SaturnFans.com
saturnfans.com - classifieds - forums - webmail


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Models > Saturn S-Series > S-Series General

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-15-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
trhoades69
New Member
trhoades69 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4
 
Dizzy Vacuum Leak?

Had to take my 1991 SL1 in for the tensioner and I told the mechanic of another issue I was having. My car seems to rev high and when I sit idle it revs higher and as I sit at red lights, after a few seconds the car will move forward a little then the engine light comes on. He told me the computer says I have a vacuum leak. This wasn't bad news since I thought I needed a new transmission. Is a vacuum leak a bad thing? Also, he's charging me 371.00 for the tensioner, belt and the computer diagnostic, incl labor. Does this sound high to you? Of course me being a stacked blonde female probably jacked the price up a little. HAHA Anything else this could possibly be other than a vacuum leak? IS it pricey to get fixed. Seems my spending money for the beach house is dwindling rapidly.
trhoades69 is offline   Reply With Quote
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 05-15-2006, 02:41 PM   #2
alleninpa
Senior Member
alleninpa will become famous soon enoughalleninpa will become famous soon enough
 
alleninpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: York, PA
Posts: 1,590

2009 AURA XR
1999 SL1
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

Depends where the leak is.
You can usually find vacuum leaks by using a can of carb cleaner. Spray it around the vacuum hoses, carb and intake manifold gasket area with the engine idling, and when the rpms gun, you found your leak.

The price is high for what you described. Discounted parts are about $70-90. The diagnostic you can do with a paperclip (I think you can on the 91's)
But, you mechanic needs to eat too.
alleninpa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 02:52 PM   #3
madpogue
Super Member
madpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud of
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 25,715
 

1996 SW2
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

Allen's right, you can read SES light codes with a paper clip on your '91. Browse to our How-To section, and do a search on "Paper clip".

Oh, and a vacuum leak is often audible as a hiss-y sound when the engine's idling.

Hm, pardon me for saying so, but I woulda thought, the way you describe yourself, that would motivate him to lower the price. Wish I had some, er, intangible means to avoid traffic tickets, etc.
madpogue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 03:03 PM   #4
agoldslsaturn
Senior Member
agoldslsaturn is on a distinguished road
 
agoldslsaturn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: residing in hell currently
Posts: 1,944
 

1995 SL1
1995 SL2
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

nah bet he thinks they are fake, and that she has money.

You could do tensioner yourself for $100. So $200 more to that beach house...Bit*h to put the belt on and i gurantee you will say a few curse words and break a nail (just dont do it with acrylics, I snapped mine in a heartbeat) but it will be better seeing that money in the beach house instead...
...
Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend, till you break
Cause its all you can take
agoldslsaturn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 03:30 PM   #5
trhoades69
New Member
trhoades69 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4
 
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

Unfortunately I am not mechanically inclined. So the 371. is a must. DAMN DAMN DAMN!!! This paper clip thing sound wild but I'll try it. kinda late though since I told him to go ahead. Next I need to find one of those little clips to hold my hose together for my wiper fluid. Ends up squirting the hood instead of the windshield when it comes apart. Any help there? And can we leave my assets out of it now? Maybe I should just put up a pic so you all see where I'm coming from.
trhoades69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 04:06 PM   #6
madpogue
Super Member
madpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud ofmadpogue has much to be proud of
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 25,715
 

1996 SW2
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

Quote:
Originally Posted by agoldslsaturn
nah bet he thinks they are fake, and that she has money...
Yeeks, what is this, National Don't Be Kind to Noobs Week? (Didja see the drubbing another noob got in the Mods section?)
Quote:
Originally Posted by trhoades69
Unfortunately I am not mechanically inclined. So the 371. is a must. DAMN DAMN DAMN!!! This paper clip thing sound wild but I'll try it. kinda late though since I told him to go ahead. Next I need to find one of those little clips to hold my hose together for my wiper fluid. Ends up squirting the hood instead of the windshield when it comes apart. Any help there? And can we leave my assets out of it now? Maybe I should just put up a pic so you all see where I'm coming from.
Or maybe you shouldn't have mentioned the subject in the first place... Oh well.... Think of it this way, you're making payments on the wrench's beach house.

