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1997 Saturn SL Question: Cylinder #2 Misfire & Check engine light blinking

 

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rachey88, Choctaw, OK, February 12, 2009, 13:25
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I have a 1997 Saturn SL1. It has about 154000 miles. I replaced the spark plugs two days ago because it was misfiring. Now when I drive it it doesn't want to go. I will be stopped at a stop sign or light and it will idle very low and then I will go and it will not pickup and go. Like it gets stuck in gear. If I put in park and rev it and then shift into gear it will go sometimes. I put the Lucas stop leak tranny fluid in it yesterday but it has not helped. I don't know what to do and I have to drive it 100 miles tomorrow. Will it make it?

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    Andy Y February 12, 2009, 14:22
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    If the light is blinking, it is not a good idea to drive the car. You can learn more about the light here
    http://repairpal.com/check-engine-light

    The misfire should be diagnosed as it can be caused by a number of things. Did you replace the wires (if equipped) or coil? Did a shop diagnose this for you?

    When I had to rent a car, I think the small car was $20 for the day. I would consider this as an option so you don't do major damage to the catalytic converter

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    rachey88, February 12, 2009, 17:50
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    I replaced the wires and so far so good. I will see what happens when I get off work. but one of wires was broken I think because the metal part that connects to the plug came out of the wire.

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    Andy Y, February 12, 2009, 23:03
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    I hope you got it fixed! Very often if you replace a spark plug that has been on for a long time, the wire or coil boot is not far behind. They get baked on and very hard so they can get compromised when they're removed.

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