2002 Saturn L300 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 90000 miles
My L300 died at an intersection. It restarted after 15 minutes, then stalled at low rpm/idle 3 additional times on the way back home after I turned around. Each time I was able to restart the engine after a 10-20 minute cool down period. I've had a parts store pull codes (control unit, crank sensor, no rpm reading, and one other not related to transmission).
I've been told it could be crank sensor, cam sensor, or the control unit, but that the crank sensor would be the most likely culprit and one of the least expensive places to start the repair process.
I'm an amateur mechanic who has more experience with older vehicles than those with computer controls.
I am looking for the crank sensor. I was told by the dealership it is near the starter and exhaust manifold. After 40 minutes with a drop light and mirror I still can't see where it is. I don't have the special tools required (star shaped bolt heads, when did those come out?) To remove components to get to the exhaust manifold to get it out of the way.
Could someone please help me locate the crank sensor and let me know what I may have to move/remove to gain access to it? I found the part at a good price at the dealership ($40!), I'm hoping it won't take hours of dealer labor to get to and replace the part.
Sunday, July 18th, 2010 AT 6:23 PM