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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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Car starts good then shuts off
An engine stalling diagnostic, which you can schedule through YourMechanic, would pinpoint the cause of the stalling. Among the possibilities are a plugged fuel filter, fuel pump malfunction or blocked pump strainer, significant vacuum leak including stuck open EGR valve,...
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Hi there: The AC shouldn't be activated unless you have an electrical short from the relay switch sending power to the AC unit. Although this is highly unlikely, if this occurs, disconnect the battery terminals from the battery (both of...
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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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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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I disconnected the battery cables and now it's overheating
Hi There, Overheating can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a clogged radiator or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the...
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Jumper cables hooked up wrong
When you attach the wrong cables to the wrong nodes on a battery, it results in a very high current flow to the battery with a lower charge. The fuses in your fuse box are designed to burn out and...
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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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Transmission leaks.
The ONLY fluid that belongs in the transmission is the proper transmission fluid recommended by the manufacturer. Never use transmission stop leak to try to slow or stop any fluid leaks in the transmission. The only way to properly repair...

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