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Saturn SL2 Stalling/Charge Light Illumination Due to Failed Alternator

Saturn SL2 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 144,680 mi (115,000 mi - 200,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 151,404 mi

    The vehicle ran into problems at first when placing it into reverse and did not have enough power to reverse. It instead continued to roll down the hill I happened to be on. Later the same night of August 31, 2011, I had started up fine and when I went to make a U-Turn, the transmission kicked when in reverse and the lights dimmed to almost nothing. Less than 200 feet later, the vehicle stalled and would not start. The alternator was replaced a few weeks prior to this event. The battery is also 2 weeks old.

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  • Minkey, , 200,000 mi

    Low battery light comes on frequently.

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  • Visitor,

    keep having to replace the alternator. We have changed the alternator at least three times now. I have dealt with the reverse issue do to a lack of power, window and door locking problems as well as stalling when applying the brake all seem to work well with a new alternator however have to change it once a month at least. LIFETIME WARRANTY suggested on any alternator installed in Saturns.

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  •  Enthusiast

    The Charge light went on and stayed on when I was driving home one day.

    I replaced the alternator that weekend, problem solved.

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  • Visitor, , 117,000 mi

    not enough power to start car...jump needed...happened right after a starter replacement.

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