trouble shooting

25

Asked by Aug 25, 2007 at 12:25 PM about the 1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hard start, sometimes. Runs rough sometimes. Temperature gauge reads and then it doesnt. When it reads, all is well, when it doesnt, it wants to stall, and idle high and low. Need help. Diagnostic shows no codes except almost stall. but no number.

1 Answer

42,165

It sounds like you may have multiple problems going on here. One possibility is an intermittent electrical short in the coolant temperature sensor, causing the PCM to try to compensate by changing the fuel mixture, etc., and causing the stalling. Another possible problem is a head gasket issue. The hard starting, rough running, and stalling sound very much like head gasket issues I have seen. Have the cooling system pressure checked to see if there are any internal leaks. If not, you will want to focus on an electrical/sensor related issue causing your driveability problems.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • WILL A BLOWN HEAD GASKET KEEP MY 91 SATURN DOHC FROM STARTING? 6 answers

    WONT START JUST TURNING OVER & SHOOTING WATER FROM OVER FLOW TANK WHEN I TRY TO START CAR.

    1991 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1997 Saturn SL2 18 answers

    Latley when climbing a hill the "service engine soon" light comes on and starts blinking, the car seems to lose power, but it still climbs the hill, but when you reach the top of a hill in the flat, t...

    1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Manual clutch pedal problem. Clutch pedal came suddenly loose with zero tention. 9 answers

    Tried jump starting 2002 Saturn SL2 to no avail. Battery was dead. In the process the shifter bushing popped off, which is a easy fix, yet while attempting to place my car back in nuetral I must of so...

    2002 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • How much R-134a does this model take? 3 answers

    My air conditioning is shooting out hot air, so we got the R-134a sub-zero synthetic air conditioning agent to refill my car. After some time running the car, the air started to get cooler with a 13o...

    1995 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • No crank no start, salonoid clicking under steering column 2 answers

    I have just replaced the timing chain in my ION, after reconnecting the battery after three days, it will not crank. Furthermore, after tuning off the ignition, there is a clicking (every 3 or 4 sec...

    2003 Saturn ION

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Search Saturn S-Series Questions

Saturn S-Series Experts

#1 Alex Nazarian
Alex Nazarian
Reputation 1,470
#2 helpmeplease
helpmeplease
Reputation 1,010
#3 fabian_09_21
fabian_09_21
Reputation 810
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
839 Great Deals out of 90,861 listings starting at $1,300
Used Honda Civic
488 Great Deals out of 80,458 listings starting at $558
Used Honda Accord
706 Great Deals out of 81,927 listings starting at $500
Used Chevrolet Cavalier
1,088 listings
Used Toyota Corolla
726 Great Deals out of 74,099 listings starting at $1,790
Used Chevrolet Impala
564 Great Deals out of 28,668 listings starting at $1,595