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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-15-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a Lemon and Need Help!

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Sounds like normal problems for an auction car. If you buy a new car off the lot you and you have these problems you can call it a lemon but not from an auction lot.

(1) Car sat in an auction yard, normal for battery to be low or dead. Try recharging it with a battery charger if this fails you need a new battery.
(2) Fix the radiator or replace it, make sure all coolants levels are as necessary and use dexcool or equivalent.
(3) Change pancake and swaybar bushings.

For an extra 400$ max you will have a good car, if you maintain it unlike previous owner it will last a long time.

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1.it may not be just the battery if it keeps dying on you then the alternator may be bad as well
2.replace the radiator and with the hood up have someone give it a little gas, i had a coolant problem in the car before my cobalt and when i gave it gas the coolant which is under prssure as you know came squirting out of a hose so all was needed was to replace that.
3.replace the sway bars and bushings and have the struts and shocks should be looked at as well
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Hope you get everything fixed! if it costs you a couple hundred or less to fix everything and have it running well, then I'd say you got a pretty good deal! The car itself in general is quite reliable and cheap to maintain. Overall a decent car for the price.

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Thank you guys so much. This puts my mind at ease a fair bit. I'll get everything fixed up and keep you guys informed along the way. Thanks!
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Hey guys, new issue. Hooked the car up to my wife's car to boost it, and tried to start it. No dice. It tries super hard to turn over but doesn't quite get there. Video attached of what it sounds like:

Cobalt starting issues - YouTube

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I just checked out your YouTube video and it sounds to me like timing could be off maybe broken timing belt in that case u definately bought a lemon did it start before?

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This car has a timing chain. Check fuses, maybe when you boosted it you blew an ECM fuse or an injector fuse. You should not boost your Cobalt. The best thing is to recharge your battery if it's still good then try to start your car. The Cobalt has a lot of electronics BCM,ECM,TCM,etc....and if you start to spark booster cables you might fry something. It's not an old dodge.....

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Good to know. Yes it did run before eagles, but it took a lot of effort to start then too.

Coby, thanks very much. I'll check the fuses and report back! What you're saying then is that I should use a trickle charger as opposed to jumping it?

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If the battery is good, charge it over night. Check all the fuses pertaining to engine. You know the crank fuse and relay are good because it turns, But fuel pump,injectors,ECM etc....Then try it again tomorrow.

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