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Forum: S-Series Tech 05-26-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 108
Posted By billr
Re: Overheated & STOPPED !

Try rotating the crank by hand, to be sure it hasn't seized from the over-heat. That is not a likely problem, but it is very easy to try rotating the engine; no use throwing a new radiator at it if...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-26-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 100
Posted By billr
Re: SL1 TAAT transmission mystery

Where did you get the VB from?

Go back to the beginning and use live-data to avoid most of this guessing. Also, connect a gauge to observe line-pressure.

The next time you have the VB off, do...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-26-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 221
Posted By billr
Re: 1996 sl2 - 2 New exhaust replacements and both have flange the wrong rotation

I would be wary of trying from another vendor and hoping for a perfect fit. I have three nearly-identical DOHC engines ('94, '95, and '97 in '95 car) and the clocking of that flange needs to be...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-22-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 94
Posted By billr
'95 SL2 needs saving

This is to bring attention to my recent post in the "Classifieds".

I live in NorCal, and as I get ready to "thin out my herd" CA will give me $1000 to have it scrapped. I don't really want to see...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-21-2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 96
Posted By billr
Re: Automatic transmission on the fritz when warm

Is this car new to you, or is this a new problem? Post the actual code numbers.

If the car is new to you, check the S/N on the trans, let's make sure it is the correct version for your...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-18-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 227
Posted By billr
Re: Transmission End Cover - Am I missing something?

The picture of the inside of the cover is clear enough, but the other doesn't tell me much. It is "zoomed in" (and blurry) enough that I can't tell what I'm looking at.

Regardless, both those...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-18-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 227
Posted By billr
Re: Transmission End Cover - Am I missing something?

Post pictures showing the inside of the cover, and what is still there exposed on the trans.
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-17-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 313
Posted By billr
Re: 2002 Saturn SL Spring special Fuel issues?

And, use a fuel pressure gauge with a hose long enough that you can watch FP while driving and the engine is having problems. Use live-data to check most all else. Pay particular attention to the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-15-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By billr
Re: 01 sc2 automatic rad question

Use pieces of metal (aluminum) duct tape; both Lowe's and Home Depot stock it. That stuff is good for a lot of purposes, the rest of the roll needn't go to waste.

I gotta ask... why do you care...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-13-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,119
Posted By billr
Re: No Reverse Lights

Still, check that the shift cables may not be the problem; manually push the shift lever(s) on the trans to the detented R position. Also, I would sure manually check the new switch, too.
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-13-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,119
Posted By billr
Re: No Reverse Lights

OP, didn't you already try jumpering the harness connector (at the switch) with the welding-wire; didn't the lights work doing that? Yeah, try the new switch manually. Be wary too of the connector...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-12-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,119
Posted By billr
Re: No Reverse Lights

If you remove the switch from the trans and depress the plunger manually, do the lights work? If so, yeah, either the tower or the cable; possibly the R fork is moving enough to engage R, but not...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-10-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By billr
Re: 97 SL2 Very Low Power, feels like I am towing a semi trailer??

I wasn't surprised to hear removing the O2 sensor wasn't a reliable diagnostic. That 18mm tapped hole isn't really much for an "exhaust pipe"

However, I was surprised that the cat seemed to be OK...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-10-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 166
Posted By billr
Re: Transmission Leak looks like seal.

What kind of trans, manual or auto? Where does it seem to be leaking from, an axle or bell-housing?

Yeah, I would keep away from stop-leak. It isn't as horrible in a trans as in A/C, but it only...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-09-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By billr
Re: 97 SL2 Very Low Power, feels like I am towing a semi trailer??

Block the EGR ports, to be sure it is "closed". No joy? Then, use live-data to avoid throwing more parts at it. Do I understand correctly that it seems to run OK when cold? I don't think either...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-08-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By billr
Re: Successfully replaced the starter, but...

Whoa, we need the OP to clarify which wires were connected. There are actually three wires, one small one and one big one go to the large terminal. The third wire is also small (probably PPL color)...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-08-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By billr
Re: Successfully replaced the starter, but...

The big terminal on the starter has two wires attached to it; a large wire going to the battery and a small wire going to the alternator. Did you get both back on?

Having the battery disconnected...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-07-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 371
Posted By billr
Re: Overheating

The ECT sensor broke? Posting a picture of it may help, but I expect a screw-extractor is going to be needed.

Over-heating is tough on many different parts under the hood. Don't spend much time...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-07-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 711
Posted By billr
Re: AC Refuses to be fixed

I have little in the way of A/C skills, but am pretty sure that this is all just guessing until the OP posts high/low pressures along with ambient temp/humidity and temp of cooled air.

There are...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-05-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 915
Posted By billr
Re: Failing thermostat or ECTS?

What temps were you seeing with the scanner and thermometer, both before and after the t-stat change?
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-04-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 746
Posted By billr
Re: Coolant coming out of resivour Cap

I gotta ask... what brand was the first new cap, the one that was faulty?
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-04-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 746
Posted By billr
Re: Coolant coming out of resivour Cap

Use an inexpensive meat/candy thermometer to end all this guessing about boiling vs. bubbling and what temp the fan comes on at. I think you are headed towards doing a "block test" to see if there...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-03-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 919
Posted By billr
Re: EGR valve problems

Hmm... have we not yet asked for compression readings??? Fuel pressure, too.
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-02-2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By billr
Re: SC1 Redlining during exciting test drive

Whatever the cause, and I agree it is probably a big vacuum leak somewhere, you should temper your lust for this car with the knowledge it has probably been run this way more than just your one trip....
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-01-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By billr
Re: 2000 SL2 Crank, No Start. Already did "All the things"

Yes, you are getting some opinions that seem to contradict. I don't think any of us are trying to confuse or mislead you, but none of us are infallible, and none of us have a complete understanding...
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