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#13 of 78 Chevy Cavalier 1996 - Overheating Problem...!
Nov 11, 2005 (10:54 am)
I have a 96 chevy cavalier with 173K miles on it.
Since past 1 week, I am facing a problem of overheating. When I start the car, it says, COOLANT is low and after running for 1 to 1.5 miles, the car temp increases to Maximum.
I got my car checked for this problem. They are also clueless about the problem.
Can anyone suggest me the cost effective way of removing the problem??
#14 of 78 Re: Chevy Cavalier 1996 - Overheating Problem...! [oscorp]
Nov 15, 2005 (4:10 pm)
Sounds like a blown head gasket. A typical problem with the 2.2 or 2.4 liter engines. Hopefully the cylinder head is not warped or cracked. Good luck.
#15 of 78 2005 Cavalier Problem
May 22, 2006 (4:53 pm)
Hi all. Just wanted some opinions. I have a 2005 Cavalier, bought brand new last March. I live out of the city and put about 150km (Canada) on it per day, so my warranty just ran out. I'm currently at 68000km. I have drive train warranty up to 100,000km. I'm hoping what's happening is covered. Last week my check engine light came on and I took it in and was told that there was a large leak in the EVAP systerm. They replaced the EVAP vent solenoid, which corrected the problem. I asked them for a full inspection, which they did, and checked and approved everything, telling me that there were no problems. Today, on the highway, the engine coolant light came on, and so I pulled over. I think the car overheated because after I shut it off it was making this bubbling sound for about 5 minutes before it finally shut up. A nice man pulled over, told me he was a mechanic, and asked me to pop the hood. He told me that there was absolutely no coolant in the car, and put some water in it. When I started it again, the water just leaked out all over the place. He told me that he thinks that a head gasket blew. I have no idea what that is, but the guy said it should be covered under the drive train warranty. I'm hoping that some of the experts on this board can verify what he's saying, or suggest something else. I'm just flipping out over this because I have just had it over a year. Is it normal for this to happen? Is it going to happen over and over again? Does this sound like a head gasket? Anyone ever try to get something like this fixed under warranty? Thanks! Sarah
#16 of 78 02 Chevy Cavalier, PLEASE HELP
Jun 17, 2006 (11:29 pm)
I really need some help. I have an 02 Chevy Cavalier, single cam, 2.2-4 Engine, Manual Trans. Ever since I bought this piece of S&*^ I have had problems. A month after I got it, check engine light comes on. Take it to dealer and they say that the Thermostat needs to be changed. I changed the Thermostat, then my water pump goes out, I change the water pump. Runs good for about a week then car starts overheating. I fill her back up with water and no leaks, then runs fine. Then overheats again. No leaks but all my water in my reservoir is gone. I soon realize that my fan is not kicking on. I change the Cooling Temp sensor, and runs great at normal temperature for about 30 miles, then breaks down. And wont drive anywhere without heating up. So I pull apart the head and I have water in my #3 cylinder, I change all the gaskets, have the head pressure checked and re-surfaced. Once got it all back together it ran great, at normal temp, and fan kicks on. Then I take it for a drive for about 20 mins, then starts to heat up again, I turn her off and steam is blowing out the back of the head and now water in my oil. Does anyone know what the hell it could be? I am so fed up with this car. Im thinking a cracked head but shouldnt they have been able to tell if they prssure test it? Please anyone give me any advice on what I can do or what it could be. Thanks in advance.
#17 of 78 Re: 02 Chevy Cavalier, PLEASE HELP [professaditty]
Jun 18, 2006 (10:31 am)
Those things had head gasket problems. If you had the head gone through and resurfaced, they either did a poor job or the block might be warped too. Seen it happen before.
You have to be careful, there's a lot of bunk repair places out there. A friend of mine had the heads gone though on his Dodge motor home. They failed to replace a couple of stretched valves, one broke and ended up destoying the motor. He got what he paid for.
#18 of 78 Re: 2005 Cavalier Problem [sarahanne]
Jun 20, 2006 (11:01 am)
Well you might have a case against the people who did the prior servace, IF you can prove they let you leave without a full cooling system.
This motor can't handle too much heat, problem with aluminum in general also the way it's built, light and cheap... too much heat they warp and crack, the mating surface between the head and block must be perfect. Let this motor overheat they WILL blow head gaskets. This is a fact.
If you see steam or liquid leaking from between the head and block you can bet it's a head gasket. If you see steam in the exhaust, head gasket or cracked head. Oil in the water or water in the oil, same thing.
#19 of 78 Head Replacement
Jun 25, 2006 (6:33 pm)
Gonogo or anyone, I could use those tips on head removal on a 97 cavalier 2.2!!!!
I just replaced the timing chain and it starts but misses.
Bought compr. tester...
0 on #1,
155 on #2,
140 on #3,
150 on #4
Must be at least 1 bent valve.
I'm not sure if I'm brave enough but I might do it.(I did the chain and they didn't make that too easy did they?)
Any advise would be muchly appreciated
#20 of 78 Re: Head Replacement [valvex]
Jun 28, 2006 (9:01 am)
I did a 94 but the engine should be the same as the 97, 98 had a different set up. I from experience only remove what needs to be done to accomplish the job. I used one new head gasket, oil and filter change, and reused and topped off the old coolant.
I did not remove the intake or exhaust manifold, left them on. I disconnected the throttle and cruise at the throttle body. I removed the power steering pump bracket bolts attached to the head, left the lines on just pushed it off to the side. Exhaust pipe at manifold,electrical connectors as needed, there should be on the drivers side a EGR tube to disconnect on the back of the engine. I may have missed something but if it will not lift off with ease after breaking the gasket loose look around.
With everything still on I laid the head up side down on a old blanket. I used a razor blade scraper to remove the old gasket material, don’t use an abrasive cleaner like Scotch pads. When you scrape the block be careful not to drop anything down in the engine, a small shop vacuum work good for this.
If you need to strip the head for valve work it‘s easier to do on the bench.
I would rather do a head gasket then a chain. Good Luck.
#21 of 78 Re: Head Replacement [gonogo]
Jun 28, 2006 (5:18 pm)
Thanks Gonogo, Those are some great tips if I can save those steps. Are you sure about those years though since the chiltons manual covers 1995-2000?
What if I had to replace the head? I'm sure I have valve problems in one cyl. One Shop will sell me a rebuilt head for $200 with exchange. What do you think about that price and would you remove parts differently if you are replacing the head (exhaust, fuel, etc.)?