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Chevrolet Prizm, Geo Prizm, Sedan
#788 of 1448 Re: fuel filter [infinia1]
Oct 15, 2004 (2:11 pm)
I own a 2000 Prizm. The fuel filter is in the gas tank. Quite an expensive fix. I was quoted $250 - $300 through a Chevy dealership. My local mechanic stated that he has never replaced a fuel filter in a Prizm or Corrolla. I had a hesitation in my vehicle and thought it was a fuel filter. I changed the air filter and bought some Chevron Techron fuel injector cleaner. Problem solved. Try that first before dropping huge dollars on replacing the fuel filter.
Oct 19, 2004 (7:34 am)
Anytime the check engine light comes on and the car seems to be working properly, take the car to a very reputable muffler shop. Here in DFW, the shop is Pronto Muffler in Plano, TX on 75 Central Expressway. They only charge $40 for the diagnostic ($80 at the dealer) and if they can do the work, it is credited towards the work.
My light was on, but I got 37 mpg (98 Prizm) so I took it there. They diagnosed, replaced the catalytic converter in 30-45 min., charged $200 (including tax and all fees), and that was the end of it. The light has never come back on since.
It is usually the catalytic converter in the Prizm in that situation if it is high miles and nothing seems to be wrong. A dealer tends to charge double, triple, or more for the work since they don't weld all day long like muffler shops.
CC's are designed to wear out eventually.
#790 of 1448 Re: Check Engine Light [prizmcoaster]
Oct 24, 2004 (4:26 am)
Hey PC. What is your definition of high miles. I have a 2001 Prizm (58,000 miles) I just bought from a dealer a week ago and the check engine light just came on. It's under warranty thank goodness. I did put brand new tires (65,000 mile tires) on it and wonder if that is what is causing the problem. The enginge seems to be running great. Thanks!
#791 of 1448 Re: Check Engine Light [knight]
Oct 27, 2004 (8:37 am)
It still sounds like a possible catalytic convertor issue to me. Mine was getting 37 MPG with the check engine light on. It is a problem because you won't pass emissions inspection not because it will harm the engine.
If it is under warranty, take it to the dealer.
These covertors usually last 100,000 miles I think but that is just an estimate. The original in my Prizm went 130,000. Some go the life of the car.
If you bought a 2001, it might have been owned by someone who KNEW they weren't keeping it long-term and put cheap gas in it. They may have also not maintained the car well.
There is almost NO chance that the tires are causing the problem if you ask me.
#792 of 1448 Re: HVAC Fan Runs at Highest Speed Only [zgd]
Nov 14, 2004 (5:40 pm)
I have a 98 Prizm with 71k miles. I also had the fan problem. I checked out a chilton manual on the Prizm and it suggested the blower motor resistor. When I removed the resistor I could see it was burnt.It is located right below the glove box. I could only find the part at the dealer. Thirty dollars and about 10 minutes later the fan was and is still working perfectly.
#793 of 1448 Re: HVAC Fan Runs at Highest Speed Only [maxtempo]
Nov 20, 2004 (6:25 am)
If HVAC means the internal fan for the Heat and Cooling, mine also only runs at the highest speed. The cooling will actually come on at the lower settings, without fan. This means that the air blowing in off the vent has to do the trick for cooling.
I'd also appreciate any more input on people successfully fixing this or how much it cost to have it fixed.
#794 of 1448 Re: HVAC Fan Runs at Highest Speed Only [prizmcoaster]
Nov 23, 2004 (4:42 pm)
The previous post is correct. The resistor for the fan is bad. I took mine out and found the break in the circut etch and soldered a jumper across it. Cost, $0.00. The fan resistor is mounted on the bottom of the air box underneath the passenger side dashboard and held in with 2 screws. ( It gets very hot and is put there so incomming air blows over it and cools it down).
Nov 24, 2004 (1:07 pm)
anyone else believe that the headlights of the prizm are weak? i had the dealer check their alignment on my 02 prizm; they were within spec. i'm thinking of trying to adjust the aim a little higher. they just don't light up enough of the road ahead of me at higher speeds.
Nov 30, 2004 (5:19 am)
My great little 96 Prizm (120k miles on 1.6L) burns about a quart of oil every thousand miles. From searching the forum it sounds like this is pretty common. Has anyone rebuilt the engine and determined what the cause is? I'm guessing the rings or valves are the problem. I'm still getting around 30 mpg so its not affecting my mileage but I'm wondering if burning all this oil is hurting anything and if so is it worth tearing into?
#797 of 1448 help!
Nov 30, 2004 (3:28 pm)
I have a 98 prizm with the 5 speed manual trans....Bought it 4 years ago with 40000 miles on it, no problems til this year. 60,00 miles replaced clutch. 65000 miles,replaced clutch again (warrantied so labor only). 70,000 miles it would clunk and engine or trans seemed to jump upon ignition and in reverse it made noise. Took it to mechanic, he said bad tranny mount. Talked to another mechanic who said there are no tranny mounts, just engine mounts? After a month the tranny mount came in, was installed, mechanic now says the vibration/noise that occurred only in reverse before is now worse and even does it in forward and while idling, and he suspects soem problem (not sure what yet) in either the trans or engine. Am I getting taken for a ride? I've used this mechanic for quite awhile and have no reason to distrust him. Any suggestions or ideas on what the problem might be?