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Saturn ION, Electrical, Coupe, Sedan
#1050 of 1223 Starting problem
Apr 11, 2012 (1:37 am)
My 2003 Saturn Ion periodically wont start. Mostly in the am. It groans a half of a turn like its gonna start but doesnt. The 2nd - 5th try it does nothing. After that it will almost start then sometimes backfires. After bout 20 min of not trying it will start. I have taken it to dealer & 4 other mechanics only to b told it throwing no codes & they cant find problem. I have replaced the following: battery, ignition switch, starter, catalytic converter, and some sort of sensor. Heeelp!
#1051 of 1223 Worked for me.
Apr 11, 2012 (3:36 am)
Granted, I have a vested interest but ... cut the white wire.
#1052 of 1223 Similar Issue with limited time to fix and read
Apr 22, 2012 (6:48 am)
My issue seems to be similar and different, or maybe I am just dumb lol. When I turn the Key in my 04 Ion 3 to start it, I hear clicking (I assume from the starter). It wont turn over at all, but I have plenty of power for everything. If someone gives me a jump however it starts right up.
Also, today I attempted to start the car and just clicking...about an hour later I tried again and fired up as if there was no issue. Any ideas? Please help as I am Stationed in Germany now and soon to be back stateside. I really need to be able to rely on my vehicle when I get home.
#1053 of 1223 Re: Similar Issue with limited time to fix and read [camron91]
Apr 22, 2012 (7:30 am)
When it wont start is your security light on solid or flashing?If it is its most likely a bad ignition switch.A really common problem on those cars i have replaced a ton of those switches.They have redesigned them atleast 3 or four times that is the number one fix for random no starts.If the security light doesnt come on i would have the battery and alternator tested.Also make sure the battery cables are clean and tight.
#1054 of 1223 Re: Similar Issue with limited time to fix and read [camron91]
Apr 22, 2012 (12:14 pm)
Make it simple, and inexpensive on yourself - stay away from changing battery, starter, cables etc that most mechanics recommend, including the $20 switch that you will pay $50 at the dealer and then $250 labor .... How?
Search for 'cut the white wire/cable' --- cut it (or have a mechanic do it for you) and your car will start in any climate condition thereafter ... You will find plenty of postings on this site and several other on other 'boards'.
Good luck - it works ....
#1055 of 1223 Re: Starting problem [dboy09]
May 08, 2012 (8:10 pm)
I know the answer to your problem, I have this very same thing happen to me every time.
Before removing the key to your car to leave the car, you need to ensure that you tap the button on the clutch, so that it lets the key turn all the way back. You cannot force it back it remove it at ACC, but keep tapping the button at the clutch once it's parked until it lets your key go to off.
This has worked for me, and I've never had problems starting it up again every time I do this. Note that as I said, this has to be done before you leave your car every time.
#1056 of 1223 Re: Starting problem [plutoisaplanet]
May 09, 2012 (8:59 am)
"Tap the button on the clutch" ?!?!? What button? A button on the clutch pedal? I'd love to have this option to try if I could figure out what you mean.
If you look back at my previous posts, I replaced the ignition switch, ignition cylinder, and ignition switch again. However, since my last trip to the "GM Certified" dealer I haven't had any starting issues. But I don't kid myself into thinking that the problem is gone forever.
#1057 of 1223 Re: Starting problem [notcrankyion]
May 09, 2012 (10:02 am)
So do you have a automatic transmission and sometimes you cant turn the ignition key off?It stops at the acc position?If so what they were saying was to tap the shifter release button.But if thats the case you need a new micro switch/shift interlock solenoid.I have the part number and where to buy it.Its a really common problem i have replaced tons of them for that issue.
May 20, 2012 (5:27 am)
I have a 2007 Saturn Ion. My key was stuck in the ignition and I was using the car for a long time by simply unplugging the green connector from the back of the ignition switch to turn off the car and plugging it back in to start the car. After about a year of this the wires to the green connector broke. I tried to repair this yet again which involved pulling the ignition switch. This seemed to implicate the passlock feature and I could not do the passlock relearn, because I could not turn the key. That is the background.
I installed a new lock cylinder, new wire harness with green connector, and new ignition switch. I followed the passlock relearn and everything responded correctly. That is to say that the "lock" symbol flashed for 10 minutes and went out, etc. At the end, however, I had the same result. I turn the key and nothing. I tried several more times, same result.
I disconnected and reconnected the positive battery terminal. Removed and reinserted the ignition switch. My hope was to get back to where the lock symbol would flash for 10 minutes to try the relearn again. No luck.
Any ideas? Until the wires to the connector broke the car ran fine and started every time. The passlock relearn seemed to go correctly, but when I try to start the car nothing happens. Any helpful suggestions.
#1059 of 1223 Please Help Addendum
May 20, 2012 (6:18 am)
As an addendum:
The car is an automatic. It will not move out of park. The battery was charged overnight, just to be sure.