I have a 1996 Saturn SL1 with 115,000 miles.
In the last few months I have been experience several issues that may be related.
#1 When at idle the tach will hover at 500 RPM then dip to about 400 RPM and act as if it is about to stall. The engine will rumble and recover, but the longer I stay at idle the worse it gets. Once I accelerate to 2K RPM the engine will smooth out and run OK. I have changed Plugs and Wires.?
When it is cold I do see about 1 or 2 minutes worth of white smoke. This is why I think the head gasket is blown, at least that is what all the 'Car Pros" at work are saying.
#2 I am going through about 3 quarts of oil a month. I know Saturns burn oil, but isnt that a bit much? I do see burned oil down the sides of the engine block, but I do not see anything actually leaking.
#3 I don't know how to explain this last one, it has only recently started in the last month. It seems as if the car is. Limping. I thought maybe somthing has become warped, I don't know. It happens when I begin to slow for a light or traffic. I thought it was the brakes, But I have recently had new pads all around as well as new wheel cylinders put in.
Is my car asking to be put down?
Friday, May 19th, 2006 AT 4:40 PM