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The locking system on the saturn keeps recycling to the point of complete battery drain.

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Disconnect the drivers door master switch for the door locks, if the locks stop cycling you need to replace the switch.

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SOURCE: Power door locks drain battery

the wire to the door lock just disconnect

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Automatic locks do not work - Saturn sl2 1994

check your fuses, quite a big one considering it supplies all your locks

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Door Locks pulsating and not locking

pull the fuse. the red and green one. Then cut the black line attached to the battery. open the hood then remove the red connection to the battery. Let it stay for five days.

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SOURCE: all of my locks keep clicking on my 98 saturn

the first thing i would do is make sure the spring inside the power door lock switch did not collapse and causing the door locks to click all the time,,,you should be able to tell just by pushing the door lock switch,,if not disconnect each door lock switch one at a time and see if it stops,and if it does then you know which one caused it

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Randomly locking doors and sometimes continuous clicking leading to battery drainage.

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.

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The easiest way to check this is to go to a mechanic with an electrical system checker. Sears Auto Canter has all of the equipment, and charges a reasonable rate for checking your electrical system. Their equipment checks, no only the battery, but the whole electrical system for power drains, and the effectiveness of your alternator. If there is a power drain, Sears Auto can find it -- and they can help replace what is broken. They can also check the health of your battery itself (if it is not holding a charge, you can get a new one there). If it is not that, at least you have eliminated one possible cause.
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I have changed out the alternator, battery, and starter. My car keeps dying the battery will not stay charged. Why is this?

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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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