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96 chevy lumina problems

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11/20/08 20:37

96 chevy lumina problems

I have a 96 lumina with 3 problems first one is when you press the gas it hesitates or falls on its face 50% of the time. I replaced plugs wires fuel filter and mass flow sensor and it still does it. Second one is when driving and heater or air is on panel when you press the gas pedal it quits blowing air.. Third one is a annoying clunking in the rear of the car.

Please any advise would be great..

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03/13/10 01:04

Hello quick question I bought a 96 lumina theres pretty much no rust except the two rear quarter panels...jus how hard would it be to replace the rusted quarter panels with a new or non rusted panel or should i repair the one already on i mean its only rusted on a small spot but bad enough to where i wanna do sommething about it lol
04/17/10 17:08

05/27/10 16:18

i have a 96 chevy lumina with the 3.1L that needed to be rebuilt so i rebuilted the motor by the manual down to the letter and now it wont start or fire over the engein does turns over but it wont fire
06/11/10 17:22
Denise Beenken

Could someone please tell me about the key pass system and what it takes to fix it or replace it
06/21/10 16:03

I have the Lumina (Bucket).Mine has had the clunking sound in the back.Found out that was the muffler, MONIQUE WILLIAMS Mine is running hot NOW, I have replaced the thermostat and hoses attached.I went to the shop on Sunday and he took of my intake and found that it was taking in water...Intake is for gas..He said this is a common problem with these cars and is why it is running hot.I was told to pour a sealer into the radiator (which you can buy at any auto store).So far so good...A way to tell if this is your problem, Check the fluids in your radiator.If you find it needs fluid.Fill it up (radiator not coolant), If after you fill it drive for a few if you notice your needle moves up and goes back down a few times.This is your problem.Hope this helps
07/14/10 09:55
Teresa Richardson

I have a 1996 chevy lumina ls the signal lights are not working i replace bulbs and fuses, how do you replace switch, or what else could it be.
07/29/10 12:13
Jesmine doll

I have a 96 chevy lumina, I had it for three years now, the first year was all good, then came all the problems motor started acting up real bad had to replace that wit a new one 1, 000.

ball joint axiel problems, brakes, rusted out, over heating so much stuff to much money.

Shouled I just sell it?

07/30/10 22:55
thomas miller jr

i recieved a message saying my e-mail adress tomasibn@aol had been used before i know i used it before i made a 13 dollar deposit for an answer about the problem im having with my 96 lumina that will start but will not continue to run
08/26/10 10:56
i hate my lumina lol

I have a 96' lumina with only 73, 000 which is pretty good, but now the problems are starting first my main problem is that it over heats but does not get hot and goes right back down. although sometimes the hot light does come on and i stop and turn it off to let it cool down. also i have the same problem as reply #2 my gears skip from 1 to 2 and it makes the car jump forward i hate it...
08/26/10 17:54

I own a 1996 chevy lumina 4dr with a 3.1 v6 with over 217, 000kms on it and am on vacation and have a problem. The water from the rad is leaking into the oil pan as quick as I fill the rad. If this is a blown head gasket, how do I repair it myself? If I could get instructions I would be able to do the job myself. Any reply would souly be appreciated because I am stranded because of this problem. Sincere thanks, Sonny
09/03/10 21:58
tj sturgill

Hello, i have a 1996 lumina, i have a problem with my air conditioning , it will blow though the defrost but wont up front. dose any one know, i think it is a the flap and switches it from defrost to front, . but where would that be at?
09/16/10 19:11

i have 96 chevy lumina 3.1. car starts and runs great until you get at a constant speed, then the car will de-cellerate and then accellerate and even has a slite hessitation wen shifting and some times acts like its gonna stall but instead kinda lages and you can hear the serpentine belt and pulleys whind. thinking that its the speed sensors, there is two sensors on both tires but can only afford to replace one for now but no sure if one side would go b4 the other.kinda stumpd!! had similar problem with my truck but it had one speed sensor and after replaced it cured the lumina has 276, 000+ miles and doesn't have check engine light on!! its not the t.p.s., spark plgs or the wires, and all fluids are full. please help if you know wat ur talking about.mechanics omly please unless you exper. the same problem. thank you.
11/05/10 12:04

When I put my key in the ignition and all power comes on but it will not ignite. I sometimes take the key out and put it back in the ignition and it might start. What is this problem.
11/05/10 13:54
ryan silva

good day!! just asking what should i do with my chevy lumina 96's model. it wont start! its stock for about almost 1 year. what is my first thing to do? my friend says evrything's fine before it stock for a year. please help me thank you!!
11/19/10 13:23

my 96 chevy Lumina 3.1 runs great and dependable, but is slow to start after it has been turned off for a little while. It cranks for a few minutes before it finally starts up, but then runs with no problems at all. when it is first shut off, if it is restarted within just a few minutes, it pretty much starts right up. I cant figure out for the life of me what the heck could cause this?? any ideas?? (by the way, I just changed from old to new spark plugs and wires which didnt help at all. thank you for your time and help! :) xoxoxo
12/10/10 07:56

I have a 3.1 Chevy Lumina. When i start it at anytime thier is a loud clinking sound also does this when i accel. Sound is coming from the front. I think it might be the muffler connection under the engine. also another promblem when the car revs it will go about maybe a third of the way and just keep reapeating itsel. Any thoughts on how to fix this problem?
01/03/11 13:16
neal russell

i have a 1996 lumina when i start it up the idle stays wide open at about 3500 rpms i changed the tps didnt help also it wants to stay in second gear because of the idle being so high i cant drive down the road
03/08/11 14:18
Jerry Perez

My Lumina has been Idled for about 3 weeks when I tried the ignition no luck. I got a boost from AAA and the car started after a pop from the engine. The guy told me it was the carburator, and there was a gas leak. When I turned off the car it would not start. Is this a gas filter problem or a carburator problem and how much will it cost to fix.
03/18/11 19:05
james simmons

i get the code P0171 System too lean Bank 1 .. no 1 can tell me what it is they say its this it that can you pls tell me what it is i need get that fix i cant keep buying this and that and its not helping pls
04/14/11 00:03
Darl Mills

I have a 96 3.1 Lumina that tends to overheat, but the top radiator hose does get hot, which makes me think the Thermostat is not the culprit. Could it still be the Thermostat?

How can I check the cooling fan relay, if that might be the problem?

Thank you D Mills

04/28/11 08:49
demetrius a

i have chevy lumina and it keeps geting hot i don't know what the problem is and the oil keeps burning out
05/10/11 17:10

by pass sertery flashing but wont start whare to by pass it
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02/15/12 17:32
Thank author of this post/comment"96 lumina won't crank but has power"

Newby here and wasn't sure how to start a new thread.

Have a 96 Luminia. The car recently wouldn't start. Had power, but wouldn't crank. Took to dealer (early Jan '12) and dealer installed new stearing column ingition switch. Worked fine.

A few weeks later, pully on power stearing pump went out. Took to a repair shop. New pump intalled. When I got the car back, the radio would not work. No clock or audio. This a radio with the security device in it.

This morning the car would not crank again (same as early Jan.) But the radio is now working including clock. Again, have plenty of power. Tried moving shift in the event a short there.

Ideas for a solution?

03/09/13 21:05
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Thank author of this post/comment"Try this"

Try cleaning all the ground wires. Even the ones you don't think can be the problem. We were Told to replace all sorts of stuff to and cleaning the grounds fixed the problem for me. And they didn't even look like they were bad .
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