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2004 saturn ion starting problems

When it is cold outside the car starter doesnt want to engage. if it does its about a half a turn and then nothing and it wont do anything for about 20 mins. when it doesnt start and i leave the key on accessories it says service vehicle but ive had a computer hooked up and it doesnt give me any codes. when it does finally decide to roll over all the way it feels like its not getting any gas. im not sure if water got in somewhere and froze or if there is a short in a wire. any information would be greatly appreciated

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The cranking problem could be a weak battery, bad connection between the battery and the starter, or a weak starter. Sometimes the brushes in a starter stick and don't make contact.
The check engine light should come on when the key switch is on and then go off once the engine starts.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013

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    ima67impalaf Jan 15, 2013

    thank you will check the starter. brand new battery. yes it says service engine in the guage window and then once started no lights appear

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