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1994 saturn starts intermittently

Car will not start right now..It runs fine when up, but for example Friday morning unable to start it..Saturday battery and starter was checked, both turned out fine. Sunday morning car started up again...Ran it for a few then shut it off..waited then started it again, it was fine. When I shut it down and tried it, nothing. Wouldn't turn over. Nothing at all.

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Saturn Ion's have a problem with the starter switch in the steering column. The security feature built into the key is a small resistor. When the key is inserted, the engine computer 'reads' the resistance and accepts the key as valid. The problem is that the pin that the key contacts is gummed up INSIDE the ignition switch. A new switch will fix the problem but Saturn won't cover the replacement though they have issued a tech bulltein on the problem.

The other fix that I did based on an Internet search is to cut the small 24 ga white wire coming from the ignition switch WHILE THE CAR IS RUNNING. The engine computer defaults to the run mode and will no longer look for the key verification. The small key symbol remains lit on the dash but the car starts everytime. Small price to pay. The real answer is that Saturn should replace or discount the repair due to HEAVY grease in the switch the gums up over time. Under 40 degrees, the connection is lost to the computer.

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