Question about 1993 Saturn SL
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.
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.
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Posted on Jul 27, 2008
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