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Forum: Ion Mods 04-08-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 05 ion 2.2 need aftermarket exhaust manifold.

Are you looking for a direct replacement of the OE manifold, or a header design? Rockauto shows a bunch of OE types.
Forum: L-Series Tech 03-25-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Suspension Noise?

I had the same experience with Rockauto for Ion fronts.
I ordered Monroe struts, one was a nice looking Monroe made in Tennessee and the other a not very nice from China, in identical boxes. I...
Forum: Ion General 03-25-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2003 Saturn Ion....No Fresh Air

I believe there's a flapper door that switches between recirc and outside.

I've done troubleshooting on this problem in my old S10 pickup that used vacuum actuators, but I think the Ion uses an...
Forum: Ion General 03-25-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 124
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2005 Saturn Ion parking brake

You'll need to get under there and take a good look. You may need to pull the rear drums to inspect the attachment to the shoes.

Here's a YT on the rear drum parts...
Forum: Ion Tech 03-19-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2006 saturn ion automatic transmission

When you get a single cylinder code, it's good to just move existing parts from one cylinder to another to see if the problem follows the location change. That way you aren't buying stuff you might...
Forum: L-Series Tech 03-17-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Suspension Noise?

The L is a different config from the Ion, but on my Ion both rear springs were broken in the bottom coil close to the end of the spring. Since it's in a "pocket" you have to look closely.
Forum: Ion Tech 03-16-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2004 Saturn Ion 2.2 constant p0442 code

The smoke test is pretty much the "gold standard" for diagnosis on these.
You've changed almost all the (expensive) hard parts...how about the rubber lines themselves?
Forum: Ion General 03-13-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 03 ion swirves like crazy

Found a vid on changing these (hard case...rusty car)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0VDc7herrk
Forum: Ion General 03-12-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 03 ion swirves like crazy

Consider taking it to a trustworthy shop that can put it up on the alignment rack and do a good alignment check/correction.
Forum: Ion Tech 02-27-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Engine swap

You should post this in the S series section, this is the Ion section which uses a different engine.
Forum: S-Series General 02-22-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Is my Saturn done?

If you walked away unhurt, it did its job well.
I'd be looking for another one, most likely.
I had rear damage like that on my 97 after getting tagged by a semi and spinning into the center cable...
Forum: L-Series Tech 02-22-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 308
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: '03 L200 tranni surge issue...

The automatic transmission designs from the S series and the L series don't have much in common.
Forum: Ion General 02-21-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2005 trans

Over its model life the Ion used the ill-fated GM CVT, a capable Aisin 5-speed, and the GM 4T40/45 which was also a solid unit produced in the millions so it will be supported in the aftermarket for...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-20-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: L200 vs Ion, Which is better?

Since the Ion has a lot of common parts with the Cobalt (GM Delta platform) it might have better availability of some replacement stuff down the road. But the Ecotec engine and 4T40/5 trans was...
Forum: Vue General 02-20-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,375
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Pot Hole can actually ruin a Saturn Vue Engine. Who knew?

I think this was a water submersion issue accentuated by the added depth of a pothole.
We used to do water-fording tests (4 feet depth) on military trucks and while the engines were fine sometimes...
Forum: Ion General 02-19-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Lost a part while driving!!

Since both your sensors are intact, I'd guess this is a replacement exhaust part with additional bung for multiple model years? And the plug fell out.

The thread size is metric straight thread,...
Forum: Vue General 02-18-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,375
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Pot Hole can actually ruin a Saturn Vue Engine. Who knew?

I'm going to speculate that because of bent valves due to the timing belt failure, only two cylinders had good compression. Just a guess. I know the Honda 3.5 is an interference engine.
Forum: Vue Mods 02-14-2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 282
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: The College Car Build

An LS4/4T65 swap would be pretty impressive.
And I imagine they are pretty cheap from salvage because the block is different than the RWD version.
I'd be tempted to go with FWD only to limit...
Forum: L-Series Tech 02-13-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 387
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Windshield leak

FWIW windshields are held in with urethane (stronger bond) not silicone.

Before I spent the bucks on a new windshield that's probably 20% of the car value, I'd lay on 6 bucks worth of sealer.
...
Forum: Ion Tech 02-12-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Steering wheel vibration when braking

Obviously this should not be happening. So give the better grade parts a try. A Akebono is a Japanese brand, part of the Toyota keiretsu (business network), their pads are made in Kentucky and I've...
Forum: Aura General 02-10-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Saturn aura won't move in gear

Cracked oil feed tube?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE6cnIarrnQ
Forum: Ion Tech 02-10-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Steering wheel vibration when braking

This is an interesting case. There are a lot of dubious cast iron parts coming from China...can this be a factor? Hard to tell. Are you trying different brands of rotors and pads each time?

I...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-08-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 331
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Cylinder Sleeves

Given the cost of sleeves and installation, it might well be more cost effective to find a good used block, or entire engine for that matter.
Forum: Ion General 02-06-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Occasional left-front knock sound

Best to get it up on a lift where you and/or a tech can take a close look.

The 07 Ion I purchased last year had a random problem like this and it turned out to be the brake pads. Whenever the...
Forum: S-Series General 02-04-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,581
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: S series are getting harder and harder to find

Nice looking car. No small car being sold today is half as attractive in my view. If they were making them new, I'd buy one again. An S-series with a ~200hp turbo and a six speed trans would be...
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