2002 Saturn l Series. How does the car act when the oil cooler goes out?

pamguerrapamguerra Member Posts: 2
edited September 2014 in Saturn
i have a 2002 saturn l series and we rebuilt the radiator because it had oil in it and know the car wont start but, their is no water in the iol, is it possible that the oil cooler broke


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    You mean the transmission oil cooler compartment in the radiator? Sure, that can leak into the coolant, but it would have a distinctly red color---like a strawberry milk shake, the color of Dexron III trans. fluid.
  • pamguerrapamguerra Member Posts: 2
    no this car has an oil cooler that sits in between the two pieces of the intake manifold and we repaired the radiator after it blew, due to the milkshake looking stuff in the radiator but now when we try to start the car it runs really bad for a second and then shuts down
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Oh I thought you said you had an SC1---okay so you have like an L100? In that case, yes the oil cooler can apparently leak into the cooling system. Some Saturn folks have just by-passed it rather than replace it, but I'm not necessarily recommending doing that.
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