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Car makes a loud grinding noise when I try to start it, would this be the starter or timing chain?

You should try and turn the engine manually on front of crankshaft pulley to see if engine is seized. If engine turns over by hand then problem will most likely be the starter. If you cannot turn motor then it...

Intermittent problem with car not starting and not cranking

Hello. This is caused by a loss of voltage someplace in the electrical system. Most of the time this is caused by a bad connection at the battery or a bad battery cable (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/battery-cable-replacement). I usually check and clean these...

After driving from traffic light, engine starts smoking

Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 1999 Saturn SW2. If the only issue with the car is that there is oil getting into the spark plug holes (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/oil-is-leaking-into-spark-plug-well-inspection), then most of the time this is a leaking valve cover...

Car sporadically idle high & runs around 1500 RPMS

Hi there. The most common causes of this on your vehicle are either a bad idle control valve (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/idle-control-valve-replacement), a dirty or failing throttle body (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/throttle-body-replacement), or a vacuum leak (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/is-it-safe-to-drive-with-a-vacuum-leak). It is very common for the engine to have...

RPMs rise 1100 to 700; then to 1200; then down

Hi there. This is usually either caused by a bad idle control valve (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/idle-control-valve-replacement) or a vacuum leak (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/is-it-safe-to-drive-with-a-vacuum-leak). The idle control valve is located near the throttle body. It can also be a dirty throttle body. I usually start...

Low Coolant light flashing.

When you see a flashing Low Coolant light on your Saturn’s dashboard, the coolant level sensor is reading that there is no coolant in your expansion tank. This is very easy to verify, just be sure your car is cold,...

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