Question about 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier
It has to be the pump. But where I found the leak, doesn't match the description of your instructions. So I'll describe what I found, and try not to use words like "thingy" & "Doohicky"
It is where my friend showed me and I do remember seeing it now. (it was dark when I checked with a light and I saw it right away.)But you said behind the fan?
Did you mean the big plastic fan in the very front of the car?.(under the hood).
It appeared to be to the right, of one of the pulleys (axles?), (while still standing at the front of car.) of the serpentine belt.
There are five pulleys/axles. If you stood on the passenger side of the car, facing the belt. I think it was the bottom right.
After angling the mirror, I saw the leak, a lot of rust. And what appeared to look like some corrosion. I didn't really see a hole. I stuck my finger on it to see if I could feel it, but couldn't. It had to be leaking for a long time, with that much rust.
I appreciate you not saying what everybody keeps saying to me. Which is, "Cavalier?" "Those are disposable cars, just drive it until it drops then buy a new one."
Most only understand someone going on and on about this, if it were a Mercedes, or a BMW.
I don't think most are aware of what they say.
Anyway, it was a good solid leak. And I guess the reason I still have my doubts, is due to worry skills. In my mind I thought, maybe that is something else that's cracked and it's leaking from something broken.
But then since I'm not totally clear where the water goes exactly while flowing through the car. I'm thinking the serpentine belt is not one of them. Unless there is a water reservoir of some kind..............like a pump?
My late husband use to tell me, I think too much. "Think it to death" I think is what he said.
Thanks again for helping me, and caring what happens to my disposable car. (hell, I re-use the bowls that Kentucky fried chicken uses for their "Famous bowls". over and over and over. I'm certainly not going to throw away a car. Besides, the person I got it from (family) was killed in a freak single engine crash. (he was the pilot). He was the first owner, and it was in mint condition.
Kirsten, Woah, this car has history. How many miles on it? I'm afraid I gave you bogus info, the water pump probably does have a pulley on it. Go to 'advance auto parts' type in water pump, you'll be asked year, make, etc, engine (apparently there were different engines that year, chose the 1st listed as I believe it said 90 + percent have that engine), you'll get to the point in ordering the part where it will show you a picture of the water pump. The round 'thingy' (there, I said it) at the top of the picture is where the pulley would attach, and it would be facing the front of the car. The 'impeller' is at the very bottom of the picture, just very slightly visible, that is what 'moves' the water, and can't be seen when installed. No, it's not a throwaway car, but now I'll give you more to worry about---do you have any idea when/if serpentine belt and radiator hoses, heater hoses have been changed? If it's been a long time, it would be a good time to do it when the pump is replaced. T he belt has to be removed anyway, you will need fresh coolant put in after the pump is replaced, so, IF NEEDED, this is the time to do it. It's preventative maintenance, so you don't have a problem and get stuck again. An old hose can spring a leak, and there you go overheating again (the car, not you). If the belt breaks, red warning lights come on, but again, if you continue to drive, it will overheat. If you can determine that it's been over 5 or 6 years since they were replaced, I'd do it now. That's not to say they won't last longer, they probably will, but it makes sense to replace that 'stuff' now IF NEEDED.
don't worry it to death!! Curt
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Connect a regulator to your air pump. It is important that you keep the air intake regulated at about 3 pounds. Too much pressure could cause even more vacuum leaks.
Turn off you automobials engine. Attach the hose from your air pump to a part of the vacuum fitting, so air pressure can flow into the intake manifold. Begin to apply air pressure.
Spray soapy water onto various areas where your engine vacuum may have sprung a leak. If you see bubbles forming, that means air is being forced through the wrong place, and you have found your leak.
Check other engine vacuum areas with the soapy water as thoroughly as possible to make sure you do not miss any leaks. It would not be surprising that there could be more than one leak in the vacuum. While you have the air being forced through and your soapy water ready to go, find all the vacuum leaks at once and save yourself the time and hassle of having to do the whole process over again.
Mark any vacuum leaks with a Sharpie or paint to make sure you can find them again. There are a several parts that may need replaced to fix a leaking vacuum. Once you have pinpointed any leaks, your next project will be fixing them. and O'reillys or auto zone both carry varrious sizes of vac. lines.
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