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Car stuck in second gear
Hello. If the transmission is stuck in second and if the shifter has little to no resistance when moving it then the shifter cable may have broke. I have come across this a few times. I would typically locate where...
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Headlights coming on and draining battery
It sounds like there could be a short in the wiring that controls your automatic headlight system. When the automatic light system is selected the vehicle uses a ambient light sensor usually located on the dash to detect how much ambient...
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Intake manifold leaking
Hi. Coolant leaks from the intake manifold are common after the gasket starts to wear away requiring an intake gasket replacement. A mechanic from YourMechanic can diagnose the problem further if you desire.
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Coolant not reaching radiator
Hello. If coolant is not reaching the radiator, it is an indication that the coolant is not moving through the system properly. This could be caused by an air pocket in the system or a clogged hose. Another possibility could...
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My car will not start what's wrong with it??
You will need to see if you are loosing fuel pressure due to a bad fuel pump or you are loosing spark due to a bad sensor or coil pack. The most common cause of no starts is the fuel...
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Shaking at the front end of the car
Saturn became aware of a vibration like you are describing on many of their vehicles and designed a fix for it more than 10 years ago. The fix is described in Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 00-T-57A. It calls for installing...
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Delay in shifting gears
A professional with Saturn experience should use a scan tool to check for diagnostic trouble codes in your transmission control module. Some repairs can be made without a complete disassembly of the transmission. This will help him or her make...
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Car idles at high RPMs
Idling too fast can be caused by several things. But bottom line is that too much air is getting into the intake manifold. Manifold vacuum leaks are a common cause. Do a visual inspection to check for any vacuum hoses...
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Q: Wont start
You should have the vehicle scanned for codes to see if you have codes to the camshaft or crankshaft sensors. Either of these may cause the no spark condition. If the fuel pump regulator is bad, then you would...
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How should I get rid of my junk car?
It depends on where the rust is. There is cosmetic rust which is meaningless and then there is rust on critical safety components, such as steel brake and fuel lines, or structural features like the sub-frame, engine cradle, springs, and...
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Q: Overheating
Hello. Heater failure and transmission issues are signaling that the cooling system is having a complete meltdown. Both of these systems depend on the cooling system to work correctly. Typically when the entire system is struggling there is a severe...
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My car is jerking for an unknown reason
Hey there. This may be a sign of a failing transmission control module or low transmission fluid. The transmission control module (TCM) helps regulate fuel efficiency and power while storing information about the transmission system in its memory. A faulty...
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Coolant leak from behind the intake manifold. 2000 Saturn SL
Hello - yes, this is one of the heater hoses, and a leak at that hose connection is the most likely source. I would recommend a heater hose replacement (for both heater and radiator hoses if they haven't been changed)...
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Q: 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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How can I check my ac compressor wiring connections
The first thing to do is go where the damage is. If a wiring harness has been struck by the serpentine belt, then you will have to open the harness and look for physical damage. That may mean that one...
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Q: 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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The car cannot be started, engine jumps
I'm wondering how it ran last time you drove it. When you say it sounds bad when you try to start it it makes me think you may have a broken timing belt. That will make the engine crank at...
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New battery but my car just stalled and doesn't start now.
You may have a failing voltage regulator that could be allowing the alternator to supply too much or too little amperage to the battery resulting in the battery never maintaining a consistent charge as it is designed to. The voltage...
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Driving down highway bad random vibration front right tire starts to pull brand new tires
Hi Aaron. Thanks for contacting us today. A vibration like you are describing can be caused by a tire/wheel that is out of balance (which can happen even with new tires), a bent wheel, or if the vibration stops suddenly...
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Brand new battery. car won't start 1996 Saturn SL. Went to the store just fine. Go to leave won't start, made noise, now nothing.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing to check with your starting issues are the connections to the battery. Make sure the battery cables are clean, dry, and tight. From there, you will want to look into having...

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