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Old 09-04-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Wrench 2004 Saturn Ion threw some engine codes.. what are they?

I have a 2004 Saturn Ion with roughly 55K miles.. Last week my check engine light came on for a day or two and then it went off until yesterday. Yesterday when the light was on, i pulled up to a stoplight and I could feel a shake in the steering wheel.. Kind of like a lopey shake...
Well i took my car to advance auto and all they could give me was the codes, not an explanation.

The codes they gave me were p0171, p0302, and p1182. Any idea what these codes could mean? or what to check?

The car drives fine and everything, but it does have an exhaust manifold gasket that i am aware that it has.

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Old 09-04-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2004 Saturn Ion threw some engine codes.. what are they?

you may want to go back for those codes again, only the p0302 code applies, It's cylinder 2 misfire. Tell us the other two codes and we can tell you more specifically.

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:44 PM   #3
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http://www.codereader.com says:

171: Fuel Trim System Lean (Bank 1
302: Knock Sensor Circuit Low Input (Bank 2)
1182: not found / invalid

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Old 09-04-2008, 07:13 PM   #4
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I listed what my chilton says, so either way sounds like a fuel system problem

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Old 09-04-2008, 11:40 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2004 Saturn Ion threw some engine codes.. what are they?

After the first post i have noticed the problem to get a little worse.. The car really lopes like its gonna stall out and acceleration is not up to par.

What should i do to begin checking whats wrong with it? The car is not under warranty, and i really don't have the money to take it to the shop, so im kinda on my own.

fuel Filter?
fuel injectors?
fuel pump?
somebody told me that one of those codes was a vacuum problem..?

And i meant to say it has an exhaust manifold gasket leak* that i am aware of

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Old 09-05-2008, 12:11 AM   #6
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fuel filters are cheap, so start there. After that, run a high concentration of fuel system cleaner through the car. If that don't help, your injectors are the next cheapest item. Don't run the car like this too long and definitely run plenty of cleaner through the car when it's fixed. you can also clean the throttlebody and associated sensors, this has nothing to do with your problem, but while you're cleaning.

I'd fix the exhaust manifold gasket also, it's a cheap, easy fix.

Also, these only have one vacuum fed system, the brakes

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:44 AM   #7
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P0302 should be a misfire code for cylinder #2

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