2 questions about a 2002 Cavalier

Tiny
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Hello again,
I have a 2002 Chevy Cavalier with 83,000 miles and its a 2.2 liter as well.

1st question:
Would it be necessary to change the power steering fluid? When I got the oil change the place said that it needed to be done because it was becoming milky.

2nd question:
When I hit the breaks on my car it starts to vibrate real bad and I have been told that its because the rotors are warped, is that true? If so, would it be wise to get new ones, or to just get them resurfaced and to get new brake pads?
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Friday, January 26th, 2007 AT 11:04 PM

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Tiny
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2 answers!

On the power steering fluid, what does it look like to you? Every so often, I'll suck the fluid out of the reservior and fill it up with fresh. This will suffice. You can buy a cheap turkey baster and dedicate it for that.

On the brake rotor, Replace them, replace the pads, clean all slide surfaces and pins and lube with high temp caliper grease. Adjust the rear brakes at the same time. Here's why:

A rotor that is warped can't handle heat. Making it thinner will make it warp again shortly. I use cheap rotors and very rarely have any problems. MAybe one out of 100? Surfaces that aren't moving when they should can can the pad to press needlessly on the rotor causing various problems. Lastly rear brakes adjusted will help offset the braking to a better front to rear ratio and help with a more equal braking, taking less stress off the fronts.

Side note: Have you changed your plugs or fuel filter yet? Think about a battery also-average life is 5 years.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 6:53 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for your quick answers.

On the battery, we have put a new one in because the last one did die.

The spark plugs however have not been changed as far as I know. The fuel filter I dont believe has been changed.

Also, I forgot to mention that sometimes when I start the car, it will start then act like its not going to and finally it will start. It only happens once in a while, but it has only started to happen since it has become cold.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 1:06 PM
Tiny
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U betcha!

You mean that it cranks longer than normal? GEt that filter changed before it kills the pump. Think of a pea in a straw your trying to blow through. Do an air induction service too!

Funny how we can get off track from the original post huh?

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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 1:25 PM
Tiny
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Yeah its funny how we can straggle along. It only happens sometimes but if it doesnt happen takes a normal amount of time and its only a second that it sounds like its going to die when it starts rough like that.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 1:28 PM
Tiny
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Do the filter and air induction service. Maybe that simple.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 1:41 PM

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