2001 Saturn L200 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 103000 miles
We have had our Saturn for about 4 years now with no issues. The following happened twice so far, one time last fall on a very hot day and one time this spring, again on a hot day.
Otherwise the car is having no problems.
I will be driving along, come to a full stop and then lose power when trying to accelerate again, I can accelerate a little but it is as if I am in neutral. After stopping and then starting the car again I can accelerate but automatic gear shifting is jerky for a few minutes. Then the car drives fine and no more issues for for the last 3 weeks. Last fall same thing, hot day, air conditioner on, problem lasts for a few minutes then car starts operating normally again.
Today I looked at the muffler and there is a small hole in it, it looks like it has rusted through.
Does anyone have an idea of what could be going on?
extra info: 103,000 miles, changed transmission fluid at 50,000 and according to maintenance needs new transmission fluid at 100,000 which I have not done.
I cannot check the fluid levels on this model since there is no dip stick. According to the mechanic you can only check the fluid by changing it.
I have checked the TPS with an ohmmeter and it seems to be OK, no dead spots.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 AT 10:17 AM