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My 2004 saturn ion will not start sometimes

My saturn ion 2004 will not start sometimes. If I wait for 20 minutes then it will start.

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If you also have an orange lock symbol on the dashboard, that's an issue with your "security" system called passlock.

The passlock system is what disables the car. GM issued a recall after being sued when people DIED because of it. The ignition switch would kill power to the vehicle while driving...and then you lose most steering and braking power.

GM will replace the ignition switch for free, but I've heard of many people having trouble with the replacement. It was because they put way too much grease in the switch. When the weather is cold, the grease stiffens, and the switch terminals lose electrical connection.

You best bet is to repair the switch yourself.

Remove the steering wheel cover and remove the ignition switch. Bring it inside and carefully disassemble it. clean the contacts with swabs soaked in rubbing alcohol. GENTLY bend the switch wiper arm down. Dab silicone dielectric grease onto the board part of the switch...about as much as a grain of rice at 10 o'clock and another dab at 2 o'clock. Smear the grease with pinkie back and forth a couple of times. Reassemble the switch and reinstall in the car.

4) A switch is a mechanical component, so this may have to repeated after 5 years or so.

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Does the security light stay on ?
Your key may be worn down to the point where the ignition tumblers no longer hit the proper points.

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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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SOURCE: 2004 Saturn Ion transmission

It should be on the drivers side and it looks like the oil dipstick. Usually the top of the handle is shaped like a " T ". Most of the time it will be yellow and say trans on it. It may be lower than the oil dipstick. Good luck.

Posted on May 10, 2009

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SOURCE: change brake pads on saturn ion 2004

my car was stollen and used in a robbery and high speed chase.the strip was used to flatten the front tires and he still ran 1mile and a half on them flat.but my insurence payed to get it fixed after my 500.00 deduct.when i got it back i have damage to the front finder they didnt fix.and after i traveld 500 miles to come back home i have a bad noise in front when i had the oil changed i had him check it and he said something had gotten into the brake shoe pasanger side and chued it up now im afaried to drive it and dont have the money now to fix it is this maybe from all that went on with it he ran across a yard and colbert i was told that its hard to get stones in the brakes to do that kind of damege.should i go back to insurance co.i had asked them to make sure they checked out good now im in another state

Posted on Mar 15, 2010

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SOURCE: My 2005 Saturn ION will not start once in a while.

My 2005 did the same thing. It was the ignition switch. Happened mostly when it was a cold morning. Seems to be a common problem.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010

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SOURCE: 2004 Saturn Ion oil change

Oil drain plug is its on the back passenger side of the engine out of sight unless you under the car itself .

It's a cartridge filter that goes into a canister.You'll need a 32mm oil filter canister socket to remove the cover to access the filter. You can find it at PepBoys for less than $10 by the other oil change supplies.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010

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