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Forum: Ion General 04-13-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 72
Posted By fdryer
Re: Converting my ion 3 into redline with donor car

JayyT, I'm not 100% familiar with Ions or Redlines but have some info that may help. As you know, the Redline should be a supercharged 2.0L while your Ion-3 is a naturally aspirated 2.2L ecotec....
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-12-2021, 11:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 293
Posted By fdryer
Re: 2001 Saturn L300 (L81/3.0L V6) - Lower Intake Manifold Gasket/Thermostat Replacem

The bolts are too long. Somewhere somehow, either you're using a new thinner mounting ear t-stat housing or used bolts for something else. The t-stat housing mounting holes appear to match the...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-12-2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 71
Posted By fdryer
Re: Is there any way to "delete" the traction control system?

Are you sure the electronic brake traction control module (EBTCM) is faulty? Below is a snapshot of Saturn's L200/L300 anti lock and traction control description. I presume this applies to all...
Forum: Astra Tech 04-12-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 48
Posted By fdryer
Re: Wheel Lock Removal Tool

Can you take a snapshot or two of these wheel locks? Know what brand? Checked with the manufacturer for suggestions?

There are several methods used by repair shops as well as thieves for removing...
Forum: S-Series General 04-12-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 165
Posted By fdryer
Re: 2002 SL Runs for a second the dies

Remove all spark plugs and examine them for fuel. While pressure is generated and verified with a f/p gauge, this doesn't verify injector operation. Removing and examining plugs for wetness checks...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-12-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 133
Posted By fdryer
Re: Bad Lock Cylinder/Won't Run

Without service manuals or ex Saturn tech around here, guessing on repairs can be either easy or a monumental headache. I think you headed for the latter.

Passlock security relies on two things,...
Forum: Ion Tech 04-12-2021, 12:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 236
Posted By fdryer
Re: Communications link error, service vehicle and brake warning

You may be less than a handful of members here with a faulty low brake fluid switch. As you found, junk yards have perfectly working spare parts. Saturn wasn't discontinued due to odd circuitry.
Forum: S-Series General 04-11-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 165
Posted By fdryer
Re: 2002 SL Runs for a second the dies

Every car, truck and suv does that same thing; turning on ignition, engine off, battery and oil light turn on. When the engine's running, battery and oil light turn off because the alternator turns...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-11-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 293
Posted By fdryer
Re: 2001 Saturn L300 (L81/3.0L V6) - Lower Intake Manifold Gasket/Thermostat Replacem

Ask your neighbor. A helping hand works in mysterious ways when stuck with one point of view. There will always be someone smarter. The best part is the smarter person helps without imparting...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-11-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 173
Posted By fdryer
Re: Mileage dropped off a cliff...

So no one siphoned gasoline from your tank when it was your right foot that did it and
stayed dry while doing it? Amazing isn't it when your right foot is retrained to stop sucking gas. Glad the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-10-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 97
Posted By fdryer
Re: AC Compressor Compatibility

The old adage, do it right or don't do it at all, applies to vehicle refrigeration. I didn't buy all my equipment at one time. I learned awhile back and the first purchase was an r12 set of gauges...
Forum: Ion Tech 04-10-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 236
Posted By fdryer
Re: Communications link error, service vehicle and brake warning

I'm not familiar with Ion master cylinder low brake fluid switches but other similar low brake fluid switches do not use resistors. A review of my service manual for my L300 shows a simple on/off...
Forum: S-Series Mods 04-10-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 881
Posted By fdryer
Re: SL2 2nd Gen Routing Cables to Upper dash for radio install?

That's a good question and I asked my local police at a park I visit frequently. The two officers were in their police Ford Explorer suv as they rolled slowly thru the park by the Long Island Sound...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-10-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 293
Posted By fdryer
Re: 2001 Saturn L300 (L81/3.0L V6) - Lower Intake Manifold Gasket/Thermostat Replacem

T-stat replacement was awhile ago. I don't recall exact procedures but logic tells me I would have drained coolant then removed that tight bended upper radiator hose from the extension tube before...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-10-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 136
Posted By fdryer
Re: Bleeding Brakes on ABS system: '94 SL2 HCE

Before reading the rest below, consider a well worn out brake master cylinder may be the reason for low pedal. Abs does not contribute to low pedal issues. Be very leery about attempting to service...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-09-2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 97
Posted By fdryer
Re: AC Compressor Compatibility

Not knowledgeable enough to state whether or not a larger displacement compressor will run in place of the original lower displacement one. My guess is it may draw a slightly higher load on the...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-09-2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 293
Posted By fdryer
Re: 2001 Saturn L300 (L81/3.0L V6) - Lower Intake Manifold Gasket/Thermostat Replacem

The t-stat elbow housing ends at the large end. The extension tube fits into the large end with two O-rings - a slip fit with O-rings providing a seal against coolant pressure. Bare aluminum corrodes...
Forum: 2008 Vue 04-09-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By fdryer
Re: Alternator

Easy enough to find out by using many online auto parts distributors; AutoZone, Advance Auto, rockauto.com, NAPA, O'Reilly, etc. Rockauto seems to have a better way of listing parts, enough to...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-09-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 265
Posted By fdryer
Re: Mystery vacuum line

*It's not a plague or the government. If you've been hiding in a cave without internet, this little orb we call earth has a world wide pandemic killing people indiscriminately with a virus, named...
Forum: Vue General 04-09-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 183
Posted By fdryer
Re: Crank, no start, no codes

Ok, let's move on. Spraying starting fluid with the engine not firing up suggests an ignition issue. Some suggestions to simplify diagnosing and troubleshooting this crank no start problem with...
Forum: 2008 Vue 04-08-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By fdryer
Re: Saturn Vue with no temp readout in dash board

Presuming you're describing the external temperature sensor for the hvac display, is the connection free and clean of corrosion, wiring undamaged from dry rot or chafing against a sharp edge to short...
Forum: Vue General 04-08-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 183
Posted By fdryer
Re: Crank, no start, no codes

*My guess is the vast majority of remotes use one CR2032 lithium battery. Each battery is a 3v cell. I'm not sure of your descriptions. Did you fit two batteries into a spot for one? This suggests...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-08-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 178
Posted By fdryer
Re: 2001 Saturn L300 (L81/3.0L V6) - Rear Camshaft Cover Gasket [Removal/Replacement]

BrandonKastning, some background info for perspective. Although I haven't gone as deeply into engine disassembly as you are, I have removed the upper intake air parts, plastic intake spacer and other...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-08-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 290
Posted By fdryer
Re: Saturn stalls as soon as I put it into drive.

What's warm idle rpm? Did you use original sensors from your old engine? Which sensors are new?

*The original plastic round nosed coolant sensor fails on every S-series engine, replaced by...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-07-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 265
Posted By fdryer
Re: Mystery vacuum line

Try the simple stuff for checking fuel and spark.

You can test for fuel in several ways; fuel rail test valve for fuel pump and pressure, removing spark plugs and smelling them for fuel. Several...
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