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Completely shut down

It's not getting any juice, even trying to boost it didn't work. It is an automatic so everything is locked up when it is not running. I just got up one morning and it would not turn over. Now my key will not come out of the ignition. I beleive the battery is still strong by the way it sparked when I tried to boost it. So it is in my basement where I can't even get it towed. Please help!

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  • esq315 Oct 25, 2008

    I got out, turned the engine off, to use an ATM. When I tried to start the car it would not turn over, no clicking, no radio, no headlights, no display lights, just the reading lights and door locks operated. I jump started the car, drove home, everything seemed fine. I turned the car off and now it won't start again. No power to any systems. Help!



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Hi Kraz8,

Thanks for asking me about your Saturn.
Saturn makes a great car, but they do have problems. I'm not sure I completely understand what you're experiencing though, especially the 'in the basement' thing. If what's happening is 'nothing' when you try to start it, your battery is charged and the key is acting weird then I can probably help.

I had a similar problem on my 94 SL2. Turn the key…..Nothing.
Even worse, it was intermittent, the worst type to troubleshoot.

At first it was rare. Pulling out the key , putting it back in and turning usually worked.
Over time it got progressively worse and stubborn.

Then one day it wouldn’t start for anything.

My car has an alarm with a ‘starter kill’. My first thought, alarm malfunction. So I located the two wires (they can be any color) going from the alarm module to the steering column. They are usually labeled appropriately on the module. I used a small jumper wire (alligator clips) to short them at the alarm. If the alarm was the problem, this would fix it. It didn’t.

Time to take apart the steering column.

The key tool will be a 7 or 8mm socket. Take off the two piece steering column shroud to expose the wiring.

On the left side, directly opposite the ignition, you’ll see a piece of round plastic held on with two bolts. This is really the ignition switch.
Take out the bolts (again 7 or 8mm).
Take out the two plugs (blue and white) from behind it.
Take off the switch.

Plan A: (For most people)
Replace this. Bring it with you to the parts store to compare it.
Bring it home. Bolt it on. Plug it in. Turn the key.

I can’t tell you how much it was , since I used …

Plan B: (For the deservedly cocky)
I took the switch apart and cleaned the contacts.
They were burnt. I scraped them clean, re-assembled the switch and tested it.

If you need me to explain Plan B, use Plan A.

Hope this helps, let me know how it goes. Any other problems, click the ASK button.

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