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Old 10-07-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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I have a 2001 Saturn SC2 with 136,XXX miles on it. When I turn my key to the "run" position, the lights and seems as if all the electronics work fine. however, when I try and start it, I get nothing back. The starter does not crank like normal and it is just silent. There is a small clicking noise when i try to start it. I checked around and found out where is was coming from and it was coming from my fuse box inside the car. I checked all the fuses and it seems like they are all good. The clicking sounds like its the whole box in general. I checked my batt and it was fine as well as cables. Any suggestions on how to get my car back up and running?

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Old 10-07-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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Does the dome light and radio work?

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Old 10-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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Yes, the dome light, radio, windows, mirrors, head lights, and everything works fine. There just isn't any cranking when I try to start and a weird click from the fuse box.

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Old 10-07-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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I would pull the battery & take it to a parts store for testing. Batteries can often drain to the point that they still can light the dome light, run the radio, etc, but don't can't put out the amperage to turn the starter. If the battery proves good, it could still be a cable issue, but I would start suspecting the starter.

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Old 10-07-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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For me it was always the battery.

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Old 10-07-2013, 01:25 PM   #6
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Default Re: Car wont start and a weird click from passenger fuse box

When exactly what you are describing happened to me. I replaced my starter and everything was fine after that. I did this based on other similar reports and posted solutions from this forum. Seems what you are describing is a fairly common set of symptoms for a bad S Series starter.

However I did put the battery on the charger , checked fuses and relays before spending money at the junkyard. No sense spending cash till you check all the simple stuff.

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Old 10-07-2013, 01:27 PM   #7
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Thanks, Ill pull the starter and take it up to my parts store for some testing. hopefully that's all it it. BTW i checked the battery and cables at the store and they ran fine.

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Even with 136k miles on this starter, don't be surprised if the store tests show the starter working - bench testing doesn't determine whether or not a starter will work. All it does is show whether the starter runs or not - the same as if it were on the engine. Mileage and years of regular use helps determine when a starter is due for replacement otherwise the only definitive test to determine a worn out starter is disassembling it to examine the wear items; brushes and starter solenoid.

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FWIW my starter on the 98 died right after 100k mi and 10yrs old.

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