Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 30 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).
Low and high-beam headlights appear dim when turned on compared to other cars. May be due to corroded/defective wiring. Appears to be a very common problem with this Chevrolet model. Looking for recall information related to this issue.
See all problems of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier.
All of the trouble lights come on including the service light with a wrench. Then, all of the gauges drop to nothing; you don't know how fast you're traveling, what your fuel capacity is, the temperature gauge drops to nothing along with the tachometer dropping to nothing. In the odometer and "error" message replaces the odometer reading. The gauges will intermittently go off and on or all of them will drop of with no reading. The other evening, I was coming home on a winding back country road and all of my lights went out. I have to limit my driving to daytime driving and only use the running lights as it appears to only aggravate the problem when I use my headlights. Today, everything above happened along with some news things. The vehicle was shut off, the key was removed from the ignition and the running lights remained on as did the warning alarm as though the key were left in the ignition. I left the car only after I pulled the left and right fuse from the panel. When I returned to the car, I inserted the fuses and started the vehicle but was unable to shift the car into gear as the car would not let me depress the button on the shifter to do so. I have to now shut the car off and pull the ignition fuse and then reinsert it to get the car in gear. What the heck?.
When I turn on my car defroster, it starts popping very loud. At one time it started popping when I set the car at idle, and when I returned to the car, it was filled with smoke or dust. I had to air out the car for a while before I could drive it. The defroster doesn't pop every time, and it quits after about 30 minutes each time. Also, when I bought the car, it needed a new consol, so I had it replaced. The day-time running lights go out and flash at people. When they go out, the sevice light comes on. I have to drive with my headlights on so the day-time running lights do not flash at people.
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the head lamps on his vehicle looked as if there was a glaze on them. They were sand blasted and now he cant even see the light bulb. The dealer was contacted and stated that they would sell him a kit to clean the head lamps. The contact stated that the dealer should be responsible to repair the head lamps. No repairs were made. The failure and current mileage was 136000.
Daytime running lights have malfunctioned, high beams will not work. An electrical wiring connector to the headlights is located under the battery tray and is corroded and cracking.
See all problems of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier.
Headlamps have a plastic cover that has "fogged" reducing visibility. Replacement parts are on backorder 1,500 are on order to date, 2-11-2008.
See all problems of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier.
When I brake to slow down or stop, my head lights dim significantly. It happens with the high beams and low beams. My front passenger seatbelt locks without the brakes engaged, and needs to be unbuckled to unlock.
The contact stated the headlights glowed an orange/yellow color. The dealership replaced the sockets and bulbs, but this has not solved the problem. The dealership stated there was no problem with the vehicle. The contact insisted this impaired his vision and he could not see three feet in front of the vehicle.
See all problems of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier.
Daytime running lights on my daughter's 2000 chevy Cavalier have failed. As a result she has no low beam headlights. Per local dealer the lights are "wired into the computer and day time running lights cannot be bypassed so that the low beam headlights work. " per the dealer the solution is the replacement of a computer module at a cost of $500. 00. As headlights are a safety requirement I feel that whatever steps are necessary to make the low beam headlights operable is the responsibility of general motors, especially since the day time running lights are not a mandatory item in the USA.
See all problems of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier.
2 car vehicle collision-see police report. On the above date and time, the bethel fire department was dispatched to the intersection of reservoir st and grassy plain street for a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival a two car mva was discovered with a small vehicle fire extinguished by the bethel pd. Bethel car one, pete holmberg, requested this fire marshal due to the fire damage to the vehicle. Upon my examination of the vehicle, I observed the front end of the involved vehicle with moderate front-end damage. The right front headlamp assembly area did sustain some melting and burning to the rear of the unit. The left front headlamp assembly was found on the ground away from the vehicle. The bulbs for each unit were connected to the wiring/socket area. The impact of the collision caused the plastic housing around the bulb to break and dislodge the bulb from the headlamp assembly. The bulbs were part of the daytime running light system; therefore they were on at the time of the accident. The heat from the bulb ignited the plastic wiring harness on the left side of the vehicle (see photo #7). The heat from the bulb on the right side of the vehicle ignited the plastic wire harness as well as the plastic headlamp assembly (see photo #5). The fire caused minimal damage to the vehicle and the fire was extinguished with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. The cause of this fire has been ruled accidental caused by a break in the plastic retention clip for the headlamp assembly loosening the bulb from its proper placement and then touching combustible materials and igniting.
My 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier day time running lights (drl) quit working!. When you put the car into gear, you hear a clicking noise,(maybe a relay switch)? and the drl icon on the dash flashes about 5 or 6 times along with the headlights and the drl turned off, and the service engine light comes on, when you turn off the car and restart it the service light is off, must reset. Also the right side high beam head light does not work after the drl flash and go out(right side if you are facing the front of the car that is) replaced the right side head light and still have the same problem. Day time running lights are a safety feature for my car and they are not working, the dealer wants $100. 00 bucks just to hook my car to a machine to tell me whats wrong with it, after the last trip to the dealer for a check engine light, that cost me $180. 00 dollars just to tell my wife to tighten the gas cap when you fill up the car. (nice hu?) im not a happy camper. After doing a little research on the internet I see that cavilers have a drl problems all over the place. Why is there not a safety recall for day time running lights? after all they are a safety feature and do save lives, by making the smaller cars more visable to other drivers. With only one high beam head light working and no drl's my car has become a safety hazard for my wife and daughter, and even my self to drive. Please help by asking gm to recall this safety problem before some one get s hurt or even killed.
When slowing down at any time headlights dim very low, almost not being able to see them. As a result, driver's visibility is impaired.
