 of 2171 GM oil filter choice on those "hard-to-change" models
Feb 17, 2004 (7:00 pm)
Using the GM filter numbers, the PF-47 is recommended for the late Cavaliers with the
2200 engine and 4 speed automatic.
It's very difficult to change the filter because
it seems like the transmission (next to the filter) is too big for the car. Working from
below is next to impossible.
Working from above (after removal of some electrics) is still "painful" due to the limited
space between engine, cooler lines, transmission,
Some owners have recommended using the longer
PF-52 filter to make it easier to hold on to the
filter for installation or removal. (I realize
the thread and mating surfaces are the same between the PF-47 and PF-52. There's no problem
there and the PF-52 should provide more filtering
Once, I tried to use the longer filter. I just
couldn't find enough room to "wiggle" and get
it in place.
Anyone who can make the PF-52 work, I applaud you.
The longer filter definitely would be better.
#1512 of 2171 PF-52 filter
Feb 18, 2004 (9:13 am)
works great on a 00 Cav LS.