53 cavalier just won't fire

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Dave Czirr » Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:12 pm

No.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:47 am

So, the last few times I've started my car, it has rumbled for a minute before smoothing out. From cold starts only. Ones shes warm she starts fine. Very rumbly though. The whole car shakes a little. But, only for about a minute or two then she's very smooth to drive around. Im using the lead additive at each refill and only filling with ethanol free. Changed the oil, double checked it and its at the proper level. Not sure whats left to replace or adjust at this point. Would a small manifold leak cause this much rumble during a cold start???

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Prudence » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:35 am

Good Morning...Have you happened to take a look at the motor mounts? It might also be a loose tail pipe mount near the stern of the car. Enjoy your day...Ernie in Arizona ;)

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:53 am

The rear pipe mount was broken. I fixed that. I will look at the motor mounts next. Thank you

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:34 am

Any suggestions on where to get motor mounts besides Steele rubber??

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Prudence » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:43 am

Good Morning...I would start with Max Merritt. Call them at 800-472-2573. Not all their goodies are on the net!...It's important to get the right parts...Ernie in Arizona ;)

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:26 am

Thanks Ernie. Will do

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Sat May 15, 2021 9:52 am

The speedometer needle is jumping around as I drive. Is this a common quirk? Or, the sign of a more serious issue. Car seems to be running just fine. Except for the fact that I really need to baby her from a dead stop. If I get too aggressive off the line, the engine will rev faster than the car will move.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Dave Czirr » Sat May 15, 2021 10:37 am

A "jumping" speedometer needle, usually more prevalent at colder temperatures, is normally the sign of a failing cable, underlubricated cable or speedometer input bushing, or other internal speedometer problems. Start with pulling, cleaning and examining the cable, it may simply need relubricating. Don't lubricate the last upper couple of inches. Also to the extent possible examine the outer cable sheath for sharp bends, kinks, or signs of damage.

If you find no issues with the cable, the rear bushing in the speedo itself may need a tiny drop of light oil. Not always easy to see without removing the speedo from the dash, but there is typically a very small hole to admit oil to the bushing.

I'm assuming your car has the Ultramatic transmission, have you checked the fluid level?

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Sat May 15, 2021 11:46 am

I do believe its the ultramatic. Base model cavalier. Everything I've read about the car leads me to believe its ultramatic. I added fluid before. Ill make sure level is still up.

I'll lube the speedo. Haven't done that before

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