1998 SL2 hesitates when stepping on gas pedal

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by somebody, Jan 15, 2010.

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    somebody Guest

    We have a 1998 SL2 with 105K miles. Recently it started hesitating
    when stepping on the gas pedal quickly. When idling it wants to
    stall. When moving along and stepping on the pedal it stutters for a

    SES light is off. Engine runs cold (thermostat replacement as soon as
    it's warm enough out) and idles at 1500 RPM.

    Any ideas? The stutter reminds me of vaccum leaks back in the
    distributor/rotor days or a bad carb.

    somebody, Jan 15, 2010
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    Doug Miller Guest

    Have you checked for vacuum leaks?
    Doug Miller, Jan 15, 2010
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    Bill Guest

    I had the same problem with my 98 SL2 cleaned the throttle and now it runs
    Bill, Jan 15, 2010
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    Oppie Guest

    If the engine always runs cold, it will be running rich, uses fuel and
    possibly floods on accel.

    Most of the codes are set when the engine is at operating temperature. If it
    never thinks it has warmed up, codes may not be set.
    I'd replace the thermostat and if symptoms persist, have it checked with a
    scanner (much more comprehensive than a code reader).

    Then there's always the possibility that the SES light is blown out. Do you
    get the check engine and service lights at key-on lamp check?

    Oppie, Jan 15, 2010
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    somebody Guest

    I'm having the thermostat replaced tomorrow, too cold out to mess with
    it myself. All the vacuum hoses look OK, and the engine runs OK for
    the first few minutes, until the car warms up a little. The SES came
    on with low coolant temperature. We'll find out soon.

    Thanks for the replies!
    somebody, Jan 16, 2010
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    somebody Guest

    How did you clean it and what brand was the stuff?
    somebody, Jan 16, 2010
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    somebody Guest

    Replaced the thermostat today. The SES light went out and there's
    lots of heat.

    But the temperature gauge doesn't move a bit and it still
    stalls/hesitates. Is there a quick test for the temperature sensor?
    somebody, Jan 16, 2010
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    somebody Guest

    A $10.00 ECTS (engine coolant temperature sensor) took care of the
    temperature gauge and now it runs fine. The original was the plastic
    version and it had a crack in it. Will change the oil becaus it's due
    and we're done for the day.

    Thanks for all who replied!
    somebody, Jan 16, 2010
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    Oppie Guest

    Lucky guess.
    The engine controller 'learns' and adapts (to an extent, at least). Often
    times, when you fix one thing, you have to either reset the controller
    (remove the battery cable to dump memory or by OBDII) or wait for it to
    re-learn the new conditions.

    Glad it all worked out for you. -Oppie
    Oppie, Jan 17, 2010
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