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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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Q: 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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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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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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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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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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Q: Car will start but wont move
Hi There, It sounds like your car may be low on transmission fluid. Since automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears, every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission...
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Q: 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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My car start and sometimes it doesnt. The battery in good condition
Starters sometimes develop "bad spots" on the armature (of the starter motor). That causes intermittent, unreliable operation just like what you are experiencing. The problem is easily diagnosed and the solution can be implemented at the same time (install a...
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What is the trigger wire to my factory amp in my ( i believe its an ls2 or sl2 ) 2000 saturn
I would recommend looking at a wiring diagram for the radio system of your vehicle to determine the exact cause of this issue. Diagnosing this issue would be nearly impossible without doing so unfortunately.
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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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Q: 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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Buying my first saturn used
If the clutch is actually slipping,you will be able to hear the engine speed increase even though the speed of the car does not. If your car has a tachometer, you will see the engine speed go up, but not...
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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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My car won't start. Lights on the dash work headlights windshield wipers I had got a jump but my car still won't start. My key rem
It sounds like you may have a battery that is too weak to be jump started or to power the door locks. I would suggest taking the battery to your local auto parts store to have it load tested. This...

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