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99` saturn won`t start.

I checked the spark, the fuel pump at the gas tank and I heard it click on for a few seconds. I pulled the valve cover and the timing chain seemed to have the correct amount of slack. What else should I check?

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  • paul_thompse Jan 07, 2009

    I checked the timing and it is correct. I also checked the crankshaft position sensor and it checked out. Any other ideas?



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You have spark and fuel pump primes when u turn the key / the timing chain has proper deflect but did it slip .sounds like the timing is off it may have spark but if timing has gone out it wont start either make sure it's in time next..

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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    dwayne sagh Jan 07, 2009

    you may have a faulty ign module or computer managment control problems .tps stopped working not letting in any gas / spark or fuel i still cant say what your problem might be.// try looking in here>>



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