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#4286 of 5686 Re: Cavalier Check Engine Light Never Comes On [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 29, 2008 (6:35 am)
I am the original owner of the Cavalier.
Thanks for the advice on the dealer checking the wiring. I'll ask them that before they replace the cluster.
I'll have to look at the warranty for emissions. I'm pretty sure it was 7 yrs./70K miles, or at the most, 7 yrs./80K miles. The car has just under 109K miles. The irony is, the car runs great.
Thanks for the advice, though...much appreciated.
#4287 of 5686 Re: Cavalier Check Engine Light Never Comes On [uplanderguy]
Mar 29, 2008 (9:11 am)
I'm in Ohio and Ohio did away with the ECheck emissions testing a year ago.
#4288 of 5686 Re: Strange jolting at 45 mph [karona]
Mar 29, 2008 (10:03 am)
A jolt at exactly 45mph is probably the point where the tranmission is supposed to 'lock up'. There is essentially a clutch inside the automatic transmission that engages and 'locks' the torque converter into a 'direct drive' mode.
The jolt means this is not taking place smoothly. For what reason, I don't know.
When the auto slows down and stops, the transmission must 'unlock', otherwise it would not be able to 'slip' when you are idling and stopped. If unable to do this, the engine would stop.
It sounds like the unlocking is also not happening smoothly, causing the problems you are having when idling, in gear.
Overall, you've got transmission problems. About all you can do youself, is check that the level of fluid in the transmission is correct. This is usually done on level ground, engine and tranny warmed up, with the car idling in Park. Pull the dipstick for the tranny , wipe, reinsert fully, pull and look at the fluid level to see that it is at the correct level. There will be mark/s on the dipstick.
If the fluid level is correct, you are going to have to take this car to an auto tranny repair shop.
#4289 of 5686 Re: Cavalier Check Engine Light Never Comes On [imidazol97]
Mar 29, 2008 (11:31 am)
Apparently you live in SW Ohio. NE Ohio still has it.
#4290 of 5686 Re: Cavalier Check Engine Light Never Comes On [uplanderguy]
Mar 29, 2008 (12:26 pm)
Yes, SW Ohio. I didn't realize NE had still been saddled with it. I was so glad when they unloaded it because it wasn't really working well; it could have worked but factories were still a major problem along with travelers through on two interstate highways.
Odd the politicians had exempted Columbus and Franklin county metro area. Smog there was worst I'd seen at times.
#4291 of 5686 84 camaro just dies while driving, no idea why?
Mar 29, 2008 (9:45 am)
i got a 84 z28, however i swapped the engine for a 1991 silverado 5.7, bored .60 over, cam, edlebrock intake, and holley 4 brl carb. all the smog and bullshit sensors have been removed. i also have a holley performance fuel pump (old one removed) and a fuel regulator with gauge under the hood. the car runs great, but when i drive it for more than an hour, espeically if im going down hill or just let it idle, it will die. it SEEMS like it struggles for fuel, but my guage says its good. if i let it sit for 15 mins it usually starts right up. ANYBODY THATS SOLVED THIS PROBLEM OR CAN SEND ME HELP IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. ive put $8000 into this car, and this problem kills it.
#4292 of 5686 problems with push rods
Apr 01, 2008 (1:27 pm)
i have recently purchased a project car and while I know a decent amount about working on cars i am having a problem with the push rods bending on my 430 lincoln continental. If anyone has any tips on what could be causing it to bend the push rods. It was sitting for 18 years and when i purchased it the car was running but i think the owner just started it good enought to show me that it would run. Could the motor sitting for so long cause this.? Thanks
#4293 of 5686 Re: problems with push rods [krazywayne]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 01, 2008 (6:40 pm)
Bent pushrods can be caused by over-revving of course, but even more likely is either incorrect valve springs installed or valve springs that are somehow no longer the correct height.
Also some debris jamming the valve spring can bend a pushrod.
Last of all, valve adjustment way out of whack can do this, but I think your engine has hydraulic lifters so this might not apply.
I'd pull the head, strip it down and measure the old, and a new, valve spring that you know to be correct.
#4294 of 5686 Seat belt stuck
Apr 03, 2008 (3:45 am)
Anyone know how to unjam a backseat seatbelt on a 99 Buick Regal? I use to be able to slowly push the belt back into the mechanisum, then slowly pull it out. Now it is stuck/locked in the retracted position.
#4295 of 5686 Hum/whine noise near left front at 50 MPH and above.
Apr 03, 2008 (5:50 am)
I have a 05 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with 19,000 miles on it. I bought it used and car fax shows clen record. There is a slight variable pitched Hum coming from the left front at around 50 MPH and above. I had the tires checked and the mechanic mentioned tire cupping can cause the noise. The car was aligned not to long ago and the tires rotated and still the same thing. There is no play when I move the wheel from side to side. The tires are the orginals. What can it be ??? Please help
Mark from NJ