2002 Saturn L200 problems starting after short stop

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by carverrn, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. carverrn

    carverrn Guest

    We purchased a used 2002 Saturn L200 in December. It has been running
    great all winter. The weather has recently been getting into the upper
    60's and twice within the past week my wife has had problems starting
    the car after a short stop.

    The first time was when she stopped to get gas. It wouldn't start so I
    drove over to the station. She had been trying to start it on my way
    there with no luck. I tried too ... it sounded like it was making a
    half-hearted attempt to start but nothing. After letting it set a
    little we were going to push it over to the side but I decided to try
    one more time. It started right away!

    The next time she went to drop something off at church. She shut off
    the car, went inside for a few minutes then when she tried to start it
    again it wouldn't start. When she called me I said to try letting it
    sit for 10 minutes and try it again. It started this time.

    Do these "symptoms" suggest any thing? Are there some simple things I
    can check? Oddly I just ordered the "Haynes Saturn L-Series Repair
    Manual 2000-2004" the day before the first problem. Hope it arrives

    carverrn, Apr 17, 2005
  2. carverrn

    Oppie Guest

    I hate to sound like a broken record but have you tried to read out the
    fault codes?
    Try opening the gas cap and see if there is any vacuum before starting the
    engine. There should not be any vacuum at that point. Make sure that the gas
    cap is on tightly or it will throw a code.

    Oppie, Apr 18, 2005
  3. carverrn

    Oppie Guest

    Also possible that since this happened when wife stopped for gas, that there
    was water in the fuel. This plugs the fuel filter and makes operation
    erratic. Try some drygas and/or change the fuel filter.

    Thanks for reminding me about the Haynes manual. I have the 2001 lw300 and
    had gotten the Saturn shop manual directly through the dealer. The Haynes
    manual was not available yet for the L series last year at this time. Since
    the Saturn shop manual is so poorly organized, I was hoping that the Haynes
    manual would help to put things in perspective. Not to mention that the
    Haynes tech manuals are great.
    Oppie, Apr 18, 2005
  4. carverrn

    Mike Surwill Guest

    Here's an issue that sounds somewhat similar, also on the '02 L200 --

    Fuel tank at less than 1/4 full, car warmed up, parking on a slight hill
    where the back of the car is lower than the front. Car will totally refuse
    to start - no fuel.

    Issue is fuel drains back into the tank, Don't know why, I thought the
    newer systems had a check valve in the line to prevent this. Apparently,
    after the fuel pump has reached age two or more, the fuel pump can not
    provide enough pressure. Replacing the pump will fix it, but be ready to do
    it again in a couple of years.
    Mike Surwill, May 1, 2005
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