I have a 1999 Cavalier.
I guess I should say this first: I am unfortunately one of those
people who know next to nothing about cars, other than to get it
gassed up. I had an oil change done about 2500 miles ago, and I guess
all my fluids were fine then.
Here is a quick list of symptoms:
1) Check engine light is on and temperature readings are at red.
2) Leaking a very thin and possibly brown oil next to my front right
3) Cools down very quicky and heats up very quickly. (These are gauge
reading and I don’t know if the gauge could be wrong or not.)
4) Heating vents have started blowing cold air even though I had it
set to full heat.
If anyone knows what these problems could mean, please drop in some
For a detailed description of what happened, please read below.
As I was driving to work this morning, I looked down at my dashboard
and noticed that the check engine light was on and the temperature
gauge was at red. I panicked because I’ve heard that at those
temperatures your car could seize; and so I parked it immediately.
Less than five minutes later, I turned it back on, and noticed that
the temperature was back to normal, which was strange... can
temperature drop that fast? (it was at most a chilly morning in
I started driving it again since I was parked right next to someone’s
driveway. For some reason, the heating vents were now spewing out cold
air although I had it set to max heat. The temperature started rising
really fast (within 2 minutes), but I found a good place to park it
for the day. While waiting for a friend to pick me up, I noticed that
the car was leaking some fluid almost right next to my front right
tire. It was a very thin (also brownish maybe?) kind of oil.
My friend didn’t take a look at the car, but said that it possibly
could be the head gasket and that if that is the problem, I’m looking
at at least 800.
Do any or all of these symptoms relate to the head gasket, or could it
also be something else?
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