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Old 01-08-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default Pressure Solenoid Again!?!? 2003 Saturn LS

I have a 2003 Saturn with 200k+miles.

Back in ~~ 2008 I had the transmission line pressure solenoid replace (the transmission was jerking and service wrench light would come on)

Fast Forward to 2013 and now I'm having the same issue.. BUT NOTHING ELSE..GREAT CAR!

Should I just replace the solenoid again?.....aren't the odds in my favor to just change the solenoid again?...Instead of paying a $90+ diagnostic fee.

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Old 01-08-2014, 06:27 PM   #2
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[/QUOTE]Yikes! That's really unfortunate. Was there anything which preceded this problem's recurrence? Is the problem ongoing at the moment or will it come and go?

When the symptoms you described happened in my car, the first occasion followed about a complete transmission drain at a Saturn dealership, 11 quarts. It was not immediate, however. It occurred some months later on three or four occasions and then stopped. It didn't show itself again for another four or five years until one particularly hot Spring day in 2010. The jerking problem hasn't surfaced since then.

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Old 01-08-2014, 07:08 PM   #3
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okay this is the CRAZY PART.

It was happening all the time about 9 months ago...then I noticed a connection that was loose coming from ???? that was rubbing some metal on the frame.

It must of got loose when the front bumper came off

When I tie wrapped it so it wasn't rubbing anything it stopped for about 4 months.

Now it is back again steady for the last 2 months.

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Old 01-08-2014, 09:53 PM   #4
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okay this is the CRAZY PART.

It was happening all the time about 9 months ago...then I noticed a connection that was loose coming from ???? that was rubbing some metal on the frame.

It must of got loose when the front bumper came off

When I tie wrapped it so it wasn't rubbing anything it stopped for about 4 months.

Now it is back again steady for the last 2 months.
Sell since we have no driving history on the Saturn we can't speculate as what might be the cause. Could be the Solenoid was of bad quality or your been towing very heavy towing which could be the cause of the failure and or the tranx itself is in need of rebuild. So we need details on the history of the Saturn and Tranx and your driving habits that will tell how one maintains their Saturn.

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Old 01-08-2014, 11:03 PM   #5
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haywood2121, was the original error code found? With wiring found chafed, is it possible the same wiring is damaged and causing the same problem?

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Old 01-09-2014, 01:22 AM   #6
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qurry was the code you replacedthe line pressure cntrol solinoid for a p1811? also how many miles on the trans? ever had a fluid change.. if it;s a 4t65 they are susptable to eather theair intake sensor being grounded out or reading skewed..possably the wire you had fixed.. you have high mileage so bushing wear is leading to 1 of he cluches going over 0.65 seconds to compleate lock up.. you didn't say if the ses or wrench light is on again.. persoaly i would see if anyone you know has a code reader or ck your local auto parts stores some states and places read codes... or get it diage.. it's always cheaper that throwing parts at it...

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Old 01-09-2014, 10:07 AM   #7
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I have ~~ 100k MORE miles on it since I first changed the solenoid ... with a total of 220k

My driving habits are pretty laid back, I stay in Raleigh, NC with NO hills and I don't tow anything on car.

Yes, p1811 was one the original codes.

Where is the intake sensor located??????????

I will check that today and get the codes read (if it comes on).

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I think satlite440 is describing the external air temperature sensor probe mounted behind the front grille. Its used to display 'EXT'(ternal)/outside temperatures on the HVAC control panel.

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Old 01-09-2014, 11:22 AM   #9
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After my front bumper fail off I have been getting those 'EXT'(ternal)/outside temperatures codes.....going to the junk yard to get another to replace it.

Do you know where is the intake sensor located?

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We have the same car. Look thru the front bumper, right side to locate the ambient air temperature sensor.
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