Common Problems You are Likely to Experience with Your Chevrolet Nova
The Chevrolet II later rebadged as the Nova, was a basic-type car produced in five generations. Unlike other vehicles, its 16-year run in the industry wasn’t bombarded by controversies. In fact, it was among the Chevrolet vehicles with very few recalls since 1969. But, that doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter problems with this car. Here are some of the common problems reported by Chevrolet Nova owners and some recalls issued by Chevy:
Engine and engine cooling
Chevrolet issued a recall for the 1969 Nova due to the possibility that a separated motor mount may let the engine lift, therefore affecting throttle linkage, temporarily increasing throttle, possibly to full throttle. Drivers may experience unexpected loss of throttle control, which may lead to loss of vehicle control. To remedy the problem, dealers will inspect the engine mounts of affected vehicles and put in restraints to limit engine lift. By doing so, secondary effects to the throttle linkage caused by separation of mount will also be avoided. There are also complaints about the Nova running hot.
In 1979, General Motors issued a recall for more than 15,000 units of 1977 Chevy Novas due to a problem with the center section of the wheels. According to the recall, the spider or center section of the wheels installed in the said vehicles may have been made using incorrect grade of steel. Because of this, the center section may experience fatigue and detach from the wheel rim. The dealers were instructed to inspect and replace the defective wheels with units manufactured from the right grade of steel. This remedy will be done, free of charge.
Those who own 1977 Chevy Nova may also encounter issues with the rear suspension. The rear axle shafts of such vehicles may have metal flaw that can result to shaft breakage. When this happens, the tire-and-wheel assembly may detach from the vehicle. If this occurs while the Chevy is in motion, it can lead to loss of vehicle control, and worse, an accident. To solve the problem, dealers are asked to inspect the affected units and, if there’s a need to, install new rear axle shafts.