Brake Light Problems of Chevrolet Cavalier



Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 26 problems related to brake light (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 1
Failure Date: 07/12/2013

Purchased vehicle from dealer 7/12/13 with the following issues: non-working odometer, blinkers, brake lights that frequently "short" out & a non-working windshield fluid function. I was informed by the dealer to take vehicle home & return it the following day for the repairs of all the above notations that were discovered during a test drive. Upon the time of return, I was sadly & rudely approached by the dealer. He stated that he did not claim to fix these issues? on 7/17/13, I filed a "complaint" with the better business bureau regarding this poor business transaction. All of which, I have proof. Despite my endless efforts to correct this issue, nothing significant has been done on my behalf. I have been pulled over a number of times, because of my failing brake lights - which have been replaced on multiple occasions. I have had close encounters of potential dangerous situations, where my blinkers have failed & being stuck "not" knowing how much mileage I have on my car. This is a major safety issue I cannot get resolved & am hopeful that you may assist.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 2
Failure Date: 06/14/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact's vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 04v524000 (exterior lighting:turn signal) in 2006. Two years later, while driving at an unknown speed, she noticed that the passenger side brake lamp and turn signal were inoperative. She repeatedly replaced the brake light bulb, but it continued to fail. The manufacturer stated that because her vehicle was previously repaired under recall, she would be responsible for the repair costs. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to an authorized dealer for a diagnosis and repair. The failure and current mileages were 62,011.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 3
Failure Date: 02/21/2007

Rear center stop light housing, was observed smoking inside vehicle, further investigation revealed 2 bulbs burned out and lens plastic burned onto lights.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4
Failure Date: 03/05/2005

Driver noticed that driver's side brake light was inoperative. Vehicle was taken to a garage for inspection, and mechanic determined that the bulb needed to be replaced.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 5
Failure Date: 11/22/2004

Right rear brake light and turn signal turned on intermittently which caused cruise control to work sporadically.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 6
Failure Date: 11/08/2004

Vehicle had no brake lights. Consumer contacted the manufacturer, and no recalls were found.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 7
Failure Date: 11/03/2004

Driver's side and passenger's side brake lights failed to come on their own. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the brake light bulbs needed to be replaced.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 8
Failure Date: 08/20/2004

The signal indicator and brake lights failed.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 9
Failure Date: 08/04/2004

I bought a ne 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier on 5/2/03. It has been to the dealer 9 times for repairs. 7 of which were for brake, turn, and/or dash lights not working. Originally, fuses were being blown. In 3/04, I was advised that there was a bad socket problem. In 7/04, the excuse became that they have a "special" grease that they have to put on the bulbs and that this was normal. I had to return my car most recently on 8/4/04 because I did not have rear brake lights or turn signals. I filed a complaint with the better business bureau. We went to arbitration on 6/8/04. Chevy motor div. Acknowledged that there was a safety defect with my car (brake lights) prior to it being returned to the dealer in 3/04 and faxed a copy of the bulletin they wrote in 4/04. However, they argued that they corrected the defect w/ the bulletin (verbal instructions were given on or about 3/12/04 when my car was being repaired to the service tech at the dealer the bulletin that wasn't in written format until 4/24/04). My arbitration was denied because my brake lights were working at the time of the arbitration so they determined that the defect had been corrected. Since June, I've returned my car to the dealer 2 additional times for brake lights and turn signals not working properly. Since I've purchased my car, I've had fuses replaced, fuse links installed to 5 circuit branches, drivers side window motor replaced, hvac cable and seal replaced, converter seal replaced, sockets replaced, and bulbs replaced; and all in less than a year of owning the car. In this last time, the dealer has replaced bulbs, replaced sockets, and packed sockets with special grease. I've had to drive a defective car for over a year now. My fear of having an accident because my lights fail to work properly.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 10
Failure Date: 06/10/2004

This letter was sent to the Chevrolet corporation but I still have not had sufficient help in correcting the problem. I seem to get more excuses and proper procedures quotes; opposed to adequate help on this dangerous problem with my brake and signal lights. This has been on going since the date of purchase. Vehicle : 2003 Cavalier VIN : 1g1jc12fx37257061 mileage : 24000 dealer : foxs security comments : I have been trying to find a resolution to the ongoing problem with my vehicles turn and break lights. I purchased my car brand new with zero mileage. I have been back and fourth to the dealership to have my lights repaired faithfully every other month. This problem is serious because in most cases; I dont realize my lights are out until Im on the belt-way traveling 60 miles an hour or more when it occurs to me my signals are not working or another driver gestures my lights are out again. This problem is extremely dangerous and Im in total distress because the dealership cant or wont resolve the problem. I have been going back and fourth every 3 to 4 weeks for the same problem. The lights on the left side will go out and the right side will follow a week later or vice versa. I didnt purchase a new vehicle to constantly use hand signals or endanger my families lives daily; this is totally unacceptable and I want someone to resolve this problem immediately.


 
car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 11
Failure Date: 05/28/2004

