1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

The 1995-2005 Chevy Cavalier was the third generation Cavalier model produced by General Motors. In 1996, the Cavalier Z24 received the new LD9 2.4 liter engine along with the Getrag F23 5-speed manual transmission.

11,619 Questions
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Where is the block heater cord on a 2003 Chevy Cavalier?

It's located in the front or side of the engine. It will unplug and then just plug another one in.

Chevy Cavalier Z24
1982-1994 Chevy Cavaliers
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Why is fan not working on 1992 cavalier Z24 when AC is on?

Which fan is not working? Engine fan or HVAC fan?

Ford Taurus
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers
How To

How to change headlamp and turn signal bulbs on 2000-2005 Taurus?

These procedures are detailed in the Owners ManualSee "Related Questions" below for more Replacing Headlamp BulbsHow to replace the headlamp bulbs in a 2000-2005 Ford Taurus

To replace headlight bulb:

  1. Make sure headlight switch is turned OFF.
  2. Remove the bolt at the end of the headlamp housing.
  3. Pull the two black tabs with the L shaped bracket toward the back and then up and pull out(Located at the back of the headlamp) to release the headlamp assembly from the vehicle and pull headlamp assembly forward.
  4. Disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling it.
  5. Remove the bulb socket retaining ring by rotating it counterclockwise.
  6. Remove the bulb from the lamp assembly by pulling straight back.

    Do not twist, as there are alignment slots built into the lamp assembly socket.

    It may take some effort to remove the lamp because it has a rubber o-ring type seal - try a bit of wiggling side-to-side

  7. Insert new bulb into headlight assembly - don't touch the glass - use gloves, paper towel, or similar

    Make sure that the flat surface of the bulb socket is facing upward, and is firmly seated

  8. Re-attach retainer ring by rotating clockwise
  9. Reconnect the electrical harness
  10. Re-install headlight assembly - hold snugly into place until the brackets line up and retainer pins can be pushed down

Replacing front parking lamp/turn signal/cornering lamp bulbs

  1. Remove headlight / lens assembly per above steps
  2. Rotate the bulb socket of the offending bulb counterclockwise and remove from the lamp assembly.
  3. Carefully pull bulb straight out of the socket and push in the new bulb
  4. Install the bulb socket into the headlight assembly by rotating it clockwise
  5. Re-install headlight assembly - hold snugly into place until the brackets line up and retainer pins can be pushed down
  • Do not touch the glass of the new halogen bulb - the oils in the skin will shorten the life-span of the new bulb, or possibly cause the bulb to explode when first turned on

    If the bulb is accidentally touched, it should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol before being used.

  • This procedure is well detailed, with illustrations, in the Owners Manual.

    See "Related Questions" below in case you can't find yours.

Additional Information1996-2005Bulb Numbers:
  • FRONT Turn-signal - 3457 AK (amber)
  • Headlamp - 9007 QL (9007LL optional)
  • Tail lamp/brake/turn lamp 3157
  • Tail lamp/brake lamp (wagon) 3157
  • Rear turn lamp (wagon) 3456K
  • Backup lamp 921
  • Backup lamp (wagon) 3156
  • License plate lamp (2) 168
  • High-mount brake lamp (2) 912
  • Rear side marker lamp (wagon) (2) 168

The above information extracted from the Owners Manuals(see below)

Remove screws holding the plastic headlight and remove the headlight. Remove socket (twist/pull) and pull out the bulb.

DIY - 5 Minute Turn Signal Bulb ReplacementThis is very simple to do. First you will need an 8mm socket and wrench to loosen one bolt. Second a good long flat head screwdriver. There are two black metal folded tabs behind the headlight assembly and one 8mm bolt holding it in plae at the center point of the front of the car. Loosen the bolt and remove. Use the screw driver to pull up the metal straps and then slide forward the entire assembly. This will slide easily unless your front bumper has been bumped! That will make it a little difficult to slide if it is out of alignment. If it was never bumped than this should take all of 5 minutes. See pictures here:

It's actually quite easy. You must remove the entire plastic housing. Behind the light there ate two locking bars that slip up and down. Remove those and a screw holding the light/lens in place. From there remove the bulb covering, then remove the twist lock holding the bulb in place. After that, just pull the bulb out and replace. Put back in reverse order.

