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#1425 of 1447 02 Prizm LSi
Oct 24, 2011 (9:29 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 1447 Re: 95 Geo Prizm - Dashboard oil light [ucfknight1]
Oct 25, 2011 (9:42 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 1447 Re: 02 Prizm LSi [mirde98]
Oct 25, 2011 (9:45 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 1447 2001 chevy prism sucks
Oct 25, 2011 (8:00 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 1447 Re: 02 Prizm LSi [geoblue]
Oct 26, 2011 (5:13 am)
I'll make sure to check that!! Thanks for the advice.
#1430 of 1447 Codes OBD1 CODES 42, 62, 71
Oct 29, 2011 (4:39 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 1447 Re: Codes OBD1 CODES 42, 62, 71 [200000club]
Oct 30, 2011 (4:33 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.
#1432 of 1447 Re: where does it go? [keithh1]
Nov 19, 2011 (9:09 am)
I know this is an old thread but I found out where a lot of the oil was going on my 98 Prizm. The PCV valve grommet gets old, dried out and hard. This prevents it from sealing and oil leaks out and runs down the back of the engine and onto the exhaust pipe where it burns off. No drips, no smoke out the exhaust. Just the smell of burning oil when you turn off the engine. A new grommet is less than $3.50....
#1433 of 1447 Re: BRAKE PROBLEM [agarg98]
Dec 03, 2011 (6:54 pm)
i have the exact same problem with my 94 geo prizm, did you ever find out what was wrong?
#1434 of 1447 Re: Geo Prizm spark plug gaps [jcjimenezl]
Dec 08, 2011 (4:27 pm)
Hello...if you wouldn't mind, could you please email to me the PDF manual for the 1997 Geo Prism. I need to get some spark plugs for my car as it is riding a bit rough.