My 97 saturn cranks but will not start .to get it running i'd give it a little gas and it would turn on but now it seems that doesnt even do the trick.I just got the starter rebuilt on it so that shouldnt...
I just had this same nightmare on my bosses 97 SL1. After literally weeks of headaches, I finally found the problem. The fuel filters, (there are 3, 2 in tank, and 1 in line with the firewall on the drivers side) were completely plugged. Replaced the fuel pump as well, since it was under specs. After all this it had what you are describing, come to find out that the fuel pump relay (interior fuse box) was cooked as well, probably from the fuel pump straining to pump through the plugged filters. After further checking, come to find that 12v was intermittenly reaching the fuel pump.
After some trouble shooting I come to find that the interior fuse box has many fuses with no power at all (mainly the accessory circuit, lighter, dome light, etc). I ran a fresh wire with an inline fuse from the battery to the cigarette lighter 12v + (Orange wire) to power the circuit and the car fired right up. Saturns are known for their crappy wiring. So if your dome light and cigarette lighter are not working it's possible that you have the same issue. I fully inspected the fuse box (completely disassembled) and could not find any short or open circuits, but those cheap "fuse adapters" that go from the harness pins to the fuses inside the fuse box were all corroded). I cleaned all up and still no power. I could not find a single burnt wire either anywhere in the interior or exterior harness. My boss had taken this car to several shops and not one shop was able to fix it (after spending $350 on parts with "guesses").
I hope this helps and does not confuse, it was a tough troubleshoot, and maybe my experience can save you a lot of money and time.
Mar 07, 2011 |
1997 Saturn SL