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Old 06-16-2019, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Low RPM, moves slowly to get up to speed. Cat??

1997 Saturn SW2. Car was running like a champ, then the other day I was driving highway speed of 70mph and saw all my gauges go to the left and then they would come back and then back down. I have figured out that I need to replace the alternator. That being said....... the car also started to struggle to get up to speed from a stop and lower speeds. It was almost like the car was staying in low gear. I pulled over and the car wouldn't start at all.

AAA towed me home Before they did they used the battery charge unit and the car started right up but showed very low charge on the unit. (reason I bought a new Alt.)

I was thinking it could be a clogged cat. Any thoughts ??

This car has over 250K miles on it and last year I did replace the muffler from the Cat back because it was totally rusted.

I was thinking of going old school on it and removing the innards of the cat until I can get a replacement. I already passed inspection.

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Default Re: Low RPM, moves slowly to get up to speed. Cat??

The automatic can't work as intended if the alternator, battery and battery cables are not in proper working order. Get those working properly, do another test drive and then maybe worry about the exhaust.

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The proper way to fix a S-Series automatic is to replace it with a 5spd O:)

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Old 06-16-2019, 02:01 PM   #3
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Default Re: Low RPM, moves slowly to get up to speed. Cat??

Thank you. My plan is to change the alternator out and see what the outcome is. I pray that it fixes my issue. I'm hoping to have ti changed out by next weekend. I will post results.

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Old 06-22-2019, 05:38 PM   #4
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Default Re: Low RPM, moves slowly to get up to speed. Cat??

Changed out the alternator today and Saturn is back running like a champ.

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