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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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New battery not working
Car batteries are crucial to a car's life. Check your connections as well as for corrosion. If you can move the battery cables after the bolt is tight something is faulty. The bolt is too long or the bolt is...
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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, then most of the time this is a leaking valve cover gasket...
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Car will not start without being jump-started
Hello. Most of the time this is caused by a bad battery cable or a failing ignition switch. Both are common failures on this car and will cause these symptoms. I typically do a voltage drop test of the battery...
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RPMs rise 1100 to 700; then to 1200; then down
Hi there. This is usually either caused by a bad idle control valve or a vacuum leak. The idle control valve is located near the throttle body. It can also be a dirty throttle body. I usually start by cleaning...
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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. I usually check and clean these connections...
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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, a dirty or failing throttle body, or a vacuum leak. It is very common for the engine to have a vacuum leak...
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1997 Saturn
Hello, thanks for writing in. Since the check engine light is on the best place to start is with the codes. These would help me to determine the problem. It sounds like there is a misfire problem. If that is...
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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...
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car starts and idles great but dies when put in gear
Stalling and rough idle in the circumstances you describe could be due to a faulty mass airflow sensor, faulty camshaft or crankshaft position sensors, worn spark plugs, wires or a defective ignition coil, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel...

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