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Saturn Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems for 30 Saturn models based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

The engine valve cover gaskets may develop and engine oil leak. A burning smell may be noted from the engine area if the type of leak were to occur.

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate. At this time, RepairPal cannot confirm a recall for this gas cap issue.

The fuel injection system for the 2.0L turbo engine places fuel directly into the combustion chambers. This is called "direct injection". Due to the high fuel pressure associated with this type of system a noticeable clicking noise can be heard from the fuel injectors.

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail causing an engine misfire, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Diagnoses will be required to determine the cause and needed repair.

Care must be taken when opening and closing the manual convertible top. The top is prone to damage from improper use.

The power steering assist may be lost intermittently along with illumination of the "power steering" warning message. In most cases, the power steering system will return to normal when the ignition is cycled off and the engine is restarted. General Motors recommends to replace the electric power steering assist motor to correct this problem. They have extended the warranty on the power steering assist motor to 10 years or 100,000 miles on most 2004-2007 Ion models. This is not a "recall" but an extension of the original warranty.

Vehicles with a 6speed automatic transmission may develop one or more of the following faults related to a broken 35R clutch wave plate inside the transmission: Illumination of the Check Engine Light with code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723, loss of reverse gear, slipping or harsh 3rd or 5th gear shift. Removal and dis-assembly of the transmission will be required to replace the broken 35R wave plate. It is also extremely important that all debris from the failed part be cleaned from the transmission while it is disassembled in order to try and prevent future problems.

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail causing an engine misfire, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Diagnoses will be required to determine the cause and needed repair.

The 30amp high speed cooling fan fuse may blow due to high start up loads associated with the high speed cooling fan motor. Our technicians tell us the high speed cooling fan wiring and fuse should be upgraded to a 40amp circuit to correct this concern. The fan wiring MUST be upgraded along with the fuse to handle the increased current flow.

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.

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