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Chevy Cavalier Hard To Start, Hesitates

Q. I have a 1998 Chevy Cavalier 2.2 liter that has 90,000 miles on it and automatic transmission. The problem is it hesitates. And after I changed the spark plugs it hesitates worse. When I start my car sometimes it takes a little longer for it to actually start.

Chevy Cavalier Hard To Start, Hesitates

Sometimes when I am stopped at a stop sign it will hesitate when I start moving again. And then sometimes when I am driving it hesitates when it wants to switch gears.

I've been told two things. Either I messed up when switching the spark plugs, though I took it to a shop after and they "seemed to fix the problem", which was I had cracked the spark plug jacket and it was emitting sparks. So it didn't run right. And the second thing was I need to replace my transmission fluid.

Either way, I am tired of taking it to these shops that are supposed to know what they are doing. So this week I can hopefully get it in to the Chevy dealer so they can take a look at it.

I was told that 90,000 miles on a Chevy Cavalier is about as much as they can handle. But, I also heard that they were one of the most reliable cars. What do you think about all this?


A. Sounds like plugs or wires to me as well. You need to find a trustworthy technician and stay with him or her! I'm sure after the dealer gets it all will be okay.

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