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Forum: S-Series Tech 03-28-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By dbetz
Re: SW2 won't start. Need help.

Well, apparently I tripped the anti-theft. My son tried opening the door with the wrong key. All the years that I've had the car, I have never come across this! *sigh* at least it got figured out!
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Forum: S-Series Tech 03-28-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By dbetz
Re: SW2 won't start. Need help.

Oh and I'll add that the uhjb fuses seem fine and the problem exists in neutral
As well as park.
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-28-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By dbetz
SW2 won't start. Need help.

Working off my phone so please bear with me.

1999 sw2, auto, 180k miles

Won't start. Turn key, radio/lights cuts out, idiot lights stay on, no click no crank.

New battery, cables aren't...
Forum: S-Series General 03-14-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,834
Posted By dbetz
Re: Advice on finding a quality used Saturn?

If by "Saturn," you mean the S-series....

Ask them how much oil it burns. Be cautious if they don't know or claim none. While *some* S-series don't burn oil, the vast majority do. So someone who...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-19-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 832
Posted By dbetz
Re: 2001 sl2 wtf?

I agree with the alternator being dead. I had the exact same experiences with two different vehicles when the alternators died. It is like the computer starts sacrificing systems in order to keep the...
Forum: S-Series General 02-19-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,827
Posted By dbetz
Re: Automatic Transmission Ran Without Fluid

I would say fill er up and see what happens. A couple of years ago (before I found this site), I got sideswiped by a speed racer power sliding through the curves on our dirt road. Hit the left front...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-18-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,647
Posted By dbetz
Re: Put it in reverse, the car goes forward...

How is the condition of the fluid? How recently has it been replaced?

My thoughts may be out of line, but it was referenced in the dead post that the car runs fine when cold, but not when warmed...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-05-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,810
Posted By dbetz
Re: cruise control not working

Is it possible the brake switch needs adjusting? Or maybe partly faulty?

My '99 had a brake switch that needed adjusting. The brakes would go out when the pedal was released, but the second switch...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-05-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 954
Posted By dbetz
Re: poor gas mileage

You also might want to consider some of the normal preventive maintenance items that may or may not have been done by the previous owner. They aren't terribly expensive, and should be done anyway. I...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-04-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,131
Posted By dbetz
Re: 2001 SL1 Coolant Leak AGAIN!

Look at the water pump as well. IIRC, sometimes the components are all bad (thermostat, pump, and radiator), but one is worse than the others and is where the pressure vents itself. Usually someone...
Forum: S-Series General 01-31-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,693
Posted By dbetz
Re: Top Motor Mount

Well, OldNuc is to blame for my success in knowing part numbers. However he does it, he has them! I just keep a "diary" of stuff I find out here as a quick reference. Often, just ask on the forums,...
Forum: S-Series General 01-30-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,693
Posted By dbetz
Re: Top Motor Mount

GMpartsGiant.com

P/N 21012185 $62.92

Probably plus shipping.
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-30-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By dbetz
Re: Winter tires for next year?

Got Blizzak WS60s last year for the SL. Amazing difference in road handling ability on snow and ice. Very sticky in the winter. I got an extra set of steelies from the pick-n-pull to mount them on so...
Forum: S-Series General 01-14-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By dbetz
Re: Thanks for all the fish

Good Luck! And while you no longer need the quart of oil, don't forget your towel!
Forum: S-Series General 01-14-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Posted By dbetz
Re: My rear end needs a boost

As a temp fix, you can also slide some stout cardboard between the wires and the foam. You may not get the full effect from Dave 2933's option, but you don't have to take the seat out, either. Works...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-03-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 294
Posted By dbetz
Re: are the 98 cluster bulbs the same as 02

All are the same but the odometer

Gen 3:
21019273 - Frosted Odometer Bulb (qty 1)
21019274 - Illumination and idiot (qty 10 - blue base)

The quantities are if you want to replace all of the...
Forum: S-Series General 12-31-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,021
Posted By dbetz
Re: Well, i dont know how you guys are getting 30+mpg...

Yes, but you have a SOHC. Mine is a DOHC, as is the OP's car.

My wife's car (2000 SL) can get a solid 40+ even with my wife behind the wheel...

"Theoretically" speaking (from feedback from the...
Forum: S-Series General 12-30-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,021
Posted By dbetz
Re: Well, i dont know how you guys are getting 30+mpg...

You should definitely be getting better mileage than 14/22 but there are a lot of factors working against you currently.

First off is driving habits. "Going slow" is an arbitrary assessment. But...
Forum: S-Series General 12-19-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 487
Posted By dbetz
Gen 2 Armrests on CL

Just stumbled on this one, and I thought many might be interested:

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/pts/4235242201.html

Brand new Ebony (Black) Center Console armrest units for any '95 to '99...
Forum: S-Series General 12-13-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 890
Posted By dbetz
Re: Saturn in Batman Begins

There is an SL2 (gen 3 I think) in the movie Knight and Day. Just after the car chase scene where Tom Cruise shoots Rodney, at the top of the parking garage.
Forum: S-Series General 09-27-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,859
Posted By dbetz
Re: The results are in!!

For my two cents, I have a problem with the "little" amount of driving done in each sample. (Thank you, though, Lightfoot2002 for doing the run - very interesting results).

100 miles isn't a short...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-11-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,929
Posted By dbetz
Re: Odometer not working...

The odometer is digital, and very likely the bulb blew. The odometer is working, just not lighting up. Shine a light on the area, and you should see some ghosting from the LCD screen.

It is a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-05-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,308
Posted By dbetz
Re: MPG dropped about 10 to 15% suddenly

Have you recently changed where you got your gas? Fuel quality will impact MPG that much. I notice 10-15% better mileage by not using cheap gas. Ethanol blends drop MPG in about that range.

Of...
Forum: S-Series General 07-15-2013, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,158
Posted By dbetz
Re: 2000 SL2 and Beyond Differences

Local pick-n-pull's that I like are LKQ in Wayland and in Holland, and Weller on Chicago drive. Weller has a used parts section right next to the p-n-p that I have used once or twice before and have...
Forum: S-Series General 07-11-2013, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,108
Posted By dbetz
Re: high idle even after replacing common causes

Well, for the Gen-3 SOHC intake gasket leak, you spray carb cleaner where the manifold attaches to the head.

It sounds to me (not that I am a 'spert, just a follower) like it might be a vacuum...
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