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#1088 of 1448 Air Conditioning Compressor
Dec 12, 2006 (11:12 am)
On my 2002 Prizm el stripo, (My Wife bought it I didn't)seemed to operate and drive OK,but several months ago it began a rattly noise in drive and at idle. It kept getting worse, so 10 days ago I took it to the local Chevrolet dealer. Several hours later they called and said that the air conditioning compressor was bad and needed replaced. I wasn't having any trouble with cooling but in order to get rid of the noise I authorized the repair. My wife drove the car home and didn't say anything about any noise. I drove the car several days later and found that the same noise still persisted. The dealer had replaced the compressor with a rebuilt compressor. The total bill was $753.00 and change. I took it back to the dealer and complained and the service writer turned me over to the mechanic who serviced the car. He said that the original compressor was bad internally but that all the compressor's sound like this. The car was bought used and didn't sound like that at that time. Anybody out there had the same problem? Advise
#1089 of 1448 Re: Air Conditioning Compressor [bud1123]
Dec 12, 2006 (4:18 pm)
I had the same problem, but it really was the compressor--it wasn't cooling, the car would leak refrigerant as quickly as I could put it in, and changing the filter made no difference. I also had that same horrible rattle.
I had a brand new compressor put in (on the recommendation of the service manager who said the quality of rebuilt ones these days was very erratic) and the problem was solved. It did, however, set me back $892. But on those sweltering humid Southern summer days, it seems money well spent (or at least that's how I rationalize the expense).
#1090 of 1448 Running Lean....Check engine light is on
Dec 26, 2006 (9:18 am)
I have a 2000 Chevy Prizm with about 110,000 miles on it. The check engine light came on a few months ago and our mechanic said it was the Catalytic Converter.
I waited several months, and then had it replaced, but the check engine light came on again, and the mechanic said that an O2 sensor needed replacing, so he did that as well.
Well, 45 miles later, the check engine light came on again. I took the car in, and the mechanic said he was getting a "RUnning Lean" code.....but that he checked everything on the car, and nothing seemed to be wrong. So he reset the switch, turning the light off, and told me to drive it again to see if the light would come on again.
Exactly 45 miles later (again) the light came on.
Now I'm $900.00 in the hole, and my SMOG check is due immediately, for registration (lucky me). And I will have to take it back for him to do a deeper search.....but I would really appreciate any advice on this scenario...and what the potential problem might be.
#1092 of 1448 Re: Geo Prizm spark plug gaps [jcjimenezl]
Jan 05, 2007 (12:44 pm)
I'd love a copy of that manual. Could you send it to:
#1093 of 1448 1997 Geo Prism check engine light
Jan 05, 2007 (12:46 pm)
Anyone know how to turn off the check engine light on a 1997 geo prism.
#1094 of 1448 1992 Geo Prizm has 2 check lights have appeared
Jan 23, 2007 (9:23 pm)
I need help, my 92 geo prizm is my transportation from home to college,
My brake light is on and also my battery is on also.. my hand brake is not up so I know its not that problem,
I went to a mechanic a few days before it appeared and he said my brake pads were fine. I thinking it might be my alternator.
My Car starts up like regular, but there is an a kinda exhaust smell,
Can anyone help? please? Much apprecaited.
#1095 of 1448 Re: 1997 Geo Prism check engine light [elmo1945]
Jan 24, 2007 (4:27 am)
you have to go to the ,mechanic and they have to reset the computer to get the light off..you also need to find out what caused the light to come on.
#1096 of 1448 Re: 1992 Geo Prizm has 2 check lights have appeared [geo92]
Jan 24, 2007 (4:30 am)
Sounds like the alternator..also when you first crank up in the morning..does the engine sound noisy?The exhaust manifold is probably cracked..especially if your car has over 100, 000 miles on it..these typically crack after a lot of miles.Go get the alternator tested and also if you want to fix the manifold..i think it is a $300.00 job unless you can get a used one.
#1097 of 1448 Re: 1992 Geo Prizm has 2 check lights have appeared [geo92]
Jan 24, 2007 (4:54 am)
Check the brake fluid level. The battery light could be the alternator, the battery or even the drive belt slipping.