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#41 of 78 Is the head gasket blown?
Jan 11, 2008 (6:38 am)
My son came home last night and told me the car had overheated.It is a 2000 Chevy Cavalier with a 2.2. It died about a half of a block away. Now is won't start, just turns over and makes a sound like the starter is going out or some thing. I don't know if it is a blown head gasket or the timing belt. I removed the valve cover and then turned over the motor and the rocker arms are all working. So I'm thinking it isn't the timing unless it jumped time. Can someone give my a little help here. Thanks
#42 of 78 Re: Is the head gasket blown? [gbme]
Jan 11, 2008 (8:46 am)
Check cylinder compression. If it died from overheating it almost surely cracked the aluminum cylinder head.
#43 of 78 Re: Is the head gasket blown? [gbme]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 13, 2008 (12:36 pm)
You can also pull the spark plugs and look for presence of coolant. Overheating is deadly for these cars so head gasket is suspect.
#44 of 78 Re: Is the head gasket blown? [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 16, 2008 (1:56 pm)
Does anyone know if this problem is as common in newer models? I'm very close to purchasing a used 2004 with about 51,000 miles on it. Most of these seem to involve older models, but the fact that it happened to someone with a 2005 with low miles is not very comforting.
I had a 1997 Dodge Neon that I bought because I liked the look and the way it ran and handled. It was a 2.0 DOHC Sport model. Little did I know when I bought it 5 years ago that they were notorious for head gasket problems. 2 or 3 years later, I had a blown head and dropped $800 to repair it. I really don't want to go through that again.
I know my dad said they had 2.2 engines in their Dodge trucks when he worked for the Department of Transportation, and that they were junk. These were older 2.2's, and not the Ecotec.
I'm also considering a 2004 Kia Optima. The reason I'm leaning to the Cavalier is I thought it could save me more money all the way around... on gas, on insurance, on parts and maintenance. I'm not dirt poor, mostly because I live alone, but I'm definitely not rich either. I'm a one vehicle owner, so I need something dependable.
#45 of 78 Re: Is the head gasket blown? [jh12]
Jan 17, 2008 (8:53 am)
If you want dependable get a Corolla.
#46 of 78 Re: Is the head gasket blown? [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 23, 2008 (11:03 am)
Hi, everyone. My 95' cavalier coupe is the prettiest little car, but.... it seems to have every problem i've read in these forums. Bought it in 2000' from original owner who had timely oil changes, maintenance, ect.. 1 month later cracked head!! Never even overheated on me? So almost $1000 later with a rebeaded head,( I know I got jipped ) I had overheating, then waterpump went out, then air conditioning, then brakes, ignition recall, timing belt, side door panel falls off, electrical problems, throttle stuck and excelerated in drive, muffler fell off, numerous sensors replaced and finally tires. HHHH!!! Now for the last two years it started to spit and sputter and die when its cold or raining ! This is after regular tune-ups and oil changes. It has coolant around the second spark plug from the right constantly and fouls out. Help!!!!! I know its a money pit. Any ideas???? Please.
#47 of 78 94 2.2 spits and sputters
Mar 12, 2008 (5:55 pm)
My girlfriend owns a 94 cavalier with 114000 on it. About 3 months ago it started to spit and lose power. After about 10 mins this would go away. Then a few days later it happened again. Then 2 months ago she just died and wouldn't start at all. Then 3 days ago I tried to start it and it just fired right off. Ran fine til this morning when it just wouldnt start. This afternoon it started right up. Can someone please help?
#48 of 78 Coolant Problems on my 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
May 29, 2008 (6:53 am)
I am having Coolant Problems on my 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. I keep filling it with water and it leaks right out. I have to refil the tank everytime I drive or my engine will overheat. If anyone on here may know what the problem is...please help!! Thank You in advance.
#49 of 78 Re: Coolant Problems on my 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier [spcharles14]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 30, 2008 (7:28 am)
You mean it spurts out through the overflow tank, or it just "disappears" and you can't see where, or it leaks and you can see it leaking, or ?????
#50 of 78 Re: Is the head gasket blown? [jh12]
Jun 10, 2008 (1:55 pm)
The 2004 cavaliers came with the 2.2 Ecotec engine. This engine should not be confused with the old-tech 2.2 overhead valve engine that was the base engine in Cavaliers until 2002(?). The old-tech 2.2 had a cast iron block and aluminum cylinder head that was prone to blowing head gaskets. I do not believe the newer 2.2 has this problem. Good luck.