When turning right or left steering column produced a popping sound. As a result, turn signals failed, and headlights blinked on and off.
When applying the brakes at night, the headlights and dash lights dim to a softer shade of light. I have also changed the rear single lights in my car three times in the past 6 months. This car has a bad brake problem. The front of the car shakes very bad when you apply the brakes while exiting a highway. City driving is not as bad, but when the brakes get warmed up they pulsate when I come to a stop. At the end of the day, I pull my car into my driveway and the first thing I smell when I get out is a burning smell from the back brakes. I called the fucillo chevy service department in December 2003. I talked to a serviceman about my brake problem. He told me that my pulsating brakes is the abs system working in the snow. Now the roads are dry and my brakes are still pulsating. I could not find anything in my original paperwork on my car showing that it has the abs system. Now my brakes are shot. The car had only 6500 hundred miles on it when I first called in December of 2003. In June of 2003, I bought this car and test drove it. The car seemed to be a good car, except for the noise that I heard coming from the front left tire area. It sounded like a rubber band when it snaps. I brought it up to my salesmen rocky from the chevy department. He told me that it's a new car. Now when the front tires are turned to the right, it makes a crunching noise. When I drive over any bump at any speed, it feels like there are no shocks or struts on this car and makes a bad clunking sound.
The wire harness for the headlights failed without warning. Dealer stated water from radiator build up on the wires which caused corrosion.
See all problems of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier.
Headlights are going out completely on 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. Ok, whom, has what legislator, in, whom's back pocket? there was a recall by Chevrolet in November, of 2004- I am betting completely voluntary, of course. This recall, was, for taillights and lightbulb grease. Right, somebody going to get killed in those vehicles, if the headlight problems are not corrected. Here is a hint, read thier TSB regarding the headlights dimming problem. What a load that is. I will tell you why, I think they put that TSB out. It was just simply to cover thier own you know what. I wonder how many fires, or deaths have occured due to the light hearted approach gm has towards the lighting problems on the 2003 models? don't you love huberous. Have you gone to your dealer about a safety issue lately. Oh, check out the brake rotors there is stress and heat fractures at less than thirty thousand miles. Come on! are we waiting for 1000 wheels to catch on fire, or just my pregnant wife loosing control due the shimmy. Ah heck, I'll just go buy a an old pinto and have real expensive lawn ornament fully insured of course, for the next three long years. Did I mention the stereo face burning ones fingers, but the dealer says, that was ok too. Forget the kickbacks and do your jobs. Remember the taxpayer and public servent, not corporation and public servent. Sleep well, I am glad someone can. I got go change some diapers now. Yeh, three kids; none of them ride in that death trap.
While driving the vehicles headlights went off. The dealer changed a module seven time but the problem re-occurs. The consumer is scared to drive at night time.
See all problems of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.
When braking the headlights would dim. Dealer has been notified. Ph.
See all problems of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier.
Headlights on my 2 Cavaliers went out only have one high beam on each car on passenger side.
Consumer states that since the vehicle was purchased headlight are inoperative,had vehicle serviced 3 times. Problem still accurs. Nlm.
Headlights do not work when consumer is driving. Headligths will not come on, but high beam lights will. Has had bulbs replaced, but problem still occurs. C0ntacted dealer.
Headlamps won't stay aligned.
My headlights including bright lights would not work due to a corroded headlight harness. On the first two failures the corroded wires were replaced by splicing good wiring to the existing harness. Finally I purchased a new harness ($275) for a total cost of approm. $700 incl. Labor. The harness which was replaced was the origional factory installed part.
The headlamps failed. Water entered the front lighting harness located behind the front bumper facia. The water was retained in the harness and caused the corrosion of the splices for the low beam headlamps and drl circuits. The splices were broken by the corrosion, resulting in failure.
Headlamps failed on interstate,came back on but would flicker, dealer found 4 wires with corrosion. Dealer unable to find noise in suspension.
See all problems of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier.
This past Thursday, 10/11/01, for the third time, my headlights have gone out while I have been driving at night. I have had the switch replaced twice before and am scheduled to have it replaced a third time. This switch runs my headlights, brights, turn signals, and cruise control. I have never had any problems except with the headlights. The connection appears to be burning out. I do not think it should be burning out so often or in this case, so quickly - 3 months since the last time I had the switch replaced. I have decided there must be something wrong with the connection between the switch and the engine that is causing this, therefore something chevy should take care of and in my case, reimburse me for, since this will be the third time I'll have to pay for repairs in the 5 years I have owned my car. I also feel, however, more importantly, that this is not safe, to be driving along at night and have your headlights go out. My rear lights stay on, which I am grateful for, but having no headlights makes it very difficult to drive.
Vehicle has defective headlights. Consumer has replaced headlights three times. The headlights fill up with water, making t it very difficult to drive.
Headlight wiring shorted on bracket while driving, headlights failed. Chevrolet said "too bad" charged $73. 53 to fix wiring.
I have had reoccurring problems with the lights and the start up light on suspension since the day I purchased the automobile. Everytime I took it in for repair, I got a "cannot duplicate" in the place of repair. I knew nothing of the recall on this items until 6/18/2000, when I was researching other items on the Cavalier. I would appreciate getting this repaired as oppossed to "cannot duplicate. " I do know the suspension happens far more often than a vehicle this young age should. Thank you.
Upon purchasing the vehicle two weeks later the headlights completely stopped working. The day time running light illuminates the dash, it continuously blinks. Took to the dealer. Nlm.
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|Headlight Switch problems||
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|Turn Signal Switch problems||
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