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#1289 of 1418 Saturn SL2 1997, Timing Chain Noise.
Nov 04, 2006 (10:16 am)
Can anyone tell me if they have ever experienced engine "clatter" whilst driving an SL2 DOHC?
The car was bought primarily out of necessity and as a means of transportation to and from my place of work. Last Monday, whilst performing an overtaking maneuver I was shocked to notice a loud clattering noise coming from under the hood, at first thought I considered the possibilities, lifters, valve springs, the valves themselves, the timing chain tensioner perhaps even a valve had broken but that would have lead to an engine failure. I have tried to see where the problem exists and have been driving the car for almost a week in this condition. The rattling noise occurs mostly whilst driving and the car is in gear at low revs and around a reasonable engine RPM "gearshift speed" and most rarely in 5th gear, neutral, idle and reverse there appears to be little or no unusual sound. I have heard rumour from sources at Saturn that the tensioners can clog and cause an array of issues. I have looked inside the Cylinder head cover (valve cover) and nothing appears to be untoward so far as damaged moving or static parts goes.
My car has under 78k and is surprisingly nimble and efficient, I am so used to driving German automobiles and swore I'd never buy an American Domestic brand. Originally from London, England now I'm beginning to reconsider my driving options. Can anybody throw some light in my direction.
Sincerely. Alex. PA.
#1290 of 1418 Saturn SL2 grinds when turning
Nov 14, 2006 (1:16 pm)
I have a '95 saturn SL2. Within the last month or so, everytime I make a tight turn either left or right, I hearing a grinding sound coming from my right wheel. It only happens with tight turns, otherwise I hear nothing. I am concerned if this could be a safety issue, like is my wheel going to just come off one day? And what is the grinding? thanks for any enlightenment.
#1291 of 1418 Re: Saturn=mystery oil loss??? Help [jamesg2]
Nov 17, 2006 (12:45 pm)
Did you ever find out the problem? I have a 98 that does the same thing and would love to know...
#1292 of 1418 Horn and odometer light don't work
Nov 17, 2006 (6:09 pm)
We have a 1999 Saturn SL1. Neither the horn nor the odometer light are working. I've checked all the fuses which relate to these malfunctions and this isn't solving the problems. Can anyone tell me what I need to do to get the horn and odometer light working again? We appreciate any help you can give us concerning this matter. Thanks!
#1293 of 1418 95 SATURN SL COMPLETE ELECTRICAL FAIL
Dec 21, 2006 (11:34 am)
I have a 95 Saturn SL. I am stumped with this electrical problem that I have. I have a complete and total electrical failure while driving. I can be driving and for no desernable reason, I will have a complete failure. I can be at 2800 RPM's and it is like a shut the key off. No sputter, no anything just dead. What is funny is that my hazard lights won't turn on. I have no electical power whatsoever. I have jumped the car and with a great deal of difficulty and the car drove fine. Sitting in my driveway trying to find the problem I ran the car up to 3000 RPM and it happened again. It seems not to matter if the car has a load on it or not. The fact it happens around 3000 RPM is my only clue. If anyone has any ideas please email me. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#1294 of 1418 97 saturn with electrical problem
Dec 26, 2006 (6:49 pm)
Have a 1997 SL1. It was running fine until my daughters boyfriend went to replace the stereo. He cut all the wires that attached to the stereo. Now the car does not turn on. All the lights, power windows, locks etc.. are working. I have checked the fuses both under the hood and in the car and the only ones that are burned out are the radio and door chime fuses. I tried to jump the car and beat on the starter but no go. Any suggestions? Chris
#1295 of 1418 Is Brake Light Bulb Replacement Possible?
Dec 27, 2006 (8:48 am)
I have a '96 SL1 on which a brake light has just burned out, and I'm at a loss as to how to replace the bulb. There doesn't seem to be a way to get to the bulbs; inside, the trunk liner is a solid piece of plastic. Outside, there are no screws to remove the light cover. The only possibility appears to be a thin piece of rubber on the lip of the rear body (covered by the trunk lid when it's closed) that has two screw-like heads on it. Unfortunately, neither has a groove in it so it's hard to see whether these are meant to be removed.
Is it possible to remove and replace the bulbs, or is this deliberately designed to be a "Saturn-service only" procedure?
Many thanks for your advice.
#1296 of 1418 '02 Saturn SL2 headlights
Jan 16, 2007 (7:41 am)
So i'm having a major problem with my Saturn's headlights...for some reason out of nowhere they decided not to turn off when the switch was off and the car itself was off, i never knew what to do so i'd have to pull the fuse to get them to go off so my battery wouldnt run down. that has stopped since, but now the right headlight is out. so i replaced it but it still won't work. now the only way both day-time running lights come on is when im pushing on the lightbulb connector thing,and even then, the right headlight portion still wont turn on, just the day-time light. i dont know whats going on!! any suggestions?!
#1297 of 1418 94 SL2 No Start
Jan 16, 2007 (2:03 pm)
Died on hwy. Replaced CBad coil. Now Good Fire on all four. But won't start. 6 or 7 revs and soaks plugs. Regulator not leaking. All scanner readings look good.
#1298 of 1418 saturn sc2 trany problems .
Jan 28, 2007 (3:35 pm)
I bought a 1997 sc2 with 120k on it. The service engine soon light will not go out. the trany will down shift from 4th to 2nd when you hit about 45 mph..If you remove the single wire (ground wire?) from the neutral safety switch assy. the car shifts properly. I have had it to Saturn and was told the valve body was shot. I drove it to a local shop and had the valve replaced..same problem..any Ideas??