Thank you for responding so quickly. I mean, since I am not able to make a donation, I wasn't expecting any kind of response at all.
I'm sorry, but what is a flex plate? Is that the piece that gets taken off from the top of the engine to get to the one bolt that is holding the starter to from the top of the engine?
I just hand my son tools; so I dont quite understand.
I just never heard of a transmission problem effecting the starter. How it was explained to me, the parts of the engine, the starter is like the book of matches that just "starts" the car, provides the spark. After that, its done with its job. So. How can a slipping transmission supposedly cause the problem with the starter; since the car does not need to start after its running - right? My son agrees, somewhat. He said its very rare for a starter to be shorted out by anything else in the engine since all it does is provide the initial spark to start the car then its done. He also said, tho, that in some cars, the transmission, if its slipping, may tell the starter that the car is not working, and the starter sparks again, and again, and again until the transmission tells the starter its doing its job.
Even though I believe in my son's abilities and talents, is that right?
BTW, in this car, my son has already replaced the alternator (which was tested and was found to be working fine - it was the wires going to it that were messed up) and the fuel pump. His shop doesn't have the 'software' to read the error codes; if there are any. From my research online, that's the usual findings anyways. Saturn dealer shops' software don't read any error codes, even tho the "check engine" light is on.
I may be ignorant, but I aint stupid. I'm not a rich woman, I don't have the money to bring this to the dealer - yet again - to have them hook up the computer & run their tests just to find out that there are no "error codes". I can spend that $150 elsewhere.
I seriously need some kind of guidance - whether divine or not - but something that will make feel assured that the car will start tomorrow morning so I can get my younger son to school and myself to work, IYKWIM?
Monday, January 4th, 2010 AT 12:34 AM