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a few things, bad thermstat, low water level, water pump not operateing properly,elect fan or fan senser, Answer 1996-1997 cavaliers have terrible thermostat problems when they are changed, it took me a year to find out that the quaily of thermostats out there are junk, although you can test them in hot water, the pressure they are getting when changing makes a huge difference, some springs can handle the pressure some cant. I fixed the problem (running too cold on the highway, changed tstat then ran too hot) by buying a napa thermostat with a good spring. Don't buy a cheap thermostat, that will fix the problem (1 year of pulling my hair out!!!)

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Q: What would cause a 1997 cavalier to overheat only when stuck in traffic?
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