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Old 07-02-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default TPS or Operator idiocy?

I am trying to fix my 96 SC1, but am not liking my Haynes manual much right now. My service light came on about two weeks ago, followed by blowing fuses for my cruise control. The car ran the same, but a week later, my SES light came on for only two or three days.
After reading a few threads here, I think it may be my TPS, as my gas pedal has been known to intermittently "stick" when trying to accelerate from a stop. Also, this happened about two weeks after I started taking a route to work that involves about ten miles a day on gravel roads. ( yeah, I live in a farming area.) Other consideration is that I drove the car here to Washington state from Kentucky about a month ago, and it had no problems with any of that.
My car is 5speed 1.9L SOHC with about 182,000. I changed the plugs, wires, thermostat, flushed cooling system, changed the oil and filter.
I want to test my TPS, but really need a visual for this. I have the specs in my Haynes manual, but no clue otherwise. ( yes, I have a multimeter, too!)

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: TPS or Operator idiocy?

After the SES light came on, did you get the codes read? If not, do so & report what they are here, even if the light is not on now, the codes are probably still there, without this info, any suggestion is a guess.

Also, replace the ECTS, use the search feature of these forums to look it up.

make sure you did not install platinum plugs as well, they do not work well in these engines...

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: TPS or Operator idiocy?

1) did you bother to get the service wrench and the SES codes read? If not, go to a Saturn or GM $tealer or a car-x or something (yeah yeah I know, AutoZone reads codes for free, but AZ reads SES codes, and the OP has service wrench and SES on, so fwiw it'd be best to goto a $tealer)

2) I'd be looking out for a cracked head in the sohc engines

3) ECTS, did you replace it?

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Old 07-02-2009, 04:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: TPS or Operator idiocy?

Your sticky gas pedal is most likely caused by carbon build-up inside your throttle body. It's easy to clean out, and there's a how-to here:

http://saturnseries.net/DIY%20Guides...gh%20clean.htm

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Old 07-02-2009, 04:38 PM   #5
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I am trying to fix my 96 SC1, but am not liking my Haynes manual much right now. My service light came on about two weeks ago, followed by blowing fuses for my cruise control. The car ran the same, but a week later, my SES light came on for only two or three days.
get the code read.

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Old 07-03-2009, 12:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info, everyone. Once I got the throttle body off, I was suprised that the butterfly even moved at all with all the buildup inside. The IAT valve was not much better. I cannot tell you if cleaning this stuff up has solved the issues... having a hard time finding a throttle body gasket locally.
Before I took it apart, I did go to Autozone and had it checked for codes. Apparently, they cannot pull codes from a dead port. ( I removed the knee guard last week, must have made a boo boo putting it back together.)

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Here's a partial wiring diagram. It looks like only three connections to the OBD II connector. There may be more, 12v power and this may be fused so it may help to check all the fuses for the blown one.
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