Engine Performance problem
1997 Saturn SL1 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 145, 00 miles
Was driving my SL 1 today going around 35 mph and the car stalled and then recovered. Within a few seconds it died and I had to drive it off to the side of the road, after which it would turn over but not start. After letting it sit for about an hour or more, I went back and it started up and ran fine to take it a few blocks to park it at a home. After letting the car sit for a time, we decided to start it and let it run to see if it would stall again while sitting idle. After a few minutes it did, and repeated the same symptom in another test of stalling but then recovering itself.
It then was hard to start again, turning over but not starting.
From doing some reading, I suspect it may be the crankshaft position sensor that is failing after getting hot, but my father also suggests it could be the fuel filter or pump. I guess the sensor is a common problem on Saturn's.
Because I don't have a lot of money, I thought to try to replace the sensor with the help of my dad and then have a mechanic go at it if it doesn't solve it. The sensor part is cheap and perhaps easy to replace? Is my thinking.
Just curious if anyone can tell me what they think from the symptoms I am reporting is most likely the issue.
Thanks for your help.
have the same problem?
Sunday, July 25th, 2010 AT 12:42 AM