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1989 chevy cavalier 2.0 throttle body

Car cranks up runs bad black exhauts comes out of tail pipe sounds like its skipping check engine light stays on

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  • NandiT Dec 18, 2008

    I have the same problem and it drives me crazy! Mechanics either look at me like I am crazy when I try to tell them what she does or they fix the wrong thing. I cannot drive her much for fear she will cut off on me in heavy traffic. The strange part is after 10-20 minutes with the hood up she is ready to go. I love my baby and sure wish someone would find a solution to this problem besides that my baby rolls!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    skipping, what exactly do you mean by that??

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    when its idoling it skips and runs rough. I already put another throttle body on it.

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I had this problem with my cavlier either check the vaccum hose going to the throttle body and check the TPS ( throttle body position sensor) When standing in the front of the car it is on the right side it will have two screws holding it on they cost about 20-25 new and are not that hard to install let me know if its none of these I have a repair book for this car

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If the check engine light is on, the best thing to do is get the code that it generates. It will tell you what is going wrong in the car. You can either do this yourself, or take it to autozone and they will read the code for you for free. Although, in California, Autozone doesn't do this anymore.

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Sounds like a bad fuel regulator. check you fuel pressure

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Tail pipe back: Running rich, your o2 sensor may had failed. These cars are set to if the o2 sensor does fail the engine will run rich rather then lean. This is done to avoid burning up valves. Your manual should tell you how to check

Idle up and down: Your Idle switch (located in the throttle body) may be failing Or/plus the throttle body may be dirty. I'd remove Idle switch and clean it and throttle body with throttle body cleaner. Again your manual should explain how to check.

MAFL Mass Air Flow sensor (located at filter) may be dirty or not operating properly, clean and check.

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Your 1989 cavalier is a 2 liter fuel injected engine so yes you do have a computer to run the engine so check your fuses and start with the simple and replace the fuel filter, air filter and clean the throttle body with throttle body cleaner. Don't use carburetor cleaner, the carburetor cleaner is to corrosive for the gaskets used in the throttle body. Also make sure all the vacuum lines are connected and not damaged, a bad vacuum line to the MAP sensor will cause what your having.
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