Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

6

Three things I can think of: Do you have another key to try? May just not like the key you are trying. Is the steering wheel cocked at all, where there may be causing pressure on the key lock? Try giggling the steering column as you are trying to turn the key (assume you might have tried this, but don't know). Your locking mechanism may be frozen. You ...


5

It sounds to me like it was just worn out. You should be able to turn the alternator and a/c compressor pulleys by hand. I'd replace the tensioner if it hasn't been done already anyway, and with a new tensioner, fitting a new belt should be fairly easy* as you can fit it with the tensioner un-tensioned. However, if the auxiliary belt hasn't been changed ...


4

Definitely just insufficient current to run the starter motor. What happens (causing the flashing/clicking) is that when you turn the key, the starter relay/solenoid switches on, and the starter motor pulls all the available current, dropping the battery voltage extremely low. It can no longer power the relay, so the relay springs back and the load (starter ...


4

The battery is in the trunk next to the spare tire under the carpet. You will need a 10mm socket for the bolts on the terminals and a 13mm socket for the bolt on the strap that holds it in place. A socket extension or deep well sockets would be handy. Lift up the carpet. Remove the hydrogen vent tube from the left side of the battery. Undo the 10mm bolt ...


3

Did you buy this car brand new? It is possible that someone traded it in and did a hack job putting the speakers back in. A previous owner could've potentially had an after-market stereo. I assume your stereo is factory?


3

The most likely causes are a freon leak or a broken drive belt. Frequently the leak is from an "O" ring on the back of the compressor. You can buy recharge kits at auto supply stores that are designed for the DIYers. My experience has been that if you are not familiar with the system it might not be cost effective. It will usually take two and sometimes ...


3

My Volvo has a similar setup in the engine compartment. It's battery is in the trunk. Try checking where the spare tire would be. EDIT I found some helpful advice on changing the Cobalt's battery at yourcobalt.com. So, as we all know the battery for the Cobalt is located in the truck of the car. Its about a 20 minute deal to replace the battery. ...


2

My first thought is battery dead, or a poor connection at the battery. What happens to the dome light while you are trying to crank it?


2

I believe that it requires a scan tool. This link is for a 2005 Cobalt, but it should be the same as a 2006. Also, according to eHow: Some vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu, do not have programmable remote systems.


2

It's quite possible it just broke due to age and wear. I have personally experienced that when the belt wasn't replaced on schedule. If you were in the vehicle when it broke the belt, I'd be surprised if you wouldn't have heard loud unpleasant noises or felt something if it broke due to something seizing up. If it just broke, all you would have noticed ...


2

Yes, what you are describing is exactly what it sounds like is happening. Tires which are not rotated on a regular basis will complain loudly because of wear patterns, especially the front end ones on front wheel drive vehicles. If those are original tires, I would bet they are getting close to being worn out. Tires which are getting down in tread depth will ...


1

In addition to Paulster2's suggestions, try jiggling the shifter (shaft and button). Also, there is a recall for the ignition lock cylinder on your vehicle that has been all over the news. The fix for that may solve your problem. Check your battery (it's in the trunk), too. The interior lights coming on don't mean it's 100%. There is a button in a ...


1

The code P0420 is "Catalyst Efficiency below threshhold" First check the exhaust gases on a emissions gas tester. If the CO2 and CO together are less than around 14.5% with the engine in good condition, no faults- then you are looking at a defective cat.


1

If the O2 sensor is replaced then the code could also be caused by a bad engine coolant temp sens. (Don't ask me how, fun thing about Cobalts). Before you buy that, also look for manifold and exhaust leaks.


1

If the connections to the speaker are ok then you may have dirt in the cones. I had a speaker stop working because of that. As soon as I started looking at it carefully there was a ball of dirt that stopped the cone from moving at all. Once I cleaned it up it worked again like new. Since you say that the speakers will work if you jiggle them I imagine it's ...


1

TCS systems are pretty simple, generally. They basically use all the same hardware as the ABS system, so one probable fault would be a bad wheel speed sensor. I'm struggling to think of anything to tie the TCS fault together with the hard shifting...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible