1998 Saturn SL1 Repair and Maintenance

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

1998 Saturn SL1 Problems

A/C off for Engine Protection and Engine Reads Cold

The 1996-2002 Saturn SL1 may display the warning message "A/C off for Engine Protection" on the instrument panel. This may be accompanied by 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. 

Noise From Front of Engine Due to Timing Chain

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.

Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations

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.

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1998 Saturn SL1 Questions

It looks like I have excessive amount of oil in my coolant reservoir (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. (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?

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1998 Saturn SL1 Reviews

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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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