Need help with '96 SL temp sensor/service engine light

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Larry Grapentine, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. I have an intermitant problem with my '96 Saturn SL.
    The engine runs fine for a few days, then the "Check Engine" light
    comes on, and once in a while the coolant temp warning comes on, even
    with the engine still hardly even warmed up. The engine runs rough at
    idle and surges while accelerating. The coolant temp warning will
    usually go out, but the service engine light will stay on, sometimes
    for several days. Then the light will not come on for a few days, and
    the engine runs smooth again. Maybe the next day the light will come
    on, repeat above.
    I'm thinking the coolant temp sender is bad.
    I had it replaced at the dealer a few months ago during another repair
    - they said it was cracked and leaking. Looking at my bill it's a
    pretty cheap part, 14 bucks for the sensor and $32 for the connector
    to hook it up, but it must be a bitch to replace, because they charged
    1.5 hours of labor to replace it.
    I'd imagine the warranty was only 30-90 days on the part.

    Should I buy a new sensor and try to replace it myself?

    Any advice would be apreciated!


    Larry Grapentine
    IPMS #40310
    Peoria, Arizona, USA

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    Larry Grapentine, Oct 12, 2004
  2. Larry Grapentine

    Lane Guest

    Changing the coolant temp sensor should be less than fifteen minutes of work
    for most people - including the connector. The dealer charged 1.5 hours to
    replace it because they can.

    Lane [ lane (at) ]
    Lane, Oct 12, 2004
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