Question about 2004 Saturn ION
It wont start then I come back few minutes later and will start
The best solution is go to your car at least ten minutes before you have to leave first thing in the morning. If the car does not start, just let it run out the clock. Do not open the doors, just sit there and wait. As soon as the radio goes off you will be able to start the car.
Then, since it is so obvious there is a flaw in the car's manufacturing, write GM and tell them you will never buy another Saturn because they refuse to fix this problem. (I have already done so. I refuse to pay Saturn to fix something that is a flaw in their manufacturing.)
This is not isulated to just a few cars. There are forums with list of people complaining about this same issue, but GM refuses to fix it unless it is still under warranty.
Also, write the NHTSA. They research issues with cars that can potentially become safety issues. If there are enough complaints the NHTSA will become involved and force a recall.
Posted on Dec 08, 2008
This problem is common with the Ion .... it's the ignition switch that goes bad and gets worse with cold weather. The switch triggers the anti-theft device so you have to let the car sit 10-15 minutes before attempting to start again. I just had my ignition switched replaced at the dealership ... cost me $245 for parts and labour. I say it's a ripoff ... but whatcha gunna do. You can't replace it yourself neither , the car needs to be reprogrammed afterwards.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
My 04 had the same problem. What it is is there is a recall on the ignition switches and you have to get it replaced. Its easy to install but you have to take it to a dealer or a shop because they have to relearn the computer with their scan tools. But I'm like 90% sure this is what your problem is. Mine did the same thing. It wouldnt start or the engine would turn over for a split second then nothing, but everything else would work (lights, radio, wipers...) and it would throw the service light through the odometer also. If its still under warranty they should fix it for free since its a manufacture recall but if not you'll have to pay. (i had to pay)
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
Shortly after my winter starting problems began, a mechanic checked the trouble codes related to my check engine light (always on for the five years I've had the car). He saw a clutch sensor (switch error). I've heated the ignition switch with a hot bag of water and that didn't seem to shorten the time it took to start in cold weather -- usually ten minutes from my first try and sometimes 20. Caveat: within the last month the car has started on the first crank at both -11 degrees and -13 degrees though it gave me trouble later in the day after it got "warmer". Not a solution yet because I haven't researched replacing or disabling the clutch switch much as of now.
Posted on Feb 05, 2013
My 03 Saturn Ion does the same thing, I took the cigarette lighter out of my Buick and put it in the Ion, then when the car wont start in the cold I push in the lighter and wait for 20 seconds for it to heat up and then pull the lighter out and hold the flat of the key (metel part) across the end of the lighter for 5 seconds and then put the key in the ignition wait 5 seconds then try to start the Ion. (DO NOT PUT THE KEY INTO THE LIGHTER PLUG) Repeat a few times if nessesary.
If your Ion still doesn't start well, were back to squire one.
Hope this helps someone.
Posted on Mar 01, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: saturn ion,sometimes wont start
The problem is in the ignition - the grease gets thick in the cold and doent turn quite right the first time. everything turns on, but the anti theft system thinks you have the wrong key so shuts off pwer to the starter. it takes 8-10 mintues to reset. That is why it normally starts when you come back later. I have had the same problem and done tons of reseach. Right now my temp solution has been a small heater and an extention cord. I keep it plugged in over night on a medium setting - just enough to keep the inside temp above freezing. I am also researching remote starts because saturn dealership charges $250 to replace the ignition, and a remote start will run about $300. Saturn wont do a recall because they feel it is not a safety hazard. I say that is bull. Good luck!
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
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