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Chevrolet Prizm, Geo Prizm, Sedan
#1422 of 1443 Re: 95 Geo Prizm - Dashboard oil light [ucfknight1]
Oct 03, 2011 (3:54 am)
Could just be that since you are near an oil change that your oil is too thin. I had an old van and just before oil changes the light would come on.
#1423 of 1443 Re: 95 Geo Prizm - Dashboard oil light [ucfknight1]
Oct 03, 2011 (5:17 am)
Check your oil level on the dipstick. Check if your filter is screwed on tight enough, it should not be too tight either. The oil pan bolt should be tight enough also. I hope there is a washer there.
What kind of oil filter are you using? What grade/weight,brand of oil are you using?
It is easy to change oil and filter on a Geo Prizm/Toyota Corolla. You do not even need jacks,ramps etc. Filter too is easily reachable.
#1424 of 1443 Re: 95 Geo Prizm - Dashboard oil light [geoblue]
Oct 03, 2011 (7:23 am)
I took it to my mechanic today morning and it was found that there was no oil in the engine at all. He then filled 2Quarters of 10/40 regular oil and asked me to check for an oil leak when it is parked. Any thoughts on this?
I forgot to get the air filter changed. I will be visiting my mechanic again for that.
Changing oil and filter is easy, But I would like to visit mechanic atleast for this so that it can be like a regular checkup of my car.
#1425 of 1443 02 Prizm LSi
Oct 24, 2011 (10:29 pm)
First time posting here from Orlando FL. I own a 2002 Chevy Prizm LSi, 4AT, Gold/beige kinda color w/ tan interior. Has 165,300 miles on it. Pretty reliable I must say. I get 30MPG average. Besides routine maint, i changed the sparks to Iridium, flushed coolant, and fixed a AC leak. Plastics and trim are cheap in this cars, replaced both inside and outside driver side door handles. But i guess for this mileage is ok. Also, I noticed this car drinks oil. About a qt per 30-60 days. No oil leaks, no smoke, just dissapears. I guess should be going away through the piston rings. I'll just keep adding oil since I've read is a common problems with this Corolla/Prizm models. Car looks sharp, paint still shines. Im happy with it.
#1426 of 1443 Re: 95 Geo Prizm - Dashboard oil light [ucfknight1]
Oct 25, 2011 (10:42 am)
I am sorry I did not see your post before.
As I said the oil filter should be tight, oil plug on the oil pan should be tight enough.These areas are the palces oil leaks usually. Probably they did not tighten the bolt or the filter at the last oil change place.
10W40 is thicker oil, maybe because they thought it needed it since oil loss, but the factory specified 5W30 for these cars in winter, 10W-30 possibly in summer.
Air filter is visible, you can change it yourself in a minute.No need to pay extra for it.If you need the part number I can look it up for you.
How is the car doing now?
#1427 of 1443 Re: 02 Prizm LSi [mirde98]
Oct 25, 2011 (10:45 am)
Welcome here mirde98, whay you have is the next generation to what I have.Different engine design also.Because of the newer engine design, these cars usually burn oil.
Check the PCV (valve) often, and replace if it is not good (when you shake it should rattle, if it does not it is bad).PCV is very much related to oil.
I hope you get a couple of hundred thousand miles out of it unless you want to sell it some day.
#1428 of 1443 2001 chevy prism sucks
Oct 25, 2011 (9:00 pm)
I had a ton of problems with electrical problems and turn signal relay switch box.Im glad I got rid of it.
#1429 of 1443 Re: 02 Prizm LSi [geoblue]
Oct 26, 2011 (6:13 am)
I'll make sure to check that!! Thanks for the advice.
#1430 of 1443 Codes OBD1 CODES 42, 62, 71
Oct 29, 2011 (5:39 pm)
Just recently my dependable 95 geo prizm turned undependable. In a matter of 2 weeks my engine light and O/D light came on. Codes were 42 (vehicle speed sensor circuit), 62 (NO. 1 shift solenoid circuit), 71 (EGR System???). The cruse control went out as well. I replaced the battery, Distributor Cap, Rotor, Coils with in the two weeks as well. I replaced the vehicle speed sensor (pain) this weekend. EGR Valve is working properly. Need to look into Codes 62 and 71 more. The car is running pretty good. It still skips/jerk every now and then after i replaced the vehicle speed sensor. Anybody have this problem and what worked for you? Does the PCM need to be reprogrammed after replacing any of these parts???
#1431 of 1443 Re: Codes OBD1 CODES 42, 62, 71 [200000club]
Oct 30, 2011 (5:33 am)
Have you checked the level and condition of transmission fluid before replacing speed sensor? (I am assuming it has auto transmission.)
Disconnect the battery for 10 minutes, that is good enough for reprogramming as far as I know.
I hope you get years of reliable service out of your Prizm.