Nice wagon - I saw it on Facebook already !
I think you may have a problem with your distributor or coil,. That miss sounds "spark related" to me. These Cavaliers of this vintage had a kind of screwy electronic ignitioned distributor that ages and kinda falls apart in the (armature ?) under the rotor.
I had to take mine out and clean all of the unwound insulation and reseal it. I changed ALL of my emission components (egr valve, o2 sensor, map sensor, throttle position switch, temp sensors, IAC valve ), and I still have an uneven idle at times. It isn't a miss like yours appears to be. I really am considering buying another throttle body and rebuilding it, after all it is a 28 year old throttle body and probably has never been off of the car ! You also may have a partially clogged up catalytic converter too.
Here's my Wagon:
These are terrific cars . The 2.0 is a great, little engine - I drive mine all year round. Keep good oil in it (I use HD30 in her), keep good coolant in it and don't beat on it and it'll run forever.
~ Mike ~
well got around to being able to take some time and diag it good, compression good 165-175 in all 4 cyls, so I knew it wasn't a valve train problem or a bad ring, and the engine as a whole was healthy, so I installed my super duper ebay adapter so I can test the fuel pressure and it was almost too short to fit, [
but I got it started and turned the key and the gauge needle just barely bounced up, well under 10 psi, so I dropped the tank and installed a new fuel pump started it up, reset the timing where it was really suppose to be and sure enough, it was needing so much advance due to the lean mixture.. once you got out on the road it ran ok cause it didn't need that much fuel. now its like driving a Cadillac way more power and it runs way smoother, its funny cause at about 47-48mph it gets this neat sound like a pair of radial engines in flight, hum to it, i think its gonna be a good car. also replaced the torque arm in the front and the trans mount
and it rides way smoother . I like it so much better.
I LOVE THOSE WHEELS, but I can understand if you want to get rid of them. looks kind of silly on the wagon.
I don't lower my cars, I leave em at stock height cause if I have to do something extreme I don't want to get stuck because My @!#$ is lowered.
....as we like to say here on J-Body :
" 85 Raw Horsepower!!"
You'll get many great years use and enjoyment out of your wagon! I've had my ole sweetheart for more than 11 years now and still get plenty of use out of her. Still amazes me the stuff I can carry in it. A lot of times I just happen to have the wagon when something pops up to be hauled and if I can get the job done with this it saves a trip back home to get the Ranger.
Some photos of my ole workhorse if you care to see. The paint job was a rattle can special done by yours truly back in '07. Seats, Console and IC Cover from a Caddy Cimirron. Tilt Column, Power Seats. Still a work in progress. Never finish the project and you'll never get bored with it. It best thing I've ever hauled in this car is a Car Seat with the Grandson in it!!
sweet, 5 speed and cruise control? nice wagon
Picked up some new wheels today..
just a hint I'll post some daylight pics tomorrow.
A touch more fitting for the cars age imo!Cool
rides and drives much better
little update, I've been driving it to work and noticed it had some surging, especially in the lower gears and when you let off the gas, so for giggles I disconnected the vac line from the egr, problem went completly away.. smooth as silk now, so tomorrow at lunch i will check to make sure the egr valve solenoid isn't bypassing and causing the egr to open when its not suppose too.