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#743 of 860 Re: Saturn SL2 repairs [sema0427]
Oct 10, 2006 (11:19 am)
I'm new to this site. Also new to Saturn.
The below posts frighten me about what I had originally thought a Saturn to be ... caring, comfortable, family like, and incredibly safe and flawless.
Speaking of safe, I just purchased a Saturn LS2 yr 2000 not even a full year ago.
I chose not to elect the "WARRANTY" unfortunately.
and today on my way into the office, my brakes didnt work.
By "didnt work" I mean, I was lucky to not have hit another vehicle or a pole for that matter. (i was going 55 mph).
I pressed and pressed and then suddenly, my brakes were normal again.
I tried again a few moments later, they didnt work.
Moments later, yet again, they worked.
On and off. On and off.
So of course, I go to show to a co-worker upon arrival to the office and they drive it for 5 minutes. AND THERES NO PROBLEMS.
now i cant determine whether i should drive it to the dealership for repair, if i should drive it at all (or get it towed?) or if i should take it somewhere else altogether????
#744 of 860 Re: Saturn SL2 repairs [princessrock76]
Oct 16, 2006 (5:14 am)
chances are you need to have the brake system inspected and bled of any air and contaminents and new brake fluid put in.
i have heard that brake fluid picks up moisture over time and that affects it's ability to transmit hydraulic force for actuating the brakes. i've been told the system should be serviced at approximately 2 years or so intervals.
if there is a leak, it's possible air is getting into the lines, and air is much more compressible than fluid (water or brake fluid).
or you may find, the master cylinder isn't working properly and needs to be replaced. as you pump the brakes, it in turn applys hydraulic force through the brake fluid to the brake actuators. if it isn't working properly, then your braking force is greatly reduced.
you may find the brake fluid resevoir is well below its recommended level, probably because of a leak somewhere.
these sorts of things can show up where you apply the brakes 10 times (picking a number out of the air) successfully and confidently, and the 11th time (again, just picking a number out of the air), your pedal goes to the floor and you have to pump the brakes to get it to stop.
look at the brake fluid resevoir. if low, top it off (to the fill line) with brake fluid recommended in your owner's manual.
then get the vehicle serviced, perhaps at a dealership or an independant shop. call around and ask how much a diagnostic and flush might cost you.
if you have a hand brake in the vehicle, you can prep yourself to use it to slow the vehicle down as you pump the brakes.
don't delay getting this fixed.
#745 of 860 2002 SL2 Brake Indicator Problems
Oct 17, 2006 (11:17 am)
My emergency brake light comes on every time I put my car in drive. It also makes an annoying noise. This problem just started, and I have been driving it for about a year and a half. It has around 30,000 miles on it and is a 2002. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have looked through the manual, but there is no help in there. The light and noise seem to stop when I hold the emergency brake up just slightly, not to the point where it is activated, but about an inch above where it should be if it were not in use, however, it is quite annoying to have to do that constantly. Thanks for your help.
Oct 17, 2006 (1:52 pm)
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#747 of 860 Saturn Dashboard lights
Oct 24, 2006 (9:34 am)
Hello. I have a 99 Saturn SL2 with about 85,000 miles. I've had it for 6 years. Over the past few months I've started to see a lot of electrical problems occur and I was wondering if anyone could help with any of the following problems:
1) When I turn the headlights on, the dashboard lights and the light on the stereo go out. Even the odometer light is out. When I turn the lights off, both the odometer light and the stereo light come back on. The headlights, taillights and interior dome light all work fine.
2) The passenger window has been dead for a while, and now the driver's side window won't go down or up sometimes (electrical).
3) The door locks (electric) try to lock or unlock without anyone touching any of the door lock/unlock buttons on the doors or the remote. I'll just be driving along, and the locks try to open, but they can't unlock all the way. I puch the unlock button, and they still flicker, trying to unlock what has already been unlocked. It did this one night and drained my battery. Know, I can't even use the lock/unlock buttons, they're dead too.
Any help on any of these subjects would be much appreciated.
#748 of 860 Re: 93 SL2 Saturn [j4000]
Nov 05, 2006 (2:58 pm)
Hi I have a saturn that is having similar problems when I step on the brake as yours did in june of 2005. was wondering if you had found out the solution.
#749 of 860 Re: 93 SL2 Saturn [pespino]
Nov 05, 2006 (3:04 pm)
hi Im having a very similar problem with my saturn, when I hit the brake it will occasionally kill the electrical power for a split second. not enought to kill it (yet) Please let me know if you found the solution
Nov 07, 2006 (12:41 pm)
Was surprised to read that someone had a good experience with the Saturn L300. my 2005 model, purchased new, has been nothing but a headache. I have replaced a tie rod, for heavens, sake. The service guy said, "well, you must have hit a pothole". Heck, yeah, I hit a pothole; I live in Michigan, for heavens sake. Today, with just about 250 miles left on the 36,000 mile warranty, I made my FOURTH trip to the dealership to get to the bottom of a problem with the motor (actuator) that runs the defrost/heat mechanism.
It took four trips to the dealership and some nasty customer service reviews on my part before they would take me seriously. "It's normal", they would say when I said that it sounded like ping pong balls in the dash every time I moved the dial from defrost to heat (or visa versa). It was not a sound I heard for the first 18 months I owned the car, but they told me it was something common in the L series car. As if that would be okay!! It also had a burning smell that happened only about 15 minutes after I started up a cold car. They didn't want to fix it, as it was "a ten-hour job". Heck, it's under warranty?!?! It's not like they won't be compensated for their time.
So now, I am three days without my car (to their credit, they did finally offer a loaner), as I live in one town, work in another and my dear spouse works 50 miles in the opposite direction.
I bought this car b/c I needed something affordable, dependable and reliable. I work in affordable housing and don't make much money, so I wanted a car that wouldn't nickle and dime me to death. Next time, maybe I'll just buy a $4,000 beater and skip the financing charges. Any ideas what I should buy next time?
Anybody else have this noise in their dash of the L300? Don't mess around if it is still under warranty. A buddy who is a truck mechanic says these actuators go regularly and will little mileage on the trucks (semis) he services. He knew what it was before Saturn would even agree to check it out.
#751 of 860 Starting problem with 2002 Saturn LS
Nov 15, 2006 (5:16 pm)
I have been experiencing starting problems with my 2002 Saturn LS (44000 miles) for the past few weeks. The car will run fine, but after parking and restarting, it will turn over and die. The powerlocks or alarm will not work, and the gearshift will not come out of park. If you let it sit for 4-5hours, it will start like nothing happened , and it does not shut off while driving. I took it in to the mechanic (non-saturn dealer), and nothing could be detected because the car was running fine. Therefore I can only drive to work and drive home, because if I make stops in between, it will not start for me to get home from work. When I drop my daughter off to school, or pick her up, I have to leave the car running to avoid being stranded.
Could this be the CRANK SENSOR, or PASSLOCK SENSOR .....PLEASE HELP, BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY FRUSTRATING!!
#752 of 860 Erratic Fuel Gauge & Flickering Instrument Lights
Nov 20, 2006 (2:38 pm)
I am new to this forum. My 2002 L-Series sedan has been trouble free (52,000 miles) until now. The fuel gauge is unreliable goes all over the place with a low fuel warning on the empty side. Also the audio warning for seat belt and low fuel is a weak pulsing sound compared to when it was normal. And last but not least the instrument lights flicker when the auto - headlights activate. I suspect that there is a common ground point for all of these items and it is either dirty or loose. Has anyone had similiar problems?