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Forum: S-Series Tech 01-14-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 12,333
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Not the typical spark plug question

It wouldn't surprise me that the heat ranges aren't in line with the standard single electrode plug. In theory the dual electrode unit should have the capacity to absorb more heat, but that is only...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-14-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 183
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Replacing thermostat is there a housing gasket?

The best thing to do is measure actual temp in the reservoir on a warm day, and see how your gauge setting is compared to actual operating temp. On my car 1/2 is the 208-210 range.

I recently put...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-13-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 12,333
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Not the typical spark plug question

With weather swings that low, it wouldn't surprise me if people using conventional plugs suffered the same thing. Finding the limits of the heat range experimentation is all part of the curve.

If...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-09-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 429
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Failing thermostat or ECTS?

The slow warm up I agree with. As for operating temp, low IMHO. Even if I blast full heat on high setting, there is not a chance I'm bringing the operating temp down in the 125 range.

It was 9...
Forum: S-Series General 01-07-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 691
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Thermostat & Warm-Up Time

It almost sounds like there is some time of temp threshold that keeps the car closed loop longer below a certain point. I know most air pumps have programmed info as well, but don't know if the S...
Forum: S-Series General 01-02-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 199
Posted By Signmaster
Re: 1994 sl1 5 speed STUCK IN REVERSE :(

Temporary fix option (http://www.saturnfans.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=46799&nocache=1)

As you can see, this "temporary" fix has held up quite well. I got the delrin bushing, but this is on...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-02-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 429
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Failing thermostat or ECTS?

You can easily check the thermostat while you are checking coolant temp in the tank. Simply watch as the coolant temp in the reservoir heats up as the car warms up. You can confirm how hot the...
Forum: S-Series General 01-01-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 691
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Thermostat & Warm-Up Time

One of the members here did the heated O2 and I don't think it really paid off. He was on the hyper miler forums and such, and would have noticed.

I'm glad we don't get too much of the frigid...
Forum: S-Series General 01-01-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 584
Views: 53,159
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Whats your MPG?

No doubt the traffic and conditions play a big role, as well as drive cycles and outside temp. I'm in a population dense area and still view 30 MPG as the lower end of MPG returns, but we don't get...
Forum: S-Series General 12-31-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 691
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Thermostat & Warm-Up Time

In those low temps that lower hose will stay pretty cool even when the car is up to full temp. That bypass hose tells you the coolant is good and warm though.


As per blocking radiators and...
Forum: S-Series General 12-31-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 584
Views: 53,159
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Whats your MPG?

Seems really low and probably indicates something wrong. I'd suspect a leaking thermostat first, and general tune stuff after that. We don't get much real cold in my area but generally it's hard to...
Forum: S-Series General 12-30-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 691
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Thermostat & Warm-Up Time

In any temps much below freezing, using the heat (especially if not in recirculate mode) will delay warm up time. This is even more apparent with the SOHC cars as they don't produce much heat. If I...
Forum: S-Series General 12-29-2017, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5,328
Views: 2,230,486
Posted By Signmaster
Re: What did you do to your S-Series today...

Fixed the dripping radiator drain after the flush/fill and new thermostat. Tranny and upper engine mounts done. Did the LCAs a few weeks back. Probably do an oil change the next couple of days.
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Forum: S-Series General 12-29-2017, 09:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 691
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Thermostat & Warm-Up Time

It seems like the jump to closed loop varies quite a bit on these cars. Our single cammer goes closed loop really quick, even when it's cold out. But quite a few have talked about longer times to...
Forum: S-Series General 12-28-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By Signmaster
Re: What is this part and where can I get one?

Could you reference a photo or something? I can't think of anything off the top of my head, and I've been working in the radiator/fan area within a couple of days.

Is it just flat? A cube? What...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-26-2017, 04:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 699
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Brake Pad Replace Feedback

Just a thought, but if you choose not to do the brakes yourself you do have another option to check wear usually. Most shops will keep old parts if you ask, and often have a check box on the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-26-2017, 04:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By Signmaster
Re: No Reverse or 5th gear on start-up - 99 SL1, 5 spd. mnl.

I've had this happen once after having the center console off for something. I was getting 5th on the way to work, but barely. I went to back into a spot at work and couldn't get 5th or reverse.
...
Forum: S-Series General 12-26-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Thinking of getting a Vue

There was a period where the used Vue's in this area with blown CVT's were all over Craigslist. For a while I thought about buying them just to flip after swapping in a low miles wreck with a good...
Forum: S-Series General 12-26-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 565
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Alternator recommendation

Generally anything that will leave me stranded or without a car I prefer to source locally. That way if I do have any problems I can swap it out quickly. That $20-25 savings gets eaten up quick if...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-27-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 796
Posted By Signmaster
Re: What speed for absolute maximum MPG?

I've never had a car or truck that got max cruise MPG at or near torque peak. Usually the torque peak is very near BSFC, which is essentially best "bang for the buck" of torque vs fuel, and peak...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-06-2017, 05:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 585
Posted By Signmaster
Re: 19999 SW1 temp gauge behaving oddly after radiator replacement

While you are in there anyway, check the line that dumps into the back of the reservoir for a solid flow stream. It can be done with the line on the reservoir, but I've found that taking it off it...
Forum: S-Series General 09-22-2017, 05:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Seems as if this happened a couple of years ago (coolant level light content)

I don't think it's at all uncommon when the coolant level is just a little low. I have experienced the same when I had a nicked drain O-ring on my radiator. If I let the level drop without topping...
Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2017, 08:16 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,091
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Spark plug ceramic tip broken in engine

You can use quite a bit of oil and have the car still run well. As for oil use, a few trips made me realize that most likely much of my oil consumption is from the valve guide seals, not through the...
Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,473
Posted By Signmaster
Re: SL2 Normal Engine Temperature

Actually, original owners have verified for years that the "normal" for the pre-96 cars was more in the 3/8 range due to cooler thermostats from the factory. Though the ones with the higher temps...
Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 556
Posted By Signmaster
Re: S-Series Scrapbook

The first Saturn demo/prototype

http://www.saturnfans.com/images/reunion/1984saturndemonstrationvehicle.jpg

The image was right here on Saturnfans.com, due to the hard work of Charlie.
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