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My saturn won't turn over. It has been sitting for about 2 days and when I turn the ignition it just clicks. I have tried to jump start it. It acts like it has plenty of power, lights come on, door open chime, radio, etc. Is there a security feature that might have been activated?

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Listen very closely as you turn on the key with the doors closed. Do you hear a whirring from the back of the car that quits after just a few seconds? That's the fuel pump pressurizing the fuel rail/injector system. If you hear it, then you most probably have an ignition issue. If you don't, then look inside the trunk for the fuel pump disconnect breaker, reset it and try again. Er...there is gas in the tank? Right?
Ignition testing - you'd be money ahead towing it to a Saturn dealer or your local trusted repair shop. There's so many component that can kill ignition the shop's diagnostic computer is the best way to find the cause. Or you could just try changing the coil pack, plug wires, sensors, etc. in the hope of "gettin lucky".

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Do you hear any clicking from the starter solenoid or the starter itself? check the battery with a volt meter or turn on hi-beams, a/c w/fan on high, windshield wipers, and honk horn while pushing the brake pedal. Anything you can think of that uses a lot of power. if the lights go dim or things don't work right, this will tell you that you either need to charge the battery longer or replace it. I am not intimately familiar with saturns so I don't know if it has one, but many cars have a curcuit that won't allow the starter to engage if the voltage from the battery is too low. You can also try removing your battery completely as it can draw too much power from the vehicle offering the jump that there is not enough left to start the engine.
If that is not the problem, try bypassing the ignition altogether and running a jumper from the battery straight to the solenoid. If that shows no result you can try arching the starter directly off of the battery feed. If that yields nothing...either your starter is bad, (which if removed, you can take it to a auto parts store where they will test it for free.) or the battery is definitely bad. They'll test your battery for free as well.
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