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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone recommend an independent Saturn mechanic in Orange County?

I bought my current SKY RL in 2009. (It was one of the last ones off the production line.) Over the years I've had relatively few problems and most were repaired while under warranty. I've had repairs done by a GMC dealer once or twice, but was wondering if anyone knows of a honest, fair, Saturn SKY mechanic in Orange County.

I'm currently getting an intermittent CEL with a P0011 code and it looks like the solution is to replace the intake solenoid adapter. The part is not very expensive, so I hesitate to take it to the dealer and have them charge me $200+ for parts and labor.

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We have an excellent mechanic in Banning, about 60 miles away from you. Both myself and Robotech use him regularly. He is building/assembling Robo's new engine and swapping the engines in my two Bluestones. He has worked on the Skypel and the Green car. Several members of our Car Club use him. PM me and I will get you in touch with him.
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Thanks for your quick reply and your recommendation, but that's a long drive for me. I'm in Lake Forest, just south of Irvine, so looking for someone that's located a little closer.

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Might PM SkyPilot. He lives in your area and I think he has an independent mechanic that he is happy with. Not many recommendations for mechanics that actually care about the car.
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I'm just going to quickly chime in to say that even the most mechanically inept, uncomfortable with tools, clean fingernailed person can repair the P0011 error in under 10 minutes. You quite literally need to unplug one connector and remove one bolt to replace the solenoid, which is directly on top of the engine. Give it a go yourself and save the time and money of taking it in.

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Thanks! Definitely considering doing it myself. Is the cover easy to remove? I've watched a video on how to take off and change out the solenoid, but that was on a non-turbo SKY and I wasn't sure if the RL would be different.

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You can do it. I think they are the same or very very close.
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I popped the Eco-Tec cover off and it looks very simple, except the grey clip looks different on my 2009 than it does on the 2007 in the video.

Any recommendations on who to buy the part from and how to make sure I order the correct PN?

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Any recommendations on who to buy the part from and how to make sure I order the correct PN?
I don't have the entire part numbers, but to assist in getting you started, I would go to eBay and search for these three parts. The names I have heard in reference to them are:

1) exhaust Cam Solenoid Actuator
2) intake Cam Solenoid Actuator
3) Cam position Sensor

I can't suggest which ones you need as I've never had to replace any of them. From the forum, I sense you may need 1) and 2) together, and possibly not need 3). But that is just my sense.

***With the identification descriptions above, I would go to eBay and search (you will probably see both 1) and 2) on the same search, and they only cost as little as $10-$15 ea ... as you mentioned). The web site eBay listing should have a list of vehicles the parts fit, so assure that what you are buying fits your car. Sorry I don't have part numbers that fit your car.

A search of the forum on the topic might well answer other questions you have. Give it a try. As described above, for the most part the change is simple use of a screwdriver.
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Your local GM dealer can lookup the part number and sell you the part--I don't remember where I bought mine, but it was probably the local Opel parts desk. These seem to fail often enough that I'd be surprised if they didn't have them in stock.

I did a quick search on Amazon USA and found this, if you don't feel like making a trip to the dealer: https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-GM-12.../dp/B00F675VI8

I would recommend you go with a genuine GM part. In the past I've tried to save money with aftermarket parts, and it always ends up costing me more in the end--they fail sooner, don't fit right, etc. It took longer than it should have but I've learned my lesson now and just stick with OEM parts.
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I have replaced both the intake and exhaust camshaft position actuator, and also replaced the camshaft position sensor, just to be sure. This is in my 2008 Sky Redline. This is primarily because that code can be thrown for any of these three parts and they were low cost enough I didnt want to mess around and replaced all 3.

I live in Lake Elsinore and used to work in Lake Forest (Ortega Hwy travel). If you want to tackle this yourself I would be happy to come over and give you a hand. I am pretty much a rookie mechanic and I found these easy to change, then reset the codes via my OBDII reader.

I purchased mine through Amazon.

ACDelco OEM - Camshaft Position Sensor - Click here
Intake and Exhaust Camshaft Position Actuators - Click here
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This repair is probably as simple as changing your oil...maybe simpler! On screw, unplug it, and pop it out....put new on in, screw down, plug in...done. It should take 5 minutes. And while you're at it, replace the other one too. If one went, the other isn't far behind. And remember to remember which is which....that's the hardest part!! And make sure to change your oil afterward. Sometimes dirty oil can cause these to fail.
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Thank you! CEL is off now, so I'm going to hold off replacing anything at the moment, but I appreciate your offer to help.

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Just replaced the intake and exhaust solenoids. CEL is off. Just need to take it for a test run. Fingers crossed.
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I use Suburban Cadillac in Costa Mesa.

They work on several Sky's. I have 5 in my neighborhood not counting my two Sky's.

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