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Saturn S-Series, Sedan
Aug 17, 2005 (7:03 am)
i have a 1999 saturn sl 1 4 dr sedan... single cam engine... i also have a blown head gasket... which apparently is going to be a huge problem to fix... none of my local garages want to touch it, something about it being like a neon, hard to fix or something... other then actually tearring down the engine to get to the gasket, how hard is this going to be? is it even worth it? it was a good car... but should i waste my time? i'd really hate to have to get rid of it and buy another one...
#1184 of 1419 Plz help
Aug 28, 2005 (5:40 am)
I have my sisters saturn sl2 1992.. it was her engagement car and she wanted to keep it in the family... blah blah
Anyway... I just gave the car to my good friend and his dad works on cars... well the battery was dead, so we put a new one in.
After we did that we did an alternator test, (that's when you disconnect the negative cable from the battery to see if the car shuts off) Well the car shut off and his dad said it needed a new alternator. So we went out to Autozone and his dad installed it for us.
So we did another alternator test and it died again, so obviously it wasn't the alternator and he did all that work for nothing.
Could someone please answer me this: Do alternator tests not work on Saturns or might there be something else wrong with the car?
ALSO The engine fan stopped running so we had a toggle switch installed that hooks right up to the fuse box (I believe).
And there is a remote start installed too..
I don't know if that would do anything..
COULD SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME OUT??
#1185 of 1419 transmission problems
Aug 30, 2005 (8:47 am)
What should I expect to pay to have the auto trans rebuilt in a 98 SL1. Step daughter has 115k on hers and its slippping. Hopefully the rebuild is the last resort. Thanks in advance.
#1186 of 1419 Re: Plz help [drewy]
Sep 17, 2005 (6:01 am)
Thereís a great site with service info. Saturnfans.com, but you better not say anything bad about a Saturn. I was at this site looking for a little help with the service codes, when I noticed there was a lot problems related to the cooling system. I made the statement that the electronics that control the cooling fan was a poor design. Well Iíve been pretty much expelled from the site. I Ďm an electronic tech and I reworked its fan circuit the day I got the car. Many people are having problems with cracked heads, split radiators and cooling fans not coming on. People having problems with their cars is nothing new and can be expected. What floored me were the statements from the Saturn professionals (service managers, service tech, etc) that crack heads and multiple radiator replacement was normal ď wear and tearĒ. Plugs, belts, bearings, and bushings are normal wear and tear, not cracked heads. I pointed out that my 95 SL1 had 210,000 miles on it and I havenít replaced any of the laundry list of things, which they deem as normal wear and tear. Their response to my trouble free mileage was that itís a pure coincidence. The same techs that are saying thereís nothing wrong with it are saying itís a good idea to put the manual fan switch in. I posted my adjustable temp. electronic switch as an alternative to their manual switch and that was the end of me.
The old pull the neg. battery cable test only work on cars without electronic controllers. (pre-80ís). If you want to check an alternator on a new car, you need a multi-meter (VOM). You can pick-up a cheap one all most anywhere. Put in meter on the volt scale and read the battery with the engine off. It should read around 12 volts (11v-12.5v) When the engine is running and your charging system is working properly, it will read around 14 volts (13.5v-14.5v). Note; new cars with alarms, remote starters, etc., will drain down a battery if the car is not started on a regular basis. If the car battery looses it charge, you got other problems to deal with. Your anti-theft radio will need to be reset with the factory codes and the carís CPU may need a code reset. Good luck!
#1187 of 1419 Problems problems
Sep 20, 2005 (8:52 am)
I was stuck with my wife's 2000 SL2, pretty much broke down. Whenever it would rain, the car would do a "chitty chitty bang bang" thing and idle roughly. It still worked, just took longer to warm up and all. We had it in the shop last year and the mechanics fixed it up pretty well. One of the cylinders wasn't firing, and got it fixed.
Well it was a year and a half later and we run into similar problems. Took it in to another mechanic and there was a hole in the muffler. That and there were 10 errors that showed up on the computer, the engine was mis-firing again it seemed. Well instead of trying to look for what was wrong, and/or it being a possible electrical problem we decided to trade the car in.
I used to car to get to work for about 4 months, the 4th one having the most problems. I could barely make it up a hill some mornings, it would stall and I would have to restart. The whole transmission was outta wack and I had zero pickup. Sometimes in rush hour the engine would get hot, prob due to the coolent system everyone is talking about. It was just the strangest simptoms, was a TSB out about the computer timing. Basically it would have cost us money to have the dealership or mechanic try to find the problem, let alone how much it wouldve cost to fix it. It was time to let it go.
#1188 of 1419 Re: transmission problems [au94]
Sep 20, 2005 (11:36 am)
My trans just went out on my '94 SL2. 165,000 miles and this is the first major mechanical breakdown. Is this a great car or what? Maybe I'm just lucky. A transmisson shop had to take a guess at $1700-$2000 for an overhaul because they said they never see any Saturns, "They just don't break." They estimated $500-$650 for a used trany. If they "just don't break" then I'm thinking of throwing a used on it and waiting till the Aura comes out.
#1189 of 1419 Re: SC1 starting trouble [samirc]
Oct 08, 2005 (1:17 pm)
I have a 2001 SC1 and it's been giving me the same problem. It's been idling for 3yrs and each time I take it to the dealer, no can find anything wrong with it. Like you, I can be at a stop light and the idling will start. On October 4, 2005, the gas peddle became stuck! I called the Saturn hot line and was basically told there was nothing they could do since the warranty just went out. I don't know what to do. No seems to have any answers for me.
Oct 24, 2005 (11:11 am)
Hello everyone. I just bought a single owner used 5-speed 97 SC2 w/78000 mi. in CA for $2500 to replace a 94 Altima which seems to enjoy being in the shop every other month (not the greatest commuter car.) Unfortunately it needs: new serpentine belt, battery, valve cover gasket, and an engine mount. Basically I'm just hoping I got an ok deal as the Altima actually seems a bit more solidly built (especially the shifter which feels a bit like a stick in a bucket of marbles.) Just a bit nervous. Any thoughts? I realize this isn't really the greatest question to post...