I purchased a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier from fred diehl motors of philsipburg, PA (814-342-3223). I am having problems with the rear brake lights and now all rear lighting. Fist the car was serviced at valley tires who replaced the bulb lamps. Second, fred diehls replaced the left side socket and tightened the right bulb. The third time, I was stopped by local police for no brake lights. Fred diehls replaced both the sockets and bulbs because of a short in the system. I called general motors woth a complaint (customer relationship manager alvin johnson 1-866-942-4368 ext. 47590). Mr. Johnson sent me a letter April 20 stating they would make the repairs up to 75,000 miles. On may 28, 2004, I was involved in an accident. There were no injuries, but the vehicle was damaged. I signaled and applied my brakes to make a left turn. A flat bed truck behind me started to pass me as I proceeded to turn and struck the driver's side. The man told state police there were no lights, but he was fined anyway for passing in a no passing zone. On June 1 and 2 I called gm and mr. Johnson returned my call and took the accident report. On June 3, darrin tranuse of gm (1-800-231-1841 ext 58932) called me and told me to take the vehicel to the nearest chevy dealer. My brother-in-law followed me to fred diehls because I had no rear lights. They checked the car and found no lights also. They called gm and were given special orders to allow no one around the vehicle until they could look at it. I have twice called mr. Tranuse but never received a return call. The had the vehicel serviced three times and the fourth time resulted in an accident. Right now, I'm afraid to drive it.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 12
Failure Date: 04/30/2004

I have been having a problem with my 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The rear brake/signal lights keep burning out due to bad sockets and bulbs. Combined, I have had to replace five (5) light bulbs (three (3) on the right and two (2) on the left). The first time was April or may 2003 on the right side, when I was still in pittsburgh. The second time was in September or October 2003, also on the right side, but this time was in port orange, FL, where I found out about the socket problem. The third time was two weeks following the second incident, this time on the left side, but the dealership had the sockets on back order. The fourth time was in January 2004, again on the left side, this time the dealership replaced the socket. The fifth time was April 30, 2004, again on the right side, after the socket was replaced.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 13
Failure Date: 03/30/2004

The left and right turn signals/brake lights in car stopped working. I took the car to the dealership where it was repaired. They told me there was a short in the wiring in the rear of the car. The right turn signal/brake light stopped working again about 1 week after the repairs.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 14
Failure Date: 03/15/2004

Brake light failed to operate because there were only two wires connected to the brake cluster. Dealer was not notified.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 15
Failure Date: 03/10/2004

Brake light/turn signal bulbs have burned out 4 times(left 2 times, right 2 times) in the last 2 months.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 16
Failure Date: 02/22/2004

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier purchased new August 23, 2003 bill heard Chevrolet,columbus GA. Brake light have burned out twice since that date. Once in November 2003 and again in February 2004.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 17
Failure Date: 01/31/2004

I am a gm technician. Gm is having a huge problem with "j" body cars with new body style. (caviler, sunfire year 2001-current) the problem is with poor terminal contact with the rear bulbs due to defective bulb sockets. The result is loss of rear turn signals and brake lamps on one or often both sides. This problem affects cars often with less then 1000 miles. It is a huge problem and our shop must fix 8 cars a week on average for this problem and we are not a large gm shop. Not having rear turn signals or brake lamps is serious for risk of rear-end collisions.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 18
Failure Date: 01/05/2004

Rear tail/brake light sockets failed, causing rear brake lights and turn signal indicators to malfunction. Upon inspection, I found bad electrical corrosion inside the bulb sockets, preventing a proper electrical contact. I was able to fix the left side by cleaning the electrical contacts, while the right side is unrepairable. Malfunction of both rear brake/turn signals is a major safety hazard.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 19
Failure Date: 09/17/2003

The vehicle's brake lights failed prematurely. Please provide additional information.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2003

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier only 6 months old and already both of the back turn signals/brake light bulbs have burnt out.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 21
Failure Date: 08/28/2003

Owner says that the vehicle is experiencing electrical problems. The headlights, tail lights, and the directional signals are malfunctioning. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer who has replaced the brake and headlight bulbs on five occassions. However, the problem still occurs. Provide further details.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 22
Failure Date: 04/07/2003

The brake lights on the vehicle continued to go out . The dealer serviced the vehicle for the defect at least three times and it was still defective. The consumer is constantly stopped by other motorist to inform him that the lights were out.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 23
Failure Date: 02/27/2000

The car has repeatly refused to change out of 2nd gear, one occasion I was going around 47 miles per hour and the just stop moving the rpm's read around 4 the, and the car read about 45 mles per hour but it was not mving. The car behind me had no idea why I stopped because there was no brake lights. This has happened repeatly and I am afraid to drive the hwy with this vehicle. My family, friends and anyone behind me are in danger each time we get in the vehicle. If someone frm behind did hit me they would think it was all there fault becuase the re-ended me. The car can be going over 60 miles an hour one moment and back down to 30 the next moment. I do not feel save in this vehicle, nor do my friends and family that have been in the car with and those that have driven the car themselves.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 24
Failure Date: 01/17/1998

The rear brake lights do not light up. . . . The turn signals/hazard lights do not work. . . The abs brake system light is on and the brakes can lock up and severe conditions, on gravel, or on extremely hard stops. . . .

car image   Brake Light problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 25

Uneven amount of paint on the rim of the trunk. Defective door gasket. Inoperative brake lights.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 26

The third brake light (high mount) keeps blowing bulbs,when pulling the bulbs out the top of the bulb is melted to the inside of the light assembly.


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