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Forum: S-Series Tech 04-19-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By Signmaster
Re: 5 speed transmission questions

I think this might have been an emissions thing, either specific to year and/or specific emissions calibration.

My '95 SL1 drops revs just as soon as you get off the gas, regardless of overall...
Forum: S-Series General 03-25-2020, 07:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 885
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Quick update on the car & wondering how everyone's doing?

My '95 was accident free until last year. But then in a matter of 6 months time, within 1/4 mile of work, I got hit twice. Once on the passenger door, bad enough to have the entire door replaced,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-21-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 596
Posted By Signmaster
Re: 02 sl1 sohc overheating

It might be worth noting the type it is to avoid it in the future. :D
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-15-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 384
Views: 19,570
Posted By Signmaster
Re: 1996SL11.9L's 2002 SL1

It's amazing how much these little S Series cars can spoil a person with regards to MPG. I actually drive a short enough commute that using the SUV vs the Saturn would only really cost me $350-400...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-15-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 596
Posted By Signmaster
Re: 02 sl1 sohc overheating

Make sure the small line from the head to the coolant reservoir is clear and flowing. You can do it with the cap off, but it's almost as quick to just remove it (with the car cool) then put it in...
Forum: S-Series General 03-07-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,086
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Control Arms Replacement - Tips & Tricks wanted

I was lucky on the bolts and they came out without issue.

As for the actual method used to move the sway bar ends, I ended up using a big pipe myself. The strap method was a PITA to get the...
Forum: S-Series General 02-22-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 553
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Here's a mysterious trouble...

Though I agree that your gauge reading seems low for a '95, I doubt it is anything to do with your starting problem. It might be worth looking into the gauge reading vs actual temp, but maybe you...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-04-2020, 06:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 463
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Back Up Light Switch - manual transmission

Well, that switch was short lived! Checked it out after noticing a strange flash from the back. The same symptom shows on a meter as well, temporary contact then resistance ramps up quickly.

Of...
Forum: Community Center 02-04-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
Posted By Signmaster
Re: SPAM Contingency Plan Thread

Thanks for keeping the place going Charlie. I know that it must be a pain at times, especially with the ever increasing levels of spam attacks.

I'm not sure if you noticed it in other threads,...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 01-11-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Saturn Homecomings and a possible article?

Jodie,

I'm going to cross post a link into the S Series forums. There are a lot of passionate owners there, since the S Series was the first and only "true" unique Saturn. I know over the years...
Forum: S-Series General 01-05-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 61,055
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Whats your MPG?

Well I finally caught up with the stack of receipts from 2018 :eek:

Low tank of just above 30 MPG in early January. We had single digit temps, and a few days of snow, which around here means no...
Forum: S-Series General 01-02-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By Signmaster
Re: What should I ask?

Hard to say really, since prices in most areas are driven by the market and your patience factor. These days $1000 for a car that works is still low enough to be a "disposable" car, as in one that a...
Forum: S-Series General 12-15-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,404
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Spam on the tech thread

The general discussion is now into the 90 pages of spam from that bot.


I hope Charlie is ok and just busy, he's done a lot of work over the years to keep this site going for us.
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-07-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Turn signal bulb not working.

I had a dead side marker and went through the same.

Check the ground that is on the front passenger side. On my SL1 it's clearly visible from above, but you might have to look a bit harder with...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-01-2019, 12:07 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,680
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Fail safe thermostat?

That is some serious price gouging! I don't know if it would fit anything other than the S Series car, but maybe GM used them in something else as well.

And cold is not good with a bad...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-30-2019, 11:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,680
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Fail safe thermostat?

I could give you a list of subjects on the forum that will be the same. Most often due to repeated misinformation. :yes:

We had a forum member from NGK that explained the various plug brands...
Forum: S-Series General 11-30-2019, 11:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,943
Posted By Signmaster
Re: STANT 14279 theromostat problem

The push type pins have usually come out for me. Just pry the center stub out with either a small screwdriver or wire cutter pliers, then the outer section comes right out. IIRC the splash shield...
Forum: S-Series General 11-16-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,992
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Well darn, my '99 SL2 laps oil like a BMW

The Chemtool really does clean well. It got a lot more crap off my pistons on the top end soak than I thought even existed. It could have been also getting some carbon off the tops of the ring set,...
Forum: S-Series General 11-10-2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 61,055
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Whats your MPG?

Last tank was just shy of 33 MPG. KInda dismal for the SL1, but hit quite a bit of traffic snarl on my short commute a couple of those days.

I've got a stack of fuel receipts in the car that I...
Forum: S-Series General 11-10-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,544
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Straight Up Bragging Rights

Just one.

But we've owned it since it was new, and we were "Saturn Launched" from the dealers showroom.
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-03-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Engine air filter proper orientation on housing/box

First photo is correct.

Would the top piece even go on the other direction?
Forum: S-Series General 10-27-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 716
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Mystery coolant leak

If it's intermittent, it could be a heat soak thing, or only happening when your temp rises up near fan on conditions or something.


I had one recently that took some digging to find. The...
Forum: S-Series General 10-24-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,412
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Extinct Car Day at Larz Anderson Museum 2019

Glad to see that the event had more people representing the brand this year! Sounds like a good time.


I had forgotten all about Dummo's SW2 until I saw the photos. Well played on taking that...
Forum: S-Series General 10-18-2019, 06:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 325
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Pictures of my 1999 Homecoming Edition..

Looks great, very well preserved.



A few years back I saw a '99 Homecoming advertised at a local dealer. The price vs mileage wasn't bad so I stopped by for a look.

It was horrid. The...
Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6,552
Views: 2,315,640
Posted By Signmaster
Re: What did you do to your S-Series today...

In the end it will be worth it. Prep work is everything with vinyl, since you can't polish it out after the fact. It looks like the people doing it have their act together.
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