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My mom has a 2001 Saturn SL series...when she starts it the engine vibrates and when she puts it in gear is goes but very slow and she can smell gas really bad...

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  • stucker21 Nov 09, 2010

    It is a 4 cyl. 2.2 liter, just changed spark plugs and coil pack at the suggestion of another mechanic...it did nothing. Don't think the light is on...the car has about 80k and she does just regular maintenance like oil, etc. I think the only thing big this year was a air conditioner part.

  • stucker21 Nov 09, 2010

    could it be that many problems at once...it running rough and going very slow and the smell of gas? I will have to ask my mom if the engine light is on.

  • stucker21 Nov 09, 2010

    Okay, thanks! I will have her check to see if she can pinpoint a fuel leak.

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Is there a check engine light on? When was the last time the spark plugs were replaced and what maintenance has been done recently or within the last year or so? How many miles are on the car, and what size engine does it have. Thanks in advance.

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  • GetMeOttaHere Nov 09, 2010

    Ok, we can rule out the the ignition system for now since the plugs were replaced and ignition system was serviced. Is it possible the fuel system has a leak and is why the smell of gasoline in so strong? If so, there is not enough fuel pressure to allow the system to feed enough fuel to the engine. This would be the first place to check and inspect, then I would measure the fuel pressure to be sure it is within specs. With an issue like this, I would expect an engine light or check engine light to be illuminated alerting there is an issue with the vehicle.

  • GetMeOttaHere Nov 09, 2010

    The engines timing belt could have also jumped a tooth, causing the engine to vibrate and run poorly.

  • GetMeOttaHere Nov 09, 2010

    The light will at least tell me the engine has picked up on a problem. But for now, The fuel leak inspection is a great idea, and will not cost a dime to check.

  • GetMeOttaHere Nov 09, 2010

    Ok, respond back when you can and we can take it further. I'm not sure what tools you have for diagnostics, but I can point you in a direction to at least begin.

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