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2001 Saturn Intermittent Stall. Fuel drain and replaced. Mechanic friend had it for a week and doesn't see anything unusual. crank sensor replaced so far.....

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  • allisonsmom Nov 10, 2008

    Car has shuddered and stalled out twice in three weeks. Both times after driving for 40 minutes without any issues (fully warm). The said it was either the crank sensor or the fuel pump, but no diagnostic codes come up. they replaced the battery and that wasn't it after the first time I had it towed into the dealer.



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Fuel problems are usually fairly consistent and not intermitent, replace fuel and filters anyway if it's near it's service interval. I think this thing is injected, but I doubt there is a problem with injectors ... again most fuel problems (unless it's the fuel pump) don't come and go.
Your username is dieselhuffer, in the states we don't have saturn diesels, so I am assuming your saturn is a gas engine.  I would concentrate on the ignition system,  ignition box, high power coil(s), wires (it's probably not these).  Buy your mechanic friend the Haynes (about $20 from amazon, parts store or manual for your car, and have him go though the ignition system diagnosis portion of the manual.  I'll bet you a pint it's an ignition problem.
The bad news, intermitent problems are hard to find.  The (sort of) good news is, it will probably get worse to the point that the thing won't run at all, making diagnosis much easier.  Hopefully you'll find the problem before you pull out much of your hair.
good luck,

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