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2003 Saturn LS Base L-200 Manual

2003 Saturn LS
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Mid-size
23 mpg city / 31 mpg hwy
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March 14, 2013, 2:19 pm

David L

Question: High-pitched whining noise from engine

I just had the car die on me in the middle of an intersection. All of a sudden the engine started making a high-pitched whining sound and boht the red lights that are outlines of an oil can and the batter came on and the car just died. I was able to put it in park, restart it and drive it 2 blocks to a parking lot. I checked the oil, it wasn't full but it wasn't dry, about half way.

March 17, 2013, 4:33 pm

Richard W
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That could be the alternator going out. The alternator could have locked up causing noise and the engine to die.

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