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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier lights problems

lights problem

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 202009


  • 119 miles


The first incident that occur was in 2009. It was that the switch of the key engine did not want to start. Someone came to fix it but could not find a way to repair it. He had to add a button under the steering wheel and I would be tuning the key to the engine to start I would have to push that button to start the car. I would have to be replacing light bulbs constancy from the rear back of the single light. The theft lock system would be turning it self on while I would be driving. Thankfully there was accident because of that. But I would be struggling to start my car.I had to wait some couple of minutes to start the car. The recent incident that occur was when my neighbor heard like some fireworks in our side of our house. He took a look and he seen that our car was some sparkling lights out of the steering wheel. That was around midnight what he seen and he told us that morning. As I walk towards the car I could smell smoke as if something burn. I wanted to start my car but wouldn't start. Some one came to fixed it and had to replace some cable from the steering wheel because that was that cause the sparking of the fire.

- Highland , CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 142009

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 119 miles
As I was going to turn the switch on to turn on my car it didn't want to start. I had some one fix it but could not find a way to fix it. They had to add a button under the steering wheel to start the car as I turn the switch on. There was couple a of times where the car would go on passlock by itself and wouldn't start until a long period of waiting. The external headlights burn constantly and I would buy new bulbs for the back lights. One time our neighbor said he heard noise like fireworks on our property and he said that he seen our car was sparking light out of the steering wheel. That morning of that day he told us and as we were checking the car I could smell something burned. As a result of that the car didn't want to start. The auto repair people had to come to our house to figure out what was wrong with it. They had told me that some wires inside the steering wheel had burned but mostly I have been fixing more of electrical switches and burned wires. I appreciate for taking your time to read this and I'm looking forward to hear from you.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 032003


  • miles
When braking the headlights would dim. Dealer has been notified.

- Sullivan, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 022003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlights on my 2 Cavaliers went out only have one high beam on each car on passenger side

- Pataskala, OH, USA

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