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Chevrolet Aveo, Lights, Electrical, Hatchback, Sedan
#67 of 106 Re: No dashboard lights [ceh426]
Apr 24, 2010 (10:44 pm)
Hi. Well you have a 5 year old car. These are little trim items, except the thermostat. How many miles on it? Did you by it used and get any warranty at all? Or new? Tell your husband to lighten up on the foot, the Aveo isnt a Vette!
The lights are NOT your alternator. Don't let someone sell you that expensive job! Its a LOOSE $5 light bulb. You said the lights went on and off, then they just went out. That is a loose bulb, probably not even burned out. If it was the alternator, much more wouldn't work. It wouldn't even start probably. It is a very cheap fix, if you go to nearly any local good mechanic, not the dealer, to either put in a new bulb, IF it did burn out, or just have him tighten the bulb that is in there, and the lights will come right back on. OR it is a fuse, also a VERY cheap fix, you can do yourself. Find the right fuse and replace it. Look in your owners manual, or even in the fuse box, it might say, 'dash lights', or 'lights', or ask a Chevy parts dept. person which fuse runs the dash lights, and see if it is burned out. But it sounds like just a loose lightbulb. I think it is just 1 bulb, and you can also ask the parts dept. at a Chevy dealer, how many bulbs light up the dash, I am sure it is only 1. The contacts holding the bulb might need to be squeezed together a bit to make it tighter if it is the bulb is loose from just age. My dome light is now loose, and I am constantly having to open it up to just reposition it, and it goes out nearly every day! But no contacts to adjust, so I have to live with it.
The gas door opener is a simple plastic cord running under the carpet to the gas door, it just came off the latch someplace along the way, it has to be reconnected. Not a big job either, it is not expensive, but the time for a mechanic might be, finding the cord and tracing where it came off...but it either came off at the pull lever, or at the door. IF it didn't break along the length of the cord.
Frankly to hold the gas door closed, I had another car with the same problem, and it had a simple release like our Aevos, not electrically operated. I got 2 very thin magnets, cut it into two small squares, not to small, but small, and super glued one to the gas door and one to the car, remove the tiny rubber bumper I think that is on the car, so that with the magnet it will still close flat, and put 1 piece there and 1 on the door, and it is fixed! It held it shut and will opened easily. No one sees it and it cost next to nothing. I used one of those flat magnets you get from just about every store, doctor, or company selling any service, even pizza delivery!
OR you can use one of the stronger Velcros and do it that way, it is all hidden from view. Then you dont have to get the release fixed at all, IF it is expensive to reattach it.
As for the thermostat, I am ignorant. But they are a very easy and fairly cheap fix, if it is easy to access in the engine. I would think most auto parts stores have what you need in stock, or can order one. The car is basically a remade Daewoo, that has been around over a decade. Daewoo may be gone, but parts are not, this car is made all over the world under a dozen names, but it WAS a Daewoo....if you didnt know. I still see a few perfect ones on the road, and a lot of run down ones. So parts are available, hopefully not just from Chevy. but if so, you need it and it is 5 years old.
Replace the antifreeze when you have it fixed to protect your water pump....the thermostat is usually right on top of the pump, or next to it, and that IS a very expensive fix! An antifreeze flush, done professionally, is a 'cheap' preventive measure. Then you are safe for another 5 years or more!!! Let us know if any of this works out, I would like to know for sure. My 2006 has had no mechanical problems either, just trim pieces, like you, but not the ones you have , but it is a cheap car, it isnt a Vette. It holds up pretty well, new oil and a new filer,some gas and its on the road!
#68 of 106 Re: No dashboard lights [ceh426]
Apr 26, 2010 (8:22 am)
I am from GM Customer Service. Can you please email me at socialmediagm.com for more information with the concerns on your vehicle? Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#69 of 106 Re: 2007 Chevrolet Aveo MAJOR Electrical Problems [shortychell]
Oct 07, 2010 (12:55 pm)
I just had a similar issue with my 2005 aveo. On the way home, the check engine light and hold light were blinking. I slowed down at a stop light, it went away and never came back.
I am thinking this is an electrical problem with the sensors, because the car was driving perfectly during and after the issue went away. I was not stuck in any particular gear and the acceleration/power out put was nominal.
