2000 Chevy Cavalier Engine Issues

Tiny
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,002 MILES
I’m a College student and I live in the Bahamas. I got my car from my brother about 4 months ago and it’s a Chevy Cavalier 2000 4Cyl 2.2L with a little over 85,000 mileage. The car was running fine when I got it and was made sure the car had all the fluids it needed. The only issues I noticed when I got it was a slight sharp noise coming from the left side passenger’s side and slight pulling towards the left. I was told they were minor so I don’t have to rush to get them fix right now.

I recently had a flat badly warp tire issue a few weeks ago which had my car shaking each time it moved an inch. However, after I got that replace with another used tired now I notice all these other issues start happening.

1. I notice the Acceleration performance has greatly decreased because now I have to hit more RPMs than usual to accelerate to above 35mph. It only took 1.5-2 RPMs to get to 0 to 25mph in a short time but now it takes about 2.5 to 3 RPMs to get pass 25mph for more than 5mins. The car seems to idle roughly when coming to a complete stop as well.
2. The Steering Wheel has now stiffing up more than it usually was. If I let the car sit for a while and then come back to it, the steering wheel will go back to normal but minutes into it, it will start becoming stiff again.
3. I can feel the car surging and hesitating only when I’m slowing down or speeding up between 0-25mph and it mostly happens when turning corners.
4. The car has turned off on me a few times when I’m driving under 25mph and twice before when reversing after locking the steering wheel.
5. Even thought seems to run fairly ok when I’m driving over 25mph, the engine still feels like it’s running hard.
6. I’m hearing a clicking noise coming from the area where my tire was replaced. I thinking I just need to replace the tire.

I’ve had the major fluids checked out and they’re all full; the Engine Oil, the Coolant, the Transmission Fluid, the Brake Fluid and the Power Steering Fluid. One thing I didn’t get check was the Differential Fluid because I’m not sure where to look in my car.

When I got home today, I did notice a hose leaking out what looks like and smells like rusty water which was weird to me because I only put coolant in my car. I had no clue what it was connected to but in the morning I will take a picture of it to show you.

From what I’ve read up on this site so far, I should get the following checked; oxygen sensor, the Mass Air Flow Senor, Transmission. I want to learn more about what’s going on with my car so I don’t get rip off because I’m young, but I’m not sure where to look or where to start.
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Monday, February 23rd, 2009 AT 8:23 PM

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Tiny
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The flat tire may have damaged sensors on the engine causing the majority of your problems.

Raise car, put on stands, and inspect the underside where the flat occurred. Look for sensor connections that are loose/broke, and tire rubber stuck on sensor.

Inspect outer CV boots on the drive axles, look for rips/tears in boot.

Inspect hoses and radiator for leaks. The rusty looking stuff is probably a coolant leak and the rust comes from the block. Many cars in warm climates use mostly water in coolant because it never gets below freezing.
Refill with 50/50 mix of coolant and water, never use straight water, or less than 50/50 mix.
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 9:28 AM
Tiny
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I drove it this morning and it ran fairly o.K. But now later in the afternoon, it's starting to hesitate and surge more often whether I'm turning corners or not. And now I'm getting the Check Engine sign now. It's doesn't seem to run hot at all

I haven't tried your suggestion yet because I only have a small car jack and I don't trust me going under there with just that. I'm thinking about sending it to Auto Zone so they can do it.

Should I give them this information? Is there any other information I can give them to better sort my issues out in a timely manner?

Thanks in Advance
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 1:42 PM
Tiny
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You are going to have to get car up off ground and inspect underside as I mentioned, and if you don't have the proper equipment, then have someone do it.

DO NOT get under any car that is only supported by a floor jack. Your life is far more important than the car.

Print out my response and give to shop if you wish.

Mmprince4000
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Thursday, February 26th, 2009 AT 6:30 AM

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