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Old 01-24-2009, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hi-

I am new here, but have been lurking and learning for some months. My reason for joining this site is so I could network and learn from this great knowledge base.

Summary of my Saturn: 1992 SL1 1.9L SOHC TBI 5 speed, 280,000 miles, second owner, 70 mile per day & 5 days per week commuter.

I have had her 2 years and have done the following work myself:
1) changed water pump (terrible sound, pretty easy to fix)
2) changed the alternator (pulled through bottom of chasis- not much fun)
3) changed the fuel pump with car on jack stands (not fun)
4) replaced wheel bearings (pressed by others) and replaced brake pads while I was there.

In short, I enjoy working on this car, she's simple and straightforward. I am an average Joe backyard mechanic. She gets 37 miles per gallon freeway commuting. While hypermiling she can get up to 43 miles per gallon (couldn't do any better) averaged over 5,000 miles. Is this mileage typical for MFI DOHC saturns too?

My plans are to replace the struts (should have done these with the bearings...).
I also have the popular fan temperature sensor malfunction/curse that I want to fix.
I hate electrical problems, but my windshield wipers occasionally stay on and this needs fixing. Looks pretty stupid to drive down the road on a cloudless day with the windshield wipers on.
I like a challenge, so I am planning to do an in place rebuild/re-ring. Seems others here have done this successfully. Any precautions or warnings?

If I could add, I have the following notes:
1) Saturn owners should carry oil in the trunk, just my opinion.
2) Saturns don't seem to draft behind diesels, not sure why.
3) Learn how to safely Hypermile.
4) When changing the fuel pump, make sure to drain all the gas first
5) When removing tie rods, learn the two hammer method - the heck with the pickle fork.

Thanks Andy

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:20 AM   #2
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Welcome! You will find many helpful Saturn owners here. Sounds like you ahve alot of work cut out for you, great car though. Our base '96 SL got over 350K miles.

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:39 AM   #3
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Welcome Andy. You may want to post your location in your profile to make some local contacts.

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Old 01-25-2009, 12:35 PM   #4
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:17 PM   #5
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Hi-

I am new here, but have been lurking and learning for some months. My reason for joining this site is so I could network and learn from this great knowledge base.

Summary of my Saturn: 1992 SL1 1.9L SOHC TBI 5 speed, 280,000 miles, second owner, 70 mile per day & 5 days per week commuter.

I have had her 2 years and have done the following work myself:
1) changed water pump (terrible sound, pretty easy to fix)
2) changed the alternator (pulled through bottom of chasis- not much fun)
3) changed the fuel pump with car on jack stands (not fun)
4) replaced wheel bearings (pressed by others) and replaced brake pads while I was there.

In short, I enjoy working on this car, she's simple and straightforward. I am an average Joe backyard mechanic. She gets 37 miles per gallon freeway commuting. While hypermiling she can get up to 43 miles per gallon (couldn't do any better) averaged over 5,000 miles. Is this mileage typical for MFI DOHC saturns too?

My plans are to replace the struts (should have done these with the bearings...).
I also have the popular fan temperature sensor malfunction/curse that I want to fix.
I hate electrical problems, but my windshield wipers occasionally stay on and this needs fixing. Looks pretty stupid to drive down the road on a cloudless day with the windshield wipers on.
I like a challenge, so I am planning to do an in place rebuild/re-ring. Seems others here have done this successfully. Any precautions or warnings?

If I could add, I have the following notes:
1) Saturn owners should carry oil in the trunk, just my opinion.
2) Saturns don't seem to draft behind diesels, not sure why.
3) Learn how to safely Hypermile.
4) When changing the fuel pump, make sure to drain all the gas first
5) When removing tie rods, learn the two hammer method - the heck with the pickle fork.

Thanks Andy
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