1997 Saturn SL Repair and Maintenance
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1997 Saturn SL ProblemsA/C off for Engine Protection and Engine Reads Cold
Saturn SL 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.
Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.
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.
1997 Saturn SL QuestionsMy will crank and run for 30 minutes, then it cuts off and wont start back up. (1 answer)
I wait 1 or 2 hours then the car will crank and run again for thirty minutes, then shuts off.
My car cuts off when I'm driving, no system light comes on, the car just stops. So far, it starts back eventually, but I would really like to have some idea of what's going on. It's not the battery, the lights still work. When I turn the key, it makes no sound at all--no click, nothin...
I have to turn key 3 or more times to crank car. It turns over, but will not crank--winter time, it cranks first turn of the key. In the summer, the more stops I make, the worse it is. I live in Mississippi, where sometimes its 100 degrees, I'm afraid eventually I will get stranded somewhere...
1997 Saturn SL RecallsHorn 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.