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Forum: S-Series Tech 02-12-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Posted By hholbein
Re: Wheel bearing

I'd be more scared with both fronts on jack stands! Just be super gentle with braking.
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-12-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 121
Posted By hholbein
Re: 99 sw2 blows body fuse

Sorry to hear about your fuse problem.

Can you manually unlock your liftgate with a key, or is that action messed up?

I was wondering if you have a common problem on SWs -- the cheesy...
Forum: S-Series General 02-12-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By hholbein
Re: 2001 SL 1 Coolant Leak

The finance weenies at GM seem to only have applied value engineering/plastic intake manifold to the DOHC and left the SOHC cooling system alone.
Forum: S-Series General 02-12-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 251
Posted By hholbein
Re: Wagon water leak

The seam design on these cars has never been the best.

Since you mentioned water in the two rear corners right behind the hatch, remove the fiberboard cover and tire and check the two wells in the...
Forum: S-Series General 02-12-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 196
Posted By hholbein
Re: Diverter Valve

Thanks. I was thinking of the 2nd case, spoofing the PCM into thinking everything was hunky-dory with the AIR system even if all that was happening were the leads heating some resistive load...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-10-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Posted By hholbein
Re: Wheel bearing

+1 Here's a video of Eric the Car Guy isolating wheel bearing noise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdRpnK5MGQ8
Forum: S-Series General 02-08-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 196
Posted By hholbein
Re: Diverter Valve

I believe almost all O2 sensors nowadays have a small heater to bring the sensor up to operational temperature very quickly to speed up closed loop control of the engine. These occasionally fail,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-04-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,336
Posted By hholbein
Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

Before you blow $$$ on replacing the pump, make sure you check out the rest of the plumbing on this notorious GM-engineered bodge. Especially since you do hear the pump running for the...
Forum: S-Series General 01-30-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 458
Posted By hholbein
Re: I known the SATURN acronym...

First, the "gasket" that GM used to seal the license plate to the fiberglass liftgate is a cheezy foam thing that disintegrated 15 years ago on my SW2.

It was a water leak when parking on downhill...
Forum: S-Series General 01-24-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By hholbein
Re: 99 SL2 wiper motor

When you take out the motor and transmission this summer, it's worth disassembling the transmission including the various pivots. IIRC, there are just a few garden-variety circlips holding them in...
Forum: S-Series General 01-08-2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 337
Posted By hholbein
Re: Undercoating

The FluidFilm stuff is Lanolin-based -- basically, wool wax or wool grease from sheep. I didn't know it drips off, but it's pretty benign stuff compared to other undercoatings. Also, I don't...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-27-2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By hholbein
Re: new problem coolant 2001 SC2 Coupe

Do you remember the brand of radiator you put in? Some folks here have found that some replacements were really crappy and failed in short order.

It's harder and harder to find quality...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-27-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 999
Posted By hholbein
Re: Steel/zinc bolts and nuts OK for exhaust?

If I lived in Michigan, I'd spend the extra time hunting down a decent full-service hardware store that has SS fasteners in stock. It seems stuff gets the crusties there PDQ, and repeating that job...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-24-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 664
Posted By hholbein
Re: Fuel pump Delphi vs Spectra

Thanks, OldNuc! Redoing a fuel pump because of crappy replacement parts would have to be one of the worst!
Forum: S-Series General 11-24-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,437
Posted By hholbein
Re: Transmission Question

Very sad to hear your story from a fellow Oregonian! A partially dislodged diff pin could have worn/knocked a hole in the transmission case, or perhaps this guy cracked the cast aluminum...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-22-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 664
Posted By hholbein
Re: Fuel pump Delphi vs Spectra

I'd review old threads here for advice on brands. I seem to recall that Carter and/or Airtex were the preferred brands for reliable/properly inspected fuel pumps.

On other parts like radiator...
Forum: S-Series General 11-12-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 972
Posted By hholbein
Re: Front subfame corrosion protection

Buy a can of FluidFilm and give it a proper douching.

https://www.fluid-film.com/


Works quite well on keeping the crusties at bay, according to Salt Belt experts like Eric O. on the South...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-30-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By hholbein
Re: Life span of water pump.......?

I replaced my OEM one around 100K miles -- the bearing was making a racket and the pulley was wobbling slightly -- but no leaks.

Replacement was a $20 Gates unit (41024) on Amazon. Very close to...
Forum: S-Series General 10-24-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 264
Posted By hholbein
Re: 1998 SL Water in Trunk

+1 on the seam sealer failing.

In my SW2, the source of leaks in the cargo area/trunk have been seams leaking:

1) seams behind the rear tail lights -- rain fills up the side pockets on the...
Forum: S-Series General 10-22-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By hholbein
Re: Radiator recommendation

Thanks for the additional detail, sad though it may be. When I make a repair on my Saturn, I'm willing to pay a *reasonable* premium for original or higher quality -- I hate redoing things! The...
Forum: S-Series General 10-20-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,041
Posted By hholbein
Re: Headliner Removal and Repair Video.

What's the URL for the reposted video?
Forum: S-Series General 10-20-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By hholbein
Re: Radiator recommendation

50K failure on the Silla? Not so hot. At least on other parts, Denso has pretty decent quality control, and the $56 price seems pretty good -- essentially the same as the Spectra unit that...
Forum: S-Series General 10-20-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 425
Posted By hholbein
Re: Fog lights on second gen Saturn's..not a popular option???

I agree that the standard 27W 880 halogen fog lamps on the Saturn are lame-o. Much poorer than the Subaru Outback or Rav4 fog lamps I had/have.

I am interested how long you've had the 22W LED...
Forum: S-Series General 10-20-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 647
Posted By hholbein
Re: Don't you hate aluminum wheels?

+1. When I bought my SW2 new, I insisted they swap out the alloy rims. The dealer was incredulous, but hey, they've held up and buying a set of replacement plastic hubcaps on eBay to deal with...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-20-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 691
Posted By hholbein
Re: My experience with Motor Oils and my Saturn

+1 on Rotella T6 and a extra-large high-quality oil filter. Since I used it regularly over 40K+ miles, it gradually improved oil consumption from 1qt/1300 miles to 1qt/1900 miles. Seems to hold a...
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