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#462 of 1225 ION Won't Turn Off
Jul 29, 2010 (5:11 am)
Last week my son started the car as usual to move it down the driveway for me. When he put the car into park and tried to turn the car off, the key would not turn to the off position. Furthermore, if you turned the key to the start position, there was not a grinding sound as you would usually hear because the car was already running. This is a 2006 Saturn ION and I am very confused about this problem. Up until now the car has been very reliable. I had to finally have a mechanic come to the house and he removed the main fuse to turn the car off. He also disconnected the negative terminal of the battery as to not drain it. The car has set in the driveway since then. Now I can connect the battery and turn the car on and drive it, BUT I will not be able to turn it off once I get to where I am going.
Does anyone have a clue as to what has happened?
#463 of 1225 Re: ION Won't Turn Off [stocky09]
Aug 02, 2010 (11:02 am)
Same thing happenend to me. Saturn dinged me for $530.00. This was the last straw, dropped that car like 3rd period french. Check out some other sites on all the problems the 06 Ion has. You'll be on a first name basis at the dealer real soon. They always seem to have the parts in stock for all the strange problems the car has. They won't recall anything, just want your $$$. Dump while you can !
#464 of 1225 2007 Ion - starter issue
Aug 04, 2010 (1:17 pm)
So I got my 2007 Ion in May 2007. From day one, it had starter issues ... thing would occasionally NOT TURN OFF. Finally, one night it so refused that we had to call the dealership to come bring us a loaner that would.
Ignition switch replaced, problem fixed.
However, now it's developed a disturbing new habit ... it's growing increasingly reluctant to start when "cold" (in quotation marks because I'm in Houston, and the mornings here are about 85). It starts just fine after it's been warmed up - if I run into the pharmacy for a few minutes, it starts great when I come out.
Appointment made with dealership next week, since it's still under warranty, but any interim tips would be most appreciated.
#465 of 1225 Re: 2005 Saturn ION starting issue [esprix]
Aug 09, 2010 (8:37 am)
I also cut the white wire about two years ago and have not had one problem staring since. I think it is remarkable that one smart Saturn owner in Kentucky came up with this solution and yet, judging by all the frustrating stories, all of the Saturn/GM engineers could not figure out the correct fix. My thanks again to the individual in Kentucky who figured this out and posted the solution.
#466 of 1225 2004 turns over wont start
Aug 27, 2010 (11:22 am)
Just bought a 2004 saturn ion, may have been wrong decision but it is what it is. Car has new battery, turns over great but wont start. Is this the same nonstart issue that so many have talked about. If it is, any suggestions on how to start the car so I can cut the "white wire"?
#467 of 1225 Re: 2004 turns over wont start [standfirm]
Aug 28, 2010 (6:59 am)
With the "white wire" problem, typically the car won't turn over (i.e. doesn't even click) because the system has disabled the ignition.
#469 of 1225 Re: SAme problem starting/PASSLOCK..wait then good but with an '06 [sapphireraven]
Oct 07, 2010 (4:14 am)
THIS WORKS GREAT BY THE WAY!!!!! NOT ONE PROBLEM AFTER IT WAS CUT!! I can't thank you enough!!!
Oct 14, 2010 (10:55 am)
My 04 Ion won't turn off. The key is stuck in the "on" position. I have to pull the fuse and disconnect the battery to turn it off. I tried getting the key out by pressing the button on the steering colomn that's supposed to pop the key out but the key won't budge. I called my mechanic to get a "ball park" on what it's going to cost to fix it but he can't because he doesn't know what's causing the problem so he doesn't know what will be involved in fixing it.
Does anyone know what else it could be and if I can fix it myself? I am desperate since this is our only car. Thanks!
#471 of 1225 White Wire cut Emissions?
Oct 14, 2010 (4:37 pm)
I just bought a 2005 Ion. Has any one had trouble passing emission test after cutting the white wire? I live in Ontario Canada and need an E test every 2 years. This car is replacing a 1995 SL1 which has been a tough little beast. thanks Jim