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Forum: S-Series General 02-20-2005, 06:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,610
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: 02 sc1 main bearing

If those oil changes were done every 5,000 to 7,000 MILES, you weren't monitoring the oil level and you weren't using a synthetic oil, you may have other bearings and stuff worn as well.

Forum: Sky General 02-20-2005, 05:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,899
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: "First Saturn That's Not Boring"

In my opinion, after driving three different SLx-es for nearly 10 years, the s-series is "boring" to me - the interior of all three were nearly identical - even down to the color.

On the other...
Forum: S-Series General 02-16-2005, 12:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,890
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Saturn Not Highway Worthy?

No offense intended, but are you sure your dad is concerned about the condition of the car or is he really concerned about the experience of the driver but doesn't want to hurt your feelings?

Forum: S-Series General 02-16-2005, 12:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Motor Trouble


About the only thing even remotely close to that description would be overheating the engine and warping the block or cylinder head.

If you do have a bum engine, you may want to consider...
Forum: S-Series General 02-14-2005, 11:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,015
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: I couldn't get my oil filter off.

I have one similar to that except the band is wider.

A tip for not crushing the filter when using a band wrench - tighten the band around the end that seats onto the engine - that end is more...
Forum: S-Series General 02-13-2005, 10:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,686
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: getting beyond 40 mpg in a saturn sX2 whose done it?

Ah, Luke... no signatures...

For the record, neither of my 2 SL2s are able to get 40 MPG. I've gotten as high as 38. One of my two SL1s would get around 40. However, the gasoline in MN is...
Forum: S-Series General 02-12-2005, 11:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,711
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Eat your heart out - 1993 SL2 4D - 31652 miles...Where are the aftermarket parts?

Sorry to burst your bublle, but there was another 93 SL2 with 30K miles on it listed at a Saturn dealer in the Twin Cities. They wanted $3,495 for it.

What caught my eye was that it was an exact...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-07-2005, 12:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Best maintenance options

Engine flushes typically are a waste of money and are potentially dangerous as they can loosen up crud and get it into places it shouldn't be.

Power steering system flushes are also a waste of...
Forum: S-Series General 02-06-2005, 11:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,421
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Should they redesign the S Series?

Ahh, sort of Saturn's answer to the Aveo? :hmpf:

My 96SL1 manual didn't quite get to that mileage of the highway unless my wife was filling the tank and doing the math :D

Seriously, if the...
Forum: S-Series General 02-06-2005, 11:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,235
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: 1995 Saturn SL2 no power to starter solenoid

I bought a kit with an assortment of fuses and it included a nice little fuse tester... a wonderful tool to have. Fuses sometimes "look" good but aren't so a continuity test is a good practice.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-06-2005, 12:17 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,156
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: GM making OnStar, stability control standard

What if OnStar used a similar technology as the emergency locator beacons on aircraft? Aren't those detected by satellite? They can't talk using that technology (yet), but the emergency can be...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-02-2005, 11:09 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,156
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: GM making OnStar, stability control standard

The no bumper options allows the buyer to purchase an aftermarket custom bumper. That's of particular interest for the construction and farming industries.
Forum: Vue General 02-02-2005, 01:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,946
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: lime green fluid leak?

Oddly enough, I was at WalMart Sunday and by golly they actually have a lime green windshield water fluid.
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-02-2005, 12:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,956
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: My Mechanic Says, "Use 20W-50 Oil"

I think that's a reasonable approach - not a huge departure from the manufacturer's recommendations and justifiable for the climate.

Geeze... if your oil was stored outside, you'd never get it...
Forum: S-Series General 02-01-2005, 11:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,055
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Wrecked my SL2 need help

Well, there's two problems with that:

1) Some people get coverage long enough to get the license, then drop it shortly thereafter,

2) Some of the people driving out there buy a car (here the...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 01-31-2005, 11:11 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,156
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: GM making OnStar, stability control standard

I'd spring for OnStar if the monthly service fee was $5 - $17 is a bit expensive. If the OnStar system was standard equipment on all GM vehicles, I'd think GM could seriously drop its cost through...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 01-30-2005, 11:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Interesting thing at a SAD occasion

First - Sorry about your loss.

Second - remember the Volkswagen Beetle commercial where they had a funeral procession with all Caddies and Lincolns and the last vehicle being a humble Beetle...
Forum: S-Series General 01-30-2005, 01:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 965
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Frozen Motor, my poor baby....

You may want to consider swapping in a used engine. The one that froze due to lack of oil is probably not repairable anyway.
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-30-2005, 12:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,228
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: 1996 SC2 electrical failure

You don't mention that the electrical system light (the one that looks like a battery) came on.

After the battery is charges and the alternator fixed, you may want to verify the bulb is good.
Forum: S-Series General 01-30-2005, 12:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,115
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Anyone else have cold weather starting problems

I've never had trouble getting my Saturns to start in cold weather - even the 20 below F variety.

Just before a sub 20 below cold snap is predicted, I'll put in a bottle of HEET, usually the...
Forum: S-Series General 01-29-2005, 11:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Nuts and Batteries

I know the nuts fit a 10 mm socket on my 95, so perhaps they are 10mm?

The question is whether they are Metric and SAE.
Forum: S-Series General 01-29-2005, 11:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Do you use a blockheater?

If you find it to be helpful, you may want to invest in a heavy duty timer and set it the start heating 2 hours or so before you expect to start it. They can be quite expensive to use.
Forum: Community Center 01-29-2005, 10:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,682
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Ads in the middle of threads???

Don't like the ads, but Charlie has to raise revenue to keep the site going.

Has anyone noticed that they seem to be context sensitive? For example, a thread that talked of Mobil 1 in the initial...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-29-2005, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,614
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Internal Engine Cleaning

Gee Wolfman, I set you up for your signature line... but alas you didn't bite!
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-29-2005, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,804
Posted By Dr. Bob
Re: Do I need a new alternator?

It depends on how they tested the alternator. There are faults in the alternator assembly (if I remember correctly involve the rectifier bridge) that can go through some alternator tests without...
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