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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1997 Saturn SL1
1997 Saturn SL1 Problems
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.
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.
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.
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.
1997 Saturn SL1 Questions and Answers
Is the belt usually referred to as the "serpentine Belt" what you are calling the "Drive Belt"?
Is there a recall on the chassey, my chassey is rushed on the driver side.
When I drive my Saturn with the air conditioning on, it only runs with cool air when my foot is on the gas. When we are at a stop or idling in traffic, the air becomes warm. This has been going o...
1997 Saturn SL1, 5 speed, SOHC
When I come to a stop, the idle dips to near stalling and then goes back to normal. It may do this 2 or 3 times while stopped. It seems to be worse as the car warms ...
1997 Saturn SL1 Reviews
I probably don't drive it well, because I'm young and uneducated about cars, but recently ran into an overheating problem with my radiator and head gasket. Very expensive to repair. Not too long ago, first and second gear had serious repairs as well.
Does not do well in Arizona, where it is arid and the elevation changes rapidly between towns. Seemingly by magic, I cannot get past 40 mph when going up a two lane hwy 1000 more feet high to the next town, but once I'm there I regain my ability to drive at normal highway speeds. But on the way there, I have to get in the slow lane with the big trucks often with parking break lights on.
I've heard the head gasket is simply more fragile on Saturns, which combined with the hot everything-eveporates-in-5 -inutes climate, does not bode well for this car.
The radio does not work anymore due to internal antena problems. Neither does the tape deck.
The air conditioning has broken twice as well. Possibly connected.
It also continues to idle after I have turned off the engine and taken the key out of the car. Possible fan problems? I don't know...