Question about 1997 Saturn SL
The other week when it was cold my car started fine, I stopped and got gas and the car would not start. Thought it was a dead battery, put jumpers on it for 20 minutes, nothing. I tried it one last time and it started. It started fine for 3 weeks and a couple days ago, again really cold out, it won't start for nothing. I replaced battery but still nothing. I am not getting any clicking sounds from engine compartment only from the relays inside the car. Everything works just won't start. I also have viper remote start on this car.. Please Help
You'll need to crawl under the car and check for power on the small terminal of the stater with the key in the crank position. Knowing if you have power there will help to give you a direction to go in. If you don't have a test light or a multi meter, you can jump the large wire at the starter to the small wi at the stater with the key in the off position. If the starter works than you'll need to focus on wiring. If the starter doesn't work replace it.
Posted on Nov 29, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
its the passlock system. The passlock wire is tiny and fragile, and gets disrupted causing your car to think you are trying to steal it everytime you put your key in.
now you can search for this video on youtube, this is where i learned and ever since i did this i have had NO problem with my car starting for the past 5 months.
you need wire nuts, wire cutters, electrical tape, n socket wrench to take apart steering column
first, go to your fuses, find the airbag fuse and remove it just incase you snip the wrong wire. what you do is look below your steering wheel and take your steering column apart. there are a serious of wires electrical taped together that are plugged in. you peel all the electrical tape back exposing the wires, and you find the WHITE wire. its all white, no other color. This wire is for your Passlock system.... this is the wire that got faulty and is causing the car not to start. now what you do from here is kinda tricky, not too bad though.
Seclude the white wire from the rest, so that you are ready to make your cut. Now, what you do is start your car, leave it running, and while its running you cut the white wire in half. then after cutting the wire, turn your car off, and then turn it back on. it should start right up. Then just put wire nuts on the two ends, and electrical tape them back together
The point of doing this is, one is disables the passlock system completely, and two the reason why you do this while the car is running is because snipping the wire with the car running makes the car think that it got into an accident or something, and puts the BCM/car into a "Fail-safe" mode, making it start every single time no matter what.
i thought this sounded insane at first, but after searching for a couple of hours its the only answer that made sense. and now i am the happiest camper in the world as far as it starting
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
SOURCE: Battery drain on 97 Saturn
You will need to Check you Belt and Belt Tensioner. If the Belt Tensioner is not Holding the Belt good and Tight It will not allow the Alternator to Fully Charge the Battery. I would also have the Alternator check just to be Sure.Please Rate my response, I need all the Help I can get! Thanks!
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
SOURCE: 98 Saturn SL2 - Stalling issues
The 5 volt reference circuit provides a signal voltage to the linear EGR, MAP sensor, and TP sensor. The return line is grounded through the PCM. DTC P1635 detects a short to ground in any of the 3, 5 volt reference circuits or inside the PCM.
Conditions for Setting the DTC
The 5 volt reference is monitored whenever the ignition is ON.
DTC P1635 will set if the 5 volt reference signal is below 3.5 volts or above 5.5 volts. This voltage is monitored internally by the PCM.
If DTCs P0563, P0108, P1106, P0452, P0453, P1122, or P0122 are set, a short to B+ on the 5 volt reference circuit is probable. If the short exists while attempting to diagnose, PDT communications will be lost and driveability conditions will exist.
Posted on Jun 24, 2009
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