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Cold starting - engine stumbles

When cold starting a 1997 Saturn SW1 it immediately dies or stumbles and then stops. I have tried placing the key in the on position for 10 seconds to build pressure in the fuel line but it does not help. I replaced the plugs, wires, fuel pump and EGR valve but the problem remains.

Once the car was started it idles at about 800 rpm's and will run perfectly until it sits for a few hours....the problem will normally re-occur the next time it starts.

I had it at the shop for two days and (of course) it never happened and ran perfectly.

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  • PassTheSPAM Jan 16, 2009

    2001 SC2 behaves quite similarly. When it stumbles I can often get it to catch and continue running if I floor the accelerator. Of course, I then have to be careful to note it catching so I avoid revving the engine to 7000 RPMs.

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Change your engine coolant temp sensor and if the wiring is corroded at the sensor plug replace that to.

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Its cold start issues:----
Go through the list of help links mentioned below:----

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I suggest you refer the link below and follow its troubleshooting details:------

Click the link below:-----

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http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2012/12/ford-expedition-iac-valve-replacing.html

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http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2012/01/bad-miss-at-idle.html

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Stumbling and stalling at idle after engine rebuild?

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/03/stumbling-and-stalling-at-idle-after.html

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1999 Ford F-150 Idles rough and quits when gas pedal is pressed less?

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/01/1999-ford-f-150-idles-rough-and-quits.html

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Engine stumbles coming off idle when warm?

http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2012/01/engine-stumbles-coming-off-idle-when.html

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Erratic idle on car?

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/12/erratic-idle-on-car.html

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http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2012/10/gmc-sonoma-stalls-and-idles-low.html

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--------


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-------------

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http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2011/10/1996-camry-intermittent-engine-failure.html

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http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2011/10/engine-quits-at-idle.html

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http://howtobyme.blogspot.com/2011/11/car-overheats-and-air-blows-hot-at-idle.html

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My 97 saturn sl2 will not start


You'll need to crawl under the car and check for power on the small terminal of the stater with the key in the crank position. Knowing if you have power there will help to give you a direction to go in. If you don't have a test light or a multi meter, you can jump the large wire at the starter to the small wi at the stater with the key in the off position. If the starter works than you'll need to focus on wiring. If the starter doesn't work replace it.

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97 Saturn sl2. Won't start after it gets warm. If you drive it for 15-20 minutes and try to restart it will not engage the starter. Wait a couple hours and it will start fine


It is your engine coolant temp sensor (ECTS). 99.9%. the saturn made them with a plastic tip, so they crack over time. A replacement should be about 15 bucks and not too hard to replace. You'll notice your engine temp gauge not working (always cold).

I don't know much about cars, but here's what happens. When your car is cold, the fuel runs rich. Your broken sensor is always reading that the engine is cold, but when it is warm, it runs too rich and floods your engine, not allowing it to start. When your engine is actually cold, everything is fine.

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Engine will not turn over the first time in my 1997 Saturn SW2


when you say it revs and revs i assume you mean the starter when you turn the key,if so it sounds to me that your solenoid in the starter is not always engaging properly,so yes i would go with a new starter. good luck

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Car stumbles,hesitates,loses power on Hwy, randomly


Did you check earth connection of electric system?

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