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1999 Saturn SL ; having problem with starting the car. had altanater, batery, and starter tested . altanator not putting out enough charge ; therefore killing battery. replaced altanator, put batery o

I bought the car a few months ago and it was very sluggish. when giving it gas from a complete stop it would chock on its self. i would have to feather the gas untill it would break free and take off . felt like it was not getting gas to all of a sudden the line cleard and off it would go and i could shift into 2nd gear.and so on I would have to keep a high RPM inorder to up shift or it would choke again. the air conditioner would **** the motor of much of it's power. you can feel the motor bogg way down . I replaced plugs and wires and it seemes to of cured the chockng effect. still feel AC pulling power but not nearly as bad. down side of this is: after replacing plugs and wires the car started over heating causing it to spew coolant out of flow tank. Even though the guage never reaches the middle mark.

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SOURCE: cranks won,t start 1999 saturn sl

not enough compression needs around 150 each those are known for head gasket problems

Posted on Nov 12, 2008



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SOURCE: My 1999 saturn sl2 will

Sounds like a bad timing chain.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009


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SOURCE: my 1999 saturn sl was intermittently starting, with some black smoke coming out when it started. would try to die when accelerating in first gear only. i replaced air filter, fuel filter/ fuel pressur

Just check the air intake tube for splits & clamp tightness 1st. You may also want your airflow sensor tested

Posted on Jun 15, 2012



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SOURCE: 2005 Saturn Vue Repetitive Ignition Fuse Failure

I think there is a short in the system, possibly happened while replacing the main brain.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012


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SOURCE: 2002 Saturn SL 2. Idle at 1800 rpm. With ac. 1400 rpm. When up to temp. Replaced temp sender an idle control valve. Code sea idle too high. Computer reads

it sounds like the ignition crntrol module

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1999 Saturn SL having random starting problems

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Yes that will be the alternator gone bad (Won't be chargeing)

to varify this just take the small wire off the altanator (NOT THE BIG THICK OUT PUT WIRE!)

And put it to the caseing of the engine and the battery lights will come on! thisprives it is the alternator at fault!

just make shure that the altanator is not rubber mounted if it is (rare) it will have its own earth to the caseing may have snaped will cause same effect but you would see it any way if it was!

Replace altanater if that all checks out. NO USE GUESSING MAKE SHURE WITH SIMPLE TEST LIKE THIS ONE!

Have a good one...................Bruce

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battery might have power but not enough to start vehicle boost or put a charger on battery and try to start if starts have battery and alternator tested [load test] most auto stores do this for free-- if does not start check connections and wiring to starter if good than starter needs to be tested may have short

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Cranks won,t start 1999 saturn sl

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