Vauxhall Cavalier 1988-1995 Petrol Haynes Service Repair Manual covers: Saloon & Hatchback (not 4×4) 1389, 1598, 1796 & 1998cc (4-cyl) Oct 88 – Oct 95
- Vauxhall Cavalier front-wheel-drive models with four-cylinder petrol engines, including special/limited editions; Saloon and Hatchback
- 1398 cc, 1598 cc, 1796 cc & 1998 cc (inc. DOHC)
- Does not cover Diesel engine, V6 engine, air conditioning or four-wheel-drive models
The Cavalier covered by this manual was first introduced to the UK market in October 1988. Although there is a fundamental similarity to its predecessor, the later version is much improved in all respects. This manual covers models with petrol engines and front-wheel-drive, but other models in the range are fitted with diesel engines, and four-wheel drive is available on certain models.
Thirteen derivatives of 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litre single overhead camshaft (SOHC) versions and 2.0 litre double overhead camshaft (DOHC) petrol engines have been fitted.
The latest ’ECOTEC’ engines (X 16 SZ and X 20 XEV), have been designed to meet strict EEC exhaust gas limits for 1996. All the engines are of well-proven design and, provided regular maintenance is carried out, are unlikely to give trouble.
Saloon and Hatchback body styles are available. In it’s later years models started from a well-equipped ‘Envoy’ base model up to the sporty SRi.
Selected models use the floorpan layout of the four-wheel-drive models, to accommodate fully independent rear suspension. Other models in the range have semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension.
A five-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard to all models, and four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.
A wide range of standard and optional equipment is available within the Cavalier range to suit most tastes, including an anti-lock braking system.
Safety features such as front and rear, side impact bars fitted to the inside of doors, were fitted as standard from 1993. During the same year, a full-size drivers airbag was introduced. 1994 saw the introduction of airbags for front seat passengers.
For the home mechanic, the Cavalier is a straightforward vehicle to maintain, and most of the items requiring frequent attention are easily accessible.
Your Vauxhall Cavalier Manual
The aim of this manual is to help you get the best value from your vehicle. It can do so in several ways. It can help you decide what work must be done (even should you choose to get it done by a garage). It will also provide information on routine maintenance and servicing, and give a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur.
However, it is hoped that you will use the manual by tackling the work yourself. On simpler jobs it may even be quicker than booking the car into a garage and going there twice, to leave and collect it. Perhaps most important, a lot of money can be saved by avoiding the costs a garage must charge to cover its labour and overheads.
The manual has drawings and descriptions to show the function of the various components so that their layout can be understood. Tasks are described and photographed in a clear step-by-step sequence.
Haynes manuals are written specifically for the do-it-yourselfer, yet are complete enough to be used by professional mechanics. Since 1960 Haynes has produced manuals written from hands-on experience based on a vehicle teardown with hundreds of photos and illustrations, making Haynes the world leader in automotive repair information.
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