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1995 Saturn SL2 stalls

I have a 95 Saturn SL2 that has something wrong. When I start the car it runs fine but when it is idling and I step on the brakes or if I turn the lights on it sometimes stalls. It only happens when it is idling. I have noticed that when I step on the brakes the lights get dimmer, and if I turn the car off the lights get very dim. The car has a new alternator and the battery holds a charge at around 12 - 13 volts. If any one has some advice please help. Thanks.

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  • jcmstg7 Feb 26, 2009

    I found out that I have a bad connection on the ground wire to the body but thanks anyway for the help.

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Very likely (again) a failed alternator.
I owned this exact same year and model (bought new) and during its 57,600 mile 'lifetime,' the alternator was replaced SIX (6) times, the auto tranny repaired at 29,000 (on my wallet), front discs ground once (warranty), replaced once (my wallet) and it finally died on starting by dropping a rod cap and dumping oil all over a parking lot.
Each time the alternator died, I had similar symptoms to yours and once the ABS locked up because of low voltage and I had to floor the gas to get the piece of junk out of a busy intersection and into a parking lot.  
The alternator is too small for its rating (1200 watts and a theoretical efficiency of max 50%) so consequently runs very hot and does not get any cooling because of its mounting area.
It was my first American car in 37 years and the last one I will ever buy. 

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