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Check engine light and ets light come on and off on 96 cavalier

The check engine light and ets light will come on and stay on for about 75 miles. They will both go off and maybe stay off for 50 miles. The lights come on and off intermittently. I had a code check done at Autozone and a code 440 was detected. I had a new gas cap put on but that doesn't seem to fix the problem. Can anyone assist?

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  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    My '96 Sunfire does the exact same thing. They will stay off for maybe 200 miles and then suddenly come back on for 50 miles, then back off again. I took it to a shop, and when I started it up to pull it into the garage, the light had gone off again! Is it just the light that has a problem perhaps?

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    ets and engine lights come on to my 1996 chevy cavaleir

  • craig34668 Feb 21, 2009

    lite come on and off ETC and engine lite coded to be IAC going bad or dirt in the throddle body or bad connection or vacuum leak checked all of this

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    My problem is similar to what is describe here, only it is for a 1997 Caviler. I started about two weeks and stays on all the time... I just realized that about a month ago I lost the fuel cap and never replaced it so I will go and get this done and see if this will resolve the problem.




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I have a 96 cavalier and if i forget to turn the gas cap until it clicks air gets in the tank and the ck. engine light comes on. So, don't forget that could be part of the problem

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ETS light and check engine light are on.It is my 96 cavalier.

any time the check engine light is on it will disable the ETC system and turn on that light as well.

You best bet is to pull codes to see why the check engine light is on. You have three options.

1. Call your local parts store and see if they can do this for you. Many times there is no charge for this service. Do not buy anything they recommend.

2. you can purchase an inexpensive code reader for about $50 and pull the codes yourself.

3. Swing buy your local auto shop or dealer to have them run a diagnosis. There is usually a charge for this which typically includes pulling the codes and then finding the true cause of the problem.

once you know what code(s) are present post them here and I'll be happy t help you further.

One more thing, make sure your gas cap is on tight!

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ETS is Enhanced Traction System is used to stop wheel slip thru reducing engine output. And if the light is on it doesn't mean you will spend x amount of dollars to fix it! It just means that ETS has been disabled because you have a engine problem and the computer cannot reduce power to the wheels because the engine might stall so the computer disables the system! Now some cars come with a switch by the shifter that turns on and off the system because if you get stuck in the snow traction control will keep you from getting stuck

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