1996 Saturn SL Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Saturn SL

1996 Saturn SL Problems

Stalling/Charge Light Illumination Due to Failed Alternator

The alternator may fail causing the charge light to illuminate. Driving with this condition will eventually cause the engine to stall due to low system voltage.

Contamination of extended life coolant
Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.
Timing Chain May Come Into Contact With Timing Cover and Make Noise

The timing chain may come into contact with the timing cover, causing noise in the engine. Replacement of worn timing chain components will be necessary to correct this concern.

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1996 Saturn SL Questions

what could it be if your coils and plugs and wires and icm are all new and repla (2 answers)

replaced and there is still one plug not getting a spark ,so it continues to bog and shake n missfire intermittently n getting worse.its running a biut better but its not fixed?

Car won't crank over good battery good starter lights do come on on th dash auto (1 answer)

I used to take it around the block just to circulate all the fluids and one day I tried to start it and it wouldn't do anything

Can anyone tell me where the crank position sensor is located?? (1 answer)

I have a 1996 Saturn wagon

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1996 Saturn SL 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 97V138000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL STEERING. THE PINION BEARING CAGE IN THE STEERING GEAR CAN SEPARATE UNDER HIGH STEERING SYSTEM LOAD CONDITIONS, SUCH AS PARKING LOT OR SIMILAR LOW SPEED MANEUVERS.
Roof Panel Welds Insufficient

The roof panel welds may not be sufficiently made to prevent panel separation in an accident. Dealers will reinforce the roof flange with structural fasteners free of charge to resolve the concern.

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1996 Saturn SL Reviews

My car won't stay started could it be water or something in my tank. the gas is not getting up to the front.

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