1997 Saturn SL2

Tiny
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Engine Mechanical problem
1997 Saturn SL2 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 81000 miles

Hard to start. This is what we have done;
we were told to switch the fuses between the air conditioner and fuel pump. Didn't work
we were told to turn key on and off a few time as to simulate priming. Didn't work
It starts fine in the morning, the more you stop and start it the harder it gets.
Battery is new.

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Sunday, August 29th, 2010 AT 6:00 PM

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Tiny
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I need more information on what happens when you have the hard starting. What does it do when it's hard to start detail's please.

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Sunday, August 29th, 2010 AT 8:19 PM
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It just cranks and cranks and cranks and then finally starts

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Sunday, August 29th, 2010 AT 8:44 PM
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Sound's like your feel pump is bleeding down really common on that yr and model saturn or you have a bad coolant temp sensor really common on that yr and model saturn. If you can rent a fuel pressure gauge from auto zone I can instruct you on how to test for the pump bleeding down.

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Sunday, August 29th, 2010 AT 9:14 PM
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I forgot to mention we did change the temperature sensor.
That would be great if you could instruct me on how to test the fuel pump. I will rent the gage today.
Thank you so much.

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Monday, August 30th, 2010 AT 9:54 AM
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All you have to do is remove your air intake that goes to your throttle body. Then you can see the line that run's to your fuel rail it has a screw cap on it. Remove the screw cap on the line then screw the hose on the fuel pressure gauge onto the fuel line. Then turn the key to the run position wait 5 second's then repeat this 2 more time's. Then go out and see what your fuel pressure reading is the fuel pressure shouldn't bleed down right away.

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Monday, August 30th, 2010 AT 1:13 PM
Tiny
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We have called every Auto Zone, Kragen, PepBoys etc. And asked if they rent a fuel pressure gage and the answer is no. Do you have any other suggestions. Also I noticed the car is not getting very good gas mileage and I am comparing it to our Saturn SL2 2001 with 106000 miles on it.

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 2:32 PM
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My auto zone rent's a fuel pressure set come's with the gauge and even a meter. You might have to buy one there pretty cheap. What kind of gas mileage are you getting?

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 12:48 AM
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I have a Saturn 1997 sl2 automatic. The car is about to become a bbq. It starts cold no problem. (The idle is way to high like I dont have to hit gas to acheive 35-40 mph)the fuel pump turns on when key is turned and the battery that was dead the night prior fires into life and starts this car like no problem Then it warms up and dies and wont start. I wait till its cold and it will fire right back up. Ive checked fuses. How would I know if its a crank position sensor or a coolant temp sensor? Are they the same thing. I am going to get parts and so far I have the coolant temp sensor, idle air control valve and a pcv valve. On my list. There is one more factor. The car was broken into and the door frame crow bared out on the passenger side. Do all saturns have a safety and is this a consideration I need to add thought to. Im about to just burn it to the ground. Ive never been so frusterated. It also has a new starter.

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Monday, January 16th, 2017 AT 11:19 AM
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IAM sorry but your going to have to start your own question. Otherwise it's too confusing for us to help and other users to look thru questions looking for information to help them. If you start the question off by this one is for Saturn Tech9 they will leave it for me. Iam the Saturn trained tech on here.

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Monday, January 16th, 2017 AT 12:25 PM

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