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Forum: S-Series Tech 12-30-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By linuxdude
Definitely save the sun visors

I was surprised when I wanted to replace my SL2 driver side visor, at least in Northern California one can't get a replacement sun visor for love nor money. So I had to jury rig what I had to work...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-10-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 498
Posted By linuxdude
Re: Slipping clutch

I'm no expert, but my instinct would be to crouch down and look under the car at the bottom of the bell housing area, to see if oil (from a failing main seal) is apparent.

I'm thinking, if one can...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-08-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By linuxdude
Another vote for Castrol Transynd

Man, I wish I had the skill and tools to replace my clutch :)

So my thought is, if you're going to that trouble, might as go for excellence in shifting and use at least Mobil 1 synthetic, or...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-24-2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,559
Posted By linuxdude
I would check powersteering reservoir level first..

Assuming it's in the same place as an SL2, I'd take off the cap for the powersteering fluid reservoir, easy to see and get toward the back of the engine. A white plastic fluid reservoir, about the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-18-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By linuxdude
All good now, after replacing ICM, coils, etc.

Right now I have more money than time so I just got from Autozone new spark plugs (copper Autolite), plug wires, coil packs, and even an ICM. The next couple days I really want to be on site for...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-18-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By linuxdude
Re: I have joined the code 301, 341 club :(

Thanks OldNuc - I will admit that when I changed the spark plug wires about 50K ago I also replaced the coil towers, but used Duralast, not OEM (I know, I know..). I would not be surprised if a coil...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-18-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By linuxdude
Re: I have joined the code 301, 341 club :(

Yeah, I definitely need to do that , my conscience has been bugging me on that score. I'm hoping that for now it's more ignition system related but we'll see. Thanks for the feedback!
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-18-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By linuxdude
I have joined the code 301, 341 club :(

From past threads there's good info, but I just wanted to run this by:

- 97 SL2, 208,000 miles, replaced plugs 10K miles ago, spark plug wires about 56K ago
- Today, it started running rough at a...
Forum: S-Series General 05-07-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By linuxdude
Interesting new source: AmazonSupply.com

As part of work was exposed to new wholesale industrial B2B site, AmazonSupply.com.

I have to say it's pretty interesting, sort of like Harbor Freight and then some. Just wanted to pass that...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-06-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By linuxdude
My vote: replace on your terms, for peace of mind

I'm of the school that says, replace parts that are known to fail at some time that is convenient to you. Unless money is super tight, of course.

I recommend picking a calm Saturday or other day...
Forum: S-Series General 02-17-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 864
Posted By linuxdude
Had to share, joke about Lucas ignition switches

A year ago my ignition switch went up in a cloud of acrid smoke - OldNuc mentioned that the Lucas ignition switches on these cars (UK origin) were notorious.

So I had to share this joke I...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-10-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,558
Posted By linuxdude
Old sub zero trick: take battery indoors

On the chance this helps anyone: while in the army, based in Germany 30 years ago, we had a couple super cold winters. What worked well was bringing batteries for light vehicles indoors. It took a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-01-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,489
Posted By linuxdude
Re: alternator and auto parts store paranoia

I preventively replaced my alternator about a year ago, just because I had the time -- like you I have a 97 SL2. I went in from the bottom, and did not need to touch the power steering pump or motor...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-30-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 441
Posted By linuxdude
Re: Not urgent - snapped bolt on dogbone mount bracket...

I think I may just take you up on that - you are a scholar and a gentleman, sir!

Last time I eyeballed the local junkyard, from the outside, there weren't any S-series that I could see. I'll...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-29-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 441
Posted By linuxdude
Sounds good - thanks as always OldNuc :)

I had one of those "what could I have done different" funks about snapping that bolt. Maybe PB Blaster over night would have helped. Oh well.

Pick 'n pull, here I come...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-29-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 441
Posted By linuxdude
Not urgent - snapped bolt on dogbone mount bracket...

I replaced the top motor mount on my 97 SL2 (it had been about 100K ago). The good news is the top mount was a breeze thanks to Richpin's video, and now the car idles a *lot* smoother again. Even...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-02-2013, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 863
Posted By linuxdude
Re: Thermostat and Flush - Advice?

I'm no expert, but when I did mine I replaced the thermostat as part of getting all the old fluid out.
-- whoops, I meant what SL19302 said, sorry
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-23-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,147
Posted By linuxdude
Re: Membership loss rate?

Really good point there Tiger. If I had to get another commuter car, the existence of Saturnfans.com would be a significant factor in my purchasing math.

Offhand I'd say the existence of...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-21-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,147
Posted By linuxdude
Many how-to recipes already written up on the site now

There's probably attrition to be sure among SaturnFans members, but on the other hand, so much good info is posted, the need to create new threads is not as high. For example, I will need to replace...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-24-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,284
Posted By linuxdude
Thanks OldNuc, I owe you bigtime! Can rest easy now.

Man, that makes complete sense now. I was trying to logically narrow it down but nothing quite fit, based on my n00b knowledge. I can't tell you how much of a burden you have taken off my mind :)
...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-24-2013, 10:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,284
Posted By linuxdude
SL2 died while coasting downhill in neutral...now fine

My 97 SL2's OK now, apparently, but I'm baffled by what happened today:

- was driving on a hilly road, had a long gentle downhill, and put my 5 speed in neutral
- Noticed after maybe a minute...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-06-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 1,230
Views: 470,212
Posted By linuxdude
Just passed 200K miles on my 97 SL2 manual :)

Literally within the last hour I passed 200,000, sorry to say I missed the exact flip. Just glanced and saw 200,002. Cool :)

Bought used at 96K, have had clutch and fuel pump replaced by...
Forum: S-Series General 09-05-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By linuxdude
Re: My 97 SL2 worth more now than when I bought it in '06

Exactly! I thought it was just me. I was literally born in the Silicon Valley, work there today, I live and breathe computer technology and devices... but when I look at the "features" of new cars,...
Forum: S-Series General 09-03-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By linuxdude
My 97 SL2 worth more now than when I bought it in '06

Man, this is just weird but in a good way:

I paid $2000 for my 97 SL2 in 2006 in the SF Bay Area. Figured it would last for a couple years, didn't realize then how reliable and repairable it...
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-26-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By linuxdude
Batteries can go bad fast at end of life

In my experience, after a battery is 4 years old or more, when it goes bad it can go bad fast. This I've found true of all cars, not just Saturns.

So the scenario where there's a little bit of...
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