Question about Cars & Trucks
If you hear nothing the problem could be a defective ignition switch or a defecrtive starter relay. The igntiion switch will activate a relay that switches current to the starter solenoid (located on the starter). The relay is located under the dash just to the right of the instrument cluster. It is a 5-pin relay in the wiring harness.The electrical contacts inside the relay enclosure will become pitted (corroded) with age. Replacement is necessary.
Otherwise, the ignition switch is at fault and will have to be replaced. It is not an uncommon problem with older vehicles.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1996 Saturn SL, 4 cylinder,
I also had the same problem with my 1996 Saturn SL1, and it also was the starter. I thought it was an electrical problem until, just on a whim I pulled the starter. One of the brushes was almost gone and the commutator looked like hell. I cleaned up the commutator and brushes, and it spun like a top for about a month, until the worn out brush finally died. I also ordered a new starter the same day of the cleaning. Just a word of advice if you will be buying a new starter, go on Ebay Motors and find the store dbelectrical. They sell brand new starters for $49.95 with no core charge plus $12 UPS shipping. So $61.95 vs $150+ at your local parts store....Myself and my friend from work have both bought and daily use starters from them with no problems or complaints to report.
Posted on Jul 31, 2008
check your key remote if it is not programmed the alarm will go into the kill switch mode and will not allow you to start your engine Having the same trouble with one of my keys I haven't found a way to reprogram it without calling dealer and paying a chunk.
Posted on Aug 04, 2008
SOURCE: 1998 Saturn SL2 engine light
The following are malfunctions that could cause a rich condition:
^ Fuel pressure too high. Perform fuel pressure test.
^ Leaking fuel injector(s). - Perform pressure leak down test.
^ Vacuum leak around the MAP sensor grommet.
^ Oxygen sensor contamination.
^ Restricted exhaust or air intake.
^ Fuel Vapor Canister saturated with fuel.
IMPORTANT: If the front oxygen reading voltage is above 600 mV and the rear HO2S is above 600 mV all the time, the O2 sensors are probably not
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
I had difficulty with my key in my 98 sl1 too but I discovered that I just had to push on the shifter until you hear it click, then you could jimmy the key a bit to get it out.
Posted on Nov 17, 2009
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