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Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
Jul 04, 2005 (10:24 pm)
I have a 1991 chevy cavalier, and it has been an awesome car, up until a few months ago. There is 180K on it, and immaculate. A few months ago though, it started getting pretty loud, and sounded like a motorcycle. I took it to the shop, and he replaced my fuel filter, and fuel pump in the gas tank. Not a fix. I replaced the spark plugs. Not a fix. My uncle replaced the distributer wires. Not a fix. All together. Now my cruise control has gone only a couple weeks ago. My car is louder than a motorcycle, it surges forward unexpectedly, drives with no power, then shoots forward, recently I have started to smell burnt oil, and now gas. It raddles, and shakes, and drives like a tank. What on earth could be wrong with it?
#1808 of 2171 1998 Cavalier Alternator Problems
Jul 07, 2005 (1:05 pm)
Any advice on how to replace an alternator in a 1998 Chevy Cavalier? The dealer says the engine has to be dropped to access it. I can't imagine engineers to design the engine like this, but they have done stranger things before. Moderate DIY. Thanks.
Jul 07, 2005 (4:13 pm)
i have a 94 cavalier and my fan died on me and on highway it's good it doesnb'yt heat up but i know i have to get it fixed and i was wondering if i had to take it a mechanic to fix it or is there someway that i can do it myself and i'm pretty mechanically inclined so if anyone can tell that would be great.
#1811 of 2171 Re: 1998 Cavalier Alternator Problems [marksb18]
Jul 08, 2005 (11:46 am)
The Chilton Repair Manual for 1995-2000 Cavaliers shows that the alternator may be removed and replaced from above (2.2L engine), but vehicle needs to be raised so as to reach, from below, the lower mounting bolts (2.3L and 2.4L engines).
Nothing I see indicates a need to "drop the engine".
#1812 of 2171 Re: fan problems [gman_128]
Jul 08, 2005 (12:08 pm)
The Chilton Manual for 1995-2000 Cavaliers, for the 2.2L engine, shows that you can remove the fan assembly from below the vehicle and then replace the fan motor.
The steps are: Disconnect negative battery cable, raise vehicle, unplug fan electric connector, remove fan assembly mounting bolts, remove assembly out bottom of vehicle. Replace fan motor.
Reverse above to install. Torque mounting bolts to 53 in-lbs.
Apparently the larger Cavalier engines involve draining coolant, etc.
#1813 of 2171 killer mudpuddle
Jul 10, 2005 (10:06 pm)
anybody else had their cavalier suck water into the engine during a heavy rain?
#1814 of 2171 Re: killer mudpuddle [keith13]
Jul 11, 2005 (10:33 am)
I never have but heard of it, some bend a rod some don't.
#1815 of 2171 Re: killer mudpuddle [joe3891]
Jul 11, 2005 (4:27 pm)
This one broke two rods,Mr Goodwrench wanted $5100 for the engine and $1000 to install it. I found one a little cheaper and am doing it myself. Dealer told me that the insurance companies normally total the car out, then he said that he had never seen a cavalier do it.