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Old 08-30-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default 98 Saturn Intermittent Start issue

I have a 98 SL2 with a manual trannsmission that is experiencing starting issues. On a few occasions (all when leaving work) my car will not turn over. When I switch the key on, all of the electrical items seem to respond as normal, but when I turn all the way, absolutely nothing. No click, no dimming, etc.

The battery, starter, alternator, ingnition coils/module and CPS are all just over 3 years old. The car has 125k, about 30 k of which has been added since the battery, etc. were replaced.

Reading through the last few years of tech forum threads, it appears that the likely culprits are the rke relay (I never lock with the key fob), the clutch switch, and the ignition switch.

The reason I mentioned that this only occurs when I try to leave work is that it seems to be related to the temperature inside the car. This is the only place that my car sits in the sun and soaks for hours. The following scenarios deal when the car interior is HOT (mid-atlantic this summer with no shade = well over 100 degree interior). The car will push start fine. If I run it for a few minutes and turn it off, I have to push start again. If I let the AC run for about 10 minutes, I can turn the car off, and it will start just fine.

Does anyone have experience with which may be the most likely problem child? After watching Richpin's video on replacing the ignition switch, I don't look forward to that being the likely cause, but you all have helped me tremendously in the past, so I'm hopeful that you can help me again.

98 SL2 w/130k miles driven and another 30k+ towed with my RV
Purchased new in South Carolina, survived 9 years in Vermont, now putting up with traffic in Northern VA.


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