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My 1998 Saturn SL2 is weak at start up and dies if I idle (like at stop lights). What could be the problem and how much should I expect to pay to get it fixed?

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I would first check your battery and make sure that it is not weak, also have your alternator tested to make sure that it is putting out 14.3-14.6 volts. On how much you would spend is dependent on where you live. Take it to your local autozone and let them perform some free tests.

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This can be a wide array of faults.....first take it to Auto Zone and see if they can scan the computer for free to check if you have any codes stored in the system, if no codes you may have a weak fuel pump, which will require a fuel pressure test gauge installed into the fuel rail to see what type of fuel pressure your pump is developing(40-60 psi) typically is norm.The common denominator is a clogged fuel filter which is mounted under the vehicle under pressure(cost about175.00- 200.00 with a fuel injector flush.
If the fuel pump is defective you may spend roughly 300.00-400.00 for parts and labor.
The IAC motor may also be the cause...(Idle Air Control Motor) if this is frozen in either a rich or a lean pintle position the same havoc will occur, typically these repairs can be 175.00-300.00 depending upon the price of the part and the labor involved in replaced the IAC motor.
Before rushing out and worrying about all these high tech items draining your wallet.... look at the condition of the Air filter it is located at the very beginning of the black snorkle sort of plastic hose to a box configuration mounted under the hood at the front side of the engine, the air filter box black in color shoukld have about four metal clips that retain the top of the box from coming open, unhinge each one and pull the filter box top open, see the way the filter is installed inside it...remember the way it goes and if the filter looks dirty, replace it with a new one $20.00 at most from any Auto Parts store.
Hope this helps guide you, good luck!!!

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Is all the lights working well?

Please check the battery output voltage.

It should be more than 13volts...Please check this first and then we will proceed with other possible cases..
Please do check and comment back.

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