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Forum: Ion General 05-29-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: opinions/rear main seal leak

Are you sure there's a seal in there in the first place?
Forum: Ion General 05-26-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: opinions/rear main seal leak

Thanks for pointing that out...need to make sure that your rear main seal is really the primary leak problem...at those miles you may have multiple areas...valve stem seals or piston rings. A rear...
Forum: Ion General 05-25-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: opinions/rear main seal leak

How much is it actually leaking? Yeah those spots on the garage floor or driveway are annoying but do you actually see the oil level depleting? I've had an S-10 pickup with a 4.3 V6 that has leaked...
Forum: Aura General 05-17-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Is getting an XR 3.6 a bad idea?

I have a 3.6 in a Caddy SRX and while it uses a lot of oil (quart a thousand miles) I think they are OK if you maintain the level. I'd be nervous about any car that you couldn't verify the...
Forum: Ion General 05-16-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 144
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Ion production numbers

If nobody posts an answer, you might try the GM Heritage Center

gmhc@gm.com
Forum: L-Series Tech 05-10-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: return of the old transaxle (5 speed) fill plug removal trick

That trans design was done by Saab so the engr was probably Royal Institute instead of Harvard, LOL.
Forum: L-Series Tech 05-08-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: return of the old transaxle (5 speed) fill plug removal trick

synthetic 75W-85 GL-4 is what the spec shows for this transmission.

Be very careful on that fill plug, making super sure that the tool is tight and won't round out the female hex.
Forum: Ion General 04-22-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2005 Saturn Ion 1 interchangeable parts

This might be a bit of a shade tree fix, but you might consider cutting out the bad section (I assume it's corroded) and splice in some pressure rated rubber line.

I did this on a power steering...
Forum: Astra Tech 04-22-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 567
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Fuel Pump Service Port Mod

I've pulled tanks on several cars and pickups and didn't think it was all that difficult. Just make sure it's almost empty, not really that heavy, build a "cradle" out of random lumber that...
Forum: L-Series General 04-22-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 284
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: L-Series Rough Terrain Upgrade

I'd vote for good tires (Michelin if you can afford them) perhaps a bit over the normal pressure, on steel rims (notice that cop cars mostly use steel rims instead of alloys, better resistance to...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-21-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 609
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: the old oil consumption trick on the L 4cyl ecotec

Oil's pretty cheap these days, and it looks like you're good with keeping it topped up so you don't have a low oil disaster. I've bought Costco Kirkland Dexos spec on sale for 11 bucks for 5 quart...
Forum: Ion Mods 04-08-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 746
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 05 ion 2.2 need aftermarket exhaust manifold.

Are you looking for a direct replacement of the OE manifold, or a header design? Rockauto shows a bunch of OE types.
Forum: L-Series Tech 03-25-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,119
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Suspension Noise?

I had the same experience with Rockauto for Ion fronts.
I ordered Monroe struts, one was a nice looking Monroe made in Tennessee and the other a not very nice from China, in identical boxes. I...
Forum: Ion General 03-25-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 375
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2003 Saturn Ion....No Fresh Air

I believe there's a flapper door that switches between recirc and outside.

I've done troubleshooting on this problem in my old S10 pickup that used vacuum actuators, but I think the Ion uses an...
Forum: Ion General 03-25-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2005 Saturn Ion parking brake

You'll need to get under there and take a good look. You may need to pull the rear drums to inspect the attachment to the shoes.

Here's a YT on the rear drum parts...
Forum: Ion Tech 03-19-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2006 saturn ion automatic transmission

When you get a single cylinder code, it's good to just move existing parts from one cylinder to another to see if the problem follows the location change. That way you aren't buying stuff you might...
Forum: L-Series Tech 03-17-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,119
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Suspension Noise?

The L is a different config from the Ion, but on my Ion both rear springs were broken in the bottom coil close to the end of the spring. Since it's in a "pocket" you have to look closely.
Forum: Ion Tech 03-16-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2004 Saturn Ion 2.2 constant p0442 code

The smoke test is pretty much the "gold standard" for diagnosis on these.
You've changed almost all the (expensive) hard parts...how about the rubber lines themselves?
Forum: Ion General 03-13-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 03 ion swirves like crazy

Found a vid on changing these (hard case...rusty car)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0VDc7herrk
Forum: Ion General 03-12-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 03 ion swirves like crazy

Consider taking it to a trustworthy shop that can put it up on the alignment rack and do a good alignment check/correction.
Forum: Ion Tech 02-27-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 684
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Engine swap

You should post this in the S series section, this is the Ion section which uses a different engine.
Forum: S-Series General 02-22-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 309
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: Is my Saturn done?

If you walked away unhurt, it did its job well.
I'd be looking for another one, most likely.
I had rear damage like that on my 97 after getting tagged by a semi and spinning into the center cable...
Forum: L-Series Tech 02-22-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: '03 L200 tranni surge issue...

The automatic transmission designs from the S series and the L series don't have much in common.
Forum: Ion General 02-21-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: 2005 trans

Over its model life the Ion used the ill-fated GM CVT, a capable Aisin 5-speed, and the GM 4T40/45 which was also a solid unit produced in the millions so it will be supported in the aftermarket for...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-20-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By Bill Murray
Re: L200 vs Ion, Which is better?

Since the Ion has a lot of common parts with the Cobalt (GM Delta platform) it might have better availability of some replacement stuff down the road. But the Ecotec engine and 4T40/5 trans was...
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