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Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
Jul 07, 2004 (7:10 am)
My 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier (2.2L) engine (30,000 miles) has a mildly rough idle (like little surges), that comes and goes from hour to hour of operation.
My dealer changed the fuel filter and then told me that my problem was a leaking valve cover gasket that had allowed oil to foul the plugs, ruin the plug wiring, and ruin the serpentine belt. He proposed to replace the valve cover gasket, replace the plugs, replace the plug wiring, replace the serpentine belt, clean the jets, all to the total of about $600 (I said no thanks).
I had already replaced the air filter and PCV valve. Only a minute amount of oil seems to have leaked out onto the block (at one corner only). The plugs are nearly new and look normal (no oiling
or white deposit, and the gaps are okay). There is no oil on the wiring and the serpentine belt appears clean to me. Please give me your best guess of what my problem might actually be.
Jul 10, 2004 (6:52 am)
When were the plug wires last replaced?
Alternator checks ok?
Just some thoughts.
Jul 11, 2004 (5:38 am)
if the plugs are not Delco platinum that is the problem.
#1541 of 2171 re My '96 Cav Rough Idle
Jul 11, 2004 (9:02 pm)
Thanks for suggestions. I tried "fuel injector cleaner" added to the gas and the idle seems improved. If that doesn't do all I want, I will try O2 sensor, EGR valve, etc. one after the other. Plugs are nearly new Bosch Platinums (a brand I've had success with over many years). Alternator is fine. Wires seem fine ---- I've never had to replace plug wiring in any car I've ever owned, including my preceding four Cavaliers.
#1542 of 2171 chevy cav rev lights
Jul 13, 2004 (3:47 am)
Does the 2001 Z24 Cavalier have back-up lights. I've never seen them work on mine. My fuses and bulbs are all o.k. The owners manuel lists the taillight panel to have three different bulbs yet when I pull my tail panel off I see only 1 bulb. Any Ideas?
Jul 13, 2004 (8:21 am)
I thought you would say Bosch Platinum that is sure your problem they don't work good in the GM cars. It has to do with plug resistance, its a long story. The j-body forum will tell you about them Bosch in the Cavalier.
#1544 of 2171 You May Have Something Joe
Jul 13, 2004 (4:50 pm)
however, it seems strange that I never before have had trouble with using Bosch Platinum plugs in my previous four Cavaliers (about 200,000 miles of use).
Jul 14, 2004 (8:39 am)
few people in the j-body forum claim they have good luck in the gen 3 Cavy with Bosch plugs, 95% say they had to go right back to Delco at about $5-6 each but well worth it to have a good running engine.
#1546 of 2171 Have to get this off my chest.
Jul 26, 2004 (8:45 pm)
I just rented a new Cavalier in Kauai. It was absolutely the worst car I have driven in my life. So pathetically cheap. It is beyond me why anyone here would even consider one. The handling and steering were numb.
The floor shift sometimes would not want to go into park. Sometimes the door refused to open. It was like sitting in a hole in the ground. The plastic door handles had rough mold flashing sticking out. There was NO remote for the passenger side mirror. Maybe it was specially stripped for Alamo.
Worst of all the car was equipped with cheap Goodyear Conquest tires. Not good for twisty roads. The car went out of control skidding on dry pavement and I almost crashed (I wasn't even going fast).
The next day I brought it back and got a new Ion which was 100% better. The Ion felt like a real car, while the Cavalier felt like... well...I can't use those words here.
Jul 28, 2004 (8:09 am)
My wife's 01 Cav isnt all that bad of a car. I have definately driven worse cars in my life. The Cavalier rentals I had around 92-93 were worse. The Festiva I owned for a year in 93 was worse.
I like the seat and the seating position, I find the Cavalier seats are more comfortable and you sit higher than in my Saturn SL. Dont like the tires, I think it has the Conquests also. Handling is really not this cars strong point but its not that bad. I think the steering is OK, about average for small cars. The interior quality is about the same as my Saturn-cheap. I had two Escorts and a Mystique before and I think Ford has better interior quality in small cars.
My Saturn has no remote for the right mirror either. Or the left for that matter. But rentals are often base models, these usually aren't that well equipped, hence the cheap tires and lack of amenities like remote mirrors.
I look at the Cav as basic transportation, so I guess I dont expect much of it. It does what it does and is what it is. But I'd probably rather have an Ion for a rental.