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When I accelerate the car slowly picks up speed, the rpms shoot up around 3-4 until it catches up and then speeds up. Just had the catalytic converter replaced...the car drives well other than that..

I had a check engine light diagnostic done on my Saturn and the low coolant sensor came on (it wasnt low) and the imap sensor. It was explained to me that this regulates air flow to the engine. Could be computer issues too, He wants $200. sound fair?

For a while, it would come on if I turned it off for a bit then back on. Now, it won't turn on at all. A/C won't either, obviously. Pretty sure I'm low on coolant but that shouldn't affect whether or not my fan turns on.

If it's a fuse issue, where would I find that?

Thanks!

Was doing oil change, plug might have got cross threaded, now just spins but won't tighten. Think pan has to come off, but not sure best way to do.

The car seems to be driving ok. I asked the service station to check the car and they suggested an alignment. They claim the car will "collapse" in winter if I do not get it before then but right now they say it was "still ok" Please note I have not had one done that I can remember. They want $90. They also wanted $60 to replace a stud. The filter changes are cheaper.

I removed fuses and they seem to be fine , what else and how can I check it ? Thanks

The car runs without the key in the ignition. I discovered that by accident when I was in a hurry one day. I didn't realize it would drive like that, until I drove somewhere one day, and when I went to shut the car off and take the key out, the key was already out. I had put it in the console and forgot to put it in the ignition when I started driving.

My car revs up to 3-4k rpms while idling then acts like it wants to die, and the smell of gas comes into the car. Plus, when starting up blows a white cloud out of the exhaust.

My mechanic took for test drive, didn't happen of course. He said it could be fuel pump or any number of things. What should I do first? Not sure of engine.

have a light looks like a box with wavy lines at bottom and arrow pointing down

problem seems worse when trans is warm if slowing down to let car in front turn when reaccelerating will jump in and out of drive must shift to second

It takes about 5 mins before it actually starts . It sounds like the fuel pump but when i put my ear to the gas tank i hear the pump turn on .. when i got the car it was rigged up (electricly) couple months it didnt want to start, i took it to an electrical mechanic and he made it start but the way i explained before, oh n afterci start it ,its easier to start it until the following day or as long as it stays active. If anyone has any answers or suggeztions for me i would really apprecciate it

Lines out the transmission (there a left hole and right ) and i had to order some more lines but when i finally got em days later i cant remember which line went where, can anybody help , please and thank you

Was throwing a code about evap circuit leak. Is it the vent solenoid or purge solenoid or gas cap or vacucum leak or all? Where should I start?

now the starter just clicks when i try to start.

when check engine light is on transmission will not shift. Just replaced transmission. when connected to computer error code PO113A shows up when I clear the code transmission will shift. when I disconnect computer check engine light comes on and transmission will not shift How do I fix it.

Stared when ignition was stuck, then it was replaced now radio and wipers won't come on.

when first start up car in morning & its in drive the lights come on; but when shut off then started again there off. Changed both bulbs and the relay. What else could it be?

the check engine light comes on the code reader says gear ratio is incorrect. (733, 734) I reset the computer and all is good for another 500- 750 mls then again no 3rd or 4th gear. Just before this happens I notice a hard banging shift especially on hills. there is 90,000 mls on the car.
The car has started hesitating before shifting into reverse when it does it slams then is slow shifting into 1st.
I was given a complete tranny from an 2001 will this valve body and or solonoids fit my 96 if that is the problem?
Thanks

I didn't know that the right size of tires of that car is 185/65/14, coz when I bought that car the tires that was on is 195/65/14, so I bought the same size for my winter tires, but when I went to Walmart to change my tires, he told me it can't be put on coz it's not the right size. So is it possible that to put on 190/70/14 ?

I drained out and added new fluid and it happened again.

Can I put 185/75/14 tires on my 2001 Saturn sc1?

I was driving the car and it started to surge (like I was running out of gas but had a half a tank of gas) for a few minutes then went back to normal for about 20 minutes then it started doing it again then it stall.
We have checked the battery, fuel pump, fuel injector(s), vacuum lines and looses wires ( found 1 that we can't figure where it goes) along with changing out fuses and spark plugs.

have replaced relay, primed, fan does not kick in..fan does work when a/c is on, someone told me about a second thermostat aka the sending unit.

The noise is only while accelerating & seems to go away when up to speed. It doesn't hesitate or seem to have any power problems...just the noise.

Engine vibrates when idling

tried everything

The transmission has no reverse and will not shift from 1st to 2nd. Have checked the lock nut on main shaft tight. Changed the filter : valve body;fluid every thing I I know to do can youplease help!

The week prior, after engaging engine smelled gas for maybe 1/4 mile. Went away & no problem. Week later, backed out could smell & see drops of gas. What could cause this?

Is the cars engine big enough to handle the haul?