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What could be broken on my Saturn ion? It tries to turn over but all I get is a whizzing or whirling sound. The last time it did start I was getting a clicking noise moving or not, the higher the RPM's the faster the clicking

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The starter gear is not engaging the flywheel.
Have someone, a safe distance from the car, tap on the starter with a long baseball bat, while you try to start the engine. This will usually jar the solenoid gear so it will engage.
If this works then the starter gear area, needs to be cleaned.

If that doesn't work, the starter probably needs to be replaced.
Hope this helps.

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I would guess (without further info from you) that the solenoid on the starter OR the starter itself require R&R. (presuming that you battery is fully charged)

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SOURCE: tapping sound

Valves Yeah. Put Some Valve Cleaner In Your Gas You Can Buy It At Pretty Much Any Auto Parts Store For About $5.00 If This Doesnt Fix It You May Need A Valve Adjustment.

A Valve Adjustment If Done Yourself Will Take A Repair Manual, Feeler Gauges And A Wrench.


The Timing Chain Is Usually A Steady Scrapping Sound.

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