why does my car have the sound of a diesel when it idles when the car runs on only gasoline?

Asked by Dec 19, 2006 at 09:14 PM about the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

when the cars engine is warm at normal operating temperature it sounds like a diesel when it idles but only when th eengine is warm!

1 Answer

There are a few possible reasons for problems when the engine is noisy when warm. Among them: 1. Your engine oil may be too thin or has mixed with gasoline. To solve this, change the oil and filter. Make sure you are using the recommended oil. 2. Clean and tighten battery cables. They may be loose or dirty. 3. Battery cables are bad: Replace the battery cables as required. 4. Your starter may be overheating.

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

  • #1
    John Saffrahn
    Reputation
    3,260
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,480
  • #3
    mbar1
    Reputation
    1,290
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Malibu
617 Great Deals out of 51,472 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Impala
507 Great Deals out of 26,037 listings starting at $995
Used Honda Civic
448 Great Deals out of 43,815 listings starting at $1,150
Used Chevrolet Camaro
260 Great Deals out of 27,195 listings starting at $2,900
Used Chevrolet Corvette
84 Great Deals out of 15,079 listings starting at $4,499
Used Ford Focus
525 Great Deals out of 75,241 listings starting at $800
Used Pontiac Sunfire
209 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Mustang
309 Great Deals out of 40,138 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Camry
853 Great Deals out of 70,923 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Corolla
730 Great Deals out of 63,022 listings starting at $1,195
Used Honda Accord
692 Great Deals out of 102,440 listings starting at $849

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.