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Old 01-28-2004, 12:11 AM   #1
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Has anyone replaced this solenoid and how much of a pain in the ass is it? My girlfriend's car needs it and I want to see what I am getting into. Its a 95 sc1 sohc

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Old 01-28-2004, 12:46 AM   #2
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It is difficult to get to. The CCPS is bolted to the engine above the starter below the intake manifold. If you'll check my "member gallery" (just click on the little camera by my avatar) you'll find a picture ("S" series engine labeled) of it's location on a removed engine. Hardest part is getting to it. One bolt screwed right into the engine's aluminum block holds it in place.

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Is it possible to get to it from underneath? or do I have to remove the damn intake?

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Old 01-28-2004, 01:30 AM   #4
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From below is realistically the ONLY way. I will add that many techs (including myself when I worked for Saturn) don't actually remove the old one...just unplug the electrical connector and vacuum lines, hooked them up to the new one, and tiewrap the new one to the intake manifold tightly up out of the way leaving the old one in place and disconnected. The solenoid itself does NOT need to be mounted or grounded to teh engine block to work correctly..

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One more tidbit, check the condition of the vacuum line to it, it may be rotted away within a foot of the solenoid.

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Old 01-28-2004, 06:25 PM   #6
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Thanks guys that sounds like a good idea. I will have to try that when I get home. Do you guys think I should get one from the dealership or just get a junkyard piece. I just don't want to do it twice.

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Definitely a dealer part. I did mine and I think it was about $20 or so. Are you having a quad driver fault? I can't remember if '95 has linear egr but if not you may as well change your egr solenoid too. They die hand in hand w/the purge solenoid.

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Old 01-29-2004, 11:06 AM   #8
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Actually, I also replaced mine last year, and the work went very smoothly -- working from underneath. A flashlight will be helpful. BTW, after replacing it, I found that it was not necessary.
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