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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
These engines can go well beyond 500,000 miles, and I know several people that can attest to that. There is one important thing you must know. ALWAYS check your oil at every gas fill up! Your SL2 is probably burning oil and needs to be checked. If you let it get too low you will spin bearings in the engine and it will be rendered useless. Check the oil and keep it at the top of the hatchmarks. It's a good idea to get two quarts of oil and leave them in the trunk this way you can fill as you need it.
The idle is probably the Idle Air Control valve (IAC). It is probably dirty and needs to be cleaned. Removing the throttle body and cleaning with carb cleaner to get the carbon off will get your idle working again. You cannot reset idles on these car and DO NOT touch the idle stop, that is not how idle is managed nor adjusted. The idle should be 1,200 RPMs cold and 800-850 warm.
Posted on Jan 25, 2010
Testimonial: "Thank you very much! Checked the oil, not low but will watch it. Where is the throttle body? Will a shop do it?"
SOURCE: '98 SL2 Saturn Traction Control
Traction control helps limit tire slip in acceleration on slippery surfaces. In the past you had to feather the gas pedal to prevent the drive wheels from spinning wildly on slippery pavement. Many of today's vehicles employ electronic controls to limit power delivery for the driver, eliminating wheel slip and helping the driver accelerate under control. Don't turn it off.
Posted on Mar 10, 2009
the check engine light means that a code has been set. the code will reference a faulty system that must be diagnosed and repaired. sorry for the vagueness, but there are e gads of codes that can cause the rough idling
most aftermarket parts places will scan the car for free. this will give you an idea of where to start.
Posted on May 12, 2009
SOURCE: saturn sl2 emissin problem
If the SES light is on, take a paper clip bend it in a u-shape and jump the scanner input positions A B. This should flash the ses in sequesces to give you the trouble code, Please see the following link. http://www.troublecodes.net/GM/ Refer to the code to see what the issue may be. SES lit means that there is a emmissions related issue. Refer to the other links for additonal information on O2 sensor resistance, and the egr valve solinoid. Check the EGR is relitive easy for operation. Remove the vaccum hose and place a hose of similar suckon the hose to pull vaccum if the diafram underneith retracts, hold the vaccum by plugging off the tube with your touge if the diafram retracts, will not hold the vaccum, it is bad. The solinoid should read 40-60 ohms if good. http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/index.php http://www.aldlcable.com/sc/pages.asp?pageid=21
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
i have 98 saturn sl2 well taken care of with 190'000.ya it will last i believe mine will .had same problem.change throttle position sensor[tps].30- 40 dollars.autoparts store
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
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