About Chevrolet Cobalt
Chevrolet Cobalt, as a compact vehicle, was produced by the General Motors' Chevrolet Division from 2004 to 2010. When the first Chevrolet Cobalt introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year, it was meant to replace the Chevrolet Cavalier and Toyota-based Geo Prizm as a 2-door coupé and a 4-door sedan. Though the United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies Chevrolet Cobalt as a subcompact vehicle, it had received an overall top score of "Good" for front collisions conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Chevrolet Cobalt was built on the GM Delta platform, which is also the platform of Chevrolet HHR wagon and Saturn Ion. Actually, it was available early as 2007 in United States, but it was called as Pontiac G5 as a 2-door coupé then. Chevrolet Cobalt was available in SS (Super Sport) coupe and sedan, LS, 1LT trim levels and so on. And it got many engine options ranging from 2.2 L Ecotec L61 inline 4-cylinder engine to 2.0 L Ecotec LNF Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine with output increased every year. And these engines were mated to 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions. Unfortunately, the production of Chevrolet Cobalt ended on June 23, 2010 and it was replaced by the Chevrolet Cruze eventually.
Chevrolet Cobalt Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a compact vehicle, Chevrolet Cobalt is usually used as family car and used for commuting. So if you do not want to encounter any unexpected troubles when driving and get stuck at some nowhere, then you should be prepared with these common problems and solutions on your Chevrolet Cobalt:
First, engine failure. This is quite normal if your Chevrolet Cobalt is approaching its expired date. But if it happens when you only drove about 60,000 miles, you should really care about this problem. According to Chevrolet Cobalt owners, engine performance would reduce as well so that losing power while acceleration, poor fuel economy and difficulty in starting vehicle. The poor gas mileage may be caused by the Cobalt camshaft seal and valve cover gasket. If your engine is in a very poor or high idle, overheating and you could hear squealing noises while driving, then the Cobalt spark plug, timing belt tensioner, intake manifold gasket and throttle body gasket also need thorough inspection.
Second, suspension, steering and electrical issues. Suspension system is meant to keep occupants from unpleasant driving experience. However, in Chevrolet Cobalt, drivers told that not only the excessive vibrating but also the excessive noise and grinding noise while turning impair their driving trip. Normally, the coil spring insulator is the culprit. And steering issue in Chevrolet Cobalt would manifest as steering tilt not locking and the steering wheel operating roughly, which is caused by a faulty Cobalt steering column cover. As for electrical issue, you could go check if the ambient temperature sensor is working properly.
However, if you want to eliminate any potential dangers while driving, you have a lot more to complete. Chevrolet Cobalt is a vehicle made of countless auto parts though. The headlight may be foggy and covered by dust if used for a long time, and it is important for providing excellent visibility at dark or adverse weather conditions. So please maintain it in a regular basis. Cobalt emblem and antenna cable would also wear and tear as time goes by, so include them in your routine maintenance as well.
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