Oil Pump Problems of Chevrolet Cavalier

Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 5 problems related to oil pump (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Cavalier based on all problems reported for the Cavalier.

car image   Oil Pump problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 1
Failure Date: 06/22/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and no warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local shop, who diagnosed that the timing chain guide bolts broke. As a result, the cylinder head, oil pump, and transmission were damaged. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 80,000.

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car image   Oil Pump problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 2
Failure Date: 10/01/2008

I purchased my 2003 Cavalier brand new with 106 miles on it (it had to be driven from pittsburgh to harrisburg). In late sept. Or early oct. My car began rattling at stop lights. The day after the rattling started, my car stalled at my place of business and wouldn't start again. A triple a mechanic was called and couldn't determine what the problem was except he thought it was the fuel pump. After having the vehicle towed to a garage, I was told that oil was not making its way through my engine causing friction and in turn causing my engine to expand breaking my timing chain and basically rendering the entire engine useless. The mechanic asked me if my check engine light or oil light was lit on my dashboard because with a problem with the oil pump, one of those lights would have lit up, which I responded no. He then thought that the dashboard lights were not functioning which was not true because when he turned the key, all the dashboard lights lit up. He then went on to tell me that my oil levels were normal and that my timing chain should last for 25+ years. The mechanic went on to explain that I should contact Chevrolet because he believe that with the low mileage of my vehicle and the relative new-ness of the vehicle, the only cause for this issue would be a defect. I contacted Chevrolet via email and was told that I would receive a response in no more than 48 hours. After hearing no response, I filed a complaint with the bbb and still have not heard anything.

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car image   Oil Pump problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 3
Failure Date: 02/13/2003

My mother has a 1997 Cavalier which she bought used. Since she has had the vehicle there has been two recalls and upon further investigation on my part I found on your site 5 more totaling 7 in all. She bought the car in August of 2001. When the car reached 109,000 the oil pump went out and she had to spend 3,000 dollars to get another engine put in, and she don't even have the car paid off. With these newer cars 109,000 is nothing and even in the older vehicles I have never had an oil pump go out with that little bit of miles on the engine. I have friends who are mechanics that I have talked to and they have told me that they have had a lot of these particular engines being the 2. 2 liter with bad oil pumps in them. This is the reason I am filing this complaint for my mother. My brother has a 2000 Cavalier with 239,000 miles on it and has never had a bit of problem so most likely it was in a particular year of vehicle that bad oil pumps were installed. He also has the 2. 2 liter engine. So could you please find out if this is an on going problem because I sure would like to get my mothers money back because she is on a fixed income.

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car image   Oil Pump problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 4
Failure Date: 06/26/1998

Engine was idling very high and using a lot of fuel, dealer replaced a faulty 02 censor, on a separate occasion the oil pressure was excessive causing valves to stay open, the oil pan and oil pump was replaced.

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car image   Oil Pump problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 5
Failure Date: 06/13/1997

Oil pump failed.

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