2001 cavalier stalled while driving and now wont start oil light on. it was low on oil add the oil but nothing any ideas what could be wrong


Asked by Apr 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM about the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

cars been sitting up for a while was running fine when i parked it. wife needed car. so i
put a new battery on it and it started right up. run great for about a month give or
take,till yesterday i was going to store and the oil light comes on secs later it stalled.
friend told me it was a safety feature that kills car when low on oil so i check oil. it was
low added oil but still wont start. don't have money to pay to fix so i have to do this my
self just need to know where  to start

3 Answers


It's not oil quantity but oil pressure engine saver, shuts off fuel pump when oil pressure falls below a pre-set threshold. Sure, low oil quantity can cause low pressure, but would have to be more that a quart low. I made this for a different question on a Chevy, so your engine may be same or similar. Try to listen, carefully if you can hear your fuel pump running. Only problem is I don't know if it is a return-less system where the fuel pump shuts on and off to act as a pressure regulator, (if so, you will not hear pump run with key on run and engine not running. It has pumped up and shut off) or a fuel-return system that the pump runs all the time and sends excess back to tank. Click for full screen

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.


1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.


Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • help 98 chevy cavalier 2.2 wont start 7 answers

    car had overheating problems and blew water back through over flow, and was run with minimal water a few times then car started to shut off and was hard to start till one day it just wouldn't start ch...

    1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • i have a 1997 cavalier. when i turn it over it starts and runs for a second and stalls. 10 answers

    i can do this 100 times in a row and it just starts and stalls right away. when i turn the key ahead i can hear what i think is the fuel pump humming. so i think that works. i checked all the fuses an...

    1997 Chevrolet Cavalier


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2001 Cavalier won't start 2 answers

    Our Cavalier won't start. The engine is getting fuel and there is a spark. Since it has been very wet here, dried out plug boots and distributor, but no luck, although at times the car seems to be mak...

    2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Chevrolet cavalier, over heating? 1 answer

    Over heating, no loss of fluid, put a new thermostat in it. Checked the oil, nothing wrong with it. While running, blows cool air on high heat. While driving, forces the air to blow hot. What is ...

    2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why does my oil pressure bottom out when there is no leak? 27 answers

    I have a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 with 232k miles. Although it burns a little oil, it does not leak. The oil pressure regularly fluctuates and bottoms out when idling. But, when the RPMs go up,...

    2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 1500


    Maintenance & Repair


Looking for a Used Cavalier in your area?

CarGurus has 1,623 nationwide Cavalier listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Chevrolet Cavalier Questions

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,670
#2 dandyoun
Reputation 1,220
#3 mbar1
Reputation 1,050
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic"
1,191 Great Deals out of 58,279 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Focus"
1,227 Great Deals out of 57,140 listings starting at $1,495
Used Chevrolet Malibu"
1,190 Great Deals out of 72,676 listings starting at $695
Used Honda Accord"
1,338 Great Deals out of 77,942 listings starting at $1,395
Used Chevrolet Impala"
981 Great Deals out of 35,806 listings starting at $700
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
811 Great Deals out of 38,876 listings starting at $2,650
Used Honda Civic Coupe"
355 Great Deals out of 16,316 listings starting at $799
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,460 Great Deals out of 67,063 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Camry"
1,669 Great Deals out of 98,345 listings starting at $895
Used Nissan Altima"
1,484 Great Deals out of 87,812 listings starting at $1,195
Used Ford Mustang"
743 Great Deals out of 41,405 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Tahoe"
1,121 Great Deals out of 36,357 listings starting at $1,700
Used Pontiac Sunfire"
548 listings starting at $1,700