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My 2001 saturn wont start when you turn the key, the lights come

If you wait it may start but it seems to be happening more frequently

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  • Bill Kay
    Bill Kay Feb 11, 2014

    yes it will start after a while, is this a starter problem or an ignition switch problem?

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THE STARTER ITSELF IS PROBABLY THE ERRATTIC TROUBLE MAKER.YOU NEED A TEST LIGHT ON THE STARTER CONTACT TO VERIFY YOUR GETTING IGNITION SIGNAL TO THE STARTER.CHECK WHEN ITS NOT STARTING IF YOU DIDNT REPLACE IT ALREADY.

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