'97 saturn has problem starting, overheats, smokes,...help!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by CarProblem, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. CarProblem

    CarProblem Guest

    My '97 saturn SC2 will fire up, then when I put it in reverse, it dies.
    When I try to start it, I have to put the gas to the floor, and then the
    idle sputters and the car's exhaust smokes out my parking lot. If I wait
    too long at a red light, it overheats and spills water all over. I think
    it's a blown gasket, but would like some advice before I take it to the
    shop and spend more $$$ than I need to. Thanks for the help.
    CarProblem, Jul 18, 2005
  2. What color smoke? Does it idle fast? Is it harder to start on colder
    days? Hard to start cold, but easier warm? Does the fan ever start up?

    If it's 'black, yes yes yes, no', go replace your coolant temp sensor
    first. $15 part and easy to do yourself.
    Philip Nasadowski, Jul 19, 2005
  3. CarProblem

    blah blah Guest

    Pressure test the cooling system if you have any doubts. Coolant will
    have to go somewhere if there is a leak and you are more likely to find
    out where its going. A temp sensor could cause those problems though.
    blah blah, Jul 19, 2005
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