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2003 Saturn Ion 3 with warning messages coolant & power steering

My 03 Saturn Ion 3 learned a new trick to annoy me tonight. The car would not start and had warning messages displaying "service vehicle"; "coolant"; and "pwr steering". I checked the connections to the new battery I just put in a month ago, and everything was still making a connection. Went back in my car and pulled the keys out..when I tried to stick the key back in, I had to force it before it would go into the ignition. The car then started up fine with no warning lights...when I drove it for a minute or two there was a noticeable burning coming from the area of the ignition switch...could something have shorted out? Should I be concerned...or will my saturn be alright?

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  • bowmanmoe77 Mar 11, 2009

    I had problems starting all winter on cold days. Also had low coolant warning. Disconnected "white wire" at ignition switch while car was running to disable passkey. It started fine for about 10 days- zero deg. weather. Just displayed passkey fault on dash all the time. My daughter was driving the tach started jumping around. She shut it off. When she came back later the remote would not operate the locks, it would not start. towed it home. fuse 11 (Ign) under the hood was blown. Radio fuse in console was blown. Replace those. Still won't start. Now have power steering fault. Took to GM dealer. they replaced ign. switch. still won't start. They say I need a BCM now. Total bill for switch and BCM $844 and I will have to wait a week to get the BCM from Saturn. It's still sitting at the dealer until I see if I find a cheaper alternative.



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You need to replace your ignition switch. If it has already been replaced then you will prob. need a BCM.

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O this is an old one, but you need ed to get that thing to the dealer or your mechanic as soon as you possibly could. that smell is the wiring insulation melting. Ive had to replace the wiring at and back into the dash to the fuse block from a short to ground. It is a mess, but can be repaired.

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