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1999 Saturn won't even try to turn over

My 1999 Saturn SL1 does absolutely nothing when I turn the key, this happened 2 days ago when the wind chill was at -20. Battery is almost new, I checked it and it definitely has juice. It worked just fine the day before in +20 degree weather, is something frozen?

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  • salvagedbass Dec 23, 2008

    same thing happened to my 99 saturn sl2. same outside temps. battery has juice and i did try and jump it....nothing.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    March 27, 2009 --- 1999 saturn sl. my wifes car began to not start intermitently. She would try to start it and all the power would go off. the lights and radio would quit. the clock would zilch out and the radio would change stations. She would wait a few minutes and it would start and work good for a few days. It finally quit and would not start. I traced it to a loose negative (ground) connection and it has been working great . I'm hopeful that it is fixed.

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Have you tried to jump start it ? has it started since?
turn on the light's and try to start it..... do the lights go dim or off?
extreme low temp's can kill a new battery and an older one even faster
wind chill here whewe i live -22 the other night and my truck almost didnt start.

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I have had a similar problem. There was one main problem. I would check these out in this order. If you buy a "maintenance free" battery, there is no such thing unless you buy an encased battery. If you can pop the covers to check the water, it's not maintenance free. I bought a new battery for one of my cars, and I always pop the covers to check the water level in the cells. Yes, a brand new battery. I have had 3 batteries so far where a cell didn't have a drop of water in it or next to none. If the battery is in that shape when it is new, even if you add the distilled water to it; you will have problems with the battery as long as you have it. Take it back. If it is good, put it on a trickle charge overnight-12V2amps. (or after you get where you are going if you are stranded) #2. Make sure that your plugs and wires are in good shape. #3. Add SeaFoam to your gas tank to take the water out of the gas. #4. Be sure you add a quart of Lucas Oil Stabilizer in place of 1 of your reg. qts. of oil. It makes for easier starts in any temperature. #5. Be sure your battery terminals are clean (use baking soda & water if they are corroded, rinse.) and connections are tight. Good luck. The only other thing that you are looking at is your starter.

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I have a 99 saturn sl2...my car has the exact same problem in the extreme cold...i am not 100% sure what the problem is, but what i do know is that the positve battery cable(the red one) is not making good contact...usually i just play with the positive cable until the interior lights turn back on, or take a wrench and tighten down the bolt holding the cable to the battery...the car usually starts right up after doing this

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