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I have a 1999 Saturn SL2 and in the past 3 months I have been stranded at least 6 times. The battery and lights all work but it makes no sound at all when you turn the key to start it. I spent $75.00 at Midas to have it diagnosed but no luck finding the problem. I think the fee is a rip off if they don't solve the problem. Anyway, after walking home and bugging friends to pick me up I finally just replaced the starter. 2 days later I made a short trip (1Mile) shut the car off and heard a new sound after the ignition was off. It did not sound like your typical cooling fan. Can anyone out their help diagnose this problem??? The no start issue was always after a series of short trip to run errands etc...Help!!!

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Remove pos cable from battery and inspect for corrosion.

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