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My 2001 cavalier is acting up she starts fine, but the motor wont shift gears until it is in higher rpm i mean like 4000 to red line, then once the car shifts gears she speeds up by herself... seems to be a little bit dangerous. the TC light came on i replaced the TPS, the light went off, but no difference. I reset the ECU, it helped the idle a little bit but the car still doesn't change gears well. Like their seems to be lots of power and torque left, it doesn't seem to be a transmission problem but some sort of electrical problem. Now this morning i started the car up and their was a burning smell of plastic or rubber in the car itself not outside and the gas indicator gauge now lies. the car has a quater tank and at different times it was reading absolutly empty or overfill. Now to me this seems like some sort of sensor problem or wiring or some kind of computer problem but i'm not sure any ideas?

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  • jordan_durnf Nov 19, 2010

    scanner came up faultly O2 sensor (downstream)., but when it rains it pours, the car is having trouble starting now. the starter makes a loud crunching noise and won't start.

  • jordan_durnf Nov 21, 2010

    ok so i just spent like two hours just trying to change the O2 sensor, i got it finally, was a long process, but i guess when something is basically rust welded.... i replaced the startor on the god forsaken cavalier as well. She starts now, but no change she still does what i first explained.... is their an end to this throwing of parts? any suggestions? thanks


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You are going to need a scanner to read all the trouble codes,when you do that,we can start looking.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010

  • jordan_durnf Nov 19, 2010

    scanner came up with a faultly O2 sensor (downstream), but when it rains it pours, the car wont start now ( best part is i had to abandom it tonight ) theirs a loud crunching noise coming from the starter when you go to turn over the keys..... Damn Cavaliers :@


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