electrical problem with 98 SL2

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by Bruce Thiel, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Bruce Thiel

    Bruce Thiel Guest

    I have a 98 SL2 with every option but automatic, fog lights and
    anti-lock brakes.

    Since day 1, the low fuel light never worked even when there was less
    then 1 gallon of fuel in the tank. The deal would never even look at
    the problem.

    Now 95,000 plus miles, when there is a 1/4 or less of fuel in the tank
    it will randomly die and not start.

    -While driving down the road, it will die or the guages will go "nuts"
    sometimes recovering sometimes dieing completly.

    -Sometimes it will not start, turn the key, no nothing it even wipes out
    the clock and preset radio stations. No key busser, no interior
    lights, no headlights, checking voltages at the fuses and there is power

    The strange thing is that adding gas seems to "fix" the problems...

    This problem has never happened with over 1/2 tank of gas. We drive 100
    miles a day and keeping the tank over 1/2 is time consuming.

    I'm currently unemployed and my girlfriend who drives the car can not
    aford much in repair bills, so we are looking for advice before going to
    a repair shop.

    Thanks for any info...
    Bruce Thiel, Jul 16, 2003
  2. Bruce Thiel

    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    I recall a TSB on this.

    Contact a dealer. The fix might be free.
    Kirk Kohnen, Jul 17, 2003
  3. Any idea what the bulletin was about? I haven't had this problem on my 98
    SL2 but if it's a service bulletin I'd be interested in knowing about what
    it dealt with just in case. I'm guessing that with 120K miles and it not
    happening I'm safe but you never know I guess.

    Charles Paluda, Jul 18, 2003
  4. This one sounds relevant, here's a summary:

    Intermittent No Start, Intermittent Stall After Start-Up and/or Loss of
    Radio Presets (Replace Instrument Panel Junction Block-IPJB and/or Terminal)
    1995-1999 Saturn S-Series Vehicles

    Some customers may comment that one or more of the following conditions has

    Intermittent no start
    Intermittent stall after start-up
    Loss of radio presets

    Condition(s) may be caused by terminal tightness at PIN F-5 within the
    Instrument Panel Junction Block (IPJB Black 68 way).

    Refer to the Instrument Panel Junction Block (IPJB) and/or Terminal
    Replacement procedures in this bulletin.
    Robert Hancock, Jul 21, 2003
  5. Bruce Thiel

    charley Guest

    There is a TSB about the evaporation control canister becoming plugged,
    and starving the engine of fuel. Opening the gas cap will solve the
    problem temporarily. Getting the dealer to replace the cannister will
    solve it. Don't know about the gauge problems, maybe it's related?
    charley, Jul 23, 2003
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