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My 92 saturn sl recently started doing these strange things. First, it would refuse to start even after several turns ofthe key, not even a click. They suddenly with a turn of the key it starts just fine. Also, i've noticed that the heat guage is showing that the engine is getting hotter than usual, faster than usual. I really need help. I dont know anything about auto machenic and is afraid to drive it.

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  • Rich Mar 25, 2009

    I Drove my 92 saturn sl2 all day i got to publix went in grab a few things then tried to start my car nothing happened not a noise at all the power windows worked fine radio everthing just wont turn over to start not even a click



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Hey there,

When you turn the key to ON, do the dash lights light up?

If so, I had a similar problem on my 94 SL2. Turn the key…..Nothing.
Even worse, it was intermittent, the worst type to troubleshoot.

At first it was rare. Pulling out the key , putting it back in and turning usually worked.

Over time it got progressively worse and stubborn.

Then one day it wouldn’t start for anything. Time to get serious.

My car has an alarm with a ‘starter kill’. My first thought, alarm malfunction. So I located the two wires (they can be any color) going from the alarm module to the steering column. They are usually labeled appropriately on the module. I used a small jumper wire (alligator clips) to short them at the alarm. If the alarm was the problem, this would fix it. It didn’t.

Time to take apart the steering column. (Only the top, minor surgery, really)

The key tool will be a 7 or 8mm socket.

Take off the two piece upper steering column shroud to expose the wiring.

On the left side, directly opposite the ignition, you’ll see a piece of round plastic held on with two bolts. This is really the ignition switch.

  • Take out the bolts (again 7 or 8mm).
  • Take out the two plugs (blue and white) from behind it.
  • Take off the switch.
  • Replace this. Bring it with you to the parts store to compare it.
  • Bring it home. Bolt it on. Plug it in. Turn the key.


The engine heat is most likely another issue. Let's isolate and solve the starting problem first. That way, at least you won't get stranded. Then we can track down the remaining problems.

If you have questions or need clarification on anything, click the ASK button.

Let me know how it goes.

If you find this advice to be helpful, consider returning the favor by taking a second to rate it (the higher, the better!!). I'd appreciate it.


Posted on Jul 27, 2008

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Aug 02, 2008

    Hello again mdmloans,

    Following up on you and your Saturn.
    Did the start problem get resolved?
    Are you still having higher than normal engine temps?
    I felt they were different issues. Didn't want to leave you hanging though. Click thje ASK button if you need anything.

    BTW, thanks for the rating.



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