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1995 saturn SL: My car has started burning oil. I replaced the spark plugs ,and one was oil fouled.88,000 miles.. My real problem is the idle is now erratic. When the car is stopped ,it drops below 800rpm,and sometime stalls. I fully charged the battery ,but when it stalled at the gas station,i could hardly get the engine to turn over ,like the battery was dead. I waited a few min. and it finally had just enough to turn the engine over ,and start the car. i put a volt meter on the battery with the car running ,and it showed it was almost 15 volts. So i don't get it.I want to get through the winter ,but the idle is a real pain.

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  • busterhardbo Nov 19, 2010

    na, i can't reconsider . I already knew those simple ideas. Heavy oil will do little to stop the burning. I tried it. Doing it on a lawn tractor you use once a week in the yard ,is a little different than use on a car.. I know the engine probably needs rebuild ,but that is a cost i am not willing to incur. A junkyard engine may be worse. who knows.The job might cost me up to 2000 dollars. I want to get thru the winter with this car ,but maybe tha's no going to happen. When it runs ,it runs good . but the idle is just to rough. I also tried cleaning the throttle control.

  • busterhardbo Nov 19, 2010

    na, i can't reconsider . I already knew those simple ideas. Heavy oil will do little to stop the burning. I tried it. Doing it on a lawn tractor you use once a week in the yard ,is a little different than use on a car.. I know the engine probably needs rebuild ,but that is a cost i am not willing to incur. A junkyard engine may be worse. who knows.The job might cost me up to 2000 dollars. I want to get thru the winter with this car ,but maybe tha's no going to happen. When it runs ,it runs good . but the idle is just to rough. I also tried cleaning the throttle control. Maybe you can't help.

  • busterhardbo Nov 19, 2010

    na, i can't reconsider . I already knew those simple ideas. Heavy oil will do little to stop the burning. I tried it. Doing it on a lawn tractor you use once a week in the yard ,is a little different than use on a car.. I know the engine probably needs rebuild ,but that is a cost i am not willing to incur. A junkyard engine may be worse. who knows.The job might cost me up to 2000 dollars. I want to get thru the winter with this car ,but maybe tha's no going to happen. When it runs ,it runs good . but the idle is just to rough. I also tried cleaning the throttle control

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Oiled up sparkplugs/low compresion,oil burning indicates a worn bore.time for a rebuild im afraid.

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  • busterhardbo Nov 10, 2010

    is there any way to keep the idle from flucuating ,and sometime dropping right out,esp. in drive.

  • geoff hunter Nov 10, 2010

    you could use one of those oil "thickeners "thats supposed to cure oil leaks,but as a last resort.

  • geoff hunter Nov 10, 2010

    one thumb is for NOT very helpfull.would you like to reconsider.......?

  • geoff hunter Nov 19, 2010

    did you try a compression test ???but i suppose you already did that,cos you knew the answers before you asked the question...........

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