Honking sound once turned on

Tiny
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  • 1995 SATURN SL1
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95 Saturn has a honking sound once turned on and while driving started after changing the IAC (Idle Air Control) Ok so I have a 95 Saturn and it was stalling. It drove great even tho it was stalling. It was also getting really hot fast. After changing the fuel filter I noticed a difference. It stopped stalling out so much but I realized it was only stalling on Reverse and whn the air was on. I found on your site someone with almost the exact problem. Thats when I learned about the IAC.

But after doing that it stopped the stalling and over heating. But now it sounds choppy. Its louder and it sounds like Blah Blah Blah. Overall I have changed or replaced: Spark plugs, wires, fuel filter, IAC, the sensor next to the IAC, Relay fuses, filter, had the muffler reran, 2small rubber hoses running from the engine to where the IAC is connected to (sorry Im a female so I dont know what its all called).I am tired of spending money I dont have to fix something I dont know what or where is causing it. PLEASE HELP I need help ASAP its driving me MAD not knowing whats wrong with my baby. Thank you in advance for your help!

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 2:46 AM

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Tiny
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So you replaced the iac valve?Also so its running good now?Whats blah blah blah?

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:01 AM
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The sound it sounds like Blah blah blah blah Its the best I can decribe without having someone hear it personally kinda like the muffler is bad like a choppy sound

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:08 AM
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Yes I replaced the IAC valve its running better then it was and its not running hot either its just the sound that has me its louder and embarressing lol!

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:11 AM
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So does the engine run smooth?This noise is it a vibration type noise?Does the noise change from park to drive?

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:12 AM
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The engine is still kinda shakey (before changing the IAC it was scary shaky) no vibration type noise when its in park and neutral its fine but when its in any other gear its like chug chug chug chug

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:14 AM
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I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your help, I actually learned about the IAC from a post you helped someone else with. I was secretly hoping you answered lol! Thank you!

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:22 AM
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Wow I have a secret admirer I try to answer most of the saturn questions. Iam factory trained saturn tech spent many years working at saturn dealers till they closed the saturn division.I would check the upper motor mount by your valve cover. Its really common for them colaspe. Can you take a few pics of the mount and post them for me to see?Also the lower transmission mounts colaspe and tear loose.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:39 AM
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Thats crazy that you said that, my dad was looking at it earlier for me and he is a really great back yard machanic and he said the same thing that I would be ok for now but I would have to change the motor mound that its not to bad right now. Im going to NC this week. I was kinda hoping it was something simplier then the motor mound tho. I thought we put the spark plugs in but I guess we didnt but I do have them. Will put them in tomorrow. Regarding the picture Ill try and do that tomorrow. I have to warn you tho I need to change the gasket on my engine so my engine looks kinda dirty it has dried oil around the block of the engine.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:52 AM
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Oh would I be able to get a motor mount fron the Junk yard? Is there any way to tell a motor mount is bad just by looking at it?

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:54 AM
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And just a little bit or secret admirer, LOL! No Im just thankful there are still good people like you in the world who are good hearted and will help people. Most people would hoard there knowledge and charge for helping and you techs on this site and similar sites are just awesome. Im sure there is a place in heaven where your needed, I bet god would put you guys in charge of fixing the holy car. Joking! No but seriously if it wasnt for people like you then IDK what I or alot of other people would do. Thank you!

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:59 AM
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I need to see which style mount you have and will tell you how to tell if its bad. Also I wouldnt get one at the junk yard most of them are bad. The mounts are pretty cheap I just got one on amazon for like 22.00. Post the pic and we will go from there.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 3:59 AM
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Thank you thats what were here for to help people that cant afford to take there car in for repair in these tough times. Or just the diyers that need some help or the confidence to tackle that repair on there car.I fix all the stuff at my church our worn out riding mower even the pastors van.I try to give back and help people in need it really feels good to give back.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 4:08 AM
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Thats wonderful I really mean that. There is a special seat for you next to the Good Lord. This might sound like a weird question but I know my dad said I would be ok regarding the car but from what I just told you do you think I would be ok driving from Michigan to N. Carolina (810 Miles) and back A couple yrs ago we drove there and back w/o doing any work to the car just added oil and made it. This time I think we can make it but fiance (who dont know to much about cars, I think he is just trying to get out of driving there and back) says we should wait. In your opinion from what I have told you about the car do you think it will be ok or just wait? Just wondering your opinion

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 4:17 AM
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Iam going to give you a safe honest answer without looking the car over I cant tell you if its safe to drive that far.I would check transmission fluid level and condition oil level and condition. Power steering fluid level and condition coolant level and condition. Also check all the coolant hoses for swelling soft spots etc. Visable fluid leaks tire condition and pressure etc.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 4:55 AM
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Thank you! I plan on checking all those. Ill most likely be leaving tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful week and thank you for your help. I will let you know qbout the mounts and try n get a pic up for you. Thank you for your answer I kinda knew you were gonna say that (without looking at the car) But thank you anyways. Ill get back wth you tomorrow reg the mounts.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 6:24 AM
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Sounds good make sure you check your wiper blades and washer squirters and washer fluid level as well.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 4:06 PM
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Ok Im still figuring out how Im gonna take a pic since I dont have a phone with a camera. But Today I noticed when I drive it and when its in drive it feels like (when yo the driver seat) a washer machine on the spin cycle. When I look under the hood I dont see anything that could be causing that problem but the fan and the fan is running normally. Im gonna go back out there and check it out some more but I hope you find the time to answer my question What could be causing the whooshing or spinning feeling? Thanks in advance!

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 6:02 PM
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So did it feel like the engine was cutting out missfiring?Again with your washing machine noises lol I know what they sound like but never heard a car sound like one. Was the car surging while driving?

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 AT 6:09 PM
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Sorry I havent responded I was w/o internet for a couple days. But Im glad to say that my car is accually running better then it ever has before. Its quiter faster smoother has incredible pick up I swear its like driving a new car. When driving I have to check my speedometer because it runs so smooth now you cant even tell how fast your going I have caught myself speeding a number of times w/o even knowing. I appreciate your help and everything you have suggested I was unable to take pictures of my engine. But all in all everything is better then it was when I first bought the car. I hope your ok and the family is ok as well. I do have one more question for you then I promise Ill leave you alone. Being a saturn machanic which would you say is better Saturn or Fords or are they pretty much the same (engine wise)?

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012 AT 6:30 AM
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So what did you do to make it sound so good?To answer your question about which car I think is better saturns or fords?Other moderators on here may disagree with me but I think the saturns are better. The saturn S model is my favorite model saturn the engines and transmissions are only found in the saturn S model no other cars. There reliable easy and cheap to fix and predicable.I have owned like 6 saturn S models over the years.

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012 AT 6:39 AM

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