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My car is hard to start until I pat the gas - it idles rough
Hello. If you need to continue to apply the accelerator pedal to keep the engine running then it can be caused by a few things. It can be caused by a vacuum leak, a dirty or failing throttle body, or...
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Clunking sound coming from left front wheel
Hi there. Actually, either of the 2 components you mention (CV joint or strut mount) could cause the behavior you are experiencing. A CV joint can fail (internally) without tearing the boot, and CV joint noise is often more pronounced...
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Drive belt is squealing
This may be a matter of a belt tensioner out of adjustment. Your drive belt has a tensioner pulley that maintains a specific amount of tension on the belt in order to keep it tight, but allow it to flex...
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Suddenly cannot shift car into gear.
Hi there: There could be multiple problems on your Saturn that are causing this problem you're experiencing. If your clutch is worn it won't allow you to put your car in gear. When you step on the clutch, the transmission...
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Car squirting oil and smoking
Hello. This is a sign of an oil leak. If the oil is squirting from the motor only when the car is running, this helps to narrow down where since that means it is coming from a place that is...
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service engine light w/ wrench is on--EGR valve
Hi there - this is a relatively simple repair. The EGR valve is attached to the engine with 2 bolts, and is located on the top of the engine near the driver-side end. It is close to the air cleaner...
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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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My car is having trouble idling.
You may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at idle. Since...
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P0107 MAP Sensor OBD code
Hello - if this condition came on slowly - period of weeks or months - I would be checking for low compression and/or a clogged catalytic converter (especially if this is the original converter). Low airflow under a load may...
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Why is my engine making a knocking noise.1997 Saturn SL2
Hello. If you know that the timing chain is off then the engine should not run. If the timing is correct but the chain is loose due to other issues then that may be the knocking noise that you are...
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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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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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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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P0336 Questions About Notch Relearn.
Hi there. It is highly probable that the replacement of the sensor did not resolve the error code. When the P0336 diagnostic trouble code has been stored in the Engine Control Module (ECM), it is an indication that the “A”...
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Cylinder one makes no power even though it gets fuel and spark.
Hello, It sounds like you may have a faulty fuel injector at cylinder #1, a faulty crank sensor or potentially a vacuum leak. A bad crank sensor can easily cause misfiring and timing problems. I would suggest also checking connectivity...
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Car shifts but wont go?
Hello there. It's possible that your transmission or other drive line component is stuck, which reduces the cars ability to move forward. This could also be caused by the gear shifter linkage being damage as well. It's a good idea...
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Car not shifting when driving
This kind of reaction is often a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer...
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Steam coming from the coolant reservoir
Hi there. The coolant reservoir cap could be not sealing properly and causing the coolant to boil and steam coming out the vent or the coolant could be weak and needs changed as the boiling point has been lowered making...
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Heater making loud rumbling noise when on high 1996 Saturn SL2
Hi there - I believe the heater fan motor bearings are shot, and that's the noise you hear - increasing noise level as fan speed goes up. These bearings are generally not serviceable, and the fan motor should be replaced....

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