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Old 10-11-2017, 02:34 PM   #1
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Question 07 Saturn aura 3.6 Transmission

I took my 07 saturn to a shop and they told me that i had 15 scripts that needed to be looked over in my car. Now i'm not a car guy by any means and i don't know if that's a bad thing or not but i'm not too excited to pay him 200$ just for him to figure out what needs to be done. So i came online to ask.. should i find someone else? is it even worth it? my car has been stuttering sometimes when i pull out or accelerate a little harder than normal. Any and all advice is appreciated my car currently has 105k on it and i'm trying to make it last as long as possible. thanks - Austin

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Old 10-12-2017, 09:28 PM   #2
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I would recommend buying your own code reader for under $75 and looking up the codes in the book that comes with it. Then you can ask about specific codes here. You will then have the reader for future check engine light issues on this car or others.

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Old 10-13-2017, 10:13 AM   #3
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I took my 07 saturn to a shop and they told me that i had 15 scripts that needed to be looked over in my car.
"Scripts"...This is the first time I've heard of Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) being described in that way. If at all possible, try to find out what the DTC numbers were which the shop claims to have read from your car's Engine Control Module (ECM [generically - computer]) and share that information with the SaturnFans members here. (You could tell the people at the shop that you want to do some research into the codes and what they may mean.) If they are unwilling re-scan the ECM then you could take the car to an Autozone, O'Reilly's, or other chain auto parts store and ask them to scan it for you. They'll do it for free. Be sure that they give you whatever code numbers they've read. Knowing the trouble code numbers will help us to help you!

Store bought code readers, such as those found at Walmart or most auto parts stores, are typically limited to reading ignition/emission trouble codes (P followed by four numbers [P = powertrain - which includes some non-ignition/emission codes]) and some may also read ABS codes (C followed by four numbers [C = chassis and are used for ABS and suspension if so equipped]). Apart from those two series of code types there are others which can be read only by a GM proprietary code reader, or an equivalent of it, which not all shops will own. This type of code reader typically prices out from $300.00 and up. Perhaps this shop did have such a code reader.

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Now i'm not a car guy by any means and i don't know if that's a bad thing or not but i'm not too excited to pay him 200$ just for him to figure out what needs to be done.
If DTCs exist in the computer's memory then they need to be addressed. It's not a good thing to leave them alone, especially when it comes time for a smog inspection. Any presence of an ignition/emission trouble code means an automatic failure of the test and repairs are legally mandatory.

Reading codes from the ECM is only the beginning of diagnosis for driveability problems. I would guess that the $200.00 figure to diagnose whatever problems exist is for two hours of labor. Frankly, this is not unusual within the automotive repair world (I used to work in it) so I don't find any fault in what the shop is presenting with regard to the work to be done. Yes, I agree, it's not cheap, but if the shop employs honest, ethical business principles then the diagnostic fee is also folded into the final labor repair cost.

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So i came online to ask.. should i find someone else? is it even worth it? my car has been stuttering sometimes when i pull out or accelerate a little harder than normal.
Since you're admittedly not a "car guy" - and that's alright with me - I have some other questions for you to consider:
1) Do you trust the people working at the shop where you took your car to for diagnosis?
2) How much money are you willing to spend to have your own diagnostic equipment and how often do you expect to use it? I purchased an OBD II/ABS code reader four years ago and have used it twice on two different vehicles. Because I was familiar with the problems needing correction in each case it saved me money and now has more than paid for itself since I do my own repairs as much as possible.

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Any and all advice is appreciated my car currently has 105k on it and i'm trying to make it last as long as possible.
3) How long do you want to continue driving your car in this condition? It is possible (I do not know with absolute certainty) that continued use of the vehicle as it is could lead to larger problems in the future.

I want my car to last as long as possible just as you do. I understand that pont very well!

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