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My 2001 saturn sl series just won't start at all I have replace the thermostat and the water pump and the radiator and the hoses what can I do

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  • doralovesbob Jul 03, 2009

    Yes the car was salvaged when I bought it.I replaced those things because of a leak I was loosing all the water from the radiator ect. The light comes on for the check engine soon and the battery and the change oil It used to start now it doesn't even make a noise and it won't start at all

  • rusabus May 11, 2010

    The water pump, hoses, radiator, thermostat, etc. will not affect starting. Did you have this problem before replacing those items, or has the problem appeared since you replaced them? Does your engine crank? If yes, does it crank at "normal" speeds i.e. fast enough to start? If yes, does the engine start and then die immediately? Why did you replace the radiator? Was the car in an accident?

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If your battery seems good, I have one idea for you. See if your interior light and radio also don't work, if so you have a security system that's taking the ground away from your starter relay. Look in your manual to reset it.

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I would start with the battery and move on to other electrical issues like the starter or alternator before trying any other mechanical fixes.

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