1998 Saturn SL1 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Saturn SL1

1998 Saturn SL1 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.

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.

Power steering hoses leak fluid and should be replaced
The power steering hoses commonly leak fluid. Any leaking hoses should be replaced.

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1998 Saturn SL1 Questions

My car will not start. The lights go on in thedash board but no starter activity. In the past if i wiggled the orange chime box under the air condionter controls it would start right up. I replaced the chime box but it will not start. (1 answer)

My car will not start. The lights go on in thedash board but no starter activity. In the past if i wiggled the orange chime box under the air condionter controls it would start right up. I replaced the chime box but it will not start. It has done this repeatedly but always restarted but now ....n...

I replaced the spark plugs and wires and fuel pump, but it still vibrates and (1 answer)

I have to floor it at 35 mph. It seems like something is clogged. what can I do?

Horrible sound coming from belt area. (1 answer)

Yesterday is the first day I heard this sound, it's a horribly loud vibrating sound coming from the belt area.

Today after driving the vehicle for a 15 minute errand I start to hear the sound again. I pop the hood to figure out what exactly near the belt the sound is coming from.

I...

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1998 Saturn SL1 Reviews

I've owned a 98 Sl2, and currently own a 98 Sl1, both of them are great cars. They can be bought cheap, sip gas, and are fun to drive. My current car originated in canada and after years of harsh winters and 116k, still drives amazing!
i bought my 98 sl1 about 2 years ago it had 88k on it i drove it all the way to 231k b4 i dropped a 06 ion redline motor in to it. the motor was still runing fine i just wanted more power over all the car is amazing there are some minor electrical problems bet nothing major this car is a great buy

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