20 Most Recent 1997 Geo Prizm Questions & Answers

See the upper left of diagram at the link below. There are 3 fusible links the switch power goes through before going to the switch on page 2.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Nov 10, 2017

If the engine turns then you need to check for fuel and spark. If the engine is not turning over then you need to check the fuse for the starter and the starter itself.

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1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Jan 19, 2017

Have OBD codes read and be sure all corrective action has been taken.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Nov 05, 2016

old post
but will it crank, does the starter motor,
or spins fast and crank shaft on engine too, grrrrrgrrrrr grrrrr
with out clear facts there can be no help, worth snarf

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Oct 23, 2016

old post day, for underdog cars....
first off we dont know what engine you have. not 1998 1ZZFE.

4AFE or 7AFE.
and what country, usa is not canada. so ... vacuum = smog and those are governed by country and even California, is a country.
legally and smog laws, (CAL-ARB rules regs)

next time show photo of hose. we can never guess parts.
unless the real name in the factory book is used.
IS the hose huge or tiny, that be a huge clue.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Oct 23, 2016

See the dealer for the parts.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Oct 07, 2016

First thing I do to older cars is a compression test on the cylinders. If they aren't up to par, I advise customers to not invest money into it. Unless they want to replace/rebuild the engine.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Sep 12, 2016

posted 3 times now and forget to say FRONT SENSOR>
right, not the Rear 02 sensor....?
and still no engine stated.!
nor country, (USA calif, usa FED, or canada)
strike three you are out.
there are 3 engines,
based on all 3 engine schematics, my wild guess
is 7AFE engine. (the brown wire clue) 1,8L
4AFE (1.6L)
or 1ZZFE engine, DOHC 1.8L

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Mar 09, 2016

you posted 3 times, and all 3 times same question
but if you read your other posts, bingo.
you never said the symptoms
nor said if it is the front or rear 02 sensor.
so i toss coin and land FRONT. B1S1.
i did answer for all 3 engines,
documented the
oxygen sensor B1S1 on all 3 ECU's

so , look.? at them.?

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Mar 04, 2016

posted now 3 times.
no engine stated (of the 3)
no symptoms stated. or job.
front or rear , oBD2 sensor not stated.
on your other post, i answred for all 3 engine
front 02 sensor B1S1.
all 3 engines, the ECU schematics on the 02 pins.

go back and read. your other posts.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Mar 02, 2016

same as toyota corolla 97
same car.
lost the operators guide?
open the door from the outside.
using key or fob.
the turn the switch below photo off.


1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Feb 18, 2016

It sounds like a water pump. Releasing the pressure by removing the radiator cap could make it start leaking again because the water pump is probably the only component on the cooling system that would leak, then stop and then leak again. If you had a void in the radiator, hoses or expansion plugs, releasing the pressure would have no effect.

the water pump us with the timing belt so the repair will be extensive. You must check the cooling system's ability to hold pressure, and different pressures at that, with a cooling system pressure tester. That's really the only right way to diagnose this.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Apr 13, 2015

You need to find what's leaking before you can fix it. We used to pump pressure into the radiator, so we could check for leaks without having to run the engine. Put car up on jack stands, pressurize the radiator, find the leak. Then you know what needs replacing.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Apr 06, 2015

Hi Watson:
Finding the source of the leak should be fun. Give this a try. First, the engine has to be cold. Check the water pump bushing by wiggling the drive pulley. If it's sloppy, the water pump probable needs replacing.
Remove the radiator cap and make sure the fluid level is OK. Then screw the cap on tight. Make sure the engine is as dry and clean as possible around the hoses, water pump, and the area where you think the leak might be.
What you are going to do is start the engine (be aware of moving parts and your fingers--- they don't like each other) and let the engine warm up. As it gets warmer, pressure will build up in the cooling system, and eventually will start to leak out of the bad spot. It may be the seal in the water pump, it may be a manifold or head gasket, but it will for sure, leak under pressure. Having a flashlight and patience will help, but you'll find it.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Apr 06, 2015

like all cars, with hyda. m/t clutch,
it is a stick right, all cars have clutch, old cars had a/t drain for clutch.
so my answer is for stick clutch M/C drain an fill.
so the cap tells you its DOT-3/4
so bleed it just like brakes, ever do those before.
if not watch any of 100s of youtube videos on that and clutch.
there are 5 ways to do it. (tools vary)
ill show 2man way
drain out 3/4 fluid from res. and fill to top with fresh)
i use a turkey baster, for 1buck.
you press pedal to floor.
person 2 opens bleed valve at the SLAVE>
then closes it as flow stops
person 2 yells, ok , repeat.
and repeats (all)until all old fluid is gone and fresh seen below.
that is it.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Mar 31, 2015

first at the transmission, there are 4 automatics used.
if its a A241e , the E means electronic shifted.
did you check voltages at this connector first? if the voltages
are wrong, it many not be the solenoid.,
If the voltages are wrong it can be:
  1. TCM brain, inputs wrong
  2. TCM bad.
  3. wires from TCM to tranny damaged. (cut or corrosion etc)
  4. the transmission ground strap missing,cut or not tight.
  5. if you scan the TCM , it tells you #1 DTC errors
did you scan the PCM/TCM to see the DTC errors from the trans?
no? then why not>? (ask how)
to work on cars, know how it works and what transmission is really there out of 4 possible.
alldata.com shows this. log in and read it?

example 1:
drain and drop pan
and put in these parts.
52-9001 http://www.rostratransmission.com/transmission-solenoids-by-rostra-transmission.php

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Mar 12, 2015

inside the transmission. or

Ok, there are 2 such things, in an automatic, sometimes,3.
the park lock out solenoid, in the shift lever box, (console
the solenoids in transmission
and some have a seperated TCC clutch lock up solenoid same place
why not post symptoms first, and not Easter egg hunts.

the car is (really) Toyota Corolla.
here it is , inside tranny
that is , if you even have this transmission,

A245E below, there are 3 others that are not E- shifted. so.....

25546604-sckxypulg1bw0dyocx0nmtbh-3-0.jpg A131, A240L, and A241L automatics uses, on these cars.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Mar 12, 2015

bent whell are bad tires

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Mar 08, 2015

Replacing the wiring is simple IF all upi are replacing is the socket. If you haven't already, check the socket for rust, corrosion, etc. Replace if needed. Check and replace the fuse as well as the turn indicator relay (this is under the dash). To find it, turn on your blinker (left or right) and feel for it (you will feel it clicking-assuming its working ay all, it should be). These get weak, and don't make a "clean" connection and can cause shorts at either end of the vehicle in respect to blinkers, hazards etc. Also, make sure that all other bulbs and sockets are in good repair\condition. If the problem persists, than the problem may be a break in the wiring, but not likely. Check all other fuses as well whole your checking the blinker\tail light fuses(s) and relays.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Dec 13, 2014

my guess is you are saying the key tumbler (cylinder ) comes out
that means its broken, get it fixed.

1997 Geo Prizm | Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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