My son has a 95 Saturn SL1 that sometimes will not start. The starter will click, but it won't turn over. Put jumper cables to it and it starts right up every time. It may start for a few days or a few weeks, then suddenly won't start again. Go through the same process. No pattern to the problem; not related to temperature, time of year, length of time sitting, etc. He's had the battery replaced (twice), cables replaced, starter, alternator and fuses checked. The electrical system was also checked. Of course it always starts when it is at the garage. What could be causing this?
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3 things keep a motor from starting.1. NO SPARK, 2. NO FUEL,. 3 ENGINE DAMAGE. I SUSPECT IT IS THE IGN MODULE WHICH IS INSIDE THE DISTRIBUTER. cHECK TO SEE IF IT HAS SPARK.. iF IT DOES THE IGN MODULE IS NOT THE PROBLEM. iF IT DOES HAVE SPARK CHECK TO SEE IF IT IS PUMPING FUEL.. DO THIS BY SQUIRTING A LITTLE FUEL INTO THE INTAKE MANIFOLD THROUGH THE INTAKE AIR HOSE RIGHT BEFORE IT CONNECTS WITH THE INTAKE MANIFOLD. .. iF THE MOTOR FIRES AND TRYS TO RUN YOU KNOW FUEL IS THE PROBLEM. IN WHICH CASE IT COULD BE A CLOGGED FUEL FILTER OR A INOPERTIVE FUEL PUMP. iF IT HAS FUEL AND SPARK LOOK FOR A BROKEN OR STRIPPED CAM TIMING BELT. NOT TURNING THE CAM OR CAMS.
because the power required for lights and radio are very less. but for starting the engine is more becaause ot needs to turn the engine. please check the voltage it should be 12-14 volts.
if it doesnt have this much power charge the battery and check start it wil start.
this is most likely caused by a burnt set contacts in the starter motor solenoid (very common problem), u can repair the solenoid or just replace the starter. the parts are avail at Iowa motor parts.com