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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
141,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace throttle position sensor (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 062015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The track light and engine light coming on along with the subsequent clunky shifting/acceleration and finally the car shutting down is more than likely the Throttle Position Sensor going bad. Luckily it's a cheap part (mine was about $25 at Advance) and only takes about 10 minutes to do on your own. You only need a screwdriver.

Pop the hood and locate the throttle body. On my 01, it was near the back of the engine compartment. looking at it from the passenger side, you can best see the throttle position sensor. disconnect the cable from the sensor and remove the 2 screw holding it to the throttle body. Swap in your new sensor, reattach the cable and screws and your all set.

the throttle position sensor looks like this

- , Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #2

Aug 052011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Well, like so many others, my track off and check engine lights come on, followed by my car shifting into a low gear...then it shuts down and locks up...while driving! When I turn it over and restart it, the lights go off and it drives well again...for a while. My issue is progressively getting more frequent and I called a shop. They told me over the phone it was likely the transmission and that my transmission needs to be pulled to fix it, costing more than $500. I DO NOT BELIEVE this since it appears so many of these same cars are having the same issue. DOES ANYBODY KNOW how to correctly fix it? I read somewhere it was a TPS sensor, and I'm considering ordering one and trying it. Please help!!!

- , Lawton, OK, US

problem #1

Jul 072010

Cavalier 2.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles

I bought the car from a dealership in November of 2009. And at first I found out it didn't have a horn and when I took it back to the dealership they said they didn't know where it was so I still have no horn. And now the abs light is on, trac light and service light is all on and it has a ticking sound. I'm not a happy camper because I used my workman's comp money for this because I wanted to update. Someone Please Help. Thanks Sherriiowa not stranded yet.

- , Des Moines, IA, USA

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