SATURN SL2 HID Day
Having fun with my new HIDs and Led lights.
I had notice that i had a flickering problem till i did some reserch
I needed a wire harness for my high beams. So i went out to my local auto
parts store, picked up a relay switch wire harness for the relay,tape,
wire, and some elbow grease. Picked a set of HID light kit from EBAY for a
good price and went with it.
Here the Addy http://stores.ebay.ca/JAEDARAUTOMOTIVE?_trksid=p4340.l2563
I don't think you should go any hotter tho.. looks like you melt the
plastics around your headlights.
Thanks for watching.
The Basic Parts of an Automatic Transmission (Part 1)
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This is part one of my front wheel drive (FWD) automatic transmission
dissection video. In this video I cover the operation of clutches, bands,
accumulators, clutch drums, the oil pump, the valve body, valves, check
balls, seals and 'o' rings, as well as the construction and function of
many of the internal hard parts of an automatic transmission. To be honest
a rear wheel drive transmission isn't much different as many of the basic
components are the same. I guess what I'm saying is that you could use the
information in this video to have a basic understanding of a rear wheel
drive automatic transmission also. It is just a basic overview of the main
components. I don't get into theory and operation so much. Just the
general operation and identification of the parts. I may make more videos
on this topic based on the comments I get so feel free to ask questions and
perhaps I'll answer them in a future video on this topic. There will also
be a separate video on the parts and operation of the torque converter as
well. When that is posted I'll post links below to that video.
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qf6O0oAs7U
Torque converter dissection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U_d_tBn-HQ
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Cutting White Wire on Saturn Ion to Fix Starting Issue
This is me showing how I cut the passlock wire on my car. My car would not
start on damp, cold mornings, often taking 30 - 40 minutes to get it to
start. After reading several forums I found users who were doing this to
"fix" the problem. I thought I would tape this for anyone who was thinking
of doing the same but doesn't know anything about cars. Like me. :)
Note: I owe thanks to meron for the post at this link
http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f1137a7/83 it is where I
first heard about this solution.
Update 10.6.2012: I added a switch, I believe it was this one
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062533 I installed
it with it in the off position, started the car, switched it to On while
the car was running and the service engine light went away. Car started
fine after that. I just shut it off again as it was cold one morning this
week and I had trouble getting the car started. Once I got it running,
turned it off and haven't had trouble starting it since. YMMV
Instrument Cluster Light and Domelight Replacement/ LED Conversion on 98 Saturn SL2
This video was a fun one to do. You can use this as a video on replacing
the standard bulb that goes into the socket, or you can replace them with
LED's! Recently ran across a few threads on a popular forum for Saturns
about putting in LED's. Thought this was a good idea. I got my bulbs from
superbrightleds.com. Below are the part numbers:
74-CWHP3 Mini Wedge Base - for the instrument cluster
RL4410-CWHP9 Rigid Loop Festoon - Domelight
I kind of skipped over the removal because there was another video already
made. Props to Richpin06a for a great instructional that helped me. link
for his video is below:
I am piggybacking off his video to show the light replacement on the
This might be long, but I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for Watching!
How - To: Changing ATF and filter on a 1998 Saturn SL1 (ATF = Automatic/Transmission/Fluid)
I didn't get quotes from dealers or shops yet but i will do it.
Each qt. of SYNTHETIC ATF cost $6.99 at Autozone (regular oil will be less)
you will need 5 qts. The filter is $12.99. I paid out the door $52.13. It
will be around the mid 40's next time since I have left over oil from this
I hope this saved you some money!
Here's what GM has to say about DEX V1
"IF Dexron III is still being made, it is without the approval of GM, which
owns and licenses the use of the name. Below is a partial quote from a GM
GeneralMotors DEXRON®-VI Global Service-Fill Specification
During early 2005 General Motors released a newly developed automatic
transmission fluid (ATF) for the factory fill of all GM Powertrain stepped
gear automatic transmissions. The new fluid provides significantly improved
performance in terms of friction durability, viscosity stability, aeration
and foam control and oxidation resistance. In addition, the fluid has the
potential to enable improved fuel economy and extended drain intervals.
Since the performance of the new fluid far exceeded that of the
DEXRON®-III service-fill fluids available at the time it became necessary
to upgrade the DEXRON® service-fill specification in order to ensure that
similar fluids were available in the market for service situations. This
latest upgrade to the service- fill specification is designated
Since General Motors introduced the first ATF service-fill specification in
1949 it has been periodically necessary to upgrade the specification. This
upgrading process ensures that available service fill fluids are of an
appropriate quality for use in transmissions that have been designed around
the factory fill fluid performance. It should be noted that, as with
previous upgrades, DEXRON®-VI fluids are designed to be backward
compatible with earlier transmission hardware. More importantly, earlier
type fluids are not forward compatible with transmission hardware that was
designed to use DEXRON®-VI fluid, i.e. DEXRON®-III is not compatible with
the most recently designed transmissions, and the use of these earlier type
fluids could result in transmission damage. All current calibrations and
certification tests are now conducted with DEXRON®-VI ATF. DEXRON®-III
fluids should not be used for these applications where the owners manual
recommends the use of DEXRON®-VI. GM does not license or support obsolete
ATF specifications or the use of fluids that are being marketed against
All DEXRON®-III licenses expire at the end of 2006 and will not be
renewed. Beyond that date GM will only support the use of DEXRON®-VI
fluids for use in Hydra-Matic transmissions. Fluids sold in the market
after that date bearing claims such as suitable for use in DEXRON®-III
applications or similar wording should be avoided. DEXRON®-VI licensed
fluids are fully backward compatible and can be used in all applications
covered by earlier GM ATF specifications.
The use of unlicensed fluids and/or non GM approved aftermarket additives
may prove detrimental to transmission performance and void warranty
Saturn SL2 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement (DOHC)
This is a long one, Sorry, but it pretty much goes through the step by step
and shows some of my mistakes so you don't make them.
Also, verify that the gasket fits. If you have the time then I would
suggest bringing the valve cover in with you(assuming you bought it from a
local parts store) and make sure it fits before leaving. I must have gotten
one from a bad batch because the first one was too big. You will see that
in the video. The second try was the right(ish) one. apparently it is a
known problem that the molding process is incorrect for these gaskets but
luckily they are rubber so you can just remold it to fit.
Good Luck and Hope this helps you save some money. Spent about $60 total
doing this in tools and parts.