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I have a 2001 Saturn SL1. While driving, the electrical seems to just shut down. No radio, dash lights, etc...for a few seconds, then it would come back on. Now when it does this, the car dies. I've got a trouble code for the egr valve. It's got a new gas cap, new alternator, and starter. The battery/alternator test says both are fine. Any thoughts?

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  • Di Sep 25, 2010

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  • Di Sep 25, 2010

    Well, in the end, I wound up having to replace the EGR Valve. Problem's fixed. Car's running great now.

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I would check ignition switch first.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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  • Di Aug 31, 2010

    The keyed part, or the electrical switch inside? Everyone I've talked to (parts house wise) swears up and down I've got a microchipped key, but I don't. I've had replacement keys made, and that's what I use on it.

  • Ted Schore Aug 31, 2010

    The keyed part wont make the car shut off. If you gently turn the key, either way while the car is running see it it hiccups or shuts off. Your key is like anyother key, no chip. People at the parts store are not people you should be getting info from. Last week they were flippin burgers, this week they sell car parts from a computer screen. Talk to Dealer Personnel who are familiar with YOUR car.

  • Di Sep 15, 2010

    Well, scraped out the EGR valve, and got a diff code on the EGR valve. Sprayed out the EGR valve, and got yet another code about the EGR valve. Replaced the ECTS, and problems solved.

  • Ted Schore Sep 16, 2010

    Whats ECTS?

  • Ted Schore Sep 29, 2010

    ECT Sensor.... is the correct term. But thats not going to make the engine shut off along with the radio, dash lights. So what codes are you getting for the EGR valve? A bad valve could make the engine idle rough or stall at idle, but not shut off driving down the road.

  • Di Oct 03, 2010

    P0404 (?) was the most common code I got. I wound up replacing the EGR valve in the long run. After about 4 days of carefree, problem free driving, that code popped back up. So, I broke down, and just bought a new valve. (That's been 3 weeks ago roughly.) I also (about 4 days ago) found that my positive battery cable had corroded nearly all the way through, and have since then, fixed that.

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