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Will sl1 motor work in sl2?
As with any motor swap, if you are not using the exact engine from an exact vehicle you may run into wiring and sensors that will be different. My only suggestion is to compare both engines side by side to...
Car doesnt start, no power to obd or interior lights or cigar lighter
Check to make sure you have all good fuses first. You may need to have a mechanic come and diagnose the vehicle for you since these three items do not have a common fuse that runs them. I recommend having...
Taillights and dash lights not coming on
A short is a possible cause. Was the fuse you replaced blown? Did the new one blow as well? Shorts can be tricky to track down, especially if they are intermittent. Check your taillight/turn bulbs, and your front marker/turn bulbs...
Car not starting after sitting
The ignition switch is very common to be the failure for these conditions. I recommend seeking a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, to come and test your vehicle for you. They will be able to verify the need to...
Ignition cylinder won't turn
The most likely cause is the key cylinder failing. In most circumstances, the ignition switch and key cylinder are replaced as a unit as they cannot be separated. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to...
Engine runs with key off.
It sounds like the ignition switch or the mechanism is shorted out. You should remove the ignition switch and verify whether the switch works properly. Otherwise, the issue is likely caused by the lock cylinder.
I need to find out if my car has a spindle or not
Your vehicle does not have a spindle- but what it does have, namely a hub/bearing assembly in a steering knuckle that supports a driveshaft, is not relevant to, nor implicated in, the replacement of the lower ball joint. A brand...
Battery change radio in LOCK mode
In order to get the radio code you need to follow these instructions step by step. Turn the ignition on but keep the radio off. Press the number 2 and 3 button and a three digit code is...
Between timing chain & wheel bearing & starter which is more important to fix first?
Hello. I would repair them in this order given your research (Well done!), and your replacement car plans. First - have the timing chain repair done. It is a bit costly, but the consequence of ignoring it is a trashed...
Won't start
Hi there, thanks for writing in. An engine that will not start can mean there is no fuel pressure, no spark, bad spark plugs, or something else. If you have no fuel pressure, then you may have a fuel pump...
High idle
The most common cause for this is a vacuum leak somewhere. Lift the hood and listen for a hissing sound coming from the engine. You can also use an aerosol spray, like brake cleaner, or WD40, to lightly spray a...
Car jerks at over 60 mph while shifting from third to fourth gear
Hello. Most of the time, when this vehicle starts doing this in higher gears it is because the transmission is failing internally. The clutch packs begin to fail and slip and this occurs. It can also be a pressure issue...
Car is idling high, revving at RPMs higher than 2700
Hello. When this car idles high like this it is because there is a vacuum leak. A vacuum leak will allow too much air to enter the engine causing it to idle too high. The most common place is at...
Tugging while shifting from first to third gear, the engine lacks power
Hi there. The most common cause of this is a bad catalytic converter. When it fails, it will clog internally and will restrict the exhaust. This will cause a serious lack of power like what you are experiencing. It can...
Car overheating during idling or stop and go traffic
Hello. If the engine will stay cool with the AC on or when the vehicle is moving then there is a cooling fan circuit issue. The computer may not be turning on the fan when the engine is getting hot....
Difficult startup, chugging and rough revving
Hello. If the engine is having trouble starting after it has ran for a while and you are getting the smell of fuel, then it may be a failing fuel injector or an issue with a bad sensor. Most of...
My 1992 Saturn SL2 keeps dying unexpectedly
Hello there, first thing to check of course is the fuel pump fuse and relay - the relay especially. Check relay voltage to the fuel pump while it's running. The relay can test OK, but have burned contacts from age,...
Need to know how to remove idle control valve
Hello. The idle control valve on your vehicle is held on by small torx-head bolts. Because of its placement, it is hard to get to them. I typically remove the throttle body which makes this easier. While I have...
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...
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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