2005 Saturn Ion Check Engine Light Problems

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by BeckyFrums, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. BeckyFrums

    BeckyFrums Guest

    I've had my check engine light come on in my car a minimum of 6 times,
    twice to the dealership, other times it just went out. Two times it
    didn't, it choked and choked and would barely run, and smelled strongly
    of sulfur, the first time they reset my computer, the second time
    changed a few sensors and am still having problems with the light.
    This car doesn't even have 13,000 miles on it, the times that it goes
    away and runs ok are fine, I'm just worried about the times it doesn't
    go out and the smell, and the choking and it barely runs, anybody else
    having a problem with this. I'm doing a Smart Buy on this car and was
    considering buying it when I was done since the miles were so low, but
    once it's out of warranty don't want to be running 60 minutes away and
    paying a fortune to have it worked on. Can anyone advise?
    BeckyFrums, Jan 26, 2007
  2. BeckyFrums

    mrichards Guest

    I am having more or less the same problem with my 97 SL1. I thought it
    was a bad tank of gas causing the rough running, but now the engine light
    has come on and not gone out. The light would go out for a day or so,
    come on intermittently then go out. Like yours it would run rough and
    then clear up. Only upside of it now is it seems to be running fine
    except the gas mileage has dropped some. I have pulled and cleaned the o2
    sensor, but that did not help as it had in the past. I may take it down
    and have the codes read somewhere if I can find a place that does it
    Good luck,
    mrichards, Jan 26, 2007
  3. BeckyFrums

    BläBlä Guest

    Here's an idea... GIVE US THE CODE(S)! We have no idea what sensors you
    changed either...
    No idea how you're cleaning it without damaging it.
    Uh, dont know where you are but parts stores like AUTOZONE,
    ADVANCEAUTOPARTS/PARTSAMERICA will read them for you for free.
    BläBlä, Jan 26, 2007
  4. BeckyFrums

    mrichards Guest

    Cleaned it with Scotchbrite, no solvent. It was fairly clean and not
    sooted up.

    Right on BB. Stopped by Advance Auto and the guy said they read them for
    free. But, as luck would have it, the light went out and has not come back
    on since. Rumor has it that a stuck or malfunctioning egr valve can have
    an effect on gas mileage and cause light to come on.
    What is your take on this?
    Thanks a bunch,
    mrichards, Jan 29, 2007
  5. BeckyFrums

    BläBlä Guest

    Ineffective. I suggest you look and see if you can find a deal on one on
    ebay and replace it.
    You can still get it. It should be stored in code history now.
    BläBlä, Jan 30, 2007
  6. BeckyFrums

    mrichards Guest

    Thanks for the info. I'll probably head on down there since my wife came
    in last night and said the light had come back on and engine was running
    mrichards, Jan 30, 2007
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