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I have a 1991 Saturn SL2 (SOHC) that I'm trying to get going. Replaced most of the fuel system which is good now. Tried to start and got a click sound. I assumed it was the starter. Took the starter off and had it tested. The starter is good apparently. Thinking it's the ignition switch so I removed the steering wheel covers and unplugged both circuit plugs that go into the IS. Took a test light and both female plugs give me a "Good light". Put the tester to the male prongs on the ignition switch itself and get no light. I was just told by a mechanic that if the IS was bad, I would not hear a click at all. Is this correct? I'm running out of things to try other than seeing if the engine is froze by manually cranking the engine with a breaker bar/socket. Please help!!

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  • cheap repair Sep 27, 2010

    you may have a starter relay, check to see if voltage is going accross the relay

  • dahern804 Sep 27, 2010

    Ok, good idea...Thanks

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The SL2 is a DOHC, the SL1 is a SOHC. You have put more money into it already than it is worth. Seems like a free check of the crankshaft being locked up might have been a first move before expending money. There were several small improvements made to the Saturn after 91, the fist year. I would suggest looking around for a 95 where your new parts will still swap in, possibly even a 96. You can get one for less than $500 if you look around. Stay away from automatic transmissions in Saturns.

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  • dahern804 Sep 28, 2010

    Originally there was no fuel at the fuel rail but the car would actually start if I shot carb fluid into the throttle body. Didn't see any reason to manually crank the engine or anything else at that point. Fixed the fuel issue and now I'm where I'm at. Had I not been able to get the car to turn over originally, I never would have started. That's interesting about the SL1/SL2 because our Haynes book says it's a 4 door SL2 and I know for a fact it's an SOHC because I changed the only injector it had.

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