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1998 Saturn SL1 SOHC loss of power going up hill.

Got a feeling I'm about to be shopping for a new transmission or solenoid, 3rd takes a while to kick in forcing me to back off the RPMs a little then reapply the gas to kick in 3rd and it does it smoothly here just takes some backing off and re-applying to kick in. When applying anything past half power after 30 miles per hour you can hear clicking noises almost and the more power you give from here the louder and more frequent it gets. Btw i'm saying clicking noise because thats the only way i can describe it but does sound metal related, I'm thinking fly wheel. Jumping on the highway takes about 1.5 minutes to go from 40 to 70, if you apply any more gas with out waiting you'll get this noise again. 2 years ago i replaced the starter, while moving around under it i noticed where the starter go's in and meets the fly wheel there was metal shavings. From the small amount of the fly wheel that was visible it didn't look chipped or anything, but that's with out saying since i couldn't see the rest of it. Solenoid would cause the loss of power and the shift issue between 2nd and 3rd but the grinding like clicking noise when applying certain amount of gas has me rethinking could be the actual transmission. Its never had any tests done on it for internal damage either. Thanks.

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Sounds like you have a failing transmission to this 35 year repair technician. Have you even run the fault codes with a scan tool?

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SOURCE: 1999 Saturn SL1 goe through has starter problems

try getting a new fly wheel installed in your car because it soulds like you have a few ground down spots on it. my buddies saturn had this problem with the starter and he had to change the flywheel and it has worked ever since and that was 2 years ago.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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SOURCE: mechanic said valve lifters need to be replaced

valve lifters make a kind of rattly knocking noise! which sort of follow engine revs.if they are gone you may need a new camshaft as well, best to do itr all at the same time and are sold as a kit.are you sure there is a new noise or are you just listening harder?

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: 97 Saturn SL1 leaking antifreeze, high RPMs, uses excessive gas

wow it sounds like you have a few problems going on. One, your idle speed is set too high and needs to be lowered. Two, i would replace your temperature sensor so that you can monitor your overheating. As well as try and see where the leaking is coming from (i.e. the radiator cap, on the radiator itself, or where the hoses run into the engine-could be engine temperature sensor). Three, if you have to prime your engine at first to get it to run then more than likely fuel pump is going bad.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009


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SOURCE: 1999 Saturn SL2 shifting problems

I also have a 1999 sl2 saturn . I was having about the same problem but mine also did not want to go into reverse somtimes as well . Ichanged my fluid and filter and put in a good trans conditioner and just about all my trouble went away. The trans filter is just like a oil filter it just screws on the outside of the transmission . It is located down under the air filter housing, and the fluid plug is right on the bottom of the trans.

Posted on Mar 29, 2009


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SOURCE: transmission will not shift out of 1st gear.

Check your transmission fluid level. If the filter has never been changed, now is a good time to replace the fluid and filter.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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