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Old 03-18-2011, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I've posted about this before. I have a 95 SC2 that hasn't been starting since early February. I tried fixing it for a couple weeks, but then one of my relatives loaned me a car for a while. Now that car's toast, so fixing my Saturn is my only option!

Here's what happened:
I left it outside overnight on one of those below zero nights we had here in Colorado in Feb., and whether or not that has anything to do with my problem is still something I haven't figured out. I went outside to try and start it and it turned over, but never fired. So I got it towed home. I checked the ECTS, and It has a flat brass tip, which leads me to believe it is not the stock one, which I've heard causes this problem. I might just replace that and the other similar sensor that's right above it just for the heck of it. But I've been looking into it further, and I don't know what else it can be. I tried starting it with the accelerator all the way down, which turns of the fuel injectors, and it actually started for the first time in forever. BUT, I had to keep it at about 3000 rpm or else it would stall after that. So I'm guessing it's just getting too much gas. I've got 4 new fuel injectors on their way. If there's anything else you think it could be, I'd appreciate your input. Thanks!

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Old 03-18-2011, 04:49 AM   #2
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What condition are the spark plugs in? Are the ignition parts, ignition module and coils clean and free of corrosion? Plug wires?

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:48 AM   #3
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my iac valve was acting up and i guess plugged the port and i had to start the car the way you did.i changed it and the car started like before and the problem went away.good luck to you

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Old 03-18-2011, 02:44 PM   #4
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my iac valve was acting up and i guess plugged the port and i had to start the car the way you did.i changed it and the car started like before and the problem went away.good luck to you
This ^ ^ ^

A quick way to check if that's what it is:

Remove the sensor (it's on the throttle body), then try to start the car. It should start but it will idle very high because of the now open hole where the IAC was

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Old 03-18-2011, 04:08 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. My new injectors just got here so I'm gonna put it all back together and check the IAC valve. Also, I'm a little worried a might've dropped a piece down into the bay off the fuel rail. I think it might be part of the fuel pressure regulator. I have the rail, a little filter-like disc, and what's attached to the car. Is there anything missing there? Thanks!

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:41 PM   #6
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Just got it started! Woohoo! Seem's like it's idling a little low and the RPM's drop pretty fast when it shifts. Figure that's just the computer getting used to the new injectors?

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Well. the car went from not starting to having new injectors and running. Drive it for now. The O2 sensor reads exhaust oxygen content and provides direct feedback to the pcm about engine tune; the pcm knows what's needed to run the engine based on every sensor and automatically adjusts from freezing cold start to fully warmed up. Injectors are just one set of slave units commanded by the pcm to do one thing (squirt fuel) while the O2 sensor reads the results. Closed loop is how the pcm can adjust for engine running.

If nothing else occurs and everything's ok, this thread ends on a good note as you fixed whatever went wrong. Anybody can guess (based on what's posted) that it was bad gas that fouled all the injectors. No one can guess what else will occur. If other issues pop up, post your concerns.

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:01 PM   #8
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Also, I'm a little worried a might've dropped a piece down into the bay off the fuel rail. I think it might be part of the fuel pressure regulator. I have the rail, a little filter-like disc, and what's attached to the car. Is there anything missing there?
Glad you got it running but.. aside from the FPR itself there should be a c-clip that fastens the FPR to the rail. It's a fairly tight fit without the clip but I'd be concerned that it would pop off without it. Did you find/replace that? The clip has two different sides and only goes on one way BTW.

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:18 PM   #9
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Yeah, I have the clip back on there for sure. Thanks guys, everything seems fine for now. I appreciate your help and you all have a good night!

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