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2004 Saturn Ion - Power Steering Problem

The power steering indicator came on and the power steering was out. What could cause this problem? I can't even find where the power steering fluid goes and the owner's manual is no help at all.

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The motor on the power steering is overheating which causes the thermal overloads to trip.

go tho the junk yard and buy a motor for a 2004 thru 206 ion or a 2004 thru 2008 chevy colbalt.

they are all the same. You may have to buy the wholle steering colum but you can remove the motor with 2 - 12mm bolts and a quick dissconnect pulg. Replace just the motor as the whole steering colum is a bit more complicated. the dealerships want you to replace the whoe steering colum, in fact that is the only way they sell the parts. It is a scam. Just the motor needs to be replaced.
I have done it on 4 different ions. try to get a motor with few as possible miles and as new as possible. I have paid between $50 and $125 for these. The dealer wants $900 fnad about $500 to install. It is very simple to do. Only 2 bolts.

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Posted on May 20, 2009


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My trunk won't open, I

My trunk won't open, I have tried my trunk button and the key won't work, it worked fine a few hours, but even when i try to do it manually it won't open. Also I would look in and try the emergency release lever, but you have to push a button from the trunk to lower the seats

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There are 3 phases to fixing your car's trunk lid release problem.

Phase 1: First check the fuse - once you know that's OK, then proceed to phase 2 (below).
The fuse for the trunk lock is
the bcm (pwr) 15A fuse in the instrument panel fuse box (behind panel at drivers right foot)

Check that fuse, as it is the power supply for the button on the dash that sends power to the actuator in the trunk.

Phase 2: Get the trunk open (without taking it to the dealership).
If you have remote keyless entry to the trunk, you could try that - but with the actuator
dead/dying, it shouldn't work.

Here are a couple of ideas to try to enter trunk while (a) actuator isn't working, and (b) all
valet lockout features (designed to deny valets access to the trunk) are in the "Lock" position:

There is the lock cylinder, which you stated is not functioning - put the key in, and it doesn't
turn. Just to be sure, consider: lubricate key with Graphite lock-type lubricant, and retry.

The trunk has 2 valet safetys...the locking rear seats which require access to the trunk to unlock, and then there is a valet switch in the trunk that locks the button on the dash from working to keep valet parking attendants out of the trunk. That may be in the lock position.

You can try accessing the center area of the fold down rear seat and see if you can unhinge the rear seat from there. Maybe reach in with your hand, or an extension-type tool.

there may be a way to fold the hinge away from the seat back so it can be removed from the hinge and give you access to the safety latch in the trunk and open it that way (white handle in trunk).
The white-handled safety latch release is desiged to prevent accidentally trapping children, and
if you can pull it with your extending-type or grasping-type tool, the trunk will open whether or
not the actuator motor is working.

Phase 3: Replace the Problem part.

Your failed part may be either (1) Trunk Release Relay, or (2) Trunk Lock Release Switch

My Satrun ION manual doesn't cover either of these parts, and the online parts houses, e.g.,carcode,1431624,pgname,Electrical-Switch%2B%2526%252338%253B%2BRelay,a,
fail to provide instructions. One of those times a mechanic has to t=rely on his/her native
handiness and/or experience.
To identify which of these parts is bad, locae the Trunk Release Relay (call your dealer parts
dept. for helpful tips on finding it), then operate the dashboard trunk release button with your
ear close tothe relay - if it makes a noise, the problem is the Trunk Lock Release Switch in
the trunk lid, otherwise its the relay.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011


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saturn ion,sometimes wont start

it wont start then I come back few minutes later and will start

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There is a guide on this site that tells you how to fix the passlock problem

Posted on Oct 06, 2010


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where is the fuse box on a 2004 Saturn Ion?

where is the fuse box on a 2004 Saturn Ion?

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Under the hood... Check on the drivers side rear of the engine compartment, it should be located under a cover, above the battery.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009


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CD Player Won't Take My CD's

2004 Saturn Ion CD Player will not take my CD's. It Pulls them in makes the buzzing sound like it's still pulling and then it spits it right back out. Happens with every CD I own.

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Try to pull the 2 radio fuses in the inner fuse block for 10 min. If problem persists, it is internal to the radio.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009


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How do you bleed the

How do you bleed the clutch on a 2004 saturn ion 2.2

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It has a bleeder screw on the slave cylinder on the transmission. If you have someone operate the clutch pedal for you, you will need to loosen the line at the master cylinder and press the pedal down and hold it, then tighten the line back and repeat this until no more air comes out, then go down to the slave cylinder and repeat this using the bleeder screw located on the slave cylinder until you get a good pedal.

Let me know,if needed further assistance,

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Posted on Jun 28, 2010


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04 saturn ion window and power lock problems

my sister-in-law has an 04 saturn ion that has an issue. After having the battery jumped, all of the power windows in the car quit working. Also, the auto lock controls on the drivers side quit working. However, when using the auto lock controls on the passenger side door, all of the doors lock except for the drivers door. The main fuse under the drivers dash has been checked, and doesn't seem to be the problem. What could be the problem?
Thanks for the help

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check the wires going from the driver door into the kick panel there should be a rubber thing around the wires and cut it off and the wires usualy break and loose connection

Posted on Aug 08, 2010


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coolant light 2004 saturn ion 4 cylinder

the coolant light in my 2004 ion keeps coming on,
i just had an oil change and they topped it off and since then it has come on is this because the overflow bottle is to full.
there is no leaking from hoses or waterpump and no smell of antifreeze
just the dripping from the overflow bottle
any ideas

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I had the same problem. My 2004 Ion had 85000 miles on it. It was a bad sensor. The whole coolant reservoir tank needs to be replaced to fix the problem. This was covered under the extended warranty that we had. If you are doing this repair yourself, a hose clamp tool is recommended for simplicity.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009


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car won't start

I turn the key and the lights come on but it won't crank

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Sounds like it is the ignition switch. You need to purchase a new switch from the dealer and make sure that it is a redesigned one, or at least get their guarantee that the new one will not fail.

There is most likely a build up of grease inside the switch. This is a design flaw with the factory switches, but has apparently been fixed with new switches from the dealer. Like I said, just make sure it is a new one when you are buying it from the dealer. You will need to perform a Passlock Relearn once the new switch is installed.

The old ignition switch will need to be replaced. If you feel like saving yourself some money and do it yourself the follow the instructions below.

1. Remove cover behind the steering wheel
2. Unplug the switch and unscrew the two torx bolts
3. Install new switch by reversing process.

Any time a component in the Passlock system is changed, the learn procedure must be completed for the Theft Deterrent System to sync the password. The procedure requires no special tech tools or computers.

30 Minute Learn Procedure
1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
2. Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to ON, vehicle will not start.
3. Observe the SECURITY telltale light, after approximately 10 minutes the telltale light will turn OFF.
4. Turn OFF the ignition, and wait 5 seconds.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 two more times for a total of 3 cycles/30 minutes, the vehicle is now ready to relearn the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or passwords on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK.

The vehicle learns the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or password on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. You must turn the ignition OFF before attempting to start the vehicle.

Start the engine. The vehicle has now learned the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or password.

You should be good to go. Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 12, 2008


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2004 saturn ion driver power windows switch will

2004 saturn ion driver power windows switch will not work. Fuse good and passenger window switch works. The switch unit is good had a new on put on still did now work. Problems seems to be in wiring after the split off to the passenger window switch. No visiable signs of electrical fire the wires look good. What could be causing this problem?

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Pull the rubber boot for the wiring harness in the door hinge area. I would suspect cut wires. Have the same issue. Bad design. What else is new.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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