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Car will start but not run, will not come out of park, key fob will not operate locks

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  • kr_nash Aug 01, 2009

    Saturn 2002 - L200 Sedan
    Car starts but runs only for 2 seconds. Cannot
    shift out of Park, even with foot on brake.
    Key lock will not operate door or trunk locks.
    Could it be security system and how do I disable ?

  • kr_nash Aug 01, 2009

    Benjamin:

    Thanks for your help. I do have a followup question.



    In you email, you listed four connectors with respective color codings.



    Question: For the first three you listed, where are

    the fuses or fused links for these located in the car?



    Thanks,

    Keith

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All of the symptoms your are describing run through the BCM (Body Control Module) and since a security light is not on, then the BCM sounds like your problem especially since it is a common failure in these cars. There are 4 power feeds and 1 ground circuit for the BCM. You will need to check the powers and grounds when the system is not operating to see if you are having a wiring problem, internal BCM malfunction or ignition switch malfunction.

The BCM is located on the top of the glove box on your Saturn and requires few tools to remove and install if it needs to be replaced but the BCM has to be programmed or will not work. The only people that can program the BCM are the ones with the costly tools. It is the BCM and programming of it that is biggest part of the job, money wise. The labor to remove and replace it is the easy part.

Connector 2 (24 pin Gray) pin A10 pink wire should have power in run and start
Connector 2 (24 Pin Gray) pin B9 yellow wire should have power in Acc and Run
Connector 4 (8 pin light gray) pin D & Pin H should have power at all times
Connector 4 (8 pin lihgt gray) pin F should have ground at all times

The other end of the ground is near the driver side strut tower. I would check there first since it was in a wreck it is possible this ground has worked loose or become corroded. If the above checks out ok, then I would take the car to an AutoZone to get the trouble codes read for free on their scanner or if someone you knows, has a scanner, have them read the codes for you. Sometimes simply, unplugging and/or charging the car battery or replacing it might fix this problem too but usually the BCM is at fault. Let me know how this turns out.


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    Benjamin Patri Aug 02, 2009

    The fuses are in the fuse box, but these connectors are directly off of the BCM which is located on the top of the glove box on this model I believe

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