Open the hood, looking down at the headlamp assembly, you'll see a 5/16 retaining bolt on the inboard corner. Remove the bolt. Look for two tabs at the rear of the assembly. Pull up and remove these tabs, you may need a large screwdriver to lever them. Pull the assembly out and remove the wiring harness attachment. Turn the retaining collar to the left and remove. Unplug the wiring socket from the lamp. Turn the lamp retaining collar to the left and remove. Pull the lamp out of the assembly. Replace with the new lamp, being VERY careful not to touch the lamp other than on the base. Halogen lamps will heat up any oils from contact with your hand and probably explode. Reverse the above directions to reinstall the headlamp assembly.

Very easy. 2002 Ford Taurus.

Take a look at the entire headlight assembly. Look down on the assembly and toward the side closest the radiator you will see a small bolt to unscrew on each housing.

Look toward the rear of the headlight and you will see two metal clips that need to come out. A medium size flathead will get them started but they should come staight up. The assembly will now pull out of the front of the vehicle. Be sure to unclip the small wiring harness.

Uncrew the back of the assembly and you will see the back of the bulb. Detach wiring. Unscrew the ring holding the lamp. Remove old bulb.

DO NOT touch the glass of your lamps! It will cause hot spots and the bulb will burn out.

Take new bulb and notice the notches...they will orient the bulb correctly. Screw on ring. Attach wiring. Screw on the back of the assembly. Attach the wiring and install back into the front of your vehicle.

The headlight lens is held in with 1 bolt on the front inside end of the lens, and 2 retainer pins at the backside (pull straight up to remove).

The Owners Manual has the steps and illustrations around page 37.

See "Related Questions" below for free online Owners Manual

Auto Insurance Claims
Rules of the Road
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

If you rear-end a car that brakes suddenly who is at fault?

  • You were at fault in this accident. You are required to maintain control of your vehicle at all times, regardless of road and weather conditions. You should maintain at least 1 car length for every 10 miles per hour, behind the vehicle which you are following. You stated that you were only traveling 52 MPH in a 60 MPH zone, this still was too fast for road conditions obviously, since you could not stop in a cleared distance ahead and struck a vehicle in front of you.
  • There are exceptions - if it can be shown that the driver braked did so with the intention of causing a collision as compared with avoiding a legitimate road hazard. See the related link entitled "car accident fraudulent claims" to see a discussion about fraudulent motor accident claims in the UK.
Air Conditioning and Coolant
Windows and Mirrors
Chevy Blazer
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

How do you replace the driver side mirror?

If the car ain't broke don't fix it ------------------------------------------------ The cover on the mirror will pry off. Try a table knife and work it around the edge of the cover. This is hard to get off without maring the plastic edge. Once you get the cover off, complete dis-assembly should be obvious.

1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers
Hobbies & Collectibles

What do the dash lights mean in a 97 Chevy Cavalier i have a red one popping up with an arrow pointing down towards water?

low coolant

1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers
Chevy Cobalt

Where is the fan relay on a 2006 Chevy Cobalt?

Under the hood on the right side you will see a black plastic with a red battery terminal post on it. Remove this cover to access the relays and fuses. On the inside of the cover is a diagram that shows you what relay is for what system. You should see 2 cooling fan relays.

Car Electronics and Lights
Chevy Astro
Jeep Cherokee Laredo
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Why would your lights and horn not shut off?

