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Turn on key. power to gauges and lights. will not crank starter. removed starter and load tested . checks out ok. reinstalled starter worked for a week same thing. removed starter same thing . reinstalled worked about 2weeks. now won't crank same thing.

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  • brewerbruce Mar 10, 2009

    I have a 2001 Saturn SL that has had infrequent starting issues. Within the last week, twice I have gone to start the car but will not activate the solenoid or crank the starter. The first time I was able to start it a day later. This last time, it would not crank. Battery has full charge and was replaced six months ago. Installed a new starter tonight. Started right up. Shut it off, and restarted. Engine ran a few minutes and I shut it off. I heard something running after I shut down the engine and I realized the starter was still running with the ignition switch off (key was removed). I had to disconnect the battery to stop the stater. I'm positive the wires were connected properly, as it is nearly impossible to do it wrong. I'm beginning to think the ignition switch is faulty.



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After I was able to diagnose that the new starter I first received was defective, I reinstalled the old starter that the store checked and claimed was good. It finally acted up while I had the car on the ramps. The old starter was starting as desired when finally on one key turn, it failed to turn over. After checking I had the power to the solenoid, I gave it a tap on the solenoid and the starter began to crank again. In shopping for replacement starters, I've found out that performance data in the box doesn't mean the starter will be functional. Many that I looked at were missing the water drain debris plugs. Some were even broken in the box, and one store tried to pass it off saying it was remanents from another starter since that company reused boxes. And in-store checks for starters are only as good as the people running it. I took the same starter in twice, and got two different results (good and horribly bad).

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