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Forum: S-Series Tech 05-19-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 376
Posted By TomM96
Re: Idle problems!


Monitor your engine Oil level Very Closely..... Maintain at the Upper Fill line on dipstick. Use "Full Synthetic" oil only.

If your has auto trans, shift/drive carefully, renew...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-19-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By TomM96
Re: 2002 Saturn SL Spring special Fuel issues?

ckp diagnosis was by BillR...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-19-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 626
Posted By TomM96
Re: Wheel bearing replacement turned into something much more!

I bought new bearings for my '97 at 165kMi.

Just blew engine and abandoned car at 229kMi -- bearings were still fine!

Recently read some advice by a bearing mfgr:
Adhere to OEM specifications...
Forum: S-Series General 05-19-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 577
Posted By TomM96
Re: Engine knocking sound

Looking in (eastern Canada) there are a few DOHC engines,
2000-2002 with <160kMi , for <$600.
Forum: S-Series General 05-19-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By TomM96
Re: 99 Saturn SL1 Oil in coolant

I was advised by local Saturn dealer (about 2000), that the SOHC engines were
not good -- they tended to develop cracks in the head.

OldNuc has researched & discovered that the problem was not...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-06-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By TomM96
Re: Does activating the ABS really help get air out?

Both Chevy Truck ('95) and Sat 'S' ('97) manuals state requirement for Dealer Tech scanner to cycle ABS for proper bleed.

On my truck i pumped brake fluid up from the wheel-cylinders/calipers into...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-06-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By TomM96
new listing: new ECTS connector

So, Rock Auto is listing a New connector for the "ECTS" (in Head for engine temps; also used in air-cleaner intake, and TAAT) provided by Airtex/Wells.
Unlike some electrical connector/pigtails,...
Forum: S-Series General 04-27-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,093
Posted By TomM96
Re: The 98 SW2 is Totaled

I think the cradle is junk... , and i never had a fail from the rear liftgate wiper, but the rear liftgate Window Glass is becoming scarce...
Forum: S-Series General 04-27-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 300
Posted By TomM96
Re: Longer transmission filter...?

If there's a cooling issue, a trans cooler may help. The OEM & cheap replacement radiators don't cool much.

If a Debris issue, the ring magnet helps-- My ('97SW)car with 150kMi, had never had...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-27-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Posted By TomM96
Re: What Saturn model gets the best MPG?

> any SOHC in good repair is capable of 45mpg given mostly flat roads and speed around 60mph.


Others report that adjusting the fuel rate (need equipment) on a good engine in maintained...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-27-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 860
Posted By TomM96
Re: 2000 SL2 Crank, No Start. Already did "All the things"


Nice problem ... sorry for that!

Fdryer- " The idle air control valve may be sticking "

SaturnNight- Evap issue (or maybe leaking at InMan)

I would have labeled thread, 'starts,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-27-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By TomM96
Re: Car won't start - repeating clicking noises but engine won't crank

Thank YOU emcginnis --

That is the first i've heard of that problem.

Madpogue has mentioned that Any issue with RKE can mess with starting.

On my '97 the chronic (weak) starting issues...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-04-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 567
Posted By TomM96
Re: Brake Job- Rotors/Pads/Caliper Pins- All Good, but a Rant

I actually experienced the same 'sticker shock', during the mid/late 1980s--
I forget whether on VW or Chevy.

In fairness, they're quality alloy, with resistant plating.
I Make Sure the lube is...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-03-2018, 11:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,060
Posted By TomM96
Re: brake backing plates unobtanium

I think the justification for the $70- price, was the labor to remove the drums, then (i guess) unbolt wheel-cylinder & stub-axle... finally grab the backing plates. I think the entire rear axles can...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-03-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By TomM96
Re: Strange Squeak from Clutch

>residual chirps are still heard!

When i jogged by a sump/lake/swamp just after sunset last Saturday, the 'peepers' were making that noise...

The air-cooled VWs would sometimes develop a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-03-2018, 11:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 567
Posted By TomM96
Re: Brake Job- Rotors/Pads/Caliper Pins- All Good, but a Rant

>> place of manufacture.

Also, place of purchase !
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-02-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By TomM96
Re: Quick Q - Strut upgrade

> beefier springs

Generally involve/imply Lowering the car... and Sat is low all ready.
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-30-2018, 10:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By TomM96
Re: Correctly mounting an SL1 blower motor

Is the size of the plastic rotating element of each blower-motor assembly the Same?
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-30-2018, 09:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By TomM96
Re: Where is the brake fluid leaking?

A common leak location in 'seasoned' vehicles (where the MasterCylinder has Not been renewed) , is the Seal on the rear end of the MC.

Often the seal leaks, fluid creeps aft along the MC's...
Forum: S-Series General 03-30-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 664
Posted By TomM96
Re: 99 SL2 Cali Emissions Garbage

Now i understand the skepticism concerning some of the emissions regs--

__that is a Very Expensive solution for a short-term problem !
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I've been impressed how pleasant is the...
Forum: S-Series General 03-30-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
Posted By TomM96
Re: 1997 sl-2

maybe rust flakes energized by belt rub??
dry belting acting like Van DeGraf generator?

DEFINITELY need investigate further....
Forum: S-Series General 03-30-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By TomM96
Re: Trying to source a camshaft for an SC1...


The SOHC heads were once thought inferior.
It is now known that the Head Torque Sequence was updated(1999TSB); it is critical to use the new/updated torque sequence.
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Forum: S-Series General 03-30-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By TomM96
Re: Saturn starter and alternator replacement issue

Note that the fusible link wire:

(1) connects battery to alternator, for field/feed and charge/output

(2) can 'fail', ie, the fusible link can fail, disabling the alternator, until the fusible...
Forum: S-Series General 03-30-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By TomM96
Re: Congratulations, Highmile!

Way to Go , Highmile !

We all need to get our money's worth from these things...
Forum: S-Series General 03-30-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By TomM96
Re: Stripped the bolts on the seat

Most common fastening sizes on S series:

M6X1.0 .................... about 1/4", 1.0mm pitch

M8X1.25 ................. about 5/16",1.25mm pitch

M10X1.5 ................. about 3/8",...
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