Saturn Repair and Maintenance

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

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Saturn Problems

Valve Cover Gaskets May Leak Oil

A burning smell may develop due to an oil leak form one or both valve cover gaskets. Resealing the valve cover will generally correct this concern. However, the valve covers should be inspected and replaced if damaged.

Flush brake fluid every 60,000 miles

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

Transmission Fault and/or Check Engine Light With Code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723

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.

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Saturn Questions

The service engine soon light has come on. (1 answer)

I just had a new radiator and thermostat put in last week. I have had sensors replaced, new rear brake lines, alternator, battery, plus much, much more in the engine before inspection in October last year. I do know my valve cover has a small crack in it which my son will be repairing this week...

howling noise when driving passager front end side. it's not the belt tensioner. (1 answer)

the faster the louder howling and continues when off the gas slowing down. We tow the vehicle but have always followed manufacturer instructions runing 3 minutes each gear every 500 or less miles usually at 400. no noise when car is no on the road and rivving up engine

Where is the starter located on the engine of a'98 Saturn, SC2, 5 speed? (1 answer)

The engine is in sideways.

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Saturn Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Liftgate Falls Closed Without Warning

The power liftgate may fall suddenly from the open position due to the failure of the struts that support it when open. Dealers will update the software for the liftgate actuator motor control unit to prevent rapid closing of the liftgate free of charge to resolve the problem.

Ignition Lock Cylinder Concern

These vehicles are being recalled because it may be possible for the key to be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "Off" position. If this were to occur the vehicle could roll away unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the vehicle to see if the key can be pulled out when the ignition is off. If it can, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and keys to correct this concern. Note: Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, to be sure that the vehicle is in "Park," or in the case of a manual transmission, that the vehicle is in the "Reverse" position and the parking brake is engaged.

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Saturn Reviews

Have had this car almost seven years ( this October), I don't do long drives and when I was working, I only drove 2 miles each way. I have only put 32000 miles on it since I bought it. It is a very economical vehicle, I just had to have new front brakes put on, I also replaced the alloy wheels with steel ones, because I would come out to a different flat tire each day. My airco needs a shot ...
When I have the AC on and I'm driving my car makes a lot of noise. My car runs fine normally with no issues . When I put gas in it it will not start. I have to crank the motor until it starts ,but once i get it to start that one time I can cut it off and it cut right back on with no problems like normal .it only happens when I put gas in it even if I don't fill it up n I don't let it to lo...
BEWARE THAT THE TRANI COOLING DEVISE IS IN THE CENTER OF THE V ENGINE BLOCK AND WHEN IT LEAKS THE TRANSMISSION FLUID MIXES THE COOLANT AND WILL TAKE FOREVER AND $2100.00 TO CLEAN UP. AC LEAKS AT COMPRESSOR. IT'S COST MORE THAN I PAID FOR IT.

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