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Saturn S-Series, Auto Repair, Sedan
#103 of 234 Re: 1997 SL1 problems [saturnlvr]
Apr 08, 2008 (6:16 pm)
I was a poor college student once...here's what you're going to do:
1. Replace O2 sensor...p0133 means that your front oxygen sensor is bad...open the hood & look straight down...right behind the fan you'll see something mounted on the exhaust manifold with a wire coming out of it - that's what you need to replace...Autozone has an online manual for S-Series saturns link title
the sensor should be under $ 50.00
2. EGR valve - follow this link to learn how to clean the EGR valve - that should fix your EGR issue link title
3. Coolant temperature sensor - follow this link to learn how to replace the coolant temp sensor (its sometimes called the "ECTS")link title
By the time you're done you'll probably only be out about $ 100 or less and a little bit of your time...good luck, post back if you need any help...oh and BTW...get used to the drinking oil thing...its part of the Saturn experience...
#104 of 234 Re: 1997 SL1 problems [442dude]
Apr 08, 2008 (8:53 pm)
Thanks so much!!! I'll begin tomorrow and I'll post back if I run into any problems! Man that was such a quick response!! I love this forum thing!
#105 of 234 Re: 1997 SL1 problems [saturnlvr]
Apr 09, 2008 (12:53 pm)
Make sure you post back even if everything goes smoothly...
#106 of 234 Re: 1997 SL1 problems [saturnlvr]
Apr 10, 2008 (5:00 am)
I have same car with auto trans--had cracked antifreezsensor--replace it with metal one at Autozone-located on recycling resivoir. takeoff EGR and clean with carb spray replace gasket. -clean throttle body with carb spray -rev engine and spray in .
I replaced all sensores and still had po404 and p0221-throttle position sensor on.This had been going on for 2yrs-EGR was clogged-setting off false codes. -spray pintle and turn with screwdriver. then push in and out do antifreeze sensor ASAP-car may surge--speeding up Bob Billieux
#107 of 234 Re: 1997 SL1 problems [rbillieux]
Apr 10, 2008 (5:53 am)
BTW - coolant temp sensor is NOT located on the surge tank - that's the level sensor...
The temp sensor is mounted on the right side of the block as you look under the hood...just below the cam cover....
#108 of 234 97 saturn-coolant sensor
Apr 10, 2008 (1:47 pm)
Looks like I goofed on that one. On my car I did not have any temp so I replaced it I got right one by accident I guess Bob B
#109 of 234 97 Saturn SL1 SOHC Muffler replacement?
Apr 18, 2008 (5:34 am)
What is needed to replace your own muffler?
#110 of 234 muffler replacement
Apr 18, 2008 (8:06 am)
Need two clamps--a good hacksaw metal chisel hammer and wrenches and maybe extension. If you are lucky and saw flush to old one you might have enough pipe left. Mufflers get compressed when you clamp on you cant just pull off. did twice-dont recommend doing yourself -pain in rear Bob B
#111 of 234 97 Saturn SC2 - blue/black smoke
Apr 20, 2008 (10:39 am)
My Saturn is an SC2. It has serious issues and has cost me $ 1000 in repairs in the last 3 weeks (all cooling system related).
My car has been burning huge quantities of oil
for a very long time ... I take into a shop and they say "it's a Saturn". That's all fine and well but now there is blue/black smoke billowing from the tail pipe. It is hesitating when I try to give it gas, almost as though it i is deciding whether or not it wants to accept the fuel. And now the dreaded "Service Engine Soon" light has come on and is staying on.
The car really is not worth the cost of anymore repairs but I cannot get another car any time soon.
My question is, if I do nothing, how much time or how many miles do you think I might have before it just blows up? Are there any qucick /temporary fixes that don't cost $$$$$$? Do I need to worry about any safety issues other tahn the car dying/stalling out while I'm driving it?
Please help. I'm afraid to drive it to work in the morning ( a 5 minute drive down a major highway).
#112 of 234 Re: 97 Saturn SC2 - blue/black smoke [cmennis]
Apr 21, 2008 (6:02 am)
How many miles?
Saturn S-Series burn oil...period...there are a couple of ways that owners have been able to minimize the oil burning using Marvel Mystery Oil or Seafoam...do a google search for " mmo soak" to learn more.
As for hesitating...you need to find out what the check engine light is telling you...go to Autozone, they'll read the codes for free and then post them here...
If you do nothing to any car that has a problem, it will eventually blow up...get the codes read and get them posted and we'll go from there. The most common issues that light up the check engine light are pretty cheap and easy repairs....