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1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo engine problems

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1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 222000

Monte Carlo

  • miles


Upon cold start, idle raced at 2800 RPM and wouldn't drop to normal 800 RPM even after braking and brief steps on gas pedal. Racing even continued when car shifted into neutral from drive. Problem continues even after dealer servicing on 11/24/2000where service bulletins checked, finding nothing ($46.41 charge) and throttle body cleaned and linkages lubed. Dangerous condition continues. Only solution I have found--turn on ignition, let car idle race a few minutes, then turn off ignition. When ignition is then turn on again, idle appears to function normally at around 800 RPM. Others, including senior citizens, may not discover this fix and confront an out of control, none breakable car resulting in serious collision. Suspect some other problem, possibly defective computer chip--whatever allows idle speed to drop after warm up under cold condition.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 111999

Monte Carlo

  • miles
While driving vehicle will surge forward and backward, which may cause loss of vehicle control. Dealer restarted the computer and changed spark plugs. Been to dealer 6 cannot determine problem.

- High Park, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 011998

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Engine check light comes on, car runs rough, engine speed varies with fast idle, engine stops while car is moving - loss of power steering and brakes, hard to start - takes several tries, random engine surging - 3 near misses - engine will speed up to 3000 RPM without warning.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 081997

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control got stuck, will not disengage or recover. Had to step on accelerator for about 1 minute. Dealer cannot duplicate problem.

- Highlands, TX, USA

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