Question about 1995 Saturn Sl

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I have a question well i have a 95 saturn sl1 i was at a stopsign and when i drove off i notice my check engine light came on and it was driving fine till i came to a light and my idle was not steady it just went up and down and sometimes take a while to idle when i stop so i changed the spark plug and wires after taking it to a shop and they coulbd hook it up to a computer because it didnt read (i think it could be a blown fuse) and i also bought a idle control and still putter now my starter is possibly out cuz it turns over then next thing in just hearing the starter motor so i know to get a new starter or tap it but the car puttering not so much

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  • sharonbrmfld Oct 02, 2010

    Ok so i also wonder about tha other situation with the idle it seem like the idle control valve may not be the problem what are cab it also be the tps (throttle posion sensor)

  • sharonbrmfld Oct 02, 2010

    Yea but it has 2 problems the starter which was the first and the secoond had to do with my idle which was not steady as i said in the question
    ..I have a question well i have a 95 saturn sl1 i was at a stopsign and when i drove off i notice my check engine light came on and it was driving fine till i came to a light and my idle was not steady it just went up and down and sometimes take a while to idle when i stop so i changed the spark plug and wires after taking it to a shop and they coulbd hook it up to a computer because it didnt read (i think it could be a blown fuse) and i also bought a idle control and still putter.

  • sharonbrmfld Oct 02, 2010

    Tha thing is when i replaced the idle control valve i tried to start the car then i seen some smoke cone from that area where i replaced the valve and my mom told me it came from the top which is where the throttle position sensor is located so i got a new one and i havent insttalled it yet

  • sharonbrmfld Oct 03, 2010

    well I changed the spark plugs and wires and also the throttle body position sensor still when I try to crank it even though it won't crank up I hear a putter like its going to backfire I tried going to an auto zone but they say 96 and up my car is a 95 and im still trying to find my starter idk where its located

  • sharonbrmfld Oct 04, 2010

    so its located in the middle of the engine

  • sharonbrmfld Oct 04, 2010

    Oh and I forgot to mention that when I took the car to the gas station for gas I put has treatment and the idle was steady until I start driving again and it went back the way it was

  • sharonbrmfld Oct 04, 2010

    oh i didnt get the video if you can plz send the link in your next comment

  • sharonbrmfld Oct 04, 2010

    I forgot to mention that I took my car to get gas and I put gas and also gaa treatment and the idle was alot more steady and I heard sounds like something moving though in the back and when I began driving my idle went back to the way it was

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I think that I understand. The starter is not causing the car to putter at all. You can take it to Autozone and have them hook it up to a diagnostic computer. It won't cost a thing. And see if they can get any codes. The starter bendix is the problem with the starter. The puttering could be a number of things. It could be that one of the coil packs are not firing, low fuel pressure, dirty air filter, ecm malfunctioning, the list can go on and on. There is no fuse for the diagnostic computer.If the diagnostic machine will not read any codes then that is probably the cause of the puttering. The ECM is what stores the codes, and is the Engine Control Module. Which would cause the puttering. I am just suggesting go to Autozone, because the ECM is expensive and you don't want to replace something that is not the problem.

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If it idles high when you first stop and then slowly drops, I've found that replacing the PCV valves helps clear this up. I had this problem for a few weeks, my car idling high every time a slowed down and came to a stop. Following replacement of PCV, car runs much smoother and gas mileage improved by about 10%.

1K rpm is NOT high for a cold start up. Normal operating rpms however should be near 800-900 rpms. You do NOT have a burnt valve since your car runs, just idles high. You more than likely do NOT have a vacum leak as they lead to 2-3K rpms at idle. Replace your Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor. Yours is stock and cracks sending bad datat to the PCM. PCM uses this sensor for idle rpms, air/fuel mixtures, and other systems. $17 at the dealer. Clean your throttle body including your IAC valve also.

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    ZJ Limited Oct 04, 2010



    Starter - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.


    2. Raise and support the vehicle safely.


    3. If equipped, remove the starter shield pin by pulling on it with pliers, then lift and release the shield from the solenoid.


    4. Spray the solenoid electrical connection nuts and studs with
      penetrating oil, and allow it to seep in for a minute to loosen the
      connections. While the oil is soaking in, tag the solenoid electrical
      connectors for identification during assembly.




    It is very important that the solenoid electrical connection nuts and
    studs are sprayed with penetrating oil prior to removal to avoid damage
    to the solenoid end cap. A cracked cap will allow debris and moisture
    to enter and corrode the solenoid contacts.






    1. Carefully loosen the bolts and detach the starter electrical connectors. Position the wires to the side and out of the way.


    2. Remove the lower starter mounting bolt.


    3. Using an obstruction wrench, remove the upper starter mounting
      bolt. If the upper starter mounting bolt cannot be reached from below
      the vehicle, it may be accessible from above, through the intake
      manifold support bracket opening.



    4. If equipped, remove the bolt attaching the starter rear support
      bracket to the vehicle. Rotate the starter until the bracket misses the
      axle shaft support bracket.



    5. Carefully support the starter, pulling it rearward and toward the left side of the vehicle to remove it.


    If the starter is to be replaced, remove the bracket from the old starter



    To install:




    1. If equipped on the old starter, install the rear starter support
      bracket to the new starter. Tighten the bracket nuts to 7 ft. lbs. (9
      Nm).



    2. Guide the starter into the bell housing and rotate the assembly until the lower bolt hole in the starter aligns.


    3. Verify that the bracket is properly aligned and loosely install
      the bracket bolt, then loosely install the starter mounting bolts. It
      may be necessary to raise or lower the vehicle for access to both the
      upper and lower bolts, but do not tighten any bolts until all of the
      mounting bolts have been started.



    4. Tighten both upper and lower starter assembly attachment bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).


    5. Reconnect the electrical wires and install the nuts. Be careful
      not to overtighten the nuts and crack the solenoid end cap. Route the
      wiring cable so it will not contact any rough surfaces. Tighten the
      starter positive terminal nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) and the solenoid
      terminal nut to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm).



    6. If equipped, install the starter shield and push pin, being careful that the pin is positioned for possible future removal.


    7. Lower the vehicle.


    8. Connect the negative battery cable and verify operation.


    STARTER SOLENOID REPLACEMENT
    The Saturn original equipment starter and solenoid are a single unit, and must be replaced as an assembly if the unit fails.

    Hope helps.

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Yes it can be faulty or near to faulty starter,it has to be checked and replaced,but you can get the voltages checked at starter connections,There should be 12 volts.The starter connected to the battery,Also check the voltage of the battery,if the battery voltage is low then it will not give proper power to starter to turn over ,also check the connection between starter and battery,ifd the connection is loose it can be the issue.Remove the battery to starter connection and clean the connection and reconnect it and recheck.As you have taken it to the shop they must have tried this,but if not then get this possibilities checked before replacing the starter motor and its connections. ----------

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Posted on Oct 02, 2010

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    raj somaiya Oct 02, 2010

    It can be TPS but as per the problem its indicating towards starter.Getting the starer and its connections checked with meter will confirm the problem.
    Thanks for keeping updated with your query.

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    raj somaiya Oct 04, 2010

    yes exactly as shown in the video i provided in the previous comment.

  • raj somaiya
    raj somaiya Oct 04, 2010

    yes exactly as shown in the video that i provided in my previous comment.

  • raj somaiya
    raj somaiya Oct 04, 2010

    yes its located in the middle of the engine.exactly as shown in video i provided in my previous comment.

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    raj somaiya Oct 04, 2010

    here is the link to the video for your help:---




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