Question about 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier
1990 Cavalier Z24 died on my daughter the other day after driving about 3 miles. When I went to get the car, I noticed a burnt / melted wire smell inside the car (not under the hood). I checked all the fuses, none were blown. I loosed the panel at the bottom of the dash and check wires and didn't see anything melted. The motor will turn over, just won't fire. The fuel pump works (at least I can hear it) but it doesn't seem like it's getting any gas - at least I can't smell any when trying to start it - pumping the pedal or even holding it to the floor. I have a Haynes manual, but even that doesn't help too much. What should I be looking for? (Please don't say a new car ... )
Thanks for any assistance!
For the 1990 Chevy cavaliar .might be the(crank shaft pasision sencer) its 20 bucks.i Have the same car. Same problums .might be .Thanxs
Posted on Oct 05, 2012
If the smells is on the pass side check the computer and look at grond wires. did this happen while it was raining or after it rain if so check the computer
Posted on Apr 23, 2009
While trying to start the car, pull one of the spark plug wires from the coil pack. Hold it above the connection terminal enough to see or feel it arc. If it is getting fire, there is a pressure release valve on the engine for the fuel. The haynes manual you have should tell you where it is. Hook a pressure gauge to the valve and follow the instructions in the haynes manual which should also give you the pressure reading it should have. Sometimes you might smell a burnt wire because of something else malfunctioning and overheating the wire without melting it, I had a beretta that did the same thing. If it is not getting either fire or gas, let me know, that would narrow the possibilities for me to go through for you. If by some chance it is getting both and still not cranking, let me know and I will find the solution for you. Hope to help getting you going.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
Dose it have an imobilser ?
you said you smelt burning from the dash but then it dont start ?
i suspect 3 things the imobilser is at fault or the igniton is at fault or the ecu could have blown an inturnal fues the first too are easyer to fix then the last .
all still may need to be looked at by the garage
hope this points you in the way you need to go
Posted on May 23, 2008
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