Question about 2005 Saturn ION
With the front driver side turnsignal not working, I popped the hood, pulled the bulb out and held up to a light to see if the filigments were still intact. They were, so I re-installed the bulb (no blinking). Then pulled the bulb from the working front passenger side, to check the bulb in the non working front driver side.... Still nothing. Then put it back into the passenger side and now, wahhh-laaa nither front turn signals are working. Saturn wants to charge $112.00 to "check it out" any suggestions?
Buy 2 new generic brand bulbs and put them both in. I did the same for my daughter's car and was baffled when the other one didn't work.
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
2003 Saturn Ion The wiring harness on both of my front headlights had green courrosion all in them. I had to replace both 6 pin harnesses with aftermarket waterproof replacements. That and a new fuse fixed my headlights high/low beams. The passenger side blinker was jumped off the taillight for years but when I got the new headlight asymblys I disconnected all the ghetto wiring to try a more long term solution. So that leaves me without a front right blinker and daytime running light. If anyone knows how to wire in the bypass that Saturn installs please enlighten me as I can't find a break in the wire and don't want to mess with the bcm. Trying to fix this thing so I can drive for uber. I have almost 300k miles on her and don't need a new car. She runs great but I need this light fixed and don't have much money for pricy dealer quotes just to look at the damn thing. I can fix it but don't know how. Its not the socket or bulb. Its in the wiring somewhere after the second 6 pin harness from the headlight asumbly and before the computer under the hood it all plugs into. HELP!!!
Posted on Nov 22, 2016
The passenger side, front turn-signal bulb on my vehicle also stopped working. It was fine last night while driving in last night for 3 hours in an EXTREMELY HEAVY DOWN POUR OF RAIN. Last night it worked fine; however, this morning, it failed to illuminate. Thinking it was a burned out bulb, I replaced it with a NEW one to no avail. I then checked ALL fuses inside the car and within the engine compartment ... to my surprise, all fuses were good. I read all responses to this article and was prepared to start troubleshooting the bulb socket, as suggested. However, after setting out of doors with the wind blowing all day (a nice sunny and dry day) and to my surprise, the blinkers and all lights worked when turning on the ignition switch. Although I have NOT confirmed exactly what was the cause, my suspicion is as follows: Water had entered into one of the electrical connectors to the wiring harness for the front, right-hand turn signal light circuit, causing it to malfunction. Once the circuit was allowed to thoroughly dry while setting in the sun and wind during the entire day (daylight hours only), it "apparently" dried and permitted electrical connectivity, thus permitting the circuit to engage and operate once again. Placed the ORIGINAL bulb that was suspected of being "burned out" and it, too, illuminated. Case CLOSED. Hope this helps others in the future.
Posted on Sep 20, 2012
This is actually the answer to the headache of the daytime / signal bulb issue. After removing the socket, remove the bulb. Look at the contacts where the bulb plugs into. You may notice that one of the 4 contacts is darkened. Just to verify, switch the right plug with the left one. Then try your signals lights again. If that is the solution, you only need to order that part. This solved the problem for me. Feel free to contact me at 561-674-2673. Good luck.
Posted on Jan 22, 2010
A similar problem with my 2003 Ion turned out to be a recall that was never repaired (it needed a Daytime Running Lamp Jumper Kit installed). I would suggest calling the Saturn Customer Assistance Center (1-800-553-6000); if you give them your VIN# they can tell you whether or not there are any open recalls on your vehicle. Or, call your local Saturn dealership; they can look it up too, and if it is an open recall that's where you'll have to take it to get it fixed anyway.
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
This is *not* a solution, but another way to verify that it's the socket, not the bulb.
I read the above, then went and opened up the light-compartment - sure enough, there was some darkening (barely) in the socket. I wiggled the bulb around and tried the signal again, and it worked. If the bulb was pushed in further, it failed. I suspect that a sliver of insulating material under the bulb inside the socket might do the trick (anything that keeps the bulb from settling in too far), and am planning on trying that if I can find something that I feel will work.
Posted on Mar 30, 2010
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