Question about 1995 Saturn Sl
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.
Look for loosen battery wires, corrosion in them. check ground wire all the way to the engine block make sure its connected right and check ground to the body of your vehicle.
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1995 Saturn SL2 stalls
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.
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
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