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Loud bang and shaking starting car
Hello. It sounds like there is a broken engine mount or transmission mount that may be causing the banging noise that you are hearing. It is possible that something was damaged in the suspension system which could also cause a...
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Gasoline smell from engine oil
Hello. The most common cause of the problem you are having is when engine oil blows up in one of the engine cylinders. What may be happening is that the engine cylinder pistons aren’t sealing properly due to wear and...
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Cooling fan staying on after washing engine
Hello. Water may have gotten into a relay or the fuse box, which could be causing the fan to run or not work properly. I would suggest that you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the cooling...
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P0302 code & car makes puttering noises
Hello. The P0302 diagnostic trouble code indicates that a misfire has been detected on cylinder 2. Before changing the IAC valve, it would be a good idea to address the P0302 diagnostic trouble code and have the spark plugs, spark...
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no crank no start condition. new starter new alternator. i have no idea what is wrong.
Hey there. From your description it sounds like it's either a simple starter relay or an ignition switch not making contact. I recommend trying to move the shifter into neutral and see if it will start from there. This could...
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My ignition locked up after all my dash lights were blinking car wouldn't start now can't get ignition freed up.
There are a number of things that can cause your ignition to lock up. I am assuming you are speaking of the ignition lock cylinder which is what the key inserts into. The easy one is to turn the wheel...
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Won't grab a gear
It sounds like you are saying that while the engine is running, you can actually disengage the clutch such that you can switch gears, but there is no engagement upon release of the clutch . If there is a visible...
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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...
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Can the replacement of the ignition switch cause the air conditioning to stop cooling?
Hello. To replace the ignition switch, the Technician would have been "near" the dash. The only possible connection would be if he did something to block or de-activate the air passages, blend door, or related controls or the A/C. If...
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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,...
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Car won't start - 1999 Saturn SL1
Hey there. You will want to have the vehicle scanned for diagnostic trouble codes and start there. If you're getting power and the car still acting like it doesn't want to run, your issue is very likely either spark or...
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Battery shot?
I would not recommend using jumper cables as a means to connect your battery for a couple of reasons. First of all, it can be dangerous as it can create additional risk of sparks that would not otherwise happen when...
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Why won't my car go in reverse?
Hello - hopefully the few days where the transmission was losing fluid badly did not damage anything. Causes of "no reverse" include: valve body wear, especially the pressure regulator valve, a loose nut on the transmission main shaft (causes an...
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Rubbing sound when going over bumps even after replacing the struts.
Hi there: When struts are replaced, they typically take a while to break in; which during this time period, other mechanical problems such as worn out CV joints, ball joints, or stabilizer bar bushings can cause the issues you're describing....
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My car is loud when driving (sounds like I have no exhaust) and it takes about a min to get up to the speed limit then goes faster
Hi There, It sounds like you may have damaged your catalytic converter when your car was stuck in the snow. It may have possibly resulted in the converter housing itself being caved in causing it to not flow properly resulting...
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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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my 1994 saturn SL1 is stalling
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are so many different reasons why the vehicle would stall, it is impossible to say what the issue is without an inspection. If you have not scanned the vehicle for diagnostic codes, you...
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Can I just remove the Passlock 2 system
Hi Becca. Thanks for the question. The Passlock system is a safety and security device, so it's not supposed to be removed based on manufacturer recommendations. While it's possible to remove these systems manually, we can't provide tips or suggest...
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Clicking noise is much louder when accelerating. What's could that sound be?
The clicking sound may possibly be rocker arms that may need to be adjusted. When these are incorrectly adjusted or too loose, this causes a bit of play in between the rocker arm and the valve spring. As the engine...
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How to replace a camshaft sensor? Shows sensor "A" on diagnostic check 2002 Saturn SL1
Hello - there is no physical camshaft position sensor on this engine. This function is handled by the coil and ignition module. The error is likely a wiring problem, either with the plug wires, or the physical wiring to the...

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