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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Question that I pose is:
Is the car overheating or are you assuming it is as the gauge is telling you that it is?
There are two cheap and simple things that are not mentioned in this post. There is an Engine coolant temp sensor which in all of their innane wisdom Saturn built with a plastic tip and we all know plastic melts fairly easily. This part is a simple fix as it needs a 13mm deep socket and that is it for tools to replace it and it is $10 - $15 for a new on with a copper tip. There is also an Engine coolant temp switch which sends information to the PCM to tell the gauge what the reading should be. Aslo $10 - $15 and a 13MM deep socket to replace. These are common issues with the S Series Saturns. I do however recomend that if you are going to replace them yourself that you empty the radiator of coolant as the sensor and switch are directly in the engine block coolant flow and will give you a nice little shower if you do not at least jack the drivers side up before replacing them.
Posted on Dec 02, 2008
What engine do you have? One noted problem with the 4 cylinder engines is the reliability that at some point the intake will crack. I went through all the same things when I bought my 93. Drove off the lot, started overheating, replaced the thermostat and still had the problem without moving from the driveway. Look all around the intake. Make sure car is full of coolant and have the engine running. Most likely you will see a small coolant leak on the backside by the firewall. These cars were known for this problem. By the way if this is the problem make sure you take it to a reputable mechanic, make sure you get a new one installed. I had a used one and had the car back in the shop the next day. It then sat there for 2 more weeks while the used car dealer and I had a "discussion".
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
Are you putting the thermostat in correctly? It it will not work backwards.
And to confirm that there isn't a different problem, take the thermostat out all together and see if it overheats.
Engine not fully warming up is not usually caused by the thermostat. Stats usually fail closed, not open.
You will want to check the water temperature sending unit or gauge after verify the water temperature with an external calibrated thermometer. You can attach and insulate the external thermometer to the housing where thermostat is located.
Reply back what you figure out. I will be happy to help you further.
Posted on Feb 03, 2009
sounds like another plastic rad has bitten the dust,replace the rad or hose if its split and refill with antifreeze and see what happens ,if ok then good if not post here again for more advice
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
running the vehicle without a thermostat is not a check. These cars have a computer control, running it without a thermostat or one in the wrong tempertature range will not let the system operate properly.
Posted on Sep 24, 2009
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