1998 Cavalier will not pick up speed when you press the gas. It idles good.

Asked by Sep 30, 2012 at 02:22 AM about the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The car starts and idles good.  But when you put it in 1st it will not get enough speed to get it into 2nd gear.

4 Answers

cat might be bad that is one of the symptoms

237,825

Check your throttle position sensor.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
33,695

If the TPS was that bad I doubt the engine would stay running. Jerry is most likely correct. Pull your upstream oxygen sensor and see if that helps. Does the engine do anything when you hit the gas? If not it may be a throttle cable.

10,125

Possibilities: Bad cat.. Clogged fuel filter.. Failing fuel pump.. Just to name a few.. When was the last time the fuel filter was changed?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • idle speed on 2000 chevy cavalier 4 answers

    How do I set the idle speed on my 2000 chevy cav , when you start it, even if its warmed up, it idles between 2500 and 3000 rpm, then slowly drops to 1500 rpm, but doesn't go any lower than that, I ha...

    2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1990 Cavalier bogged down. 3 answers

    I have a 1990 Chevy Cavalier 2.2 4cyl. I was driving to work the one day when it started to bog down and lose speed. It didn't matter if I pressed the gas pedal any harder it wouldn't pick up spe...

    1990 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why is my 98 cavalier getting hot when it has a new water pump and thermastat plus, radiator has been cleaned? 13 answers

    Why is my 98 Cavalier getting hot when a new water pump and thermastat have been replaced. Also, the radiator has been cleaned. When it is on the highway it does good, but when I get into town sitti...

    1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Where is the horn located on a 1998 cavalier 4 answers

    Horn on 1998 cavalier does not work, can not locate it under the hood. Any ideas where it may be located in engien capartment?

    1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ranger will not pick up speed 4 answers

    1985 Ford pickup Ranger 2.3 liter will not pick up speed new wires new plugs starts good just wont pick up speed what's the problem

    1995 Ford Ranger STX Extended Cab 4WD SB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Cavalier

Looking for a Used Cavalier in your area?

CarGurus has 1,000 nationwide Cavalier listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Cavalier Questions

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,920
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,300
#3 mbar1
mbar1
Reputation 1,180
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Malibu
950 Great Deals out of 79,654 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
656 Great Deals out of 88,603 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
225 Great Deals out of 30,943 listings starting at $1,217
Used Ford Mustang
472 Great Deals out of 45,735 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Corolla
785 Great Deals out of 73,830 listings starting at $1,995
Used Pontiac Sunfire
310 listings starting at $3,975
Used Ford Focus
546 Great Deals out of 57,171 listings starting at $1,095
Used Honda Accord
813 Great Deals out of 84,287 listings starting at $1,050
Used Chevrolet Corvette
120 Great Deals out of 20,753 listings starting at $3,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,718 Great Deals out of 175,751 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota Camry
1,011 Great Deals out of 90,917 listings starting at $650
Used Ford Taurus
249 Great Deals out of 20,433 listings starting at $699

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.