2001 Sat L200 "hollow cranking" won't start

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Sat2001, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Sat2001

    Sat2001 Guest

    My 2001 Sat L200 started having issues this week with hesitation when
    starting from a stop or accelerating to pass. It starts okay, but
    just seems to be lacking the power it has always had. I had planned
    on changing the fuel filter this weekend to see if that would help,
    but tonight when I went to run an errand, it started and ran okay; but
    when I came out it wouldn't start back up. It cranked but then part
    of the "normal cranking sound" went away and it just sound like a
    "hollow cranking sound" and shows no attempt to sputter or start at

    Any ideas on where to start troubleshooting?

    Sat2001, Jun 9, 2007
  2. Sat2001

    Sat2001 Guest

    Okay, let me add some more info, I've been reading some of the posts
    and the car HAS been making some noises. I thought they were the main
    belt but never could find any sign of wear that would make a noise.
    Seemed very repetitive and once the car got warmed up the noise
    stopped. Had the oil changed and thought it helped but had noticed it
    again last week before the power loss seemed to start. Am I jumping
    to conclusions or is it possible this could be a timing chain issue?
    Would a time chain break on cranking to start? Would that explain the
    "hollow cranking sound"?
    Sat2001, Jun 9, 2007
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