1998 Saturn SL2 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Saturn SL2

1998 Saturn SL2 Problems

A/C off for Engine Protection and Engine Reads Cold

The 1996-2002 Saturn SL2 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. 

Transmission Fluid Leak From Cooler Line

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.

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

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1998 Saturn SL2 Questions

what would cause the engine to not crank (1 answer)

was working fine, after work would not start. just a click. lights, radio, horn all work. jumping it did nothing.

Car wont start. Seems related to most problems listed here already. Am I right? (1 answer)

Car wont engage (start). Tested battery, alternator, solenoid, ignition switch, starter- all are fine. Fuel pump is irrelevant since engine can still turn regardless if that were the case. Replaced neutral switch (named clutch interlock switch according to dealership). Even with it not able to st...

I am not sure about the engine ? maybe someone can give answers to both motors. (1 answer)

this is my daughters car we are both dumb when it comes to this s*&t. She took her car to a shop yesterday. She had the oil changed the day before and car drove fine. Then next day she went to start and it wouldn't turn over. She had it towed to another shop where a family member works. ...

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1998 Saturn SL2 Reviews

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i have a 1998 sl2 car wont start no nothing checked the teminals n battery.all that works is the lights n horn n radio.love the car good on gas n all.would it b the ignition switch.need ur help cant wast the money n find out it was something simple.times r bad right now so please help me out.tyvm
I bought this car new in Oct 1998 so have owned it 10 years. It has been well maintained following the manufacturer's recommendations. The car today has only 56900 miles on it because I live close to work. It has been an excellent car; just now replaced the fuel pump and filter, last year a computer engine chip, both totaling about $1400.00 for parts and labor. Also replaced the brakes two y...

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