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Hello, my 2002 Saturn SL2 is having starting problems. I recently (1 month ago) had the starter replace. 2 weeks ago it failed to start. The local repair shop replace the 30amp ignition fuse but found no other issues. yesterday it also failed to start. I changed the 30amp fuse twice but each time it blew right away. Plenty of juice for lights, radio etc. what else can be causing the short, a relay?? thanks Bill

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No relay involved , a dead short to ground on that electrical circuit ,ignition switch . Do you know how to test for a short ?
How to Diagnose and Find Short Circuit or Wire in Your Car

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SOURCE: 97 Saturn SL2 (dual overhead

The negative terminal on my battery was loose.  I cleaned it and greased it and the problem seems to be gone just the guest pointed out.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008


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SOURCE: 1993 Saturn SL2 Electrical Short?

Hello there ThreeD, Johnny

I wonder if we had the same dealership? If you are still having the start up problem, I have several solutions.

To Disable the Starter Kill:
( Tools: flashlight, wire stripper, Jumper wire w/alligator clips)

  • The most common intersect point is at the base of the steering column. Slide the seat back, tilt the wheel up and contort your way down there.
  • You should find two wires, usually the same color that look like an afterthought. One comes from up the column, the other, from the firewall. Where they go in the same direction, they are going to the alarm module.
  • The alarm module is usually under the center console. You don't need to dig it out, only confirm the two wires go to the module.
  • When confirmed, choose a spot where the wires are close together and strip about 1/8 inch of insulation from each.
  • To kill the Starter Kill: Use the alligator clip wire to connect the two wires.
  • Now try to start the engine.
What you have done:
  • When engaged, the starter kill interrupts the power going to the solenoid.
  • When disengaged, it allows power to the solenoid.
  • The relay the accomplishes this is sometimes not up to the task, resulting in scorched contacts.
  • Bottom line, the interrupt state never ends.
  • The jumper you attached takes the place of the damaged relay to the extent of allowing power to the solenoid
This is a quick inexpensive way to either fix the starting problem or rule out the starter kill as the weak link in the circuit.

Let me know the results. If necessary we will take it to the next level.hanks for using FixYa

Posted on Dec 09, 2008



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SOURCE: '95 Saturn SL1 Intermittent Starting Problem

this is caused by burnt starter solenoid contacts, U can either replace the starter solenoid contacts (about $15) or u can replace the entire starter.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008


Colin Stickland

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SOURCE: My 2000 Saturn SL2 will turn over but won't start

well sitting here in spain ,i have never seen a saturn only on the tv launching the spàce shuttle,but from the symptoms you describe ??if its car then its a number of things but i would be inclined to clean contacts on everything from the fuse ,relay,pump wiring connector on the fuel sensor assembly and put a bit of grease on all of them.If problem persists then remove the fuel sensor unit from tank and check wires from connector block to pump .If it still takes na few turns of key for pump to work then renew it .and the best of british with the spae rocket

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SOURCE: 2000 Saturn SL2 - replaced ignition then BCM failed. Related?

the problem is not the bcm. the passlock security sensor is in the cylinder and housing, if the cyl and or housing was replaced the system must be relearned. if you replace the bcm you still need to relearn the system or it still will not start.

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