Have you checked for a relay that might have been damaged when the fuse blew? With an overcurrent, it is possible for the relay to pick up and then become 'welded' so it will not release. If you find the relay and remove the cover, the contacter should move when you apply a little pressure to it. If this doesn't happen, replace the relay. Much harder to check would be if insulation melted during the overcurrent and fused power to a horn and light wire. Relay for sure.

1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

97 Chevy cavalier radio wiring diagram?

Check "My Contributions" on the left side of the page. Your answer is in there.

Chevy Silverado
Check Engine Light
Nissan Sentra
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

If the 'service engine soon' light comes on in your used 2001 Sentra SE with 81K miles on it is this serious?

It means take the car to the dealer for its scheduled maintenance.

You can also check for a reset button for your vehicle. In a certain number of miles the check engine light will come on you you can take it to the dealer and they can charge you $50 to $100 dollars to reset it. They won't tell you your vehicle has a reset button they will tell you to bring it in.

its probably just the oxygen sensor. have it looked at/ its not that serious

Mine came on at 105K kms (~ 65K miles). I bought an OBD II Code reader off of Ebay for $50 and found out that the 'System was too lean' So it's not serious in my case. But I haven't taken any steps to fix it. A friend recommends I take care of it since a lean system can cause wear to the valves.

Mine came on at roughly 80k, the engine would stall while I was breaking, and excelleration became difficult. I had the code read and it was I believe bank 1 sensor 2...system too lean. I had it diagnosed and its the mass airflow sensor. You can take this part out and have it cleaned or you can spend the 500-600 on the part from Nissan (not including labor time) because they insist the car will chew up and spit out generic brand sensors (nissans are nitorious for it ANYWAY!)

A code reader for your car is a pretty good investment. Two or three uses will generally pay for it. If your code indicated something like a defective oxygen sensor or a mass air flow sensor, you would probably want to get that fixed because most of the errors you see will affect gas mileage and at todays prices, can you afford to ignore it?

Serpentine Belts
Chevy Trailblazer
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

How do you release the automatic tensioner to change the serpentine belt on a 1991 Chevy S-10 4.3 liter V-6 engine?

i had the same exact vehicle. you don't release the tensioner, you'll have to take the presure off with a ratchet and socket. on the front of the tensioner pulley there is an arrow that has "loosen" next to it . get a socket that fits on the bolt in the middle of the pulley. ratchet the pulley towards the loosen side. there will be alot of tension so be careful. the belt will loosen when you turn it. slip the belt off the pulley and very slowly release the pressure off. it will pull against you alot but it will stop. just reverse this when putting the belt back on. also try to not take all the belt off if you don't have to, this will help w/putting the belt back on.

Auto Insurance
Auto Insurance Claims
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

If a car stops to avoid hitting a cat and you rear-end it are you 100 percent at fault?

That's pretty much the way it goes unless you can show that the other car cut in front of you AND stopped. You are always supposed to follow at a distance that will allow you to stop safely. (But in practice, if you leave that much space, two cars, a bus, and a semi will all squeeze in.)

Roy's right. Even though most driving manuals say it's sometimes best to hit an animal instead of causing an accident, you should be able to stop.

Look at it this way: The driver ahead of you decided to stop. He can reasonably expect traffic behind him to stop as well (I think we all would, right?). And what if he stopped because a kid had run in the road, or a tree fell in front of his car? Different circumstances, yes, but the idea's the same.

Headlights Tail and Brake Lights
Chevy Tahoe
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Why would the daytime running lights and highbeams not work?

faulty drl module

Check the fuse.The fuse may be blown

Steering and Suspension
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Where is the sway bar on 2001 cavalier?

Its in the front. if you crank your wheel to the right, and look in the space in your drivers front tire. you will see this metal bar going to both sides. there is a long bolt going up with a few rubber bushings on it. if you search up sway bar kits for the cavalier you will know what im talking about. Hope this helps

Chevy Corvette
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

How do you replace the front turn signal bulb located on a 1998 Chevy Corvette?

