2001 Chevy Cavalier fire

Tiny
JON WARD
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 130 MILES
What is wrong when there is fire coming out of the exhaust?
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 9:43 PM

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Tiny
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This is caused by unburned fuel going into exhaust pipe and burning out. May want to have the catalytic converter checked, it may be the cause of this as well.
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 10:06 PM
Tiny
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Thank you ive been told it was the timing but I knew that wasn't it thank you
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 10:24 PM
Tiny
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Well it is possible that if timing is off it could cause this, but most likely jumped timing would cause rough idle and you would hear bad backfiring, popping etc.
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 10:27 PM
Tiny
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What would be the best way to fixing this?
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 10:27 PM
Tiny
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Would have to pinpoint the exact cause first.

Cat. Converters can cause it like I said so would need it flow tested to see if its stopped up, if so need to replace it. If timing is indeed the cause then would have to remove timing belt and put new one on. Is the check engine light on in dash? If so, may take it to local auto part store and ask them to run a diagnostic scan on your vehicle for the check engine light. Most auto part stores do it for free, compared to dealers' $70 - $100 charge.
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 10:31 PM
Tiny
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Thank you again you have really helped me I didn't know what to do it scared me to death. Thank yo so much and if I have anymore questions I will definitly be on here asking you are the only one that has actually helped thank you so much.
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 10:36 PM

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