97 Saturn SL2 - This actually makes me rather sad because it's been a great road car. Some months ago while driving on the highway, the car just started sputtering, blowing smoke out the back, and a whole host of odd things. It was towed to a Saturn place where they replaced the fuel pump, etc. Still, when I drove away, the car wanted to stall if I didn't put it in neutral at lights or when driving really slow. Like coasting. If I take my foot off the break, I have to have the gas down already so it won't stall as my foot moves from one pedal to the other. It's driving very rough now and will certainly get close to overheating in heavy traffic. Before this happened, it WAS burning a lot of oil. Now, that isn't happening at all for some reason but the exhaust is quite smokey and it runs out of gas much quicker than it ever did. The plugs, to my knowledge were changed and I've kept up the recommended stuff during its entire life. Saturn said I should replace the motor mount and maybe the plugs and all of that. However, another very good mechanic looked at it and told me that the 4th cylinder is "dead" or "blown" after running some tests. My questions are - Who is most likely correct? Could Saturn have missed that? How could a cylinder just go bad like that? Is it too much money to fix it? Could they be wrong? Are the symptoms the car is having consistant with a bad 4th cylinder? And finally, if that is the case, what other problems will come up due to all of the engine stress? Right now, the car is fine as long as I don't do any really heavy driving.I mean, it still runs great over 60 and 70 miles per hour. But it sounds tired. I'm hoping there is something I can do for the ol car. Please help and thanks SO MUCH!
have the same problem?
Friday, January 13th, 2006 AT 6:30 AM