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#2132 of 2171 98 cavalier 2.4l coolant leakage
Aug 31, 2008 (11:53 am)
hello, my daughter has a 98 cav recently sprung a leak. appears to be coming from the water pump area about 1/2 gal every 2 days a mechanic told her that a special tool was needed to replace the timing belt or chain (not sure which) can anyone enlighten me?
#2133 of 2171 Re: 98 cavalier 2.4l coolant leakage [bubba38]
Aug 31, 2008 (1:25 pm)
I had a 99 cavalier 2.2 liter that was leaking a little for a while, but within a short time I ended up replacing the water pump and it was fine after that. This may or may not be the same for you.
#2134 of 2171 Re: 98 cavalier 2.4l coolant leakage [lauriemc64]
Aug 31, 2008 (1:26 pm)
and on my 99 it was a timing belt
#2135 of 2171 Re: 98 cavalier 2.4l coolant leakage [lauriemc64]
Aug 31, 2008 (4:24 pm)
does anyone know about the special tool required
#2136 of 2171 Re: 98 cavalier 2.4l coolant leakage [bubba38]
Sep 02, 2008 (9:16 am)
It has a chain, tool needed to keep cams in time. The pump is driven by the timing chain, so valve timing needs to preserved or bent valves.
Have it done by some one that has done the job before. It is not a cheap job, the front engine cover needs to come off.
#2137 of 2171 Leaking windows
Sep 11, 2008 (9:32 pm)
I am a Camaro person I have two Z-28ís however, I just acquired a 1989 Cavalier the window channels are in bad shape. Is there anyone that still sales replacement window seals for this car?
#2138 of 2171 Cavilers Reliable???
Sep 19, 2008 (11:59 pm)
How do the Caviler and Pontiac Sunfires fair reliability wise? Are there a lot problems with these cars? Is the Caviler or Sunfire any more reliable than a Pontiac Grand Am. It seems like with many of these older GM cars from the 90's and to around 2005 from the reviews I have seen they are not reliable. The cars that were reliable were mostly GM's Midsized and Larger cars. Like all Buick's were reliable, The Grand Prix, Pontiac Bonneville, Chevy Impala, Chevy Monte Carlo, Chevy Lumina, etc. I got the impression with the Caviler it would not be a good car to be in an accident. The bumper looks like it would fall off in a Head on collision. I would get Ford Escort cause its more reliable but I get same feeling as a Caviler. Not a very well built car that is made of plastic and I wouldn't feel very safe in an accident.
#2139 of 2171 Re: Cavilers Reliable??? [makigrl]
Sep 21, 2008 (6:15 pm)
I have a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire convertible with a 2.4L engine, 5-speed manual, and 130,000 miles (OK, 129,990. It'll hit 130,000 tomorrow). In my 12 years of ownership (OK, Oct 4th it'll be 12 years) I've had to replace the power window on the drivers side. That was partly my fault for closing the door with the window halfway down. The AC required a major fix and I've had some oil leaks and a few other problems. The most costly was a new top. I'm still on the original clutch (although it's starting to slip and the car has recently developed a hesitation). Does that make the car more or less reliable than the norm? I don't know, but my neighbors have gone through their Japanese cars faster than I've gone through mine.
Would I buy a used Sunfire/Cav to replace my car? No. Used G5s and Cobalts should be better. But what it comes down to is the old American small cars can hold their own with the imports.
As far as safety goes, the larger the car, the safer you should be. That's physics, not nationality.
#2140 of 2171 2002 Chevy Cavalier gauges went out
Oct 18, 2008 (10:25 am)
I have a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that the Gauges went out on I can't tell how much gas I have, what speed I am going or the milage if anyone know what i need to do to fix the problem I would appreciate the help Thanks.
#2141 of 2171 Re: overheat [nooklearwinter]
Nov 22, 2008 (1:34 pm)
sounds like wrong thermistat, go back to dex-cool