Common Chevrolet Chevette Problems
The Chevrolet Chevette was a subcompact car that was in production in the US up until 1987. If you still have that vehicle in your garage, chances are, it will have a number of problems you may not know about. Here, we take a look at some of the common problems afflicting the Chevette. Read on to find out more.
Vulnerable fuel tanks
For 1976 to 1977 Chevettes, their fuel tanks could be prone to damage, especially from a collision to the rear. This defect is a violation of Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 301 pertaining to fuel system integrity. Any damage to the fuel tank could cause the fuel to spill and could subsequently cause a fire. A recall was announced requiring dealers to install additional plastic shields around the tank and improve the suspension for free.
Sudden gear change
Chevettes built between 1983 and 1986 equipped with an automatic transmission are susceptible to this problem. The button mechanism of the shift levers wear down and the button no longer needs to be pressed to move the lever and change gears. When this happens, simply bumping or brushing against the lever could accidentally move it and the driver could lose control of the vehicle, leading to a crash. This defect was correct by Chevy through the installation of a newly designed shift lever.
Malfunctioning headlight switch
A defect with the headlight switch could cause the headlight to flicker or go out completely. If such a thing happened at night or during a snow storm, the sudden loss of visibility could possibly lead to a crash. This is a problem associated with 1986 Chevettes and can be fixed by replacing the component.
Dislodged carburetor plug
For 1980 to 1982 Chevettes, there is significant possibility that the plug of their carburetors could get dislodged, spilling fuel as a result. It the fuel comes into contact with a spark or any other ignition source, it could start a fire. This can be fixed by installing a retaining clip to the plug.
The most common problems plaguing the vehicle today are worn out and broken Chevrolet Chevette parts, a result of car's old age. Even the most well-kept and maintained vehicle will show signs of aging and the only remedy for such is a complete replacement of any failing car part. Unfortunately, this happens to be another big problem for many Chevette owners since parts for the automobile are extremely hard to come by.