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#1312 of 1447 Starting problems and Seat Belt Light/Warning bell
Oct 03, 2009 (10:37 pm)
I inherited a 1999 Chevrolet Prizm Base Model from my grandma when she stopped driving in the summer of 2008. At that time, it only had about 28,700 miles on it, and now it has over 39,800 miles on it.
Here is my question: On September 12th, 2009, when I went to start it to go to work, it did nothing, the instrument panel lights came on (ie. Air Bag, Check Engine, Battery, etc). I turned the key back to "off" and then tried starting it again, and it started up fine. I had no more problems with it until the morning of September 30th. It did the same thing as it did on the 12th but it did something different, however. This time as I was turning the key back to "off" so I could try restarting it, it started to crank, then stopped. I then turned the key back to start and it started up fine.
I decide then that after work that day, I would take it to the Chevrolet dealer where I have the routine maintenance completed at to have them look at it. They could not reproduce the problem.
Does anybody know what could have caused that problem, or is it nothing to worry about?
One other minor thing: Ever since I got the car, the seat belt light does not come one when the engine is started nor does the warning bell. The warning does work because when I open the door with the keys still in the ignition, the bell rings. I am just curious as to what the problem could be.
One moire question just out of curiosity: The "starting noise" the engine makes when it's turning over, is that the starter making that noise, or is it the engine itself? I know that is a silly question, but it is just out of curiosity.
The cars still runs great, I take it to the dealer for all the maintenance. The Chevrolet Prizm was and always will be a great car. Maybe someday, with everybody looking for more fuel-efficient cars nowadays, they will bring the Prizm back into production.
Thanks for your help.
#1313 of 1447 Re: Starting problems and Seat Belt Light/Warning bell [nickrusche]
Oct 08, 2009 (7:01 pm)
Turns out it was the starter shorting out.
#1314 of 1447 Broken inside door handle
Oct 16, 2009 (11:02 am)
My son broke the driver's inside door handle on my Prizm. Apparently this is a very common occurrence so I thought I'd post my fix. What happens is the weak plastic posts that the pull handle is attached to, and pivots on, snap. So I drilled out what was left of the posts, top and bottom of the body that holds the pull handle, and replaced the two posts with a single 1/8"x1 1/2" (approx) bolt and nut. I had to dremel out the outside ends on both sides of the plastic holder so the nut head and the bolt head would fit, but it worked. I used a dab of superglue on the nut to make sure it wouldn't gradually work loose. I have pictures if anybody wants to see them. I already had the nut and bolt, so $0.00 fix. The local junkyards didn't have any Prizm door handles (all sold out). I could get a new one for only $10.95... but shipping was another $9.00... Anyway, I hope it holds up for another 11 years.
1998 Chevy Prizm
#1315 of 1447 1999 Geo Prizm
Oct 22, 2009 (11:00 am)
I am looking for tail lights, hood etc. and not sure what other models if any interchange with this car. Appreciate any help on this.
#1316 of 1447 Re: 1997 Geo Prism check engine light [elmo1945]
Nov 14, 2009 (10:12 pm)
This isn't something you can do by yourself, however if you go to a local auto parts store (Napa, Auto Zone, Advance Auto Parts, etc) they can hook up to the car's computer and find out what's wrong, as well as clear the codes so that your "check engine" light will turn off
#1317 of 1447 Re: 1999 Geo Prizm [drstar10]
Nov 14, 2009 (10:15 pm)
If yours is a four-door sedan, you should also be interchangeable with the four-door Toyota Corolla. I cannot think of any others models off-hand, but that should get you started at least.
#1318 of 1447 1995 geo prizm cup holder
Nov 29, 2009 (7:44 pm)
I had my radio stolen out of my 1995 geo prizm, but the really unfortunate thing is that they ripped out the cup holder too. So, I'm looking to get a new one- I hear the corolla has the same interior, and would have the same cup holder. Is this true? I'm seeing a bunch of different looking ones on ebay- anyone happen to have a 1995 prizm they could take a picture of, so I could look at what exactly the cup holder looks like? One of those things you don't notice until it's gone...
#1320 of 1447 re: cup holder
Dec 01, 2009 (6:37 pm)
Thanks for the quick reply! Found one!
#1321 of 1447 Re: noise when running in gear with 2002 Prizm [jerrynelse]
Dec 06, 2009 (1:29 pm)
Your gasket between exhaust manifold and exhaust pipe is probably worn out.
This gasket looks like a fat ring made of metal mesh. the part costs about 5$ at aftermarket store. I've replaced it on my brothers prizm.