1996 Saturn SL2 camshaft positioning sensor?

Tiny
CIELEE
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  • 1996 SATURN SL2
1996 Saturn SL2

my car wouldn't start today when I turned the key it was cranking but didn't want to fire over until I pushed the gas pedal then it started and stopped then I started it again with turning the key and pushing down the gas pedal. My friend thought it might have been a vaccum hose so he took it to advance auto (we live in ohio) and had them run their computer tester on it. It read out 3 #'s one was for low coolant, low transmission fluid (where do I put transmission fluid @ in the car. Not real sure do kind of have an idea) and the camshaft positioning sensor. However the clerk said that there is no such thing in the saturn's from 1995 thru 2000. Could you please let me know what in the world is being talked about here and what are the possibities of why it acted like that before it started. PLEASE HELP I JUST BOUGHT THE CAR AND I DO NOT HAVE THE $$ TO PUT INTO IT! Thanks a million!
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Sunday, February 14th, 2010 AT 7:58 PM

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Tiny
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There's no code for low transmission fluid there's no sensor to tell if it's low. If u could please have the codes read again and write down the code numbers for me that would sure help alot. As far as ur low coolant code was ur coolant low?Also as far as ur cam signal postion code that has nothing to do with ur starting concern. Sounds like ur car was flooded and u cleared it out by holding ur gas pedal to the floor. When u get a cam signal code it's usually caused by corroded coil towers if there corroded they will have to be cleaned or ur coils will have to be replaced also the wires if there corroded they will have to be replaced. If u look at the other end of the wires u look for black stuff that's carbon if it's there u need new wires as well. If there's black stuff on the plugs or carbon tracking burned in channels in the plugs u need new plugs. Let me know what u find.
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Sunday, February 14th, 2010 AT 11:58 PM
Tiny
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The code # they gave me for the camshaft positioning sensor was PO341. As for the other comments you made do you mean that I need to have a tune up and oil change on the car? Sorry I am not real sure what you are talking about the coils being dirty etc. Thanks for replying back to me!
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Monday, February 15th, 2010 AT 12:53 PM
Tiny
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I was looking for the code u said u had about low transmission fluid I know the one for cam postion already.I was trying to help u out with the hard starting u were having by having u get me those codes.I also asked u if ur coolant was low because u had a code for it and if it wasnt low then u have another problem there.U need to answer my questions so I can help u iam not there to see for myslef whats going on. If u need a oil change then get one but that wont help out ur starting concern or engine light. Iam not telling u too get a tune up I was giving u instructions on what to look for to diagnose ur car. If ur not handy with cars then all u can really do is take it too someone that knows them and pass the info onto them. Let me know what u find out.
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Monday, February 15th, 2010 AT 1:11 PM

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