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The Chevrolet Cavalier was considered as one of the most successful vehicles in the American automotive industry, but before it reached its status today, earlier models suffered several mechanical issues, which resulted to a lot of recalls. Through these faults, the Chevy manufacturers found a way to improve the auto. Eventually, each year, more and more buyers preferred to own this Chevy model. So, here are some of the common problems encountered with the Cavalier and the reasons behind them.
Among the several issues encountered with the Chevrolet Cavalier, brake system problems seem to be the most dominant. In fact, in several occasions during the car's manufacturing from 1982 to 2005, the auto was recalled several times. It was during 1987, 1993, 1998, and 2003 that the models were recalled for improvement.
During this time span, several brake system problems were detected. The parking brake lever, which triggers a car to stop, was found to be faulty. Earlier models also had recurring brake hose problems. Several complaints were also reported regarding the vehicle's faulty anti-lock brake system. By the latter years of the Chevy model, most problems encountered were faulty brake lights. Luckily, replacing the bulbs seems to have solved most of the brake light dilemma.
Another common complaint by Chevy Cavalier owners involves engine issues. These defects were more prominently experienced by car owners with later models-those with fuel-injected engines. Some of the problems include engine flooding and idling. Most of the culprits found were faulty electrical connections and damaged ignition coils. In some instances of stalling, the damage is attributed to loose bolts in the throttle body and intake manifold. Other cases showed that the defects may also be a result of vacuum line leaks.
Faulty transmission systems were also common with the Chevy. But luckily, these problems were easily detected because they manifest through noise and performance issues. In fact, in some instances, Chevy owners hear excessive whining. When this happens, the first thing to look for is a low transmission fluid level. The manufacturers suggest that owners add fluid by placing a long-neck funnel in the auto's dipstick hole. Sometimes, rough shift behavior is exhibited through grinding noises, especially when changing gears.