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#1337 of 1448 Timing Chain Replacement
May 17, 2010 (5:50 pm)
Hello there. I have a 2002 Chevrolet Prizm Lsi 1.8L VVTi 4AT with 124,000 miles on it. Bought it used last month, is in great shape for the age/mileage, i was reading the manual and nowhere says Timing Belt, i search online and in Wikipedia says my engine is all aluminum and has a timing chain instead. Does those need to be changed? How often? I also noticed that uses "Iridium" spark plugs and they should be changed at every 120k, are they expensive? I also have the driver side power window issue, goes down perfectly but sometimes doesn't wanna go back up. Maybe the switch module?
#1339 of 1448 Re: Timing Chain Replacement [geoblue]
May 18, 2010 (8:08 pm)
Thanks alot! I went to auto discount got NGK Iridium plugs. New air filter. And Prestone GM DexCool coolant (the red one), flushed the radiator, oil was changed last week. Runs like a champ now! Thanks again for the help!
May 18, 2010 (8:20 pm)
My 02 Prizm Lsi has the check engine light on.
(1) I took it to Auto discount for free scanning, came up as HVAC/Emission, he said most likely the gas cap. Got new one for 10 buck. Reset code.
(2) 2 days later check engine light again. Got it scanned again, same code, the other guy said O2 sensor, reset code.
(3) 3 days later Check engine light on again, Autozone guy said could be the canister or a hose.
(4) Took it for a 4th mechanic who after i explained everything he told me "Not to worry, that would not affect my car, would be a waste of time and money to search for the possible reason, to put a tape or sticker on top of the gauge cluster plastic and forget about the check engine light.
#1341 of 1448 Re: My Prizm.. (it just drinks gas--to me) [squeak6]
May 21, 2010 (2:16 am)
That car was only rated at 22 mpg city and 26 mpg highway so if your car is getting 31 mpg, I think that's about as good as you could possibly expect.
#1342 of 1448 Re: Question? [mirde98]
May 21, 2010 (2:22 am)
Your HVAC/Emission code may have simply been a loose gas cap. Always make sure to tighten it enough after a fill-up. If it's the type that clicks, make sure you get several clicks out of it.
If you can tell me the exact code, I may be able to help you further. It should be a 5 digit code starting with a "P".
#1343 of 1448 Re: Question? [mirde98]
May 21, 2010 (8:27 am)
Did you have the oxygen sensor replaced there?I am 100% sure it can not be the canister.In a newer car like 2002, no.
#1344 of 1448 Re: Question? [geoblue]
May 24, 2010 (2:32 pm)
Problem solved. I changed the spark plugs with new NGK Iridium. Air filter. Coolant flushed. Gas treatment. And a new gas cap. Code never came back. Last tank of gas gave me 32 MPG!
#1345 of 1448 Re: Question? [mirde98]
May 24, 2010 (2:53 pm)
Good to hear the good news! :)Mechanics think of Detroit cars when they see a problem, but Prizm is a Corolla originally from Japan, not like Detroit's 'planned obsolescency'cars so no need to tape any warning lights, because it most probably has a simple easy to find reason. Congrats again for your purchase of Prizm.
Did you know that Toyota and Tesla agreed to share part of NUMMI for producing electric cars together?
NUMMI in California is the name of the factory where our Prizms had been made in.
#1346 of 1448 Re: Question? [geoblue]
May 24, 2010 (3:16 pm)
Ure right, i found this car very easy to fix. I do some light mechanic stuff like plugs and cables. So usually i take care of routine maintenance. Complicated stuff i go to a professional. Yes i knew about the Nummi plant, didnt knew about the Tesla/Toyota electric car. Kudos!