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My saturn does not turn over. Some times when I put the key in the ignition it just turns, no noise, starter not engaged. Plenty of battery and all accessories work. Should I replace the ignition switch?

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It may be your neutral safety switch it will by around by your shifter or on the side of the trans by the linkage if it is automatic if it is manual it will be on your clutch petal and they get worn and cracked should be vary easy to replace they usually just open up and clip onto the clutch rod. automatic if it shifts from the center counsel you may want to try and start the car in neutral and park and neutral a vehicle can be started make sure to have the emergency brake or brake on while starting or you could roll away and try wiggling the steering wheel right to left and hold it away from the locked position while turning the key hope this helps but yes if all of that is good your steering column,wiring or starter solenoid has a weak spot of back connection message me and i can go into detail about that as well if above is not culprit good luck and hope it helps

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The most common problem for this type of Saturn with a no start condition that you have described is a bad starter motor. The starter and the starter solenoid are one unit. The starter is located on the back of the engine. It is secured to the transmission bell housing via two 13mm bolts. The top bolt is not visible. You will have to feel around the top to get a socket on it to remove it. Used starters range from $50 to $100. Installation should be no more than about an hour of labor time. Really the starter can be replaced in about 10 minutes by someone with mechancial experience. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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    Dean Stewart Sep 17, 2010

    mclaffie is right on here, nice job.
    I might add, as I did ours today, it is quite difficult to access this starter as it is behind the engine above the "B" brace. Be careful getting the car high enough to access the starter.
    See the video on YouTube by 'richpin' for assistance. Taping the top bolt to the socket for re-install is a big help.
    It is about a 2-hour driveway-job.
    Used in the salvage yard here the starter was $40. New at AZ was $120.



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