Dunno what to tell you about your washers. Factoid #43: the '91s and '92s were unique in that the washers were in the hood, rather than the cowl, so you're not likely to find many people experienced working with them.
madpogue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 04:12 PM   #7
agoldslsaturn
Senior Member
agoldslsaturn is on a distinguished road
 
agoldslsaturn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: residing in hell currently
Posts: 1,944
 

1995 SL1
1995 SL2
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

I wasnt being mean ???

I was just stating the obvious truth. I know if I wear a water bra (ok and this is probably TMI) i get more looks and people try to get me for more.

ITs a given, if they see them most think they are fake and know that you had money to get fake ones so they think you have money to spend continusly....
...
Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend, till you break
Cause its all you can take
agoldslsaturn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 04:24 PM   #8
trhoades69
New Member
trhoades69 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4
 
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

I'd like to see a picture of that water bra!!!!
trhoades69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 04:37 PM   #9
Ken Benson
Member
Ken Benson is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 66

1996 SC2
1997 SC1
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

$371 is a chunk of change for the parts and labor involved. I wouldn't have paid that, but my time is free. If it fixed your car situation and gives you a reliable ride again, it's money well spent, and certainly less expensive than new car payments!

If your car is revving without applying the gas, it does sound like a vacuum leak. Those can be very simple to fix if it's a loose or cracked hose, or it could be as complicated as the intake manifold gasket needing to be replaced. If it's the manifold gasket, that will be a lot of labor, and pretty pricey. Let us know what you find out!
Ken Benson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 04:43 PM   #10
trhoades69
New Member
trhoades69 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4
 
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

Thanks Ken, will do. I really appreciate everyone's insight to my car issues.
trhoades69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2006, 08:48 PM   #11
agoldslsaturn
Senior Member
agoldslsaturn is on a distinguished road
 
agoldslsaturn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: residing in hell currently
Posts: 1,944
 

1995 SL1
1995 SL2
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

the water bra is from fredericks i think. Now im not sure, or maybe it was another store, i think fredericks though.

I dont like it because i always feel if i hit something im gonna have a wet shirt
...
Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend, till you break
Cause its all you can take
agoldslsaturn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2006, 02:43 AM   #12
Bigdaddy94sc2
Senior Member
Bigdaddy94sc2 is on a distinguished road
 
Bigdaddy94sc2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Anderson, SC (Clemson)
Posts: 1,543
 

2006 ION-2 Sedan
2005 VUE 3.5L
Default Re: Vacuum Leak?

Actually, the price they quoted you is about average for the work involved. The tensioner from saturn LISTS at almost $120, The belt at $35, Throw in roughly $80 for diagnostic, and an hour and a half labor for the tensioner and belt, and $370 is about right, depending on their labor charge..... Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but someone has to do it. Only way to make it cheaper is to do some if not all yourself!
...
GM, Saturn, and ASE certified Technician. Always glad to try to help, just ask!!! Now own an 06 ION.2 as of 7/2/06 with 2988 and counting (7/28/06) 13131 as of (1/8/07) 24901 as of (7/30/07)
Bigdaddy94sc2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vacuum leak? erick295 S-Series Tech 2 03-07-2007 03:46 PM
vacuum leak? saturnsctwo S-Series General 6 12-12-2005 12:03 PM
Vacuum leak? alcimedes S-Series Tech 4 10-23-2005 07:58 PM
possible vacuum leak? 30pack S-Series Tech 5 09-20-2004 11:52 PM
Vacuum Leak? ym42 S-Series Tech 9 02-29-2004 11:32 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:23 AM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.