I turn the key to turn on the car and it feels like its rolling and rolling and rolling over but it never fully starts. If I add a little bit of gas it WILL start, but AS SOON as I take my foot off the gas the engine stops moving. The car is still ON but i'll have to restart it if I want it to move. Its a Saturn SL2 1999, with 160,000 miles on it... please help!!!
Ok, I have the same car, which means I own a Haynes Manual for it, which is the first thing I suggest you pick up at your local auto parts store, e.g. Advanced Auto Parts carries Haynes Manuals.
Straight from the book for trouble shooting a engine that starts but stops immediately.
1) Loose or faulty electircal connections at module, coil or alternator.
2) Insufficeient fuel reaching the fuel injection system.
3) Vacuum leak at the gasket between the intake manifold and throttle body.
I would try to figure out if anything on the above list is your problem and go from there. Post any new information you come across.
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When the car started rolling it locked it up tight. Try putting the car in neutral, put the key in and push against the car in the opposite direction that it rolled while you turn the key and jerk on the steering wheel. You will need to slightly roll the car back to get it unlocked. Get a buddy to help you push the car if you can.
if it wont turn over 1st check the ground s on the car and the battery 1st. your battery can be fully charged and the car will not start even over night this can happen. then look at the starter. Note: if you have over 109K on the car and the timing belt has never been replaced you will need to have this checked as well.
It sounds like your alternator mat have gotten wet. there is usually some sort of cover under the alt. I would get that and the battery tested. They can be tested while still on the car. If it won`t start you would have to get them pulled and checked. Usually free of charge.
I'm going to say something happened to the cable between the shifter and the transmission. There is a switch on the transmission that prevents you from starting the engine in anything other than park or neutral. The transmission is probably in reverse or drive which would allow it to roll. Someone would need to check the lever on the trans where the shift cable is attached.
Well, it may not be getting fuel. Turn the key to "on" but not start. this will activate the fuel pump.
After a few seconds, then try to start. If it doesn't start, turn the key off. Then turn the key on and pump it a few time---only a few. Take your foot off the pedal and wait a few secs, then try to start again.
It used to be we could "prime" the carburator to get a car going but nowadays cars are fuel-injected and don't have carburators!
Make sure your battery is fully charged. Sitting that long would have weakened it. It could still turn over but not have enough juice to engage the starter fully to get the engine going. Did you try jumping it?
Anytime you plan to let a car sit for a while you should use a fuel stabalizer to prevent the gas from going bad. After you do get it started fill the tank and add some fuel injector cleaner. Fuel injectors get clogged easily when the car sits for awhile.