Start car acts like it flooded

Asked by Aug 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM about the Saturn L-Series

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1996 saturn  4 dr. Sl1
When you start it after sitting a few hrs, it
hard to start like it's flooded and squeals for
a min then it all straight out. No lights come
on. Belt was changed abt 1 yr ago.

1 Answer

60

are you saying that when you start the car it the starter runs longer to get started than it used to or it starts up right away but runs rough for a few min. before smoothing out? and the squeel is not the belt but one of the pulleys that the belt runs. probably has a bearing that is going bad and is locked up until the belt heats up enough to grab that pulley and make it turn, and depending on which pulley that is it could be bogging down the engine and giving the impression of being flooded. i would take the belt off and try to spin each of the pulleys by hand and see which one dont move freely and that will be the one you need to replace to solve your problem

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Saturn L-Series Questions

Saturn L-Series Experts

#1 Ephram Rubin
Ephram Rubin
Reputation 910
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 360
#3 tuff4x4
tuff4x4
Reputation 320
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Saturn S-Series
763 listings
Used Honda Accord
948 Great Deals out of 77,739 listings starting at $899
Used Saturn VUE
58 Great Deals out of 2,149 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
814 Great Deals out of 88,107 listings starting at $1,299
Used Saturn Aura
30 Great Deals out of 953 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Camry
1,104 Great Deals out of 90,761 listings starting at $1,599
Used Saturn L300
83 listings starting at $1,989
Used Saturn ION
3 Great Deals out of 1,154 listings starting at $1,995
Used Saturn Outlook
37 Great Deals out of 748 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Corolla
858 Great Deals out of 70,589 listings starting at $1,874
Used Saturn Sky
5 Great Deals out of 172 listings starting at $4,990
Used Chrysler PT Cruiser
13 Great Deals out of 3,125 listings starting at $1,598
Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
15 Great Deals out of 518 listings starting at $1,750
Used Nissan Altima
1,154 Great Deals out of 79,676 listings starting at $500
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,764 Great Deals out of 181,202 listings starting at $250

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.