From underneath, remove five underbody cover screws. Remove cover. Pull brake cooling tube off where is attaches to the front bumper. Push the tube to the side so you can get to the light fixture better. The turn signal bulb mounts in the bottom of the fixture. There is a clip on the bulb socket. Squeeze the clip and turn the socket counter clockwise. The wire is long enough to drop the socket out the brake cooler inlet hole in the bumper ... then you can go to the front of the car. Just pull the old bulb straigt out of the socket and push the new one into place. Its a good idea to put a little electrical grease on the contacts before inserting the new bulb. Now test that its working correctly. Go back underneath and put everything back together.

1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

What kind of oil does a 1999 Chevy cavalier take?

It uses the standard 5w 30. If U change the oil in the spring and know U will changing it in the fall , I recommend using 10w 30 as it provides better protection at start up. This is if the vehicles engine is in good running order and not burning an excessive amount of oil.

1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers
Planetary Science

What is tail gas?

The remaining gases after the claus reaction contaning (apart from combustible gases, also consists of H2S, H2, CO, CS2, SO2, and COS) is called "tail gas".

Pontiac Sunfire
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

How fast is a 2.2L?

The 2.4 L4 DOHC has the most horsepower (150). I think this is the engine that was used in the GT model. Unfortunately, there is no real performance information included.

The single OHC 2.2 L4 gives the best mileage (25/34)

If you're looking to race with the guys who are running hot Honda's, Hyundai's and Subaru WRX's, you will surely want the 2.4 DOHC. I don't know how competitive you could expect your Sunfire to be. Those little rice rockets really haul ass with just a few bolt on performance parts.

The only Sunfire I've driven is my '96 which has the OHV 2.2 coupled to the 4 speed automatic trans. If pushed a little, she'll be up to 55 mph or so on a freeway onramp. I guess I'd consider it's acceleration "acceptable".

One of the things that Sunfire owners have always wished, was that there had been a 6 cylinder engine offered. That could have made a world of difference. I don't know of a bolt up 6 cylinder option.

I know this doesn't really address your question, but I hope it enlightens you just a little. In order to really know the answer, I guess you'll have to find a GT to drive.

Ford Explorer
Chevy Trailblazer
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Where is the headlamp relay switch located on a 94 Ford Explorer diagram does not indicate headlamp?

the headlight on my ford explorer keep going on and off on it does not go off on the dashbroad i want to no what it is

Timing and Firing Orders
1982-1994 Chevy Cavaliers
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

What is the firing order for a 1992 Chevy Cavalier?

It depends on which engine you have. V6 1-6-5-4-3-2 if it's a 4 cyl 1-3-4-2.

Chevy Cavalier Z24
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

What does engine code 502 mean?

Trouble code P0502 means:Vehicle speed sensor circuit low input

Oil and Oil Filters
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Where is the oil filter 1999 cavalier?

Automatic transmission, correct? Then it will be best visible from the pass front wheel well, where you'll be able to feel it above the oil pan. It is not a fun task if you are doing this without a hoist, but it is possible.

1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Does the 1999 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L have a timing belt or chain?

The 2.2L and 2.4L uses a chain.a bad chain or tensioner will make the oil light come on at idle

Turn Signals and Hazard Lights
1982-1994 Chevy Cavaliers
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Where is flasher relay on 1997 cavalier?

ok. I have a '96-er and mine went about a week ago. pain the the butt. crawl on your back underneath the steering column so your head is near the pedals. look up. there is a metal panel with two switches the rest against the upper panel of the brakes. above it attached by a clip (or in my cavy, glue) is a little square with a cable running from it. that's it. be careful though, the switches resting on the brakes control the brake lamps and cruise control. i squeezed my stubby little hands up to get the flasher and snapped the plastic on the brake light switch.

above all. Google it. theres a pretty darn good diagram out there that pretty well explains it.

Mitsubishi Eclipse
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

What spark plug should i use in a 2003 kx125?

NGK recomends BR9EIX


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