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is it a temp sensor or bad head gasket?
A diagnostic would determine the root cause of the overheating. If the coolant level was low, and/or there was trapped air in the cooling passageways, perhaps related to the heater core repair, those faults themselves can cause overheating. If the...
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Will it cause any problems to mix Dexcool with my regular green coolant. 1993 Ford Escort
Hi there. It is not advisable to mix these two coolants together as they will tend to react with each other and cause some build up in the cooling system. Being that you only added 16 ounces you should be...
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Possibly timing. 1998 Saturn SL2
Hi there - yes, it is possible that the engine has "jumped time". This engine is known for timing chain stretch, and jumping time with higher mileage. If you have spark, fuel injectors spraying, and compression, this could be the...
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Alarm goes off anytime I try to start car.
Hi there. The key fob may have lost its memory. You can reprogram your key fob to your vehicle by putting the key up to the column and pushing on the lock buttons on the key fob. Then put the...
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Cooling system issue
Occasionally, thermostats are defective out of the box. Unless you have bought a dealer OEM thermostat, it's not a bad idea to test it to be sure that prior to installing it it actually works, particularly if the thermostat is...
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Transmission problems
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your transmission may be having some potentially serious issues. If the issues suddenly appeared after difficult shifting and a noise it could be possible that the transmission suffered some sort of...
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I hear a pop sound whenever I turn the wheel
There are several possible causes for a pop noise when turning the wheel. Finding the cause will really depend on what area the pop is coming from. Does it come from the steering column, under the dash, the engine compartment,...
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Oil filler cap wont come off - I turn left and then right its hard to turn 1998 Saturn SL1
Hi there - yes, you can top off your oil through the dipstick, although this will be pretty tedious. After adding some, be sure to let it drain into the engine thoroughly, then be extra careful in "reading" the dipstick...
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Could a bad sway bar bracket and a dry rotted bushing be causing the pop sound I hear? 2002 Saturn SC2
Hello - the popping noise could be the sway bar mount bushings, and you would certainly want to replace them if there are rotted or not holding the sway bar firmly. The popping sound could also be the strut bearings....
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Popping sound when turning.
Hello, It is quite possible that a bent bracket will cause a popping sound as you describe. When a car makes a sharp turn, the part of the bar on the outside of the turn gets pushed down toward the...
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I took out the instrument panel out of my dashboard and when I put it back in just the dashboard lights won't turn on
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are correct in that the dimmer switch can render the dashboard dark. Start by hooking up the dimmer switch, and in the process, make sure all of the other electrical connections are clean,...
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The gears?
Hi There, It sounds like your transmission may be low on fluid or possibly have a faulty control solenoid. When you rev the engine to get it to go forward, this is an indication that the transmission is producing more...
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I live in a gated community and working on cars in here is prohibited. Any suggestions?
Hi there. You are allowed to check all of the fluids in your vehicle and perform all safety checks to your vehicle. The HOA system says that you are prohibited from working on the vehicle due to noise and leaving...
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Car turns over but wont start like no firing...
Hi there. It's highly probable that your issue is caused by an ignition system component, such as a ignition coil, distributor rotor or crank sensor that is damaged. In order to know for sure which one is damaged, it's best...
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I have a crack thats leaking my coolant from a crack in my water pump & thermostat housing im asking what part do I exactly need
It's very difficult to tell you for certain without being there to inspect your Saturn. However, in general, in order to make the correct repairs, you'll likely need a new water pump and thermostat housing along with new coolant lines....
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How much will it cost to replace CV Joints or struts on 96 Saturn?
Hi there. The clicking or popping sound when turning is the sound of the outer ball joint in the CV Shaft that is emitting the sound. The joint is either worn or out of lubrication and trying to seize up....
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My clutch slave cylinder is releasing on its own without releasing the clutch pedal
The problem is not in the slave cylinder if you have no leaks but in the clutch master cylinder. The fluid pressure is leaking internally and releasing pressure. Replace the clutch master cylinder and bleed clutch.
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Car will turn over but not start.
Hi there. You will need to add a pint of fuel water vaporizer to the fuel tank. There is excessive water in the fuel system and that is why your exhaust is white is if there was water in the...
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Steering wheel locked key won't turn
Hi there. It's quite possible that the ignition lock cylinder is damaged. However, it could be an internal issue with the steering column that is causing the steering wheel to lock. I would recommend having a professional mobile mechanic come...
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Car sputters when accelerating. Not the spark plugs checked those. Now where do I go from here
Ignition coils will fail and cause a sputtering or a misfire, but there could be other issues as well. Since the car is a 96, you might be able to retrieve trouble codes that will tell you which cylinders are...

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