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1999 Saturn SL2 Electrical Issues - Gauges not working / Not starting / Radio Off when Turn Signal is On / Etc.

1999 Saturn SL2 - intermittently it's been having some weird electrical issues, gauges flutter, car won't crank, etc.

On the way to work today, radio started shutting off when the turn signal was turned on, wipers and windows are both functional but very slow, airbag light flashes, interior beep (for key in ignition, door open) started going off erratically, no gauges working - at first fluttering while buried to the left, after speedometer was stuck at 40 or so and RPM stuck at 2K or so, engine felt like it had a lack of power.

The car didn't die, but when it was shut off, it won't crank over again --- I'm assuming that it might start up later, but I have to get this taken care of.

I'm at a loss - it seems very similar to the Body Control Module issues in the new L-Series, but I don't know enough about these Saturns to make an educated guess.

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  • cbattles Aug 01, 2008

    If anyone's interested in the solution - turns out that it was the alternator. Battery was just so low that the radio that nothing was getting enough power to function properly.

  • srvohio Jan 19, 2009

    I have a 1999 Saturn SL2 and it has electrical problems but very cold here 18F. About a week ago I started my car and the lights came on and off then it stalled. I restarted it with no problem. Then a few days ago the speedometer and the RPM dials would go to zero as I was driving on the highway and then go back to normal. The engine did not stall at all this time. The same day I stopped at my Moms to shovel snow and when I went back out to start my car there was no power. I tried again a half hour later and there was power to the clock and dome light but the engine would not turn over. I will have to see if it is the alternator.

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    saturn sl2s are **** i have 1 80000 k and a huge pile of **** sell it well u still have time

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    Okay, I have a 199 Saturn SL2, I think. I've been having problems with it, I've been getting these weird sounds when I make a turn. When I start the car again it goes on then it stops then goes again (the engine noise stuff). I don't know what is wrong with it, my husband said it's not electrical stuff.

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