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#1361 of 1448 instrument panel question-2000 prizm
Jul 06, 2010 (3:11 pm)
I have a 2000 chevy prizm and first the right half of the instrument panel backlight went out then a week later, the left side went out, also. The gauges themselves work fine. I replaced the gauges fuse inside the car and now the
left side is lit up, but the right side is still out. The car manual doesn't offer
any help, is there a different fuse for the right side? Or is it a burnt out bulb
under the instrument cluster? Is it something I could do myself? Thanks in advance.
#1362 of 1448 Re: 1993 GEO prism [chowdhury]
Jul 06, 2010 (3:33 pm)
Omar, I am not sure but it might be related to a faulty transmission speed sensor.I will look it up from service manual and write again.
#1363 of 1448 Re: instrument panel question-2000 prizm [jill22]
Jul 06, 2010 (3:35 pm)
Jill22, I would check the electric connectors behind the instrument panel.It is easy to open but be careful in order not to break any plastic parts.
#1364 of 1448 Nothing but problems in my 00' Prizm. HELP ME PLEASE!!
Aug 24, 2010 (7:54 am)
I have been having consistent issues with my prizm for about 6 months now, in and out of the shop 6 times now and the problem is only worse HELP!
First when I would try to take off my car would hesitate for about 3 seconds and then lurch forward and drive fine...untill the next stop. It did this randomly and not at every stop. The machanic told me to replace the O2 sensor and the throttle positioning sensor, and I did which helped for about a month.
I took my car from CT to CO and the car drove perfect! On the way home it started doing the hesitation again at toll booths but the machanic thought it might just need to adjust to the altitude and the changing oxygen levels.
By some chance, the car broke down the DAY I got home, and did the hesitation so bad that it took me nearly a half an hour to drive what normally takes me ten minutes.
I brought the car to the machanic AGAIN and they cleaned out the sensors they had replaced and checked the mass airflow sensor. They said that the computer was giving them a lean air reading and that if the cleaning did not work I would need to replace the MAF.
Within a day the Check engine light was back on and my car was doing a different problem. I replaced the MAF and it fixed any and all hesitation...but now a NEW problem has happened.
When accelerating my car feels like it is bucking slightly. I press on the gass at a consistant amount yet my car feels like it is gaining and losing speed in quick little bursts untill it is up to about 45mph and then it is fine. Sometimes when I slow down and then try to pick back up speed the car has no power at all untill i put the petal to the floor and then it shifts and picks back up to speed fine.
the CEL is on constantly and I have put new spark plugs in within the last year mind you, somebody told me to check the vaccume hoses or replace the fuel filter??
#1365 of 1448 Re: Nothing but problems in my 00' Prizm. HELP ME PLEASE!! [nkuchinsky]
Aug 24, 2010 (8:19 am)
I would suggest you use only factory recommended replacement parts, be it a spark plug or O2 sensor, the cheapest Denso or NGK works way better than Bosch for example.
Throttle cable might need adjustment, it is visible, you can check the cable yourself.
For engine surge, I would recommend use of Chevron Complete Fuel Treatment or a good alternative.It might be related to fuel pressure regulation, pumping or injectors.
Make sure the spark plugs are the correct type (not multi electrode ones) and at the factory specified correct gap. Change the air filter.Check the cap and rotor (ignition), also make sure your battery terminals are free from oxidation (white fluffy stuff).
Lastly, check your transmission fluid level and condition if it is auto.
I hope you find the problem and solve it without spending much.
P.S. I would also get the Chilton AND Haynes manuals for the car, they come in handy.
Have you replaced the timing belt? It might be worn or skipping teeth.
