Last post on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM
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#56 of 60 Re: Electrical? No fuel gauge, no spedometer [jwrong02]
Jun 14, 2010 (8:03 am)
REF #54 UPDATE Possible solution. I have had what i thought was an electrical short for a few years now only for a long time I only lost my gauges here & there. however for the last 2 months its been daily I was driving 70% of the time with nothing. During the past 2 months I noticed that my gas cap was not locking on the the tank properly most of the time it wasnt locking on at all. So after my post on June 8th I replaced the gas cap more cause it was driving me crazy than anything. Since then I have NOT LOST MY GAUGES ONCE! This is the 1st time in a long time that I havent lost them at least once in a weeks time. Now thinking back every time that i did lose them it was around a time that the gas cap was not put on securly. I hope this helps those that are having similar issues. Im not very good with cars but the best i can figure is that too much air was getting in to the tank & causing everything to act up. Cant hurt to try a a new gas cap if it works its a less than 10 dollar fix & that sure beats a $400+ repair bill. I would have never put 2 & 2 together if it wasn't for the gas cap annoying me. Good Luck I'll let you know if the issue returns.
#57 of 60 Re: 1999 SL1 Electrical Short? MAYBE [dkbrandy]
Aug 08, 2011 (9:05 am)
I am having a semi-similar issue with my 1999 Saturn S1. I was driving down the highway at about 40 mph and I lost electrical power to my dashboard (lights went out, speedometer and gauges went down to 0, radio and AC went off). Everything came back within a few seconds but the radio and clock went back to factory settings. The only other thing that happened is that when I started my car a week later, I noticed that, once again, the radio and clock went back to factory settings. So obviously, something had happened while the car was off or while it was starting. I have an appointment with a mechanic today (my second appointment) who can't really tell me what's wrong unless it's not working at the time that he's looking at it. Any tips or information would be greatly appreciated.
#58 of 60 Re: 1999 SL2 Electrical Short(?) [tflan]
Aug 31, 2011 (11:22 am)
Did you by chance ever figure out your problem?
Aug 31, 2011 (11:35 am)
I had a friend replace my radio on my car and when he did he cut the wires and it blew the fuse, the head lights, the interior lights. So after much research i plugged the multimeter into the fuse spot and it sparked up and now i no longer have blown fuses. But now the car wont turn over, it cranks up and tries to start but wont. Spray some starting fluid in it when your cranking it and it runs for a sec or 2 then dies out again. The gas gauge doesnt move when i turn the key to the on position and none of the lights come on, on the dash. And i have to run a ground wire from the dimmer switch middle wire to something metal to just turn the interior lights on when the head lights are on. I have a 1998 saturn sl1. Does anyone have any ideas? I am stumped.
#60 of 60 Re: 1999 SL2 Electrical Short(?) [timkarlberg]
Nov 29, 2012 (1:31 pm)
I have a l995 sw2 - it has a coupleof electrical problems - ie the fuel pump relay shorts out all the time (only one prong of the relay is burned) - that is a bad ground - then it does not shift & throws tranny codes - put up info on craigslist (as I was going ot sell it ) and someone replied that it was a l0 way connector short in the pressure regulator - where is that located and what kind of job is it to fix? have a million bucks in this car & dont' want to sell it & have to get it fixed asap - wiring is a nightmare to locate short - so how doe sthat get fixed - thanks