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Old 10-06-2008, 09:39 AM   #11
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well, i was taking a girl out to walk on some nature trails and had my ride die on me. after several minutes of cussing at it, i decided to try and tap the gas tank and see if that helped(i knew it was fuel related, it would start for a second or two, then die). it did, so i drove it straight home. so i spent yesterday dropping the gas tank to check the fuel pump (luckily i was almost out of gas). turns out, i got lucky, the pump just picked up some trash and clogged the screen. so i cleaned that and then drained and cleaned the tank. i also filtered the gas that was in it. gotta love funnels and coffee filters!

needless to say, the car runs fine now. actually, it runs better than is has since i bought it.


oh, and a good cavalier forum is clubcav.com
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Bought a compression tester kit and a remote starter switch so I can crank the car while under the hood and test compression alone.

Saturn has been having VERY dull power lately, I'm wondering if there's internal problems (or possible a plugged up cat) although there are no engine codes. Gaining speed is like a chore, the car just DOESN'T WANT TO DO IT.

Never got around to testing it though. Spent Sunday getting my Camaro back on the road... took this pic w/ my cell phone. Click the link below to view!

1994 Camaro Z28

I had forgotten how loud/fast/angry that car is... yikes!
have you checked the vapor canister? well, i don't know how you would check it, but i am sure there is a way. i had a 93' sc2 that wouldn't go and thats what the problem was. mine was a obd-1 and only had about 30 different codes it could throw, but it didnt throw one. im sure if you check saturnfans.com, they should be able to help you out.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:06 AM   #13
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I'm a member over at saturnfans.com so I guess I'll post up a question in s-series tech. Thanks for the suggestion... I have another thread going on over there about rebuilding/re-ringing the DOHC, things are about to get interesting for my DD.
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Bought a compression tester kit and a remote starter switch so I can crank the car while under the hood and test compression alone.

Saturn has been having VERY dull power lately, I'm wondering if there's internal problems (or possible a plugged up cat) although there are no engine codes. Gaining speed is like a chore, the car just DOESN'T WANT TO DO IT.
If you have a vacuum gauge, it will be easy to "test" the cat. Hook it up to manifold vacuum and go for a drive with a long vacuum hose so you can watch the gauge from the passenger compartment. If the vacuum goes way down as you slowly accelerate and stays really low at a steady 55mph cruise- the cat is likely clogged.
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cutting wires and modifying the electrical system isn't what really scares me, it is not having the proper documentation and just going on what some random person says on the internet (no offense to anyone).
Have you checked with your local libraries to see if members have access to the EBSCO Auto Repair Resource Center? Here's what I got from it for the headlight wiring on a base model 1997 Cavalier.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:34 AM   #16
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Today I started hooking up an air horn on my '88 Escort so now I'll be prepared whenever people blow at me for driving too slow to suit them. I'll just give them a blast of air. Didn't get it finished though, because I didn't have the wire to do the electrical and didn't want to drive 30 miles round trip to get it when I would be in town tomorrow anyway.
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If you have a vacuum gauge, it will be easy to "test" the cat. Hook it up to manifold vacuum and go for a drive with a long vacuum hose so you can watch the gauge from the passenger compartment. If the vacuum goes way down as you slowly accelerate and stays really low at a steady 55mph cruise- the cat is likely clogged.
Yeah, I've got a vacuum gauge, but no where on the mani. to hook it up to! Would it be acceptable to "T" into the PCV hose? I don't think there is any other suitable place.

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I've blocked the radiator to increase water temperature. It works pretty nice.
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Yeah, I've got a vacuum gauge, but no where on the mani. to hook it up to! Would it be acceptable to "T" into the PCV hose? I don't think there is any other suitable place.

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I T'd into the brake booster hose on my Escort and it works really well.
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Yeah, I've got a vacuum gauge, but no where on the mani. to hook it up to! Would it be acceptable to "T" into the PCV hose? I don't think there is any other suitable place.

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It might be easier to T off of the fuel pressure regulator vacuum line.
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