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2006 ion Starter is not turning the engine. Will eventually start if you try enough times, but very frustrating.

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Hi there,

Sorry about the delay, I have a real job too.

I have an SL2 that did the same thing, usually when I was the furthest away from my tool box. Frustrating is right. Hopefully you can benefit from the experience. The good news is that it's a cheap fix. Since June, I have addressed four other people with similar problems in a Saturn. Same fix.

After a whole lot of trouble shooting it turned out to be the ignition switch itself. The contacts get scarred, worn or just plain gummed up.

Being naturally lazy with my own stuff, my first fix was disengaging the tilt lock and slamming the column up and down once or twice.
This worked for about six weeks.

At that point I pulled the switch. Then I took it apart, cleaned the contacts and reassembled it. This worked for about three months.

Then I had to fix it for real.

The switch itself was a special order item and pricey too. So I went to a wrecking yard and looked around. 90 minutes and $10.00 later I had a switch.

You will probably want to pull your switch first to match it. It's pretty simple. The switch is a round plastic module that unscrews from the back of the key cylinder. Yours may be different location-wise.

First, disconnect the negative battery cable.

You need to take off the column cowl. A 7mm socket on the bolts under the cowl. A knife or flathead to separate the top and bottom.

On the left side of the column, opposite the keyhole on the end of the cylinder is the switch.

Remove the two plugs.
Unscrew the switch and remove it.

Reverse the process to replace.

Hope this works for you too.

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