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Car is spewing transmission fluid even when filter is put on tight. Checked with a knowledgeable parts person and said it sounds like transmission is clogged.

car won't start in morning. after sun hits car after awhile it battery,plug wires, plugs, cold pack. cold weather affects starting. starts if booster is on over night.

is there n easy way to get the alternater out.?

replaced started now have charging problem had alternator tested it was good battery lite on not charged (it was a refurmished starter

For the last couple months I thought my car was not shifting right, to me it seemed like it was revving to high before shifting. I took it to Midas last week,they did a test drive and told me they thought it was fine. This morning when I started my car the Service Engine light is on. Why I put my car in drive it started making a making a little noise almost like a cheeping squeak. When I stepped on the gas the car hesitated a little before it moved. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated, thank you

This is happening every time I start it for the past couple of days. It doesn't seem like the battery, or I would think it wouldn't be starting up for me at all. It just runs like it doesn't have any power. What do you think the issue is? Thanks.

I had the battery and alternator checked they are fine. I did have an valve cover leak that I recently repaired but there is quite a bit of oil every where from where previous owner didn't fix...could I the oil on maybe ignition module cause problems...or would it be ignition switch...plz help

Only things I haven't tried is taking lifters apart and cleaning them or having lifters replaced with new ones.Please advise pretty good novice weekend mechanic.Thanks

Alarm comes on when opening door even after being locked up over night... engine light is NOT on. Dome light works properly. I suspect the ignition sw or is there a relay that may be stuck in the alarm position that is activated by the door light sw? I do not have an electrical diagram.

the engine block, to the battery post. From the post it goes to a ground or something near the fuse box. The cables I bought only have 2 ends and not 3. I need some direction here. Can you help?

i have already changed the timing chain, tensioner, guides (tensioner),pcv valve,spark plugs and wires.It idles very rough and dies if sitting still in neutral.a friend said possibly a stuck lifter??or needs valve adjustment ?? or new coils??

The RPM are jumping the car will not even make it up the street and it make a loud nose when you pres on the gas

The dashboard "ABS" light comes on sometimes, but not most of the time. It seems to be about once in 10 driving sessions. It also seems like in damp, cold, wet weather it is more frequent. Does this look like a costly repair?

When starting the car from the parked position, moving slowly, and steering to the left or to the right, there is a loud "groaning" noise, seeming to come from the steering shaft area under the hood. Does this appear to be serious, or do I just need a new belt or to flush the fluid?

Driving down road just stalled all lights were on.Tried to start and just turns over. changed coil and wires that work on my old motor.

cant find any easy access to get to the heater!

i have already spent 250 dollars to try and fix this problem i have replaced radiator,put head sealer in it and block sealer in it flushed system flushed system 5 times and i need a solution can any one help me please

Pulled the lock door relay switch will this stop the drain from my battery?

I have replace my cooler temp sensor, but when I start the engine the service engine light came up and the temp light too. I hook up my scanner and came up P0117. What do you think should the problem be?

lights come on, seatbelt activates but does not click or turn over. If I jump start it or roll it and pop start it, starts right up and I can shut it off and start right back up but then maybe the next day or 3 or 4 days later will not start. Always started fine but had the head gasket replaced due to massive oil leak, could oil have damaged the starter?

I cannot shift the manual transmission of my 1997 Saturn SW1 into the first and second gears when I first start up the car after not driving it for a couple of days. To get rolling I have to search which gear will accept contact. Once I manage to get rolling all the gears will acept shifting into and after driving the car for 5-10 minutes, I have no longer any shifting problems starting from a stand still position.


The car has 127K miles... and is in pristine condition.... is most economical and has perfect compression.

I would very much appreciate any help as to what the problem might be.

After started, check engine light comes on and idles very low. Hum is heard. Diagnostic code 46 comes up under transmission codes. Shifts hard in reverse at times. Feels like its stuck in higher gear but it cycles through all gears normally. Replaced park/neutral switch and transmission valve body but problem still occurs. Big decline in gas mileage. Any suggestions/ideas?

engine starts and then after warm-up stops as if the fuel was shut-off. occurs every morning after cold starts. once engine is cold can re-start with same result

can i put a 92 saturn twin cam transmission into a 1.9 1999 sw1?

can i put a 92 saturn twin cam transmission into a 1.9 1999 sw1?

i cant get my saturn out of park

my trans thumps into gear at 2000rpms on 2nd 3rd after drivig 5 or 10 miles it smoothes out, but then sticks in high rpms after goeing 40 mpr when smoging it came up with a code that says 3rd gear ratio off. how can this be fixed or do i need to have it rebuilt?

when i drive my 97 saturn sw1 at about 2000 rpms (15 mpr)it shifts with a big thunk, and again at 2000 rpms (3o mpr) it does it again. no matter when you drive it. but after 20 minutes or so of driving it shifts smoothly after 15 mpr.. but when it starts shifting smoothly ,when you get up to speeds of 45 to 60mpr it will hanyg up in high rpms when you let off the gas .if i shift to d while driving it does lower its rpms then i shift back to 4 or overdrive i also smell a hot tempture smellin coming from the car when i get home. i've checked under the hood ,and everything is fine(like i just drove it off the showroom floor.)no leaks, all fluids are full and clean,and there is not any sighns of heated trans fluid, or anything else. the car was stolen last year and it took 7 months to get it back ( i figured who ever stole it drove the holly s77t% out of the car hurting some of the drive trains parts or hurt a sensor is bad or it just might need ajusting hopefully. can someone help me with good advice that won't cost me my transmision.can't afford one of them now, i'm on ssi with a fixed income. please someone help me. thanks for reading this. answer asap. sighned jim kessel of las vegas, nv. ps: i've scanned with a ob2 scanner and code po733 i think is the one that keeps turnning on service engine light too.