#1366 of 1448 Re: Nothing but problems in my 00' Prizm. HELP ME PLEASE!! [nkuchinsky]
Aug 24, 2010 (5:06 pm)
Have you replaced the Mass Air Flow sensor? It is behind the air cleaner in the air duct between the air cleaner and the intake manifold. There is a way to check them but it requires very senstive diagnostic equipment and careful monitoring of ambient temperatures. I had a very similari problem and this took care of it right away. easy to change. Hope this helps
#1367 of 1448 Re: Nothing but problems in my 00' Prizm. HELP ME PLEASE!! [meatypetey]
Aug 26, 2010 (11:13 am)
I just had the mass airflow sensor changed put new spark plugs in yesterday tried fuel cleaner treatment which has not completely ran through yet but I have used more than a half a tank of the gas with the treatment and my air filter is brand new from the last time I got an oil change less than a thousand miles ago and the surging is only getting worse...
my car is not starting hard or shaking so I think that my timing belt is fine. I checked my transmission fluid and it is still red and the level is fine so I did not replace it.
My car surges now every time I try to accelerate and it's driving me nuts because I have spent over 800 dollars now trying to fix every little thing. I have one of the manuals and it has helped me but it is hard because I can only look up parts not problems so I can only go to the guide when I have a place to start.
Someone told me the rotor cap can get burned and leave carbon on the ions...but I have a 2000 prizm so I have 4 individual coils and no rotor cap according to the manual so this cant be the case.
Do you think it could be a vacuum line or fuel filter issue? Im hesitant to do the fuel filter because it is expensive but I think it might be all I have left.
#1368 of 1448 Re: Nothing but problems in my 00' Prizm. HELP ME PLEASE!! [nkuchinsky]
Aug 26, 2010 (12:17 pm)
What is the brand/product code of these spark plugs, and what were the ones taken out?What is the gap on the older ones and what is the gap on the newer ones?
Mine is a 94, it has a throttle body to be cleaned, yours must have some kind of throttle system too.On older ones it is easy to clean, lots of dark grime there.
They say not to replace parts without knowing they are faulty, but I would have done the same.
This is from Haynes Corolla manual:
Engine surges while holding accelerator steady:
1.Intake air leak
2.Fuel pump or fuel pressure regulator faulty (ch.4)
3.Problem with fuel injection system(chapter 4)
4.Problem with emissions control system(chapter 6)
Engine stumbles on acceleration:
1Spark plugs fouled
2.Problem with fuel injection or engine control system
3.Fuel filter clogged
4.Incorrect ignition timing
5.Intake manifold air leak
6.Problem with emissions control system.
Fuel filter, as far as I know, is not that expensive (20 dollars or so at rockauto.com)
But before changing that I would read the code through a scanner (it is easier and cheaper to get one and do) and see what it says.
Do you still have the old spark plugs? Picture of those might help in seeing whether or not they are fouled.
#1369 of 1448 Re: Nothing but problems in my 00' Prizm. HELP ME PLEASE!! [geoblue]
Aug 26, 2010 (12:56 pm)
on the back of the manual that I have there were pictures of different wear on spark plugs and it was hard to tell which mine was most like. It was white in color and almost looked like what they showed to be "ash and carbon build up". I had bosche spark plugs and replaced them with NGK and made sure that the heat range was correct and gapped them at about 42 I am not sure what the old plugs were gapped at.
When I brought my car to the shop last time they cleaned my throttle body I just discovered when I looked at my receipt. They said that even after they cleaned it my car was giving them a "lean fuel" reading no matter what they cleaned or adjusted.
thanks so much for your help it is so much nicer to have a second thought on what to try next!!
The fuel filter for my car was about $130 for the part plus labor because my fuel filter is a part of the fuel pump I learned after reading up on them which is why I was trying to hold off on doing that but its starting to look like everything is pointing towards that as the faulty part.
#1370 of 1448 Re: Nothing but problems in my 00' Prizm. HELP ME PLEASE!! [nkuchinsky]
Aug 28, 2010 (6:25 pm)
have you had any luck fixing the problem? My prizm is bucking all of a sudden and just as quickly stops and runs fine. When the problem occurs you can smell the converter has been hot. My check engine light does not ever come on. Any help is appreciated.