Question about 2004 Saturn ION
Go have battery and alternator tested at an auto store such as auto zone/advanced auto or such most auto stores offer this service for free and as to the code the store usually this service for free also
Posted on Dec 10, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
My '95 SL2 purchased new, ate 6 (SIX) alternators, that fantastic "27 patents" automatic transmission, two sets of front disks and finally dropped a rod cap at 56,700 miles of very civilized driving.
I 'sold' it to my youngest son for $1 as a hobby when he got bored with his Jeeps or to donate it to a fund-raising bashing contest.
Now, the reason the alternators die -
They are buried in the engine compartment and get hardly any natural cooling there and, I don't know what kind of stupid engineers GM employs these days, but that alternator at 105 amps rating must deliver up to 1200 watts of 12 volt power an d it is too small to effectively dissipate the 1200 watts of sheer heat it produces while doing it.
If you have any appliance that absorbs 1200 watts (10 amps at 120 VAC), just check to see how much heat that is and even if spread over a larger area and bulk of the alternator, you think that would be a good environment for the semiconductors that are used to make the DC and regulate it.
It's a absolutely insane design and convinced me to never, EVER buy another anything from GM!
Sorry to vent but it still irks me after over 4 years of trouble-free Subaru ownership.
I wish you luck.
Posted on Aug 07, 2008
You can by a new Coil pack from Auto Zone for less then the dealer's cost and Auto Zone can give you the step by step instructions for you to replace the coil pack free of charge and will take about 1 hour if your good with common tools. Auto Zone also can scan your car for DTC codes Free of charge to ensure that it's the coil pack. The other common problem that will also seam like a bad coil pack is a bad ignition module which is what I am leaning towards since it's three of the cylinders you mentioned, most of the time it's just one of the two coils that will go bad which would only make two of the cylinders go dead. Check the wires to the electronic module first and then the switch the coils and see if the same two cylinders are still dead, if the same cylinders are still dead. Good chance that it's going to be the module and if the other two cylinders go dead and the dead ones come alive then it's going to be the coil pack. Good luck and here is a you-tube link to the ignition module and coil pack replacement procedure. keep me posted, be glad to know you got your car running 100% again . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XgHM1i5jK8
Posted on Oct 27, 2009
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In the area that i live the automotive shops charge anywhere from $50 To $85 per hour for labor. The tensioner can range also depending on the vehicle. Some where between $35 to $100 or so. It should only take no more than one hour to replace though. Your overall bill should not exceed $185 plus tax. If it is any more than that then I strongly advise you to start asking for an explanation fo this over pricing. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
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