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I have a bunch of issues with my 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier..... 1. Service ABS and Trac Off lights are all on. I assume it all has to do with my back brakes which are locking up. Feels like more of the Driver side back brake but its probably both. Any ideas ? 2. Check Engine light is on. My wife lost my gas cap one day during the summer and bought a universal one. I'm wondering if thats the problem. 3. My heater only works on the highest setting. When I move the setting down the heater goes off completely. 4. My headlights : They work on High Beams and the Daytime Running Lights work, but my actual headlights dont work at all. For about a month my DRLs didnt work but they seem to have come back over time, but my actual headlights have remained out. Thanks for any help that can be given to me in fixing these problems.

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I am having the exact same issues with the exception of the headlights. I am looking forward to the resolution anyone can provide.

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