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Car dies when I release the gas pedal

97 Saturn SL2, this has been occurring over the past week.  I had to warm up the car from a dead start to get a high enough idle on the rpm.  Today, I keep my foot on the gas long enough to get the rpm high enough, as soon as my foot is off the gas. the car dies

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SOURCE: 2001 Saturn SL2 won't stay running until it warms up

I would take it to autozone to have the code read. It could be your idle control sensor, or it could even be O2 sensors. Hard to say without knowing the code.

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Try pulling the engine coolant temp sensor, They often crack not sure why but the ceramic tip cracks makes the car hard to start, the car's idle may race while shifting gears, and often smokes. The sensor is on the right side of the engine when looking at it on the head. Easy to change and get too

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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Sounds exactly like what I was dealing with a while ago. A nuisance (especially at fuel stations & such, where if you don't get it right away you end up looking like an idiot as it just turns over & over).

For me, it was my fuel filter. The previous owner had neglected the car so much & I had no idea how long it had been. $50 at an Oil Can Henrys & it was all back to normal. Great first step.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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my sc1 97 saturn dont work on reverse when is hot

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SOURCE: radio lock code for 97 saturn sl2

Hold down preset buttons 2 & 3 at the same time with radio off.This will bring up the 4 digit default unlock code.With this you can call your local Saturn dealer & the can take that 4 digit # & give you another that will unlock your radio out of theft mode.Hope this helps

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Very common problem do loads. You need to lubricate the handbrake linkage under the rear seats ( the bit ur bum goes on). If you have a estate car then the seats will flip up but if its a saloon car then you will have to remove 2 13mm nuts for either side seat. When ur under there, u will see a little black panel in the middle, remove it 2 8mm self tappers and a 13mm nut. right you should now see the linkage where the cable splits to either side of the car. Get a load of wd-40 and spray whilst some else operates the handbrake 100 times or so. sorted! Dont forget to adjust the handbrake at the wheels after, go all the way with the adjust and back off two clicks either side.
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