New to Cobalts-My Issues So Far - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts
Problems and Service Talk about any mechanical problems you are having

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
Newcomer
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 18
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.
Judobrad is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 11:39 AM
Gawd of Thunda!
YourCobalt.com Premium Member


 
SpeedyCobalt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Bay, Ontario
Posts: 1,336
Send a message via Skype™ to SpeedyCobalt
Quote:
Originally Posted by Judobrad View Post
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.
number one souds like an alignment issue, especially if it is drifting. as for number two I can't really tell, but I know someone here will be able to answer


2005 Stealth grey metallic 2DR Standard Base Model
2006 Burnt Orange 2DR Standard SS
MY SHOWOFF THREAD

SpeedyCobalt is offline  
post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 11:57 AM
Super Moderator
YourCobalt.com Premium Member


 
Coby7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Magnetic Hill, New-Brunswick
Posts: 11,820
Garage
#1 You need front rotors and a caliper service.
#2 If you press the brake pedal and you don't hear the shifter solenoid chances are your brake switch on the pedal is bad or disconnected. Wipers is probably a burnt fuse or the ground under the coolant reservoir that's corroded to hell.

---------- Post added at 03:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:56 PM ----------


Every minute spent angry is a happy minute lost for ever and ever!!!
Drives 2016 Cocoa Buick Encore 1.4L Turbo auto KL4CJDSB2GB652675
Drives 2016 Sunset Orange Trax LT1 1.4L Turbo auto 3GNCJPSB8GL142716

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly
Coby7 is offline  
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 12:17 PM
Super Moderator


 
Bronxknight28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bronx, N.Y.
Posts: 2,635
Garage
welcome!! sucks to hear about your problems but we can definitely help you out here!

WA636R - Switchblade Silver Mt 09 Sedan LT 2.2L LAP......Auto!

MODS:Fe5 TC Shock + Struts\Moog Endlinks\YYZ V1 Springs\SC Gunmetal Wheels. Badmab Shorty Header\GMPP Performance Exhaust\ZZP 2.5 Catted DP\K&N Drop-in filter\High Flow Intake Tube. Gen4 Headlights\6K Low Beam HID\LED 3rd Brake Light\LED Turn Signals,Plate,Trunk, Dome, Reverse, Side-marker\ Debadge "LT" & GM fender badges\Shorty Antenna

Join YC.com on Facebook! Like YC.com on facebook too!
Bronxknight28 is offline  
post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
Newcomer
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 18
Thanks for the help so far. When I get the alignment done I will have them check the rotors. Also I need to get it inspected to get titled/licensed so Ill have them check everything else that could cause vibration issues. Hopefully the alignment solves it.

As for #2, when I stepped on the brake, you could hear the solenoid engaging, but it still wouldnt come out of park. And I believe the wipers worked until my mechanic friend switched the wiring so that way the park would disengage. I will ask him what exactly he did to get the gear to move, which caused the brake lights and wipers to stop working. Maybe that will help some in the diagnosis.

---------- Post added at 12:05 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:49 AM ----------

Oh, also lately the "Service Airbag Light" has come on. Is that a known issue? What could cause it to do that?
Judobrad is offline  
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-28-2013, 07:15 AM
Cobalt Specialist


 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,145
For #1 as Coby stated, you will want to get new brake pads and rotors. Apparently, cobalts from GM aren't the only vehicles with this issue, HHR's are having the same issue.

For #2 A proper alignment is needed, may have excessive toe or cross camber.

2009 Cobalt LS XFE U74
Mods: K&N Typhoon Intake, Option Cat-Back Exhaust, Cosmo Short shifter, Maxxim Ahead 17X7's, MPx shorty antenna, FE5 Strut/shocks, Tein S Techs, Moog endlinks, Moog spring seaters, ZZP shorty header, LSJ downpipe, LNF front grille
5t3alth is offline  
post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-29-2013, 03:20 PM
Chevy Customer Service
YourCobalt.com Premium MemberExpert
 
ChevyCustSvc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Detroit, Michigan USA
Posts: 794
Hi Judobrad

You are welcome to send me your VIN and mileage. I can look to see if there are any updates or recalls on the Cobalt if you would like. Just send me a private message.

Jackie
Chevrolet Customer Care

Have you checked into Chevrolet Owner Center? You can maintain service history, check on warranty or recall information, and more. Visit my.chevrolet.com!
ChevyCustSvc is offline  
post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
Newcomer
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 18
Thanks Jackie, I will send that to you later today when I get to my car.

Anyone have any ideas on the Service Airbag Light? What an odd thing to have an issue with.

A few things I have to do with it this week as well. My brother lowered the suspension when he had it and now if I run over an acorn it feels like Ive just hit a 3ft ditch, so I will be putting the the original coils back on. I found a great DIY on that online so Im not expecting a huge issue there. Figured before I bought new tires, fixed alignment and double checked my steering issues, I should probably fix what helped contribute to all of these problems.
Judobrad is offline  
post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 07:57 AM
Chevy Customer Service
YourCobalt.com Premium MemberExpert
 
ChevyCustSvc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Detroit, Michigan USA
Posts: 794
Alright I will be looking for your message! I was just looking through the 2006 Cobalt manual and was unable to find out why your Service Airbag light is on. I will update you if I find an answer.

Jackie
Chevrolet Customer Care

Have you checked into Chevrolet Owner Center? You can maintain service history, check on warranty or recall information, and more. Visit my.chevrolet.com!
ChevyCustSvc is offline  
post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 11:23 AM
Super Moderator
YourCobalt.com Premium Member


 
Coby7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Magnetic Hill, New-Brunswick
Posts: 11,820
Garage
If you cleaned and vacuumed under the passenger seat you might have snaged the plug off of the under part of the seat connector for passenger presence.

Every minute spent angry is a happy minute lost for ever and ever!!!
Drives 2016 Cocoa Buick Encore 1.4L Turbo auto KL4CJDSB2GB652675
Drives 2016 Sunset Orange Trax LT1 1.4L Turbo auto 3GNCJPSB8GL142716

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly

Last edited by Coby7; 09-30-2013 at 12:28 PM.
Coby7 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome