2002 Saturn L300 car shutting off.

Tiny
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  • 2002 SATURN L300
  • 154,000 MILES
I have had this car about 3 years now. Never had any problems until reacently. The other day my wife was driving home from work and the car just died on her. By the time I got to her the car fired right up and I followed her home. Once we got home I jumped in the car and drove around for about 30 mins. No problems so I decided to drive the car to work the next day. I got to work just fine but on the way home the car shut off about 2miles from my house.I tried to start the car several times but no luck. I noticed I could not hear the fuel pump running so I assumed the pump had an intermitant problem. I waited for my wife to pull me home. Once I got home I tried the car again. It fired right up. So I installed a new fuel pump and drove the car about 1 hour before it did it again. To me it acts like an ignition issue. I have a aftermarket remote start installed. Could this be causing the problem?
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 10:36 AM

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Tiny
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Sound like a bad crank sensor any codes?
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 11:02 AM
Tiny
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I just got a chance to check the codes I had p0727 and p0335. The 335 says crank sensor. Apparently saturn owners besides myself are having the same problem. I found a car forum where someone had the exact same issues and codes but changing the crank sensor didn't fix it.
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 12:01 PM
Tiny
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I guess ill go price a ckp sensor. I just don't understand why its intermittent. It seems like its timed because this morning I decided to try to duplicate the ptoblem so I could troubleshoot. I made it about 20 mins from my house before it shut down. After sitting 20 mins it fired back up and I headed home. The car shut off in my drive way. Exact same distance and time as it did earilier
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 12:08 PM
Tiny
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Those two codes go hand and hand with a bad crank sensor I have replaced tons of them over the years for those same codes and symptoms. The sensor reaches a certain temp fails then when it cools down works again. You test the sensor when it dies and won't start with a ohms meter should read 800-1200 ohms when they test bad they will test as a open circuit.
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 1:03 PM
Tiny
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I'm not gonna jump the gun but I'm pretty sure you hit the nail on the head. I went to AutoZone and got a new ckp. I installed it and maybe it's in my head but it seems like the car just runs better than ever now. I drove it for about 30 mins. I let ect get to 198*f. I think the problem is solved. Ill know for sure tomorrow morning. Thank you
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 4:08 PM
Tiny
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1 more quick question. Ever since I got the car every few weeks a light will come on in the dash that says "SERVICE" with a wrench next to it. If I plug in my code reader there is no codes. It doesn't seem to affect much. Only thing I've noticed is hard shifting sometimes. What does this light mean?
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 4:36 PM
Tiny
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Its most likely setting a code P1811 trans appatives max. Its a default mode it will go into when the transmission pressure isn't able to be controlled by the computer resulting in a hard shift because the computer commands full line pressure on till the next key cycle. You just need a more advanced scan tool then a diyer scan tool to read the other codes. Number one fix is a bad pressure control solenoid I have replaced tons of them for that issue. Glad to hear the other issue is solved most likely.
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 4:57 PM
Tiny
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Confirmed fix! Ckp sensor has fixed my shutting off issue. Thank you for your help
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Thursday, June 6th, 2013 AT 4:07 PM
Tiny
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Your welcome anytime.
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Thursday, June 6th, 2013 AT 6:11 PM

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