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'95 Saturn SL1 Intermittent Starting Problem

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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  • etucker Dec 16, 2008

    Thanks, we'll check it. We don't do repairs ourselves unfortunately.

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    how much does it usually cost?

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    Same exact problem. Everything checks out fine and car starts fine for months, but then has periods of intermittent starting. No other symptoms. Right now, it starts about 60% of the time. I always park on a hill so that I can push start it.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    your drop down for year does not display the year of my Saturn...so I put 93 when it's a 97

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Possibly crank shaft sensor as well

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This is caused by burnt starter solenoid contacts, U can either replace the starter solenoid contacts (about $15) or u can replace the entire starter.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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