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I have a 97 saturn sl2. problems starting up. acts like it is out of gas even when its not. I have to pump and hold down the gas pedal until the idling gets right.

I have tired fuel injection cleaner and still no luck. i think it may have something to do with the idling or the fuel pump. or maybe some sort of sensor

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Have you replaced the fuel filter?

Posted on Feb 02, 2013

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fuel, oxygen, and spark. Check all of these. Is it getting air. Is your filter clean. Are you getting spark. if not check your plugs wires and coil. finaly check your fuel. Are you getting enough fuel. Replace the filter, make sure you are getting enough psi's before the injectors. also make sure the fuel pump is working.

You will probably need to put your car on a computer scanner.

Let me know what you find.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

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SOURCE: 93 Saturn sl2 automatic runs sluggish

Run it in to an autozone, or Pep boys for a free code scan which should help point you /us in right direction. Make sure you write it/them down & get back to us.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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SOURCE: RMPs won't drop on 97 SL2

on the s series it was very common for carbon to build up inside the idle air control valve-IAC valve.there are too expensive and are easy to fix-buy the part so you know what is looks like the look at your throttle body(follow your air filter box tube to the top of the engine-the throttle body)the iac is right there.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a 2000 saturn sl2, when i go out to start

sounds like the fuel regulator might be bad. it can cause too much fuel at start up. thats why it will start at wide open throttle. more air for the fuel mixture

Posted on Jun 14, 2010

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SOURCE: 2000 Saturn SL2 runs fine

reasearch "intake manifold gasket". i have the same car, and the same problem, and everything ive read so far points to the intake manifold gasket. apparently during production there was an error that caused the original gaskets to crease. i would suggest taking some brake or carb cleaner and spraying it around intake #1 while the car is idling in park, this should cause the engine to idle rougher. if it does the gasket is your problem.
here's a link to another thread that sheds a lot of light on the issue, and even has some instructions on how to repair.

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