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Starting problem with 1998 Saturn SW2

When the car is cold the starter motor does not immediately engage when the ignition switch is turned. When the car has been running, the problem does not occur. There is a slight crackling sound when the car is cold and the starter motor does not engage as the key is turned.

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  • mstephens938 Mar 11, 2009

    When my 98 Saturn SW2 sits in minus 20 or colder for more than a few hours, the starter will not engage for the first few minutes. However, I still have full battery life.could this possibly be condensation in the starter?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    put engine back in my car an now starter motor isn't engaging

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    put a engine in my car an the starter motor isn't engaging



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Ok I know that Coolant Temp Sensors are very very Common to Saturns, Only buy the Parts at saturn they are Calibrated Parts. Aftermarket do not work well.
You could have a work starter bendix Drive or a worn Flywheel that is causing the crackling sound you hear, To be totally honest I need to hear the sound to tell you for sure. If this information is good please Give me a Fixya! Rating and if there is anything more I can do for you please contact me .

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