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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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The car occasionally won't start
It sounds like a possible fuel overfilling problem, like its potentially flooding. You may be smelling gas or noticing poor fuel economy. The Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor may have failed or poor connection. There may be a Check Engine...
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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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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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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...
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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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Car runs rough after it heats up.
Hi there. This sounds like there is a minor vacuum leak on the intake. Check the gaskets around the mounting surface of the intake. Check all vacuum lines coming off the intake and see if they are leaking or cracked....
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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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Leaking antifreeze
The leaking coolant sounds like it is coming from the water pump in the front of the motor. With this much coolant leaking I would recommend not driving the vehicle until it is fixed. This engine is very prone to...
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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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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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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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Overheating
Hi There, By removing the temperature sensor, you are removing the vehicle's ability to determine when the fans should come on and turn off. When this happens the car will not be able to regulate the temperature properly as it...
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Clutch issues 2001 Saturn SL1
Hi - I think your clutch disc is all used up, or has gotten oil on it, and you are due for a new clutch. It should not be slipping under a load like this of course. I recommend a...
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My steering wheel keeps shaking uncorollably randomly
What you are describing sounds like a problem with the rack and pinion gears. The rack and pinion gear set does two things: It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel into the linear motion needed to turn the...
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Oil leak
Hi There, It sounds like you may have run the engine a bit low on oil or may have an oil leak that is causing it to run low, resulting in the rattling sound you describe. This is likely valve...

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