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2004 Saturn Ion - Parking brake will not go off. Precision Tune says "brake float switch broken - held in by piece of silicon. Pedal hard and functioning normal. Electrical problem relates to brake level switch and body control module." How can I fix this cheaply?? What do I try to fix first? No one has this part in town. Must be special ordered???? Thanks for any help you can give me.. Any other options or possiblities??

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It's called Brake Fluid Level Switch Try a auto salvage yard > Couple of buck's
Brake System Indicator
The instrument panel cluster (IPC) illuminates the brake indicator when the following occurs:
• The body control module (BCM) detects that the park brake is engaged. The IPC receives a class 2 message from the BCM requesting illumination. If the vehicle is shifted out of park with the park brake engaged, the BCM activates an audible warning.
• The body control module (BCM) detects a low brake fluid condition (signal circuit is low). The IPC receives a class 2 message from the BCM requesting illumination.
• The IPC detects a low brake fluid condition (signal circuit is low).
• The IPC performs the displays test at the start of each ignition cycle. The indicator illuminates for approximately 3 seconds.

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SOURCE: 2004 Saturn Ion transmission

It should be on the drivers side and it looks like the oil dipstick. Usually the top of the handle is shaped like a " T ". Most of the time it will be yellow and say trans on it. It may be lower than the oil dipstick. Good luck.

Posted on May 10, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 Saturn SL1 very hard to start

I will suggest that perhaps the blue smoke is not purely oil. It sounds like you may have an ignition problem where the engine has a hard time firing until warmed. The blue smoke may be, at least in part, unspent fuel. I realize that a warm engine that uses oil will smoke blue, but excessively rich conditions on startup can result in a similar effect. If the choke circuit is delivering a little extra fuel from a dirty injector, the problem may be worse when starting from cold.
To remedy this, I would suggest a simple replacement of plugs and wires, as well as a fuel injector cleaner through the tank. I would bet money that these simple maintenance points would solve your problem.

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Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 2005 Saturn Ion manual transmission. Has had tune

do the following, it fixes these kinds of problems, follow the instructions exactly.
Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010

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SOURCE: how do i give a saturn ion 2003 a tune up

Change the plugs, wires, oil, filter, air filter, check all fluids, and flush the radiator.

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SOURCE: change brake pads on saturn ion 2004

my car was stollen and used in a robbery and high speed chase.the strip was used to flatten the front tires and he still ran 1mile and a half on them flat.but my insurence payed to get it fixed after my 500.00 deduct.when i got it back i have damage to the front finder they didnt fix.and after i traveld 500 miles to come back home i have a bad noise in front when i had the oil changed i had him check it and he said something had gotten into the brake shoe pasanger side and chued it up now im afaried to drive it and dont have the money now to fix it is this maybe from all that went on with it he ran across a yard and colbert i was told that its hard to get stones in the brakes to do that kind of damege.should i go back to insurance co.i had asked them to make sure they checked out good now im in another state

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