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Starter relay My starter relay went out on my 1999 saturn and I bought the part but cannot find where it is located. Does anyone know?

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  • becauseim May 31, 2008

    I start my 2000 sl saturn, I can go around the corner to the store, turn the key nothing. after I wait sometimes two hours it starts right up? Why?

  • nuknodis Oct 27, 2008

    i have the same problem is there any way that i can see a picture or diagram

  • satrun Nov 14, 2008

    If my 1999 Saturn SL2 hasn't been driven for a while, when I try to start it, the lights & gauges don't come on for a few seconds, then they come on & I can start the car. Is this a STARTER RELAY problem, or something else?

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Solution #2 by dr4saturns was on the money. The bundle of wires was easy to get to and u can see where the wires connect (w/ flashlight). I wiggled the wires and .. Bam! Car started right up. I've been searching the internet (a lot!) and have seen many people with this same problem .. good battery, starter is good, dash lights work, headlights work but no dim when trying to start. No dome lights, no radio, no door chime, no door locks. Now I just need to find a fuse box but i'm not sure it's within my scope to replace, seems a bit complicated for a shadetree mechanic. Thanks dr4saturns!

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    carl jailall Jul 29, 2014

    had the same problem and wiggled the wires just as you did and the vehicle start , i will go into the fuse box by the passanger side by the left lower console and report my findings .

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There is no starter relay on a 99 Saturn.It's direct wired from Ignition switch.Purple wire at starter gets 12volts when key is turned to start.First place to check is the purple wire on the starter.Get a test light & see if there is power on that wire when turned to start.If Not,I would highly suspect your inside fuse box they have a problem with those fuse boxes burning a terminal on the forward 68 Way Connector.You can remove the fron drivers console trim panel near the gas pedal.Then reach in behind the fuse block & wiggle the wires while you try to start the engine.If it takes off you found the problem,bad fuse box.The cheapest way is a used one.Make sure it's the same part# as the bad one.hope this helps

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The first answer is the correct one on the question of location. As stated wrapped in black electrical tape just above the blue bundle.

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Solution #2 by dr4saturns was on the money. The bundle of wires was easy to get to and u can see where the wires connect (w/ flashlight). I wiggled the wires and .. Bam! Car started right up. I've been searching the internet (a lot!) and have seen many people with this same problem .. good battery, starter is good, dash lights work, headlights work but no dim when trying to start. No dome lights, no radio, no door chime, no door locks. Now I just need to find a fuse box but i'm not sure it's within my scope to replace, seems a bit complicated for a shadetree mechanic. Thanks dr4saturns!

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

My daughter's 99 SL2 had the same problem and I went through all kinds of gyrations trying to find the starter relay (HATE working under the dash!).

As you are sitting in the driver's seat, put your left foot even with the brake pedal and move it as far to the left as it will go. It should now be against the kick panel. The relay will be about 12 inches above. It's wrapped in electrical tape onto a wire bundle, so you'll have to cut away some tape to get to it. The hardest part isn't changing it out, it's finding the #$@! thing.

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