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Saturn ION, Electrical, Coupe, Sedan
#1084 of 1201 starting problems
Jul 18, 2012 (7:54 am)
i have a 2003 ion. ive had it for 4 years now. up until this present summer i only had starting problems in cold weather. but now its doing it in warm weather also. i have to wait 14 minutes before i can attempt to start my vehicle again. if i only wait 13 minutes the vehicle will not start and then i have to wait another 14 minutes. my mechanic has no idea of how to fix this problem. ive read on here people suggesting cutting a white wire, replacing the ignition or buying a remote start. can anyone tell me what the best option is from their experience?
#1085 of 1201 Re: starting problems [ohio85]
Jul 18, 2012 (9:34 am)
Iam very familar with this problem saturn has a bulletin for it in fact.When the ignition switches fail they usually fail and cause a no start when outside temp reaches 40 degrees or lower.What happens is the grease in the switch starts to become a solid and then skews the pass lock sensor readings causing a no start.Then as it gets worse it can happen at warmer temps.So when it doesnt start is the security light on solid or flashing?Also what i can tell is have the guy scan your body control module for codes if he has a more advanced scanner he cando this.If there is a B2960 and or B3033 then you would replace the ignition switch.Also i have seen the no starts with bad ignition switches without any codes.It just all depends how long its been happening etc.
#1086 of 1201 Re: starting problems [saturntech9]
Jul 18, 2012 (9:48 am)
thank you so much for your quick response. as for my security light- i never turn the ignition all the way until the security light goes out. ive found in the past if i try to start the car too quickly it will surely not start. the only thing that i see different is the "service vehicle" light flashes when the no-start problem occurs. its so frustrating. this is my 3rd saturn. the other two were older and didnt have any alarm system at all. i loved those cars. thats why i bought another saturn this time around. i'll definitely have to take my car elsewhere, as my mechanic has equipment circa 1950. haha. im pretty sure this is why he's so cheap.
#1087 of 1201 Alarm/ lock issues
Jul 22, 2012 (9:21 am)
I just bought a 2007 Saturn Ion and I have been having two issues. The alarm goes off every five to twenty minutes without anyone touching the car (and without fail!). I have been locking the car with my key so as to not set the alarm...but does anyone know what might be wrong?
On what seems to be a related note, when I am driving the car continuously tries to lock itself.
Any help would be appreciated!
#1088 of 1201 Re: Saturn 04 starting problems [dozensaturn]
Jul 23, 2012 (6:10 am)
I have a 2007 Saturn Ion my ignition switch sticks & it's currently locked up. My situation is different bc the key isn't stuck in the ignition, I can get the key in but can't get out outta lock mode, very very frustrating. It's currently the mechanic now he's charging 200+ includes fee for the locksmith to code the key CAN SOMEONE PLZ TELL ME THE CODE TO SAVE ME SOME MONEY THAT I DON'T HAVE!!!! It's hard as hell to find someone to work on a saturn without going to dealer & them fools wanna charge 90-100 just to diagnosis even when we know the issue!!! HELP ME PLZ & thank u!!!
#1089 of 1201 IGNITION CYLINDER UNIT
Jul 31, 2012 (12:40 pm)
I have a 2007 Saturn Ion & the ignition cylinder unit has locked up & needs replaced. Very expensive to take to a mechanic. I need the code to reset after the cylinder has been changed, can anyone help me?
#1090 of 1201 Re: IGNITION CYLINDER UNIT [jendsks77]
Jul 31, 2012 (12:57 pm)
The key code has to come from the dealer data base from your vin number.If you can turn the cylinder i can tell you how to remove it.That way you can remove the cylinder and pop the tumblar door off to see what the tumblar numbers are.Have you tried taping on the key hole with a hammer to get the cylinder to turn?It that doesnt work insert the key and lightly tap on the key to see if it turns that way.Those methods usually work for me.
#1091 of 1201 Re: Alarm/ lock issues [ionowner]
Jul 31, 2012 (1:01 pm)
With the two symptoms together its going to be ethier a bad door jamb switch or a bad body control module.
#1092 of 1201 Re: Saturn 03 electrical problems [saturntech9]
Aug 03, 2012 (7:11 am)
I understand you are a Saturn tech. I have a 2003 Saturn Ion and I am having so many problems with it. The main thing though is have it in right now because both my turn signals no longer work on it. It is not bulbs, the dealer is saying Body Control Module. They tell me it could cost upwards of $600 to start. I am unemployed right now so I do not have a lot of money, and I need my car for interviews. I am really worried. I could not find any recalls except for one, but dealer says won't help. I have never had so many problems with one car!! I just had the ignition problem you mentioned and the key still is sticking all the time. I have an oil change light that will never seem to go off, they have tried. I have a remote start that does not work except the one time it went off out of nowhere. I have had the alarm go off by itself too. Is there anything Saturn can do to help? I am a little concerned about the one safety recall with the BCM, because we are going to be having a child leaving with us soon as well.
Thanking you in advance for your help.
#1093 of 1201 Re: starting problems [saturntech9]
Sep 14, 2012 (8:26 am)
As a quick fix, would a shot of WD40 or some other solvent help?
If the issue is the solidification of grease, this should loosen up that grease and allow the connection. I would think... anyway.
I had this issue early on with my Saturn and the dealer fixed it. However, about 3 years later the problem emerged again.
Or at least I think its the same thing. When I turn the key, I usually get the engine to turn over, but before it has a chance to start, it shuts off, and then I can't even get a click out of the ignition. It seems very similar to what happened before, but the fact that it tries to turn over confuses me.
Also, oddly enough, it seems if I try to jump the car off, it seems to override the problem and I can get it started. Eventually I changed the battery and the problem went away, but after about 5 months, its back, with a vengeance. I am going to try wd40 tonight, and see if that helps with starting tomorrow. Maybe blasting it with a heat gun for 5 min might help as well?