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Forum: S-Series Tech 03-11-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 396
Posted By wrchism
Re: Good Set-up For A Roof Rack

Another thumbs up on the Yakima rack . . I have one on my SC2. I don't think Thule makes a setup for the S-series Saturns anymore. And, round bars work better anyway because the towers end up at...
Forum: S-Series General 06-19-2009, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,036
Posted By wrchism
Center console options - '02 SC2

Just added a Saturn to the driveway . . an '02 SC2 now joins my '94 SL1. Nice car . . one gripe . . .

At the back of the console is a tall box with a lid / armrest on top. Seems like a good...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-21-2009, 03:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,792
Posted By wrchism
Go soak your... fuel injector...

That was the solution to my 1994 SL1's poor performance while cold. It did a little bit of everything - stalling, fast idle, running really rich - all while cold. Once it went warmed up and went...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-21-2009, 02:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,162
Posted By wrchism
Re: EGR or solenoid?

I ran my '94 SL1 for years with a golf tee in the EGR hose . . . passed Colorado emissions tests with no problems. With no EGR . . combustion temps will be hotter, it will produce more NOX...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-14-2007, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,452
Posted By wrchism
Re: Hoping for more help... Stalling, Codes, Replaced MAP Sensor, Cleaned EGR.

1996 . . . is that still the vacuum EGR? If so, pull the hose and plug it (a golf tee works well). See if the problem goes away.

What you are experiencing sounds like what I had on my '94 -...
Forum: S-Series General 02-22-2007, 08:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 582
Posted By wrchism
Re: So I'm back in the Saturn game...

IMO, it's OK to run without the EGR - it'll just put out a bit more NOX than it should due to increased combustion temperatures. I ran my '94 for several years with no EGR (pulled and plugged the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-20-2007, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,216
Posted By wrchism
Re: 95 sl2 bad idle for dumb blonde

Lots of possibilities . . . is the SES light on . . . do the codes point you in any direction?

But, here's a possiblility (assuming that your '95 has a vacuum EGR like my '94) . . . a bad EGR will...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-07-2007, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 946
Posted By wrchism
Re: Herky Jerky SL1

Is the '95 still a vacuum EGR? If so just pull the hose off of the EGR and plug it until you get around to swapping it out. I ran my '94 for years with a plugged hose (effectively no EGR) - it even...
Forum: S-Series General 11-08-2006, 07:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,893
Posted By wrchism
Re: Newbie - 1st Saturn SL2, 1994

eBay can fix you up on this one. Pull the AM, get familiar with the mounting points and electrical connectors and search eBay. Lots of Delco AM/FM/CD radios listed - plug and play. I upgraded mine...
Forum: S-Series General 11-08-2006, 07:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,222
Posted By wrchism
Re: Daily car wash, any harm to wax?

Here's my two cents worth if bugs (bird crap too) are your concern. Use REJEX! (

It live up to its reputation. It's easy to use, goes a long way, is as good...
Forum: S-Series General 05-25-2006, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By wrchism
Re: I think my Saturn hates me or is messing with my head

If it's running well - i.e. good accelleration, no knocking, no hesitation, good cold and warm performance, no smoke, etc. - you probably don't need to be in a hurry about fixing it. But, you could...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-12-2006, 02:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,275
Posted By wrchism
Re: Please answer quickley!

Years ago, my EGR valve was causing drivability problems so I pulled the hose and plugged it . . . and it's still that way. No problems - it even passes Colorado emissions tests (no NOX tests here)....
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-09-2006, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 914
Posted By wrchism
Re: EGR?? Codes??

MAP = Manifold Absolute Pressure

Measures the difference in pressure between the intake manifold and atmosphere - is one input the ECU (computer) uses to set fuel flow, especially before the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-01-2006, 01:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,607
Posted By wrchism
Is your Saturn picky about brand of fuel?

My Saturn's a 94 SL1 - 100k miles. As long as I can remember - when the weather turns cool in the fall, I've had what I thought to be an intermittant problem with the engine running rough until it...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-16-2005, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,978
Posted By wrchism
Re: 92 saturn trouble codes

The EGR valve is another possibility. If it's like my '94, it's a Negative Backpressure EGR Valve - which has internal passages that can clog and not be cleaned easily. The first test is to pull...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-15-2005, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,375
Posted By wrchism
Cool weather blues - erratic / fast idle, running rich

My '94 SL1 ran great all summer, but with recent cooler mornings, it is not doing well until it warms up.

It starts instantly - no problems there, but about 2-3 seconds after startup, the idle...
Forum: S-Series General 04-12-2005, 11:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,133
Posted By wrchism
Re: Won't stop beeping...

I just dealt with this on my '94 SL1!

A couple of earlier responses referred to the ignition cylinder sticking. This is one possibility, but if this is the problem, tapping on the cylinder will...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-24-2005, 12:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,140
Posted By wrchism
'94-SL1 - ignition key in switch chime - ignition switch bezel question

The chime that lets you know when you've left the key in the switch has saved me from locking the keys in the car many times . . . but now that switch is stuck on . . . i.e. the chime continues to...
Forum: Miscellaneous Tech 12-21-2004, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,331
Posted By wrchism
Re: need help with cross threaded bolts

Bolts messed up . . . get new bolts. Threads in spoiler messed up . . . get a tap (probably the 'file looking thing' you mentioned) to clean up the internal threads. At least you didn't break off a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-16-2004, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,193
Posted By wrchism
Dealer had one of these on ours when we bought it...

Dealer had one of these on ours when we bought it - wired into the clutch interlock on a manual (neutral start switch on an auto). More trouble than it was worth ... long since removed.
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-03-2004, 06:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 997
Posted By wrchism
If the fuse is OK, unplug the fan and check for...

If the fuse is OK, unplug the fan and check for power at the connector - if OK probably bad fan motor. If not OK, I think there's also a relay involved - may be the problem. There may be another...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-22-2003, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By wrchism
#2 - possibly EGR problems - hmmmm - 1997 - OBDII...

#2 - possibly EGR problems - hmmmm - 1997 - OBDII - don't know the exact configuration here. On my 1994, I pulled and plugged the EGR vacuum line to diagnose - erratic idle went away.
Forum: Ion General 11-13-2003, 05:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,819
Posted By wrchism
I agree . . . start with the power / torque...

I agree . . . start with the power / torque curves and pick shift points and gear ratios . . . you may well not need 6 speeds. Too closely spaced ratios miss part of the power band and you just...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-30-2003, 07:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,310
Posted By wrchism
I see both sides here - sure quick service is...

I see both sides here - sure quick service is better, but many problems aren't serious. My experience says that serious problems will exhibit themselves as drivability problems as well. For...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-30-2003, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By wrchism
Tough question . . . with 1-5 miles per week, the...

Tough question . . . with 1-5 miles per week, the car never gets warmed up well, and under such circumstances you can get some nasty contaminants in oil that would boil off if you run it a bit...
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