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Trunk release button does not work, neither does power for back windows which relay or fuses works this please

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  • ajoysheene3 Nov 15, 2009

    sorry I know this would work with ANY other car but with the Saturn, I am just totally confused as to where to start, seems all fuses and relays are under hood, but the label I am being given to fiqure which one to begin with is not even close thanks anyway

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If you have a test light,the test light will tell you witch fuse is blown,by touching each fuse on both sides,of the fuse,one side will light up,and the other side will not,if the fuse is blown,of course,this is with the key on,they are not expensive,you may have to purchase one.You just turn the key on,and clip the alligator clip to a good known ground,brake pedal or something,and touch the tip,of the test light to the fuse,on each side,and if the fuse is good,both sides of the test light will light up,if the fuse is bad,only one side will light up the test light,the fuses have bare spots on the top of them,this is where you will touch the test light,I hope this was helpful,if so,please let us know,thank you.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Nov 15, 2009

    Check the fuses,don`t worry about the labels,with the test light,it will work,when you find the fuse that is not lighting the test light on one side of the fuse,but lighting the test light on the other,the fuse is bad,replace the fuse with a new one,and the power will be restored to the trunk release,and the widows.It is not confusing,don`t worry about the relays,it will not be that.It will be a fuse.Let me know if I can help.

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