Problem Description and Possible Solution
The timing chain may come into contact with the timing cover, causing noise in the engine. Replacement of worn timing chain components will be necessary to correct this concern.
Average mileage: 350,000 (350,000–350,000)
Engine affected: 1.9L 4 Cylinder DOHC
10 people reported this problem
Same problem, but with a twist. Check engine/Oil light came on (this was right after an oil change at Jiffy Lube). Pulled the car over and had it towed to the shop. They found that the plastic guides for the timing chain had been eaten over time and had traveled into the oil return line, blocking oil from getting to the engine. Mechanic already knew about the timing chain/cover issue with Saturn's, but it was the first time he had ever seen the blockage in the oil line, and he has been a full time mechanic for 35 years!