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Old 11-28-2005, 07:32 PM   #1
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Hi all! I've been browsing this forum for awhile and finally decided to join. One of the reason's is that, as of last week, I now own my very own, manual 99' Saturn SL. This is the first car I've been able to buy on my own without my mother... LoL. And this one's all mine, not my husband's!!!!
I bought it from a Lot "as is". And it looks as if the poor little car has somehow been lightly abused. (Still waiting for his? her? name to reveal itself). Therefore, I am going to endeavor to give the best care this car's ever had!!!
Anyways, the key the dealer gave me was bent slightly and wore way down and I went to Saturn South East in the Central Ohio area and purchased a new one. The man behind the desk said it was rare to see a key as wore down as this one was.
Now, I don't have to struggle to get the key to start the car. Although, the new key is feeling a little shy about leaving the cylinder. New key is sticking in the cylinder and when I try to remove it, it's already getting all scratched up. The cylinder itself also seems to be having minor problems in the turning process.

I can't wait to start taking really good care of this car, but it's a slow monetary process for me, so I'm wondering, should I attempt to replace the cylinder myself or just give up and go to a mechanic.

Plus I'm a newbie owner so if anyone has any advice for me Please, Pls, I can be taught! I swear I'm teachable! I will be a dedicated and kind loving owner of my little Saturn (would it get mad at me calling it "little"?).
Thanks to all the entries here who started me on my new path to a fan of Saturn! NICE to Meet you/ Well Met!

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Old 11-28-2005, 07:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Newbie dedicated to loving Saturn...lock cylinder: mechanic or personal replacement?

Good to hear your dedicated, I would say that you should replace the lock cylinder yourself. i'm sure that it can't be too much harder than my 95, all I had to do on that was remove the outer trim panel and then from there it was just a couple of clips to undo. Also you want too check the oil regularly. If you take good car of a saturn then it will run for you for quite a while.

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Old 11-28-2005, 07:42 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your "new" Saturn & welcome to the board! Be sure to check & change the oil frequently , and she(?) will give you years of great service. Be sure to check out the "how to library" for a ton of VALUABLE tips & suggestions. As for the ignition, use some graphite spray (NOT silicone or WD 40 as that may leave a sticky residue & possibly make it worse). You can pick that up at any hardware, auto parts or locksmith store.

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Old 11-28-2005, 07:59 PM   #4
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Welcome & congratulations.How exciting.Loved your first post. I think the same way about cars and have since a little kid.
The name will reveal itself, and my own 95 SL1 [ Austin Greenbean is his name] was purchased much the same way: from an independent lot in sort of scruffy condition.And it's been getting care it has not seen in years.
Try using a tube of graphite and blowing some into the ignition switch. They love to eat keys. Also good for your door and trunk locks. A harmless dry powdered lubricant. It will help it work better. I don't lock my steering wheel when I park either, but make sure my "Un'brake'able" security lock is hooked up to the brake pedal. Eventually the ignition switch will have to be replaced... but not today.
Watch your oil and coolant levels. They like their oil as well as chewing on keys, so keep it topped off.
Check the color of all your fluids: coolant, oil, steering, trans. If they're dark and used up looking, change them and start fresh. At least this way you KNOW they've been changed and start out fresh on your watch.
A Haynes manual would be good to have so you can see where everything is and what it does.
A Car Fax report run on your car's VIN # will tell you some of it's history and your local Saturn dealer will have a record of ANY service it might have had at a Saturn tech center, no matter where it was done. That will give you a bit of maintenance info you can use to plan your schedule of service. As well, Triple A [the auto club] offers an 89 point inspection at a discount [after rebate] that will give you some idea what needs work and what doesn't and the overall condition of your car.Another good way to find out what needs to be done so you can plan it on YOUR schedule [and wallet] rather than letting things blow at the worst possible time simply because you didn't know something was about to give out.
Hope that helps a little.

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Old 11-28-2005, 08:30 PM   #5
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Welcome and congrats on the car! I believe you've made a good choice. My Sc2's name is Newfie because after running a carfax I learned she was originally from newfoundland. I also bought it as is from a used car lot and it was pretty beat up. Fortunately I brought it back to and awesome condition.

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Old 11-29-2005, 07:10 PM   #6
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Thanks so much!! Nice to see there are other people out there that have the same attitude that I do when it comes to my car. And if anyone doesn't believe that their car doesn't have a personality (and a mind) of its own well, I'm just saying I don't think I'm crazy!

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Old 11-29-2005, 11:50 PM   #7
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Default Re: Newbie dedicated to loving Saturn...lock cylinder: mechanic or personal replacement?

Check what the dealer charges for just the parts plus the re-keying and installation vs. doing it yourself. Here in NJ - it worked out better just to take it over and have them do the whole thing. My son waited for maybe 1 hour tops.

Dealer had an extra labor charge for keying it -- versus that charge being covered within the labor charge for the full install.

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Old 11-30-2005, 02:05 PM   #8
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Default Re: Newbie dedicated to loving Saturn...lock cylinder: mechanic or personal replacement?

You should install the new cylinder yourself. I thought it would be a hard time doing mine, and It was VERY easy. I thought it was gonna be hard and I did get mad but it was because I was overcomplicating it. It's not that big of a job and it would kinda be money down the drain if you spent that much in labor at the dealer. They wanted like twice what it costed me for the key cylinder its self for the labor cost. IF that makes sense. But anyway, welcome to the saturnfans forums and hope your car lasts you a long time!

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