if it tends to sputter and have no power i would suggest the fuel pump. it it is only after the car has warmed up, or a while after you start driving it might be the ignition module.
Normal cause of a belt smoking is that one of the driven pulleys has siezed.
low fluid would cause this or the pump could be going out
Yes it can.
It could be numerous things. From a bad fuel pump, for bad spark plugs.
lack of fuel
Never as the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier does not have a belt, it has a chain that should last the life of the engine.
The right person to ask would be either someone who owns a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier or a mechanic at a Chevrolet dealership. This question is too complicated to answer in a simple manner.
I would check the ignition timing and set it to the desired specifications. Next I would clean the throttle plate.
Would have been built for R12, can be converted to R134a.
Around 90-100 dollars
check for tune-up. chack mass air flow meter.
bad fuel bad spark plugs incorrect timing
water in the fuel can cause an idling motor to sputter and/or die.
a rapist in your trunk
Yes. When you suspect it is clogged, replace it.
it probably doesnt like you amd wanted to drive off
Most common cause would be the plus wires. Dampness causes them to arc and the cylinder that the wire is arcing on won't fire causing a miss/sputter.
005 gap is pretty minimal. While the engine may not run perfect and fuel economy may be affected, it is not enof of a difference to cause sputter and misfire. A .005 gap difference in what we need to know.
likely the egr valve and /or sensor is bad
Clean the carbeurator and lube the throttle cable.