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Forum: S-Series General 06-14-2021, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By Signmaster
Re: MP3 Trans Issue

Was it stuck in 3rd gear still?

Either way, sounds like it ended up being a cheap fix.
Forum: S-Series General 06-11-2021, 12:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By Signmaster
Re: MP3 Trans Issue

It sounds to me like something other than the tranny. Anything in the tranny that would create that much drag would be clanking, smoking, rattling, etc.

If you can turn the front wheels when it's...
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-01-2021, 12:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 243
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Radiator Fan Linked to A/C?

Until you get it sorted out and replace the ECTS and wiring (if needed) you can create a manual fan switch with the AC button.

Simply disconnect the compressor connector, then put a jumper on the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-15-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 581
Posted By Signmaster
Re: REALLY hard to shift - bad cables? bad hydraulics?

Well that will do it for sure.

Often the tranny fluid goes without maintenance on the manual tranny cars, so it might have been a good thing. Years of rowing those gears does thin that fluid out.
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-11-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 581
Posted By Signmaster
Re: REALLY hard to shift - bad cables? bad hydraulics?

No doubt WD isn't made as a lube, but works well for some stuff, and is great at keeping moisture at bay.

As for your funnel method, I do the same with plastic sandwich or freezer bags. You can...
Forum: S-Series General 05-11-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,670
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Satbassador

Well, he's at the right place to fill up. If there was a Saturnfans fuel station, it would probably rarely be busy!
Forum: S-Series General 05-11-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 674
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Fuel economy chip?

Well today while out and about, it looks like everyone has a fuel need chip on their shoulder. The concerns over fuel shortages has people lined up all over the place. You would think COVID just...
Forum: S-Series General 05-11-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Changed Spark Plugs, Boots, And Ignition Coils; Now Car Wont Start

Well then... first things first.

Make and type of coil packs that replaced the stock ones? Same for the plugs... what type and number? Both of the above can cause issues at times depending on...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-06-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 581
Posted By Signmaster
Re: REALLY hard to shift - bad cables? bad hydraulics?

I had a similar experience after trying something different to lube the cables after and engine bay clean up. IIRC I hosed them down with WD40 to make sure to get all the water residue off of them,...
Forum: S-Series General 05-06-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 674
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Fuel economy chip?

Nothing generic is going to help economy unless it's also risking running lean.


Real programmers and/or chips alter the specific programming of the factory PCM, and the calibration of that PCM...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-28-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 553
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Overheat issue

I'd suggest checking the above items first. A meat thermometer can be had for cheap if you don't have one.

As for the flow in the rear of the reservoir, that will cause overheating almost always....
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-26-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 553
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Overheat issue

A flashing light indicates low coolant. If the coolant is in fact not low, probably an indication of a stuck float.

A steady light indicates differences between the ECTS (engine temp) and TTS...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-26-2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 396
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Mixing orange and green antifreeze

Our '05 Ascender has had no issues with the Dexcool. Must be a freak build or something. :D




But I'd agree with the comment that if Dex was mixed with something else, better to flush it and...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-22-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 187
Posted By Signmaster
Re: What is normal idle RPM for an SL1?

Mine stayed right about 700 RPM when fully warmed up, from the day it left the showroom until the day I passed it on to someone else.

'95 SL1
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-09-2021, 01:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,574
Posted By Signmaster
Re: pulley noise, maybe

You might be able to track down your CC info on when you purchased the water pump. Generally most places will honor the warranty if you just prove you got it from them.

And if you are going the...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 03-24-2021, 12:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 500
Posted By Signmaster
Re: A really bad flat tow story, or how to ruin your new Jeep Wrangler

Saw this on another forum. The carnage is real.

I wonder how many revs it actually turned before it started making the internals external? And I'd really be surprised if it wasn't rolling smoke...
Forum: S-Series General 03-24-2021, 12:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Is 2001 SL1 chip reprogramming possible?

Is a reprogram possible? Surely. Likely? Highly doubtful.

I played with DIY programming back in the Ford EEC days, and even after someone else has figured out the code issues, it can take some...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-21-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Synthetic oil's effect on consumption?

For the most part, big changes in consumption are probably more due to viscosity changes in the oil. Not all oils of any grade are the same, and the combination of operating conditions and oil will...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-21-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Adding to the Tool Box

I second the FiremanCV video... well done and to the point. I think I found it after I did my pump, but it's been a while so I could be wrong.

Personally I don't like flex and wobble connectors...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-21-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,574
Posted By Signmaster
Re: pulley noise, maybe

Those steam leaks can be a pain. When my coolant tank cracked it would only leak after warmed up for 20-30 minutes, and then only showed itself when the crack got big enough to condense into...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-21-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 810
Posted By Signmaster
Re: replacing serp belt

I think I've done it that way, but seem to have done it a different way every time I had to take it off.

I often had the wheel and liner off for the other parts of the repair, and from there it is...
Forum: S-Series General 03-21-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Internet movie car database

That's fairly in depth. Must have taken a lot of hours to put all that together.

Maybe we should have a contest. Find the most highly rated, awarded, whatever movie that highlights the Saturn...
Forum: S-Series General 03-21-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Cooling system problem?

Sounds like you still had an OE thermostat in there. No real surprise, as many of them lasted a long time. Most of them also had markings on the body that shows 85C, which was the temperature...
Forum: S-Series General 03-14-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Cooling system problem?

Glad to see the easy fixes were the culprit of the issues.

Just curious, but was the old thermostat the original? Our from the factory thermostat lasted a long time. And if it was the original,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-07-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By Signmaster
Re: Un-Explained engine knock

If you have more info, you could get more help. "Accelerate hard" and "knock" can be hard to pin down to exacts. If you are in open loop you should rarely if ever get knock, below that it can...
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