1997 Other Saturn Models stalling in 3rd gear when brake is

Tiny
CATHARINE
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  • 1997 SATURN
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 187,000 MILES
For about 2 weeks now, while coasting (not applying the gas pedal) while in 3rd gear my Saturn S-series would loose all electrical, my clock, radio presets, my RPM gauge would drop to 0, and if I touched the gas pedal, it would "jump" itself it seems and keep on running fine. However, yesterday it lost all electrical while in 3rd and would not keep running when pressing the gas pedal and it died. I took the key out, put it back in and it started fine. Then today I went to start it and the starter "clicked clicked clicked clicked" and then nothing. My clock went dead, no crank, no click from the starter, no dash, nothing. We tried to jump it even though I don't think it's a weak battery and sure enough it did not do a thing. Still no click, no dash, no clock. Dead as a door nail. My dad said it could be a ground or a bad wire from the starter, does this sound like a possible problem? I am afraid it is the computer or something...I have a tiny bit of a mechanical background, 4 years of auto-mechanics in my tech H.S. I just don't know how diagnose that well...any suggestions would be great! thanks.


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Saturday, March 15th, 2008 AT 12:10 PM

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Tiny
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Sounds like a bad connection at the battery. GM side post batteries tend to leach acid down the cables causing connection problems. Also check the connection at the main power center under the hood to be sure it is clean and tight
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Sunday, March 16th, 2008 AT 8:27 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the quick reply, Jack! The terminals to the battery are clean & in good condition, however I followed the wires to/from the starter and noticed they are corroded and quite brittle, same thing w/ the positive/negative wires at the alternator. I had it towed to the garage, & will let you know what they find! P.S. For future reference: is the main power center the fuse box under the hood? Thanks again, it is much appreciated! This is the best website for car advice I've ever found! Kudos to you all.
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Sunday, March 16th, 2008 AT 8:50 PM
Tiny
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Yes, that is the main power center.
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Monday, March 17th, 2008 AT 7:30 AM
Tiny
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Well, the mechanic called me back today: the car started fine for them, and they ran the car all day without being able to recreate the problem. They said the battery is a rebuilt one and may be weak. They tested my wires for resistance and said they were fine. Looks like I will have to buy a new battery and keep my fingers crossed that that was indeed the problem. Will follow up here for others w/ the same problem. Thanks again for all the help.
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Monday, March 17th, 2008 AT 5:03 PM

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