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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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New Member, in Need of Help Asap!! About 03 2.2 Ecotec

Sorry this has to be such a terrible first post, but here is the deal,. My GF is selling her car and we need a replacement asap! We didnt think it would sell so quick as we listed it 10% above Book, just to see what would happen.. Now I need to find a reliable DD, with descent MPG, as we will be using the rest to pay off some unexpected bills, mortgage etc.. So

The car I am looking at is a 2003 Cavalier, ( I know Im on the wrong forum, But you guys are a much better, larger forum, with the same motor ) 2.2 Ecotec., and thru quick research I have found out that the Timing chain tensioner is a big issue with these, and am just wondering HOW I could diagnose it if I were to go look at the car again. Is there alot of noice coming from the passanger side of the motor, rough idle etc etc, and how much of an Issue is it to fix?


Also with that being the weak link, Does it put any extra wear on the guides, chain , or other components?

The car drives great, and idles pretty smooth, but this was a major worry for me,

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If it isn't noisy on start-up, I wouldn't worry about it. Do regular oil changes and you'll be good.

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I would honestly replace it with the newer style tensioner right away though. I've had to time two of my girlfriend's cavi's

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Thanks guys. What would I hear on a cold start? Just a chain rattle? I'm gonna get it replaced regardless, but just want to make sure nothing else was damaged

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I would honestly replace it with the newer style tensioner right away though. I've had to time two of my girlfriend's cavi's

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just out of curiosity, I found this one on Craigslist, and might be a better option? About 50k less miles and I believe the new tensioner

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Well, at least you know it's probably been maintained since it's in Eden Prairie. I work there if you want to look at it one evening I can come out with you.


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Well, at least you know it's probably been maintained since it's in Eden Prairie. I work there if you want to look at it one evening I can come out with you.
thanks, Problem is I'm in Duluth, so its a long way for a disappointment. Price seems really low, as do most cars in the cities that are on CL, alot of them seem like scams
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When I bought my evo in WY I paid a local mechanic to check the car out and provide any input on the condition of the tires, body, trans, engine, etc. Also, a carfax. Then make the commitment to drive down.


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really thinking about paying the $55 for a lifetime deal, on carfax.. Ill call them today , and Ill see what I can do about getting down there.. I mean its obviously really clean, nothing fancy, and low miles, but the price jst seems so low.. \\

Also the 06+ didn't have the timing chain tensioner issue, correct?
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I should be able to carfax it for you if you want to get me the VIN. If you buy me a six pack or something I could stop by on my own this week and take a look as well. Let me know.


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