1998 Saturn SL1 Repair and Maintenance

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

1998 Saturn SL1 Problems

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.

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.

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

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...

LADY WHO DOESNT KNOW CARS WANTS 2KNOW WHY BELT IS LOOSE AGAIN MNTHS AFTR REPLACD (1 answer)

BELT AND WATER PUMP RECENTLY REPLACED. CAR RAN OK. NOW BELT IS LOOSE AGAIN. CAR SUDDENLY LOST ABILITY TO MOVE FLUENTLY. HAD CAR JUMPED. AAA SAID ALTERNATOR SHOWS PROBLEM. AFTER JUMP WITHIN 20 MINS IT WOULD DIE. HOW ARE ALL THESE PROBLEMS INTERCONNECTED> WHAT ORDER OF THINGS SHOULD I CHEC...

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1998 Saturn SL1 Reviews

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
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!

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