I have a 1996 saturn sl2. Since ive had the car,7 years the check ebgine light has been on. I need it off for inspection. The code comes up something with air? All my hoses have been changed. I am disabled on a limited income and cannot afford alot of repairs. atleast 4 mechanics have tried but no one can find the problem. HELP!!!!
Go to an auto parts store that has a reader and get the fault code. Put the fault code here and let some folks help. You REALLY need a "Chilton" brand manual, as it is the most complete with fault codes explained and thereby assist with the least expensive fix.
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1996 was the first year that all American cars were required by law to have an obd-II connector and computer that helps to diagnose common problems with the engine. Get someone with an OBD-II scanner to read the fault codes and determine which system is out of specifications.
One can have it done for free at autozone or advance auto parts, or you can buy your own scanner for under $100 at Sears or Walmart or a local parts store for automotive.
The CEL (Check Engine Light) will not go out until you hook up a OBD II scanner to your vehicle and erase the code. If it comes back again after you erase it than either the original problem still exists or you have a new problem. You can go to your local AutoZone store and they can hook up a scanner and erase your code for free.
Go to SaturnFriendsForums.com it's a great site with a WEALTH of info on saturn specific problem solving.
In the mean time have auto zone or other parts place read the codes for the service light,
MOST problems are caused by a bad water temp sensor on the right side of the engine down low ( looking at it from the front of the car ) it's called the ECTS sensor, get a BRASS one from auto zone for $8.00 it will solve a lot of problems that there may not be a code for.
the check engine light means that a code has been set. the code will reference a faulty system that must be diagnosed and repaired. sorry for the vagueness, but there are e gads of codes that can cause the rough idling
most aftermarket parts places will scan the car for free. this will give you an idea of where to start.