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.
My pre-loved Chevrolet Chevette has been intermittently acting up and I am running out of ideas as to what must be wrong with it. The brake light would come on and stay that way during the entire trip. I know because I had it observed by a friend driving behind me. He confessed that he was so confused and scared that he didn't know if I was actually stepping on the brakes or it's all about the stuck brake light. Another friend has convinced me that this has something to do with a bad alternator. Hence, I had it changed at once. But then again the same thing has been happening. Help!
The brake lights are an integral component of your Chevette's braking and warning systems. They get activated once you step on the brake pedals and they clamp against the spinning rotors. Also, the brake lights basically warn the drivers behind that you are about to stop. However, there are chances when the brake lights get stuck which could lead to accidents. Before you engage in a road mishap, end up with busted bulbs or drained battery, you can try doing a self-diagnosis and solve the problem on your own. But then again, make sure you are knowledgeable in doing these things. First, check out the brake pedal switch and try moving it side to side. If it doesn't move, then consider having it changed. Next, locate and disconnect the negative cable from the battery. To remove the brake switch, rotate it counterclockwise and pull out the bracket. Push the brake pedal down with your hand and insert the replacement switch with your other hand. Rotate the switch clockwise until it locks into place and doesn't budge anymore. Finally, step on the brakes a couple of times while someone else checks if your brake lights are working.
The dash lights and headlights of my Chevy Chevette have been flickering while I was on the way home. I even received a long and deafening horn from one of the oncoming vehicles. Well, I must have been a hazard to the other drivers out there tonight. My question is, what could be the reason of those flickers? Could it be the battery and should I consider getting a new one?
Flickering dash light and headlights may either be caused by a bad alternator, faulty electrical connections or by a low battery. Generally, the system would attempt to charge the battery but when the defect is overwhelming, the efforts of charging would be futile. Meanwhile, the headlight switch could likewise be the culprit. Its internal breaker may have gotten too hot so the bulbs either flicker or totally go out. This is particularly true especially if what you got are halogen lights, which are brighter and demand more from the system. For you to be able to pinpoint the exact cause of the flickering, you would need the assistance of a license mechanic who could very well look into the electrical system and offer to fix the problem.
What should I do when the temperature warning light of my Chevette comes on?
The temperature warning light indicates your engine is overheating and that you need to pull over the first chance you get. Continuing with your drive could lead to worse damage on your engine. When your engine overheats, immediately shut off your engine, open the hood to check on the radiator, heater hoses, and see if there are any leaks. However, never open the coolant reservoir or radiator cap or else the steam pressure could blow out and burn you. You can only open those and add coolant when the engine has finally cooled down. Hence, it is important to keep your coolant level in check to avoid these hassles.