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Hi, I am not familar with the 2004 Caviler; however, I can give you some suggestions on how to get this lanp/bulb replaced. First, look in the trunk. With some cars, you can access these lamps from the inside of the trunk. If access to these rear lamps this is not possible through the trunk, then look at the actual light assembly from the outside. Some cars will allow access to therse rear lampsfrom the outside by removing a few screws and then pulling out the entire light assembly. Good Luck!
If just one side turn signal is not blinking, usually the problem is the bulb...be sure front and back are lighting up, but not blinking...both front and rear bulbs are easy to get to on your Cavalier...replace one at a time to be sure which bulb is defective...sounds like you are on the right track:) Bulbs can be removed by pulling straight out of the socket...older styles require twisting the bulb counter clockwise to release the spring loaded bulb...
open trunk, remove the plastic panel around the latch plate, remove the plastic mounting bolts that hold the grey trunk liners in place, there are two 10mm nuts that hold in the light remove nuts pull out light twist the bulb retainer out and replace bulb.
Open the trunk, pull back the carpet on the rear wall of the trunk behind the tail lights. If there is access to the bulb sockets, figure out which one lines up with the turn signal and turn it counter clockwise about a quarter turn then pull it out. the bulb will either pull straight out or turn quarter turn and pull out.
If there isn't access to the bulb sockets then there will be three or four nuts or wing nuts that hold the tail lamp assembly in. Remove them and the lens. Then remove the bulb from the tail lamp lens assembly.
remove the mounting screw on the lens, then remove the top 2 bolts holding the headlamp, pull headlamp out to gain access to the mounting nut on the turn signal. Remove the nut and the turn signal light will pull straight out allowing you to replace the bulb.
I have a 2002 Chev Cavalier that had the same exact problem. I replaced the bulb harness (purchased from a chevy dealership for around $5) which was fairly easy to do. I have had zero problems with it since.