I have a 2001 Saturn SL1 with built in alarm/door locks. In June 2007 the locks motors kept fluttering and ran down my battery. I had a mechanic disconnect my door locks. He went into each door and disconnected. Everything was fine for about 8 months. Then in Feb 2008, I had a dead battery and so AAA came out and sold me a new battery. I got stranded 5 times with a dead battery. It was not bolted in, leaked fluid etc everytime. Then I had no problems from Apr to Sept. End of Sept, the battery was dead again and they came out. They decided to replace the battery for me Three weeks later, it was dead. They came out and said to make sure I start it every 2-3 days. I did that until Christmas week when I was out of town. I came back today and the battery is dead again. They have checked my starter and alternator and they are fine. I am a retired female and keep getting stranded all the time. Can you help me. .
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You seem to have an electrical drain on your battery from what you are saying. However the drain can be coming form you alternator. With some skills I can tell you how to check for the source of this drain, Its an old technique that I learned years ago. Get a regular test light(the one with a bulb/light in it) disconnect your negative batter lead from the negative post on the battery. Connect clip end of test light to battery pole. Touch pointed tip to battery cable(negative one) With ignition key off and out of ignition and all doors locked and ALL OTHER ACCESSORIES OFF... this test light bulb should NOT be lit. If it is there is a drain. Go to main fuse boxes and remove fuses on at a time(MAKE SURE ALL DOOR ARE LOCKED AND ALL ACCESSORIES ARE OFF when doing this procedure) As you remove a fuse if light is still on replace in the same spot and move on to next fuse until light on test light goes OUT. when it does "Bingo" that's the circuit that has a drain in it. Some accessory in that circuit is draining your battery. Locating the source should be easy the fuses are marked by what they control. Contact if you need more help. Good Luck
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If the locking seems continuous and almost glitchy I would buy new locks for both front doors. If it seems to be one timing lock and not acting glitchy then it most likely is a interference with a security alarm at that point I would disconnect the fuse for pwr locks as a quick fix.
No a differnt door will not cause this problem .If you car has an alarm it will be under the steering column if you dont have on on originally then you dont have one. Try this with the key in the crank position move the gear selector see if it will crank if its manual Then you will have a problem with clutch safety switch. If you have an alarm you may to by pass it
Okay,heres the problem the battery is low and the alarm is going crazy without enough voltage but something to try is to connect the jumper cables and have all doors shut. leave the cables on for a few minutes, if the alarm starts to go off as soon as you connect cables then dont wait, take the key and go to drivers door and lock and unlook the door lock with the key this will shut down alarm system and then try to start the car, it should start up and let run for a while, also the computer may have lost its idle memory so this means you will need to hold the gas pedal a little to keep it running, after a minute you can slowly release it and let it idle, you will know if this needs to be done when you start the car and it dies out, you will then strat it and hold gas, just a little bit enough to keep the engine running, hope this helps, have a good day.
i owned a 91 saturn and they are notorious for window motors going bad i"ve had to change out both....just be lucky its stopped up and not down. But i do remember once that a bolt had fallen loose off on of the tracks it might be as simple as that...either way the door panel has to come off and be gentle with it or the plastic locks will break. can i get a very helpful on this...thanks!
Check the Switch it self, it may be bad or dirty. You can try the button on the up position and wiggling the switch or better yet switch the switch with the passenger side. Just to see if the windows go up. If the window went up then the switch is bad and replace the switch. Believe the Salvage yard is like $15.00 there, not sure how much for switch at Auto Zone.
As for cleaning the switch, go to Radio Shack ( The Source in Canada) and buy electrical board cleaner and spray the switch after removing it from the body trim.
If it's not the switch, then it may be the power window regulator it self and that's going to be lots of time and lots of band aides.
Good luck and hope this helps. Check by the door hinged where the wire harness goes from the body to the door, it's inside the rubber tube like boot. Give that a tug or tow while trying the switch just to make sure the harness does not have a broken wire. Keep me posted.