99 SL-2 dies while driving.

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Barry Kwasny, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. Barry Kwasny

    Barry Kwasny Guest

    My daughter has a 99 SL2 with 55k has it serviced religiously (check up/oil
    etc) . While driving to work less than 13 miles , it just cut out. It did
    start after numerous attempts only to happen again the same day. To the
    Saturn dealer it went and they replaced the battery and she was told it was
    ok. 5 days later (last night) and 100 miles a away visiting her parents,
    while returning to her home, she went 1/2 mile and it happened once more.
    Would not start at all, we tried to jump it and after a long cranking it
    started only to die suddenly (just shuts down - oil lght/battery/silence)
    after 5 sec. She has the 6 year supp warranty and we called Saturn's 800 #.
    While arranging for the tow truck I tried once more and it turned over.
    Elapsed time was about 10 minutes from the last attempt. We then drove it
    straight to Saturn of West Chester 100 miles away with no problem.and left
    it there and we'll call them Mon AM.

    What might the matter be?? I have a 95 Ram van which did the same shutting
    down when the engine got warm, turned out to be a cam shaft sensor. The
    Saturm basically was cool or cold. What do you think??

    Barry Kwasny, Jul 25, 2004
  2. Barry Kwasny

    Blah Blah Guest

    No cam sensor on there IIRC. Might be crank sensor from the sound of it.
    Does your daughter make a habit of driving on gas fumes? Checking fuel
    pressure when it doesnt start would be a good test. Dont crank on a car
    more than 15 seconds at a time. You dont want to overheat the starter.
    Blah Blah, Jul 25, 2004
  3. Next time this happens, check for spark. I bet you won't have any.

    There's two possible culprits - the crank sensor - it's in the back of
    the motor but supposedly easy to replace. And the ignition module -
    that's up front. The crank sensor's cheaper to replace, the module is
    like $150. Both are DIY jobs (you need jackstands for the crank sensor).

    If that's the problem, don't be surprised if the car drives a bit nicer
    with the new module. I've seen it happen before...
    Philip Nasadowski, Jul 25, 2004
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