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New battery, electrics work, no starter sound.

1995 Saturn SL 1, automatic.  Jump started and ran fine 6 mos. ago.  Installed new battery, dr. chime, horn, etc. work fine, fuses good, NO starter sound when I turn key.  Tried in all gear positions.  Any ideas?

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    bob collins May 11, 2010

    Why did you have to jump start it?


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My Saturn sl 3 door. 1999 1.9 L. When i went out to start it , it just clicks. We have a brand new Duracell battery on 3 weeks ago.

First jump it from a car with a running engine. If it starts then you most likely have a bad charging system and that is why your battery s dead. Remove the alternator and get it tested at autozone. If it does not start with a jump then you need to see if the starter is good, remove that and get it tested. If the starter is good, then you have something binding the crankshaft and a replacement used engine most likely the cheapest way out.

R&R the starter on a 91-01 S series Saturn is not easy, look on for a video. They all have the same engine block and the starter is in the same place, on the back jammed between the engine and the firewall, under the intake.

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My 1999 saturn SL1 would not start w/o a jump. Then it began to start rather roughly now when i turn the ignition all i hear is 'electricity'. i have to get a jump to get it going

Sounds like you need to replace the battery. However you may have another issue and that could be your alternator. If the alternator is not recharging your battery while the car is running, then a new battery is going to die as well.

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Did you mean there is NO sound from the starter? The question says there is now sound from the starter. If it is a quick clicking noise, the new battery needs to be charged. Try getting a jump start for it or returning the battery, it should have come charged already. Not a good sign, these things sometimes bought new come with bad cells.

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Wont start hot unless jumped, starter clicks

make sure that every thing is turned off pop the hood get out and shut the door raise the hood and unplug the hood light, then disconnect the battery,
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When the car does not crank can you hear a click from the engine compartment?
If you can, that is the Starter solenoid ( a relay) trying to connect the starter to the battery.

Here's how the system works. When you turn the ignition key to start your car, the ignition switch sends 12 volts to the starter solenoid (which is mounted on the top of the starter). Because the starter uses so much current from the battery, the solenoid is used to connect the starter directly to the battery. At this point your car should crank over. What happens lots of time with the starter is that certain parts inside the starter gradually wear out and get dirty, and the starter cannot operate in this condition. HOWEVER, Depending on where the starter stops after it has done it's job, determines whether or not it will crank the next time you try it.

I speak from personal experience since I just went thru this exact excerise 2 weeks ago with my F150 pickup. When I turned the ignition switch to start, all I got was a click, click. I took a hammer out of my truck and gave the starter a couple of swats. not real hard, just medium. It worked several times. I finally broke down and bought a starter. (a rebuilt one) BTW, a new starter comes with a new solenoid already attached.. For my 94 F150 it cost me $100.00.

You might check around at some auto salvage yards and see if you could get a used one. it would be cheaper but might get you thru until you can afford a rebuilt one.

Hope this helps, Good luck Loringh PS Please leave a rating for me Thank you

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