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Forum: S-Series Tech 10-05-2022, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By billr
Re: Problem with PM?

"They won't show up as sent until the recipient opens it."

OK, I understand what is happening, and that the user I am trying to contact simply hasn't looked at PM. However, I consider this to be...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-05-2022, 12:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 70
Posted By billr
Re: Problem with PM?

I sent you a "test" PM. It also does not appear as a "sent" item. Let me know if you get it.

Alas, I have sent PM to Charlie several times over the years about problems with this site; never got...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-04-2022, 11:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 70
Posted By billr
Problem with PM?

I have tried to send PM to another user here several times over the last few days. I have had no response and no listing of those messages as "sent items" in my PM; but I also am getting no error...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-28-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 SL2 Extremely Sluggish Acceleration

I used the LUK 04-115 kit, which includes the friction disc, pressure-plate, and throw-out bearing. The kit was $85 from RockAuto (now $90), so with shipping it was just under $100, if I recall...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-27-2022, 11:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 SL2 Extremely Sluggish Acceleration

You don't need a lift, and the cost for parts was $100 each when I did two of them earlier this year. Think about giving it a try.
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-27-2022, 09:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 SL2 Extremely Sluggish Acceleration

Usually, a slipping clutch is first noticed in 4th or 5th gear. If yours is slipping in 1st/2nd, what about the other gears? Does the engine rev up in 3rd/4th/5th with little-to-no change in the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-27-2022, 03:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 SL2 Extremely Sluggish Acceleration

Are you saying the engine rpm rises, up into the 3000-4000 rpm range, but the car barely increases road speed??? That isn't an engine problem at all, it is a slipping clutch.
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-26-2022, 07:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 SL2 Extremely Sluggish Acceleration

If the EGR system is a problem, then blocking that should restore power to normal; a noticeable increase, at least.
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-24-2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 SL2 Extremely Sluggish Acceleration

"Soup can" means you need to use a steel can, not an aluminum beverage can.
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-23-2022, 11:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 SL2 Extremely Sluggish Acceleration

Take compression readings and check fuel pressure with a gauge.

Block off the EGR ports. Disconnecting the electric cable is not a definitive test. If disconnecting the cable does improve the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-22-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By billr
Re: 2001 SL2 knuckles/spindle replacement…need help

If you haven't done it before, you will probably need more detail on how to remove the tie-rod end (TRE)and lower ball-joint (LBJ).

I use the ancient "two hammer" method, they fall apart that way;...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-18-2022, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 364
Posted By billr
Re: Saturn SL-1 clutch not *fully* dis-engaging

I think he basic problem with bleeding these is that goofy "can" in the middle of the line. It looks like a built-in bubble trap! I cut one open, still couldn't figure out what purpose it serves......
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-18-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 426
Posted By billr
Re: Loss of acceleration after a 5 mile drive

Yes, if disconnecting the top cable restores normal "limp mode", then he problem will be in the VB or something electrical. Lots of stuff to check. You really want it to be the ISN...

You will...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-17-2022, 01:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 426
Posted By billr
Re: Loss of acceleration after a 5 mile drive

Did you look at the picture of that gasket? It would be a fairly tricky one to make, and that cover isn't all that easy to remove. It looks easy, but access is poor, as it is behind the frame and...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-17-2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 364
Posted By billr
Re: Saturn SL-1 clutch not *fully* dis-engaging

I am wondering about the repeated comments of the pedal having to be "almost all the way to the floor". I would never try to shift without the pedal being all the way to the floor. That is the only...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-16-2022, 08:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 364
Posted By billr
Re: Saturn SL-1 clutch not *fully* dis-engaging

Although I agree air in the system is a likely culprit, why not do the simple "wire test" before fussing with the hydraulics?
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-16-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 426
Posted By billr
Re: Loss of acceleration after a 5 mile drive

A loose ISN can cause loss of R or any of the forward gears; same as you are describing. And, the problem gets worse as the fluid heats up. Sound familiar?

The side cover gasket looks like this:...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 11:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By billr
Re: 96 sw2 fuel line

I could be wrong, but my understanding is the SL, SC, and SW of any particular year have an identical basic chassis. I think the fuel lines should be the same.
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By billr
Re: 1997 Saturn SW2 (HELP)

Vellyn and Roofcock.

Indeed, your trans problems seem very similar. So, my advice here is the same, disconnect that 10-wire cable on top of the trans and see if R and one forward gear work fairly...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 426
Posted By billr
Re: Loss of acceleration after a 5 mile drive

I'm not sure if having it move with the cable disconnected, but not move when connected, proves the problem is electrical; but my guess is that is true.

I'm actually expecting the inverse, that it...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By billr
Re: 1997 Saturn SW2 (HELP)

If the battery is going down, be sure to keep charging it; never let it get below 11.5V and stay that way for a few hours. I assume you have a standard lead-acid battery, and those can be damaged by...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 939
Posted By billr
Re: Slamming Back After Input Shaft Nut And VB Repair

Which solenoid did you swap for the LP one? You said previously "5th gear", but there is no 5th gear (or solenoid) in this trans. I think the five solenoids are properly called "line, 2nd/R, 3rd,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By billr
Re: 1997 Saturn SW2 (HELP)

I'll take that to mean you want to learn more about DIY. Do you have an electrical multimeter and know how to use it? What make/model is the meter?

Like your dad, will have to be using you as...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 426
Posted By billr
Re: Loss of acceleration after a 5 mile drive

Again, if you just disconnect the 10-wire cable, you will eliminate any possibility of solenoid coils or anything else electrical from preventing the trans from operating properly in R or that one...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2022, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By billr
Re: 1997 Saturn SW2 (HELP)

Oh, it's and electrical problem; and sounds like it has been around in one form or another for quite a while. Hence throwing all the batteries and alternators at it. Are you doing the...
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