, Salem, MA


July 21, 2012

Saturn and Impala have starting problems


A: Since you have not indicated you have a service engine light on, you most likely won’t have a computer service code listed. Your problem could be with your key. If you have a spare key, try changing to it. If that checks out OK, then I would be looking at the fuel pressure on your car. How we do that is as follows: We check the ALLDATA information system for the proper fuel pressure that has been designed for your particular car. We then put on a digital or analog fuel pressure gauge and check that all specifications are exactly right. If that checks out well, we record the pressure and walk away for 15 minutes. If the fuel pressure has a significant drop, we know we have a problem in our fuel pressure system. Locating the leak can be a little tricky but not too horrible. The first step is to identify the problem and then make repairs.

Car Care Tip:

Another Volvo going to the scrap yard this week due to a missed scheduled maintenance, which called for a timing belt replacement. When the timing belt broke on the highway, the upper engine was destroyed. The cost of repair meets or exceeds the value of the car. Your scheduled maintenance is in the owner’s manual. If you don’t have access to the manual, your service adviser should be able to give you the information you need.


Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears every Saturday. Write to Larry at The Salem News, c/o Auto Scanner, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915, or send an email to

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