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Saturn sl1 won't turn over when dome light and radio won't work

My car decides to die randomly and won't turn over. When this occurs, the dome light (interior light) will not turn on, and the radio will not turn on either. all exterior lights work, and the dashboard lights up correctly. When it does start eventually, the radio is completely reset, which indicates to me loss of power to that component. We have checked the spark plugs and they all spark correctly, and the car won't start as long as the dome light and radio are out. I have no idea. Help!

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    dome lights won't go out when car turned off. What's wrong?



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Sounds like a wiring problem to me mabye a short somwhere or a bad ground is the check engine light on

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Sounds like the rke module (Remote Keyless Entry) module losing power, I hope that helps you out

Posted on Nov 25, 2012

  • Nathan Lovett Nov 26, 2012

    My car does not have a remote keyless entry system. As far as I know at least. We didn't recieve a fob when we bought the car



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SOURCE: 95 Saturn sl1 won't start

Dare, Turn the key to the run position and shift the car to neutral. Turn the key to the start position and see if it will start.
There have been problems with the park/neutral switches that can cause this type of problem. If it still wont start, we will proceed to the next step.

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SOURCE: Saturn LW200 2001 will start &run then die.

it needs a new bcm,body control module,thats why everything is freaking out and the car is not starting,must go to dealer say $400

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SOURCE: signal and hazard light go off

This may be caused by the flasher unit, it looks like a relay, it is electronic and not electro-mechanical like the old ones. here is a part # BUSSMANN Part # 761, about $20.00

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SOURCE: car will not start and the door locks will not

there should be a security box in the left rear seat behind the paneling,,,that controls all that` stuff that masy be your problem

Posted on Oct 12, 2009


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SOURCE: 2002 Saturn SL1 check engine light code P0303

For old models, Saturn/GM also used the same material fiberglass gasket in your model, you almost certainly have a leak from a crumpled, sucked-in gasket as I suffered (and many others). I would say going to Saturn dealership to make repairs is probably not good idea if they are going to put in the same GM intake gasket part. Maybe possible to specify Felpro gasket with whatever shop you go to if you don't do the repair yourself. I would not go too long with your car in that condition as there is localized leaning at your cyl-3, that could cause a burnt exhaust valve there.

The exhaust is extra hot venting out that cylinder. P0303 is misfire at cyl-3. Mine was P0301 (cyl-1). You may get P0507 once in a while when PCM fails to control the fast idle caused by the leak under certain conditions. Most of the time, it is very slow idle caused by 3 cylinders running. You run smoother in cold idle because the IAC opens up to increase idle and end up lowering the manifold vacuum, so the reduced vacuum causes less leaking at the failing intake manifold gasket.

I'd say try cleaning everything with your ignition before replacement; Idle problems could be caused by engine coolant sensor (ECTS). Are you sure it was changed? Did they put on a new wire connector along with it?

Hope helps.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009

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