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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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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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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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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