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#1641 of 2171 97 Chevy Cavalier Convertible - Security Help
Apr 12, 2005 (1:35 pm)
Hi everyone, I have a quick question for you. I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier Convertible that I recently had work done on. As soon as I drove it off the lot, I experienced the same problems and the problem persists after visiting there again and having more work done. Please, someone help.
Whenever the car is at a stop and I press the accelerator, the engine stalls 1-3 times and then starts going. It doesn't happen all the time, but enough to be concerned. It starts to pull, then decides it's not going to, then pulls, and sometimes repeats this process. No matter how slowly I apply the accelerator, the car usually jerks forcefully. It has gone from almost being dead to spinning the wheels. Twice it has even gone dead on me when I started to accelerate. Periodically (every few weeks) the check engine light will come on, stay on for a week or so, and then go off.
The car did this before, but hadn't done it in 3 years. The last time it was fixed, the guy casually mentioned two wires that were going to an inoperable security device which was apparently applying the incorrect voltage and causing problems with another part of the system. The problem abated after that guy fixed it...until now when the guys likely re-attached the two wires without thinking twice about it. Does anyone know where these wires would likely be located, how to tell them apart from other wires, and/or how much it would cost to pay a mechanic to figure it out?
Apr 12, 2005 (1:55 pm)
Thanks for the comment. When I took it to the dealership to get the tires rotated, they mentioned that it may be the gas cap. Actually, though, something did have to be replaced, but when I asked the service guy what it was, he said he did not know what they had done to it.
Since then, the light has not come on and I now have over 7,000 miles. I am still very satisfied with the car.
#1643 of 2171 for dontshopthewal
Apr 12, 2005 (3:53 pm)
The service paper work from the dealer should definitely describe what they did to the car. You should have that for future reference.
#1644 of 2171 Electrical Issues - 1999 Cavalier LS
Apr 13, 2005 (1:33 pm)
Do you have the electronic instrument cluster? I mean is the odometer LCD or the old rotating wheel type? If its LCD then it shouldn't have to be shipped anywhere. The milage of the vehicle is stored in the cars computer not the cluster. The LCD simpy displays the milage, nothing more. The cluster just has to be replaced. No matter if the replacement cluster is from a wreck with 100k miles or a new unit, it will display your vehicles actual milage. You could probably get a new cluster from a salvage yard for less then $50. Any cluster 99 and up will work, even out of a sunfire provided its electronic.
If you have the old style mechanical odometer then yes you have to do all they say its needed as the cluster itself keeps the cars milage and states require the milage be recorded on the replacement unit.
#1645 of 2171 Electrical Issues - 1999 Cavalier LS
Apr 13, 2005 (3:19 pm)
HOST - please correct me if I am wrong!!
The instrument cluster in the 1999 Cavalier LS was a mechanical odometer and speedometer. I do not remember any digital dashes in the third generation Cavalier.
The 1980's Cavaliers could have one if you ordered it as an option for the Cavalier RS. It was standard on the Z24. I say this because when I owned a 1986 Cavalier RS, it had the full digital dash.
I do agree with krism that you will have to return it for repair since it is a mechanical odometer. The laws the law about milage being recorded correctly on the car.
#1646 of 2171 Electric issues
Apr 13, 2005 (4:57 pm)
Youre right, they dont have digital clusters. Although either in 99 or 00 they did go from mechanical to digital display odometer. Im assuming the poster has a digital one since even with a backlight out he still would be able to read the milage.
#1647 of 2171 1997 Chevy Cavalier Convertible
Apr 13, 2005 (5:44 pm)
This could really be anywhere. Aftermarket alarms are normally mounted under the steering column somewhere with plastic straps. They ahave a bunch of wires going from them up the steering column and are spliced into the oem wires going up the column.
They way to tell those wires is to take the column cover of to acces the wiring. What you are likely to see is a wire going up the steering column with another wire going right to it in the middle, with it all being covered with electrical tape. Taking the tape off will reveal the original wire with about 1 inch section of insulation missing and the alarm wire would be woundup around it. This is just for information. DON'T go ripping into it since airbag wires are also in there. Have a qualified technician do this. Airbags are expensive to replace and can cause some serious injury if they go off while working in their vicinity.
An experienced tech will spot/distinguish between cars original wiring and alarm wires very quickly.
Does the electical power go out or dim when the car jerks like that? If thats the case then its probably a bad engine/tanny ground strap. Will the engine stall/sputter when the transmission is not in gear or does it only do it if its in gear?
Does it do it when engine is cold or after warmup?
#1648 of 2171 95 cavalier wiper motor prob
Apr 15, 2005 (10:43 am)
Can I replace a 1995 cavalier wiper motor with any other type of GM product wiper motor such as a 95 chevy corsica
#1649 of 2171 Re: Electric issues [krism]
Apr 15, 2005 (11:45 am)
My odometer is a digital display and the speedometer is mechanical.
I really wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this problem. I saw a recall for backlighting, but I'm not sure if this is that issue or if it is the LCD display or are they the same.
#1650 of 2171 1996 cavalier wont star
Apr 15, 2005 (3:44 pm)
Hi my cavalier wont start it will turn over but wont start.. All the lights such as the ABS, water, brake, seat belt lights are on, after i tried to start the car and it wouldnt start the THEFT LIGHT came on. Can anyone help me out here.....