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I have a Saturn L200. The car will start for about 2 sec. and then dies. I've put a new battery in and fuel injector cleaner. I started for a little bit yesterday, however it won't start now. The fuel pump is working and there is plenty of pressure in the fuel line. Can you please help me? I have a 2000 Saturn SL2. Just had the ignition replaced because key was stuck. Mechanic said it was hard to get out. Following that repair, it will only run for ~2 secs when started, then it dies. Now I'm told I need a new body control module. Can replacing the ignition and ignition housing damage the BCM? Is there a wire that may have been cut during the ignition repair, or anything else damaged in the steering column that could cause the BCM failure?

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  • mfroma2 Jan 24, 2009

    I ended up telling the Saturn dealership to investigate the ignition repair, take apart the steering column, etc. They found a loose wire and also the the pass-lock system had to be relearned. You're right on. 2 hours of labor later, that wouldn't have been needed if the first repair place had "re-learned" the pass-lock system, my car runs fine.

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    The same exact thing happened to my car. luck for me i found this before I took it to get fixed I followed the steps to re-learn the pass-lock and it started like it didn't have a problem.  my security system kept going off during the process so I took out the horn fuses. thanks for saving me time and money.

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You should try re-learning the pass-lock system first. Turn the key to the on position and leave it on for 10 min, or until the security light goes out. Turn the key off for at least 30 sec. Turn the key back on, very important not to turn too far and bump the starter, for another 10 minute cycle. Do this 3 times for a total of 30 min. After the 3rd cycle it should start.

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Worked like a charm... so far :S. I am already ~$400 in on a new cylinder that didn't last more than 12 hours (car didn't start the very next morning).

I was getting ready to "cut the white wire"......when I came across this post. I will set a calendar reminder to report back here in month. So in summary, my car didn't start before trying this process and now it does :) thanks and I'll let you all know how it goes.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010

  • lt_brian_x May 28, 2010

    Well the car ran fine for over month since I reset the passlock system using rejakwi's solution above. However, the security light stayed on constantly and the service light would go on if I drove for more than about 20 minutes. The odometer backlight is also out. I am not sure if these are all related, but at the end of the day I think the computer is shot. So, my experience is that resetting pass lock gave me an extra month before needing additional repairs. Looks like I am back at the mercy of my mechanic.

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I'm experiencing the same things with my '03 l200. My mechanic replaced the fuel pump about 3 times before finally telling me it was the body control module. It will cost me about $260. On top of the problems you mentioned, my car also doesn't register miles in the odometer, and the dashboard lights flicker. He said all this was because of the faulty body control module.

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SOURCE: 2000 Saturn SL2 - replaced ignition then BCM failed. Related?

the problem is not the bcm. the passlock security sensor is in the cylinder and housing, if the cyl and or housing was replaced the system must be relearned. if you replace the bcm you still need to relearn the system or it still will not start.

Posted on Apr 09, 2009

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