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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012001


  • miles


Have put 3 alternators on this car, even when under warranty before 12,000 miles (approximately). Brakes have been replaced at least 3 times. Now, the brakes have failed completely and the ABS light came on. Dealer says no recalls, except for the ignition system. Scheduled that for repair 7/23/02. Seat belt plastic covers snapped off (belt loose on one and hit by car door when shutting it. The other one just popped off. Belt continues to slip off engine, causes stalling even if driving 55 mph. Now brakes intermittently failing. Left front brake continues to have brake dust accumulate on wheel cover. Car has 110,000 miles on it (engine repaired last year). Car is also overheating; has had tstat replaced, radiator fluid. What else could cause this, I don't know.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 202000


  • miles
For those of you with problems with your engine coolant, I finally got mine fixed. After telling me it was the temperature sensor and the thermostat it ended up being a crack in the radiator cap, something that costs $10. A good way to prevent engine shutdown is to turn your vent fan to hot air, as hot as U can get it. That will bring down the tempature reading, everytime. Something to look for when your stuck in traffic alot, thats when it happens when you idle to long.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 311998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Coolant temprature sensor failed.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

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