New to Cobalts-My Issues So Far
Hey everyone, first time poster, so heres some background, and then the questions on my issues:
Bought a 2006 Cobalt LS Sedan from my brother for $500. It would not start to save his life, so he was going to sell it to a mechanic for $500. I bought it, and began this journey of resolving some issues.
A friend of mine diagnosed and repaired the starting problem. It was a broken tensioner/timing chain slip. It had jumped 2 spots, but fortunately did no damage. Replaced those two things, along with the starter.(He wore the starter out trying to get it to work.) Also replaced spark plugs, tie rods and all new rear brake system-Drums, brakes, etc.
Power steering went out, fortunately that was replaced under recall. Fuel pump was leaking gas, fortunately once again replaced under recall.
So far I have paid a total of $1600 for the car and all of these replacements. IMO I think thats a good deal so far. I couldnt even get an 06 Cobalt for that much, let alone with all of these things replaced on it so far. I know I have some more things to replace to be totally fixed up(Front tires, alignment, exhaust flange repair.)
Here are the two issues I am having now(And knew this going in). Any help would be appreciated.
1. Car shakes violently when I am applying the brakes. I had brand new rear brakes kit put on a few weeks ago, did not fix this issue(But was needed due to griding.) There is some play in my steering wheel, along with it wanting to drift when driving. Would a bad alignment cause such a violent shake when braking?
2. This one is tricky. When I first towed the car to the mechanic, once we got it there we parked it. We got it fixed and starting and running, but then it would not come out of park. No matter what it was stuck. To get it moved(and out of the way) the mechanic bypassed the wires that connects the brake to the gear shift. So it moved into reverse/neutral/drive just fine, but now the rear brake lights and windshield wipers do not work. My question is, what could have caused it to stay locked in park like that to begin with? I will eventually have to return the wires so the brakes and wipers work, but dont know if this is a faulty body control module, or maybe a short somewhere?
Anywho, my two questions. Probably not the easiest ones to pose, but any feedback would be appreciated.