#70 of 106 07 Chevy Aveo: Electrical problems
Jun 17, 2011 (5:26 pm)
I will NEVER buy an Aveo again. A few months ago, my horn stopped working, so naturally I checked the fuses. Sure enough, the fuse blew. I buy a 5 pack of fuses, as I am putting them in, they are blowing out instantaneously. On the 4th fuse, it doesn't blow out right away, so I turn the car on and all of the sudden, the entire horn harness from the fuse box all the way to the front of my car where the actual horn is located, goes up in smoke. It literally melted the fuse inside the fuse box. Fortunately, nothing else was effected by it. Take it to the mechanic, he says I can either put in a "button" to bypass the horn or I can have the problem fixed the correct way which could end up being expensive due to labor. As I am thinking this over, my interior ash lights stop working as well as the night time lights all on the passenger side. Weirdest thing ever, my driver side lights work, but not the passenger side. Both headlights work, but the turning signal light and the brake light on the passenger side are completely out. It figures too because all this occured a month after paying the car off, it's like a rule or something when you pay the car off, all the problems come out. Anyone have any insight or advice on my issues with this car? I really liked this car until all of these electrical problems developed.
#71 of 106 Re: 07 Chevy Aveo: Electrical problems [krystalb1]
Jun 21, 2011 (6:58 am)
I apologize for the issues you are experiencing with your vehicle. Were you taking the vehicle into a GM dealership? Please keep me posted when the issue has been taken care of.
Caron, GM Customer Service
#72 of 106 2009 Chevy Aveo has Hold Button and Engine light blinking at the same time
Jul 22, 2011 (4:40 am)
The car has about 42,000 miles on it. We have had the plugs replaced, the throddle arm replaced. It has been in the shop mutilple times. It runs very rough at time. This has been going on since about 12,000 miles. I have been buying Chevy since 1971, and this is my first pile of junk. Anyone else seeing the same symptoms? Any solutions out there, before I tell the dealer where to stick the car?
#73 of 106 Re: 2009 Chevy Aveo has Hold Button and Engine light blinking at the same time [jimh52]
Aug 13, 2011 (3:56 pm)
I just recently had this exact problem. As in, yesterday. It got all jerky whenever it would shift gears, the hold light would flash, and the check engine light would come on, then when it shifted it would be fine. Rinse and repeat when it shifted up again. It was an awesome drive home (30 minute drive). My 2009 aveo has 59,799 miles on it.
I won't know until monday if my warranty covers it, and honestly i'm going to be seriously irate if it doesn't. I've owned this car for less than a year (it had 43,000 when i bought it), and if i already have to replace major components of the transmission that's a bit of a problem.
I'm really considering selling it since the used car market is so high right now. Let someone else deal with Chevy and their issues... I miss my Honda :|
#74 of 106 same issue.... y cant they just recall the darn thing???
Aug 19, 2011 (8:01 am)
ive been having the same issues with my 2009 Aveo5. i bought this car for the gas mileage... if i would have known that it was going to be significantly worse within a year, than a 95 jeep cherokee sport.. i woulda kept my jeep. my hold light comes on, flashes (but not actually preforming its function) the car gets really jerky and and its like it kicks back when its trying to up shift and downshift. i have taken my car into the dealership several times. none of the issues are covered in my warranty. My car is now 2 years old. i have had these and several issues with it for a year now. just hit 60k miles. The dealership changed out all 3 02sensors claiming that was the issue. (was not) Mass air intake sensor (not it) helped with my airflow issue massively though. spark plugs, wires and a total once over. still the issue is persisting. LEMON LAW! recall this car. I love my jellybean of a car but i will not buy another Chevy Aveo. ill stick to chevy trucks... If anyone finds out anything, let me know....
#75 of 106 Re: 2007 Chevrolet Aveo MAJOR Electrical Problems [nelsagr]
Aug 27, 2011 (4:21 pm)
i just replace my third alternator today, a total of 4. the first one was just a month after purchasing the new car. it is a 2007 Aveo and it has 84K now. only one was cover under the warranty, the second replacement was in april of 2010. I'm getting good on replacing it. in april the car was dying, i replaced the battery first but it wasn't the problem - alternator fix it. both the battery and brake lights stayed on. this time, it goes in and out, most of the time it will stay on longer while putting a load on. sometime, while im driving, ill turn off the lights and ac, both indicators will go out. i do know that is a poor place to have an alternator there.
#76 of 106 replace 3 alternator
Aug 27, 2011 (4:24 pm)
Has anyone else replace 3 alternator in their 2007 Aveo?