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there are two types of coolant that were used in your car: your coolant bottle or cap may have a orange or green dot on it.

Orange dot = DEXCOOL
Green dot= Eythelene gycol (green stuff)

All the 97' and UP had dexcool. 96' was the transistion year, some one way some the other.

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1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Mar 06, 2019

Wiper Motor Switch Troubleshooting Check out someother GM wiper fail's video's ,not shuting off means the park switch is bad inside the motor assembly ,u need a new motor .

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Nov 19, 2017

get the fault codes read somewhere else
first have the ecm reset using a scan tool as replacing the battery can corrupt the program

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Aug 20, 2017

Try having operation diagnosed so you can stop replacing parts at random - cheaper in the long run.

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Jul 25, 2017

I am sure that there are parts that are worn out in the shifter, I see this complaint a lot for Old Saturns. It will be a miracle is you can get the parts to fix the worn out bushing and such

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Jun 27, 2017

Sure , there is a way to test it ! With wiring diagram in hand an a DVOM - digital volt ohn meter . Checking B+ voltage to the switch an output on the start - run circuits ! Do you know anything about automotive electrical systems ? How to use a DVOM ? How to read a wiring diagram . Too know how to take it apart you need a repair manual . Videos on youtube showing how too test electrical circuits

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Jun 05, 2017

you have spark at the plugs ..thats something

spray stay you mug
into the throttle body see if the motor will cough

tank needs draining and have fresh fuel
fuel pump has a filter and fuel relay

crack the fuel line connection to the rail to see if there is fuel reaching the rail and correct pressure

if sitting 6 years.. not being run regularly
do a compression test
lifters may be stuck
rings may have lost tension


1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Apr 07, 2017

have your heater core checked

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Nov 12, 2016

Did you check for B+ volt an ground at ignition module before replacing the coil's ? Videos on youtube showing how to test GM ignition systems

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Oct 08, 2016

Your lock core is likely worn. It will need to be replaced. You Tube your vehicle type and ignition lock replacement.

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Jun 18, 2016

This may be related to the antitheft system The system is known for turning off the starter and/or injectors when it fails. Is there a light on the dash that says SECURITY? This is a common problem worth looking into. http://www.diy-gm-security.com/


1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Apr 06, 2016

It should be located under the driver's side of dash and mounted to the firewall. Look under the dash and push the clutch pedal down all the way using your right hand to see the lever contact the plastic rectangular switch .You should be able to see 2 wires that plug onto the switch too.

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Jan 19, 2016

check your fluid level and condition, if they are good make sure linkage is good and adjusted properly, if it still isn't working you may have an internal trans problem possibly a torque convertor

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Oct 30, 2015

Does the engine start ? Is this a automatic transmission vehicle ? Do the brake lights work when you press on the brake pedal ? It probably has something to do with the Automatic Transmission Shift Lock
The brake transaxle shift interlock (BTSI) system consists of the body control module (BCM), powertrain control module (PCM), BTSI solenoid, stop lamp switch, and PRNDL selector switch. The BTSI system prevents the driver from moving the shift lever out of PARK unless the brake pedal is depressed while in RUN or CRANK.
The BCM controls the output to the BTSI solenoid by grounding the solenoid which energizes it, preventing shifting out of PARK. When the BCM receives input from the PCM over the Class II link that the transaxle is in PARK and the brake pedal is depressed, it will stop grounding the BTSI solenoid or de-energize it which will allow shifting. After the transaxle is moved out of the PARK position, the BCM shall monitor the status of the PRNDL serial data message sent by the PCM and shall continue to de-energize the solenoid until the transaxle has been returned to the PARK position.
In the event that the serial data messages are never received (approximately 5 seconds) by the BCM from the PCM, the BCM shall de-energize the solenoid to allow shifting. The transaxle can be shifted from PARK by placing the ignition switch in the ACC position. This eliminates power to the solenoid.

1997 Saturn SL | Answered on Oct 30, 2015

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