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#308 of 860 High idle in park in 2000 SL1
Jun 18, 2005 (7:50 pm)
I bought my 2000 Saturn SL1 last fall in a private party sale. The car is in good shape, it only has 65,000 miles on it. Since then it has sporatically idled rather high sometimes when I put the car in park (it's an automatic). Lately it seems to be doing it a lot more. When I put the car in park it shoots up to about 2000-2500 RPM. However, it still does not do it all of the time. We put brand new spark plugs, spark plug wires and a starter in the car last Sunday. It seemed to temporarily relieve the high idle completely, but today it did it three different times to me, all when I put it in park. Any ideas? I'd really appreciate the help!!! I'm a poor college kid- how expensive would it be to have a dealership diagnos this, and should I? Any other hints? Thanks!
#309 of 860 2000 Saturn SL2 problem
Jun 19, 2005 (2:20 pm)
My car recently hit 50,000 miles on it and has had relatively few problems up until now. While driving I've noticed that the rpm's will increase even while coasting on a flat stretch. That is what first brought my attention to this issue. I was going around 35 mph and coasting when the rpm's jumped above 2,000 and then fell to around 1,000. I should mention that the car is an automatic. I've also noticed that when coming to a stop the rpm's will again jump and I have to hit the brakes hard to avoid hitting the car in front of me as the car revs. What brought this to a head is I was coming out of the store, the car had been sitting for 10 min max, I go to turn on the car and the rpm's don't make it pass 1,000 and the car dies. I retry the car 3 more times before it finally starts and I can get it home. My fiance has driven it and the only thing he's noticed is that when the car is going up a hill, down a hill or decreasing rapidly it makes a griding noise. Any ideas what can cause this problem? On a side note the car was taken from California to Georgia in a moving truck and I didn't have this problem before I moved. Could that be related in any way? Sorry if this is long I'm just trying to give an acurrate picture. Thanks for any help you can give me.
#310 of 860 high idle in park (jillw2)
Jun 19, 2005 (7:13 pm)
I had the same problem with my 96 SL2. I changed the idle air control valve and it fixed the problem. The IAC is located in the air intake manifold area. I don't remember the cost but they are available at places like NAPA and auto-zone. You might want to check out a Haynes maintenance manual to find the exact location and how to change it.
#311 of 860 Re: high idle in park (jillw2) [bb33]
Jun 20, 2005 (1:53 pm)
Thanks a lot for your help,
My boyfriend installed the IAC valve today that we got from Auto Zone. So far, so good, I will probably post later if something comes up. Did you have any other problems after? Thanks again!
Jun 20, 2005 (3:42 pm)
I have a 1996 SL1 and a couple of days ago the battery light came on and it won't go off. I can't seem to find the manual so if anyone has any ideas of what I should do let me know. Thanks.
I've tried resetting the battery and didn't seem to do anything.
#313 of 860 Re: Battery light on [thomassky22]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 20, 2005 (4:59 pm)
Get a friend with a simple voltmeter and have him read your battery voltage with the engine running....if the needle on his meter doesn't go up when you rev the engine, or if the needle stays stuck under 13 volts or so, it's probably your alternator that is defective.
Make sure your alternator belt is tight before you do this test.
right now I bet you are running only on battery voltage so don't drive at night and don't go too far from home until you figure this out.
#314 of 860 re; high idle in park
Jun 20, 2005 (7:29 pm)
It has been over a year since i changed the IAC, works good. I do remember there was a lot of sticky junk on the old IAC plunger, so after i changed the valve I ran a can of air intake cleaner through the intake. You remove the air intake boot and spray the cleaner in the intake with the engine running. It makes a lot of smoke and stinky stuff come out the exhaust, so if you decide to clean the intake make sure you follow the directions on the can. On the other hand, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
#315 of 860 Re: 93 SL wont start. [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 20, 2005 (11:54 pm)
Also having starting problems. My wife drives a 96 SL and has been having intermittent starting problems. Every now & then the vehicle will not start. When she turns the key, nothing, no lights, no interior lights and no noise when the key is turned. She has to bang on the battery or move the cables before it will start. I have replaced the battery and battery cables. Saturn service has not been able to find any problems. Any Ideas..............
#316 of 860 Re: Battery light on [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 21, 2005 (8:45 am)
Thank you for the assistance. Well, I made it to work and it died today. I took it to my mechanic...still waiting for a response. But I'm sure you were correct about the alternator. I'll keep you up to date.
#317 of 860 92 SL2 AC Not Working...clutch?
Jun 21, 2005 (6:35 pm)
Any AC gurus out there?
I have a 92 SL2 w/o a working AC...and its getting hot! I'm relatively confident that the clutch has gone bad, but otherwise the system is good to go. I've never work on an AC system before...can anyone tell me if I can simply replace the clutch or if I am better off to buy a new compressor w/ clutch assembly? If I simply need to replace the clutch, should I be able to replace it without pulling the compressor or opening the system?