1997 Saturn SC1 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Saturn SC1

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1997 Saturn SC1 Problems

A/C off for Engine Protection and Engine Reads Cold

Owners may notice the warning message "A/C off for Engine Protection" displayed on their instrument panel, illumination of the check engine light, and the temperature gauge reading cold at all times. This is a feature of the engine that is activated by the power control module when it detects the engine warming up too slowly. The OBD trouble code P0128 may also be stored. 

The cause is simply a worn out thermostat that stays open at all times, preventing the engine from reaching the proper operating temperature. 

Replacement of the thermostat will correct the issue. 

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

Inspect transmission/fluid every 30,000 miles

You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission system should be completely flushed.

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1997 Saturn SC1 Questions

Oil comes up where spark plugs are and car wont start (1 answer)

I removed and dried spark plugs and wires the car was able to be push started but was idling very high. When I, came to a complete stop the car idled very low and shut off. Had to push start it again.

why does my dipstick smell like gasoline?why does car sputter when cranked? (1 answer)

after it sputters to crank it throws a cloud of smoke and it smells of gasoline as well..

No one can seem to find the small emissions leak in my car. Engine light always on. Gas cap already replaced. (2 answers)

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1997 Saturn SC1 Recalls

Horn Failure

The horn could fail and overheat. resulting in a possible engine compartment fire. Dealers will replace the horn assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Recall 97V161000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. IF THE DRIVER OR FRONT PASSENGER SAFETY BELT IS PULLED OUT MUCH FASTER THAN NORMAL, A NUMBER OF TIME, THE LOCK-UP FEATURE OF THE RETRACTOR WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY.
Recall 97V162000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE SECTION OF THE OWNER'S HANDBOOK TITLED "HORIZONTAL AIM" DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCT AN OWNER HOW TO ADJUST THE HEADLAMP HORIZONTAL AIM. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT."

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1997 Saturn SC1 Reviews

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based on 1 customer reviews
my 97 saturn has a couple of problems but it has 197,789 miles on it.I've owned it for 1 in a half years.Small rattle type sound in the engine coming from the belt, drinks oil like a siv, air intake has a slight problem,and my car won't start sometimes after it has sit all night its not the battery dont know what it is but it does eventually start.Its never left me stranded except when the star...

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