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#999 of 1443 Re: 1995 Geo Prizm problems [goeagles25]
Mar 15, 2006 (4:57 pm)
If you haven't resolved this yet...
Check battery connection. Bad cable or connection will cut off the engine. It can't explain the oil light but when you have an intermittent electrical problem electronics can do weird things...
The worst case senario is oil pressure loss and resultant failure of one of the large bearings.
Did it also overheat or do anything else that was unusual? Let us know how the diagnosis went.
#1000 of 1443 Re: Engine misfire [mt700a1]
Mar 15, 2006 (7:36 pm)
Grateful for your advice M, thanks! The car is running fine *shrug* will try to get the plug pulled as soon as possible. Thanks very much.
#1001 of 1443 Re: 94 Geo Prizm Stumped my mechanic [catfish172]
Mar 16, 2006 (1:29 pm)
Any luck with this ? My '05 Prism has the same problem.
#1002 of 1443 1995 geo prism
Mar 16, 2006 (6:09 pm)
I woke up one morning to go to work and I tried to start my car it would not start but it would turn over. I quickly took it to the garage they said that my ignition coil was bad. SO the changed the coil and everything associated it with it....( spark plugs, wires rotor...)I picked the car up and drove it away ....when accelerating my car started to hesitate and jerk.. I have never had this happen before in the car...
I take the car back to the garage they spend 2 days trying to diagnose it ... they are saying that the 1 and 2 cylinders are receiving 40,000 volts adn the 3and 4 cylinders are receiving 18'000 volts and thats why its not running right...... they said they have tested all of the wires and the computer and says that everything checks allright.... they also put a brand new distributor cap on the car and after three test runs still the car didnt run right.
I dont know what to do can you give me some guidance and tell me what might be wrong or where to look
#1003 of 1443 Re: 1995 geo prism [pierce7]
Mar 17, 2006 (12:04 pm)
I don't know what is wrong with your car, but you should negotiate the repair bill with the garage...if you haven't done so already. The "repair" did not fix the problem so you shouldn't have to pay for that. If still trust them enough, you should agree to pay them when the problem is actually fixed. Walk away from a mechanic who would not agree to this.
#1004 of 1443 Geo Prism Motor
Mar 18, 2006 (5:28 am)
I am considering buying a 1995 Geo Prism for a teenage daughter. It has 145K miles and has been very well maintained by the orginal owner. Has anyone experienced significant problems with Prisms of this age and mileage? Are parts hard to find?
#1005 of 1443 Re: Draining the Radiator on a '92 Prizm [iwantws6]
Mar 19, 2006 (10:21 am)
Thanks--the directions worked well, but I never could find that engine block drain. I used the lower hose method, but I don't think I drained six quarts (what the Haynes manual says the coolant capacity is for a 2000 Prizm). I think I put in even less before coolant started to overflow out the top of the radiator. I kept topping off a few ounces there and at the coolant reservoir over the next few days as I drove it and the level lowered, though. I think I'm OK--the coolant I replaced was green, and now the coolant is all bright orange, which is the color of what I used to refill the radiator.
One additional question--I wanted to check (per Haynes) and replace the thermostat with one of the "no fail" ones that if it seizes, does so in the on position. However, do you have to remove the alternator to easily get to the thermostat? It looks that way. Is removing the alternator pretty straightforward and manageable for someone with little technical expertise?
Mar 19, 2006 (10:45 am)
Any one ever had any issues with the timing chain in 2000-era Prizms? My engine (100,500 mi.) started to emit a noise that sounds like a really high speed, continuous metallic clicking. It's coming from deep within the engine.
I'm not having any performance issues since replacing an oily spark plug--just worrying needlessly, perhaps.
#1007 of 1443 Another '95 Geo Prism Mystery
Mar 22, 2006 (10:57 am)
I have a problem with my Prism very similar to that of a couple of other members of this forum.
My car died in mid-traffic; a new distributor was put in.
I think it needed one anyway. But as soon as I picked up the car, I had new problem. While it started fine; now it seems to have a fuel problem. It sputters and jerks and acts like a fuel related problem; the mechanics even got a
" lean fuel" reading. They could not fix it. They put in a new distributor, fuel pump, fuel filter and injectors.
They did not charge me for the extra work, so I don't think I was being scammed. They even sent it to the dealer and the dealer could not fix the problem. I am at the end of my rope with this; I really think someone overlooked something, but I'm not sure what. They tested the gasoline , too.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
#1008 of 1443 Re: Another '95 Geo Prism Mystery [cralya]
Mar 22, 2006 (10:19 pm)
I presume compression was checked and there's nothing wrong with the spark plugs and wires. There's oil in the car, and air filter is there, etc., right?
At this point the only thing I can think of is that there is something that's physically blocking the fuel passage somewhere between the gas tank and the injectors. Has anyone checked the fuel pressure? If the reading is ok, the blockage could still lie past the measurement point.
Maybe something fell into the gas tank, and it got sucked into the fuel system. I think there is a wire mesh of some sort inside the tank to catch foreign objects, in addition to a fuel filter somewhere. Has anyone looked into that possibility?