Question about 2006 Saturn ION
It wont start then I come back few minutes later and will start My '06 Saturn ION has a problem i try to start it in the cold and it doesn't start. Everything else will work but no sound is made when turning the ignition switch over. i wait for awhile sometimes it will work sometimes not but when it does work theres no problem starting. ONLY HAPPENS IN COLD.
The problem is in the ignition - the grease gets thick in the cold and doent turn quite right the first time. everything turns on, but the anti theft system thinks you have the wrong key so shuts off pwer to the starter. it takes 8-10 mintues to reset. That is why it normally starts when you come back later. I have had the same problem and done tons of reseach. Right now my temp solution has been a small heater and an extention cord. I keep it plugged in over night on a medium setting - just enough to keep the inside temp above freezing. I am also researching remote starts because saturn dealership charges $250 to replace the ignition, and a remote start will run about $300. Saturn wont do a recall because they feel it is not a safety hazard. I say that is bull. Good luck!
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
You probably don't own this car anymore, so this answer is for those of us who DO still own a Saturn Ion.
1) An electric heater in the car, REALLY?
2) The passlock system is what disables the car. GM issued a recall after being sued when people DIED because of it. The ignition switch would kill power to the vehicle while driving...and then you lose most steering and braking power. So jenwattsdphi, you are correct on the cause...and unfortunately, the effect.
GM will replace the ignition switch for free, but I've heard of many people having trouble with the replacement. It was because they put way too much grease in the switch. When the weather is cold, the grease stiffens, and the switch terminals lose electrical connection.
3) You best bet is to repair the switch yourself.
Remove the steering wheel cover and remove the ignition switch. Bring it inside and carefully disassemble it. clean the contacts with swabs soaked in rubbing alcohol. GENTLY bend the switch wiper arm down. Dab silicone dielectric grease onto the board part of the switch...about as much as a grain of rice at 10 o'clock and another dab at 2 o'clock. Smear the grease with pinkie back and forth a couple of times. Reassemble the switch and reinstall in the car.
4) A switch is a mechanical component, so this may have to repeated after 5 years or so.
Posted on Aug 30, 2015
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