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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Saturn SL

1997 Saturn SL

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1997 Saturn SL Problems

Brakes -- Verified

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

Drive Train -- Verified

The rubber section of an automatic transmission cooler line may develop a fluid leak . In some cases the leaking section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this concern.

1997 Saturn SL Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 10, 1997

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSSENGER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT WITH SUSPECT COLD WELDS ON THE RIGHT SIDE IN THE TUNNEL AREA OF THE FLOOR PAN. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ANCHORAGE."

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Suspension & Steering, August 29, 1997

Summary: 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.

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1997 Saturn SL Questions and Answers

rachey88, 1997 Saturn SL, Choctaw, OK

I have a 1997 Saturn SL1. It has about 154000 miles. I replaced the spark plugs two days ago because it was misfiring. Now when I drive it it doesn't want to go. I will be stopped at a stop si...

glennbob, 1997 Saturn SL, Gibbon, NE

I started the car and it just dies. Wlould not start or even crank. When I put the key in the egnition (and NOT turning the key) you hear a clicking sound comming from the passenger side rear whe...

duanesgirl, 1997 Saturn SL, 1.9L 4 Cylinder SOHC, Kingston, NY

im trying to change the oxygen censor where is the number 3 bank?

Toni Booth, 1997 Saturn SL, Riverside, CA

what is the P1404 and is it a fairly easy to fix details as to what the code means

noknowledge, 1997 Saturn SL, Cincinnati, OH

How can I get the hood open on my 1997 Saturn if the hood release is broken?

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1997 Saturn SL Reviews

270K miles on "Goldie" outside of normal maintenance, nothing until 180K-AC replaced & Radiator replaced; 190K lower control arms and the 250K transmission. So let's see - about $2400 over 12 years, not to bad.

Had to get the head gasket replaced on mine due to leaking oil, but otherwise a great, reliable car - even in snow.

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