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Will my Saturn start with a bad alternator
You state you have fuel, spark, and compression. These are the three things needed to start the engine. If you say you have fuel meaning you have fuel pressure, then you need to check to see if you are getting...
My shifter won't go into park - 2002 Saturn SL1
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The shift cable could be stretched causing the shifter not to go into park. Remove and replace the shift cable and recheck. The lock solenoid in the shifter housing may have failed...
Between timing chain & wheel bearing & starter which is more important to fix first?
Hello. I would repair them in this order given your research (Well done!), and your replacement car plans. First - have the timing chain repair done. It is a bit costly, but the consequence of ignoring it is a trashed...
When I start accelerate, feels like there's an anchor holding the car
Hey there. Without additional detail as to the characteristics of the acceleration it may be difficult to diagnose without test driving the car. You will want to check to see if the acceleration feels more like a jerking or surging...
Replaced battery. Car still won't start. Gas meter reads empty after filling with fuel.
Hi, thanks for writing in. This can happen for many reasons and without further detail may be difficult to diagnose without performing a physical inspection of the car and diagnosing using a scanning tool. I would recommend having an...
Won't start
Hi there, thanks for writing in. An engine that will not start can mean there is no fuel pressure, no spark, bad spark plugs, or something else. If you have no fuel pressure, then you may have a fuel pump...
Transmission falling out of gear, hesitates to shift.
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle is experiencing some sort of serious transmission issue. The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by many things. A few probable causes are a bad shift solenoid, speed...
Underglow Laws
Hello. Laws related to underglow or aftermarket lighting in general will vary depending on where you live. I would recommend visiting your county courthouse to determine whether underglow is legal in your county. It is unlikely that underglow or aftermarket...
The turn signal fuse keeps blowing every time I start the car
Hello. There are a number of electrical components on that fuse (listed in your owners manual). Remove the fuse for this circuit, then disconnect (at wiring connections or at the component itself) as many of them as possible, then re-insert...
Car doesnt start or stalls out quickly
A lot of times on older Ford four-cylinder engines, the problem is mechanical. In most cases, (if your engine is the 1.9L fuel injected model) the issue of stalling out or having difficulty starting is related to the throttle body...
High idle
The most common cause for this is a vacuum leak somewhere. Lift the hood and listen for a hissing sound coming from the engine. You can also use an aerosol spray, like brake cleaner, or WD40, to lightly spray a...
Is it my motor mount
Hello. Unfortunately a bad engine mount will not cause this. Most of the time this is caused by a bad crankshaft position sensor or a failing fuel pump. Most of the time when it just cuts off like this it...
1997 Saturn
Hello, thanks for writing in. Since the check engine light is on the best place to start is with the codes. These would help me to determine the problem. It sounds like there is a misfire problem. If that is...
Weird green fluid coming out of overflow tank. Right after that, the car almost overheated
Hi, thanks for writing in. Unfortunately, it appears as if you may be correct about the head gasket issue - especially when you indicated you noticed that the dark green, "MILKY" fluid. The milky is caused by oil mixed with...
My 1992 Saturn SL2 keeps dying unexpectedly
Hello there, first thing to check of course is the fuel pump fuse and relay - the relay especially. Check relay voltage to the fuel pump while it's running. The relay can test OK, but have burned contacts from age,...
Igntion lock cylinder
I would recommend removing the ignition lock cylinder and trying this again. Many ignition cylinders have small parts called tumblers that require being put together in an exact way. If any of these tumblers are not in their correct position,...
Car dies while driving
It sounds like you might be having an issue with your vehicle's power-train control module (PCM). If the issue were an alternator, the vehicle would likely not start up after sitting for a while. If this issue were a fuel...
Engine stopped while driving, battery is good, slow engine turn - wont start.
Hello there. Many faults will cause your 2000 Saturn SL1 to die while running and not restart. The most common would be the fuel pump, fuel filter, coil, ignition switch, crank sensor, or a wiring harness fault. You where...
Car won't start - 2002 Saturn SC2
Hey there. When a situation is up and down like this you want to start by taking back to the basics. Take your battery to have it tested. Most automotive parts stores can do this for free. A test can...
decelerating engine while approaching highway speed.
Failure of the transmission speed sensor is a likely cause of this behavior. You have remarkably few miles for this model year! Replacing the speed sensor may be a good time to change the transmission fluid and filter as well...

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