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2005 Saturn Ion problem starting

All of the warning lights suddenly came on and it seemed as though it was going to stop running at any minute. I was close to home and was able to pull into my parking spot and shut the car off. I waited a few minutes and tried to restart it...nothing. The battery light in the dashboard would come on and stay on. After several tries, it would not start (it wouldn't even make a noise) but all of the lights would come on. The headlights and overhead light would even come on. After a few minutes it finally started. Not sure if it makes a difference but it was only about 15 degrees out when this happened. It has about 72,000 miles. I've never had the battery replaced. How long is the battery life on the manufacturer batteries? Could this be as simple as replacing the battery?

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  • GrandmaKatie Jan 17, 2009

    Our car ramdomly doesn't start. It has been happening for over a year. It almost always happens in cold or wet weather. keeping the car in the garage has helped but has just reduced the number of times it happens. It still happens. Already checked the battery which is fine. Can't figure it out.

  • laurakjar Feb 07, 2009

    We have the smae problem do not go down the same road as us... we replaced the battery, the starter and the ignition. We ran a diagnostic and it showed a failure with our security feature in our ignition so that's why we replaced it... for a month it worked great even in -30 C but then it happened again so I did some research and it turns out that its common in Saturns but they haven't recalled the ignition. One suggestion is to watch you amber security light, you turn the key and stop when your lights all come on then wait for the amber security light to go out then turn the key the rest of the way. The other suggestion is to cut a wire but I think that should be last resort as it will void your warrenty of the part.

  • madatSATURN Feb 11, 2009

    I just brought my 05 Saturn Ion about two months ago. It has left me STRANDED three times as when I tried to start the car, the engine would not even turn over (no sound at all), however, the radio, lights, etc worked. If you will notice when this happens the pass lock light comes on. After reading much about this, it appears this is an EXTREMELY COMMON problem with the Saturn IONS. Many folks have written to say if you replace the ignition switch this will take care of it. I don't know, I just know I paid $10,000 cash for a car that has left me stranded!! Anybody else having this problem?



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Maybe 5 or 6 years , depends . Battery in my chevy cavalier lasted 6 yr's .

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Probably something shorting out. This is something that probably isn't going to be easy to figure out. You need someone that can diagnose it in person

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Take the car in, and have the fuel pump checked, and maybe the alternater. Something in there is going out. Could even be lose battery cables, or a lose connection. Either way, you should have it checked before you get stuck somewhere.

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Its the power somewhere along the chain. So of course first is too check the battery. get a multimeter from harbor frieght.(5 bucks) Set it to D.C. voltage and place the red lead on the positive terminal, black on negative. It should read 12 volts if less, then you have a bad battery. Next jump start the car and repeat with car running, it should read 13 /14 volts. If not altenator is bad. If both are good ,clean battery terminals, nice shinny metal. hook up everthing nice and tight. Now start the car. Good luck

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