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1993 Saturn SC2 will not crank, but tries to turn over?

Ran this morning, but sounded abnormal at idle...loud ticking sound. Came home, went to leave again 10 mins. later, car turns over but will not crank. 5 speed manual, 93 sc2 saturn with 250k+ miles

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  • tokes84
    tokes84 Jan 08, 2013

    radiator fan not running constantly. getting a loud pop, almost like a backfire when trying to turn it over now. my uncle suggested the camshaft might have broken??

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You are saying the engine cranks but does not start, right ?
Does it sound like it has compression ? If not could be a broken timing belt.

Posted on Jan 08, 2013

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  • tokes84
    tokes84 Jan 08, 2013

    All the belts are intact. The car tries to turn over, but will not start. It ran earlier this morning, but refuses to crank back up since returning from the pharmacy.

  • tokes84
    tokes84 Jan 08, 2013

    Still have power, ignition is working, dash lights, etc.

  •  Stephen
    Stephen Jan 08, 2013

    You would not see the timing belt unless you took the cover off. A ticking noise would normally be a valve but could be something with the timing belt. If you have normal compression on all 4 cylinders you would check for spark at the plugs and fuel pressure at the injectors.

  • tokes84
    tokes84 Jan 08, 2013

    Will take a look at the plugs and injectors in the morning. Been pouring over forums and other owners suggest checking coolant sensors?

  •  Stephen
    Stephen Jan 08, 2013

    If the coolant temp sensor failed, the radiator fan would run constantly, and you should have a check engine light with a code for the sensor.

  • tokes84
    tokes84 Jan 08, 2013

    radiator fan not running constantly. getting a loud pop, almost like a backfire when trying to turn it over now. my uncle suggested the camshaft might have broken??

  •  Stephen
    Stephen Jan 08, 2013

    So you need to have someone check compression on all 4 cylinders to check the timing belt and cam.

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SOURCE: 1993 1.9 saturn sc2 starting problems

Sounds like the the Bendix is bad in the starter, which pushes out the drive gear to engage the flywheel. You'll need to replace the Bendix or the starter. It's a bit tough to get to the starter, it is underneath the intake manifold.

Posted on May 24, 2010

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