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2002 Saturn SL1 - won't start, turn over, starts fine with jump

Hey there,

I'm looking for help with my 2002 Saturn SL1. The car's been great so far but this morning I went to start it and got nothing from the starter--the starter wouldn't even attempt to turn over. Power seemed to be fine inside the car, I could run the radio, etc, but the bat might be too low to start the car.

Anyway, I get a jump and it starts up fine, run it for about 15-20 minutes the park and shut down. I try restarting and I have the same problem, starter won't even turn over or attempt to.

I'm not sure if it's the starter or the battery that's giving me problems. It seems like it should be the alternator, but the belt appears to be running fine. I'm on my first battery, so it could be the battery is shot. What's strange is that I had no indication this was a problem, just this morning it was dead.

Thanks in advance for the help

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  • gzuz00 Jun 15, 2009

    Is this something I have to get checked at a dealer or can I have this checked anywhere? Saturn dealers are okay...they just are quite expensive.

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Have the alternator and battery checked. The battery may not be holding a charge. The alternator may not be charging the battery,it should put out between 14 and 15 volts,any less the alternator is bad.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

  • Richard Delahant Jun 18, 2009

    If there is an advanced auto parts or an autozone parts store near you, go there, they usually check them free.

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