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#2065 of 2171 2004 Cavalier Suspension
Jan 19, 2007 (3:26 pm)
I have an 04 Chevy Cavalier with 72,000 miles on it. I hadn't thought about replacing the suspension until about a month ago when my car started sqeaking. Whenever I go over rough surfaces my car squeaks. Sometimes it seems to be coming from the front and other times the back. I haven't been able to isolate it. I've had an Olds where the suspension went bad and the car did "float". I haven't experienced this yet with the Cavalier. I am able to push the back end up and down pretty easily, but the front end really doesn't move when I push. Also, it's been fairly chilly here lately and I have noticed it more in the colder weather.
Does anything think the sqeaking is bad suspension? If so, does this model year use all struts or a combination or shocks and struts.
#2066 of 2171 Re: 2004 Cavalier Suspension [slusmiles]
Jan 21, 2007 (6:49 am)
Most likely just bushings, sway bar bushing are famous for that. They shrink and start making noise, if it was mine I would spray the bushings with silicone.
#2067 of 2171 Radiator question - 2004
Jan 21, 2007 (6:20 pm)
I need to replace the radiator on my 04 Cavalier Sedan. I am not very mechanically inclined and am hoping someone can help. Some of the websites I have visited list different models and brands of radiators and I am a little confused about which one I need to purchase. They list an OEM radiator $234, they list one for a 2.2L 16 valve $197. I pretty sure mine is not 16 valve. They also list a radiator with 2 rows $190. The last one listed is a Silla radiator that says it fits a Cavalier "2.2L, 4 Cylinder ó VIN F" for $128. What does VIN F mean??. If someone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
#2068 of 2171 Re: Radiator question - 2004 [bassoutlaw]
Jan 22, 2007 (10:52 am)
With your limited knowledge I would go to or call my nearest Advance Auto parts, tell them what you have for a car and they tell you what you need. I deal with them and they sell good quality parts at a fair price. If nothing else they will tell you what model engine you have, I believe you have a 16 valve EcoTech.
#2069 of 2171 Re: Radiator question - 2004 [bassoutlaw]
Jan 22, 2007 (6:40 pm)
The VIN F is important as to what sort of engine you have. If I think the the seventh figure is the letter F you need a different style radiator than if it's just another number. Better check that at your local Chevy dealer.
If you can get a double row radiator which will fit I'd go for it even if it cost more. You'll get better cooling remember the Ecotech motor can't take much overheating.
#2070 of 2171 1995 cavalier z24 2.3L AT wont start
Jan 30, 2007 (5:10 pm)
I have a 1995 z24 cavalier with a 2.3l AT. The car does not run. Some friends and I have all came to the conclusion that it is the ECU. I would like to get as many opinions on the matter as I can b4 i buy a $100 part. The car turns over but does not get any spark and I do not hear the fuel pump kick on. The engine light also does not come on while you turn it over. Also if it is the computer do I just buy the computer for this model car and pop it in or do I have to buy the computer and then get it flashed?
#2071 of 2171 Re: 1995 cavalier z24 2.3L AT wont start [cjkarcher]
Feb 01, 2007 (12:04 pm)
The computer is located behind the passenger side front wheel well splash shield. A known issue with corrosion on connector pins. The computer has to match the vehicle, same year, same model, same engine and same transmission.
#2072 of 2171 Re: 1995 cavalier z24 2.3L AT wont start [gonogo]
Feb 02, 2007 (1:12 pm)
I have the computer out of the car. Its a remanufactured computer. They guy I bout if from said the computer was flashed at point in time. His brother in law said i had to have it reprogramed. I am a computer tech myself and as far as i know when u flash any kind of computer you're flashing new code into it. I think the computer has just been wet and and the water damaged it. Any sugestion as to what i can use to clean off the pins that plug into the computer? Also could it be the security alarm and if so what do i check? Also how can i tell its a 2.3? I was told its a 2.3 but the valve cover says 2.4.
#2073 of 2171 Re: 1995 cavalier z24 2.3L AT wont start [cjkarcher]
Feb 02, 2007 (3:56 pm)
If you are talking about factory security, if it is on the security light will keep flashing. In security mode the injectors will not open, no ground from PCM. You should still get spark so I donít think it is security issue. You also should still get the fuel pump, my understanding is the security only cuts off injectors, so no go.
The only suggestion I have for the pins is spray them with electronic cleaner and connect and reconnect the plug 6 or more times to scrape the corrosion off.
Also there was a TSB on the 95 to install a water shield so the connector would not corrode.
#2074 of 2171 my car wants to die
Feb 27, 2007 (7:15 am)
anybody have any advice.. my car acts like it wants to die when I am at a stop light. I have a 2004 cavalier. I am new at fixing cars. I have changed the fuel filter and the air filter.. I was thinking maybe spark plugs, but I am not sure. I could use some help.