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SATURN SL2 SENSOR PROBLEM

1997 Saturn SL2 • 18,900 miles

After starting and driving for awhile and then stopping, say at a store for about 10mins.-20mins, upon trying to start again it cranks over quite a few times and then after shutting of the ignition and trying couple of more times it finally starts. Can You please help as I have flooded it also a couple times trying to start it. Thank you for any help you maybe able to give. KIM
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Ryder365
March 4, 2013.



Greetings

It seems as though the air/fuel mixture is too rich, and pressing on the gas pedal allows the added incoming air to lean out the mixture. If the factory sealed throttle stop adjustment has been moved to a more closed position, in a misguided attempt to reduce the idle speed; this will definitely cause the problem you describe. The second most likely possibility is a bad idle air control valve. Otherwise, this condition is probably caused by a bad throttle position sensor. It could also be caused by a clogged fuel filter, a plugged PCV valve or PCV hose, or a defective air charge temperature sensor.


How would one go about eliminating the possibles. I feel it as you said it is most likely a bad idle air control valve or the position sensor. And how would I go about locating and fixing this Thank you for your fast response.


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Ryder365
Mar 4, 2013.
The first thing to do would be a self diagnostic test using a code reader. Most auto part stores will do this for free if you ask them. If this gives no codes then it does put you in a hard spot as there are possible solutions to such a condition. Sometimes it is financially better to just have an ASE certified garage diagnose it for you, however if you feel you are mechanically inclined I would indeed suggest replacing the IAC valve which is located on the throttle body assembly.


I do have a code reader but it shows no codes, so I will try and replace the idle air control valve. Thank you again for your fast response. I really don't step on the gas for I'm afraid of it flooding KIM


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Ryder365
Mar 4, 2013.
THANK-YOU THIS IS THE BEST PLACE I HAVE FOUND FOR REAL INFORMATION! KIM


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Ryder365
Mar 4, 2013.
Just to add to this one. It's possible you may have one or more leaking injectors. That's why you smell the flooding. When you go into the store the leaking injectors are dripping fuel into the cylinders flooding the car. This will cause a hard start condition. Remove the spark plugs and check that they are all the same color. The cylinders that the injectors are leaking on the spark plugs will have a darker color on the porcelain tip of the plug. I hope this will help you to fix the car.


Cadieman
Mar 5, 2013.
More then likely its a bad cooolant temp sensor they fail often on those cars. Before replacing the IAC replace the 11 coolant temp sensor.I really doubt a IAC is flooding anything out. Also inspect the inside of the coolant temp sensor if the terminals are blue or green instead of silver you will need a new connector also.
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Saturntech9
Mar 5, 2013.

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