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Old 01-20-2009, 10:17 PM   #21
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Took my car to the Saturn dealer today. They told me what I suspected thanks to the wealth of information on this site-bad ignition switch. Quoted me around $215.00 to repair. I told them if they weren't going to fix it for free I'd pay for the part and do it myself. My only concern is having a small enough tool to get the t15 screws out that secure the switch. I haven't physically seen how tight of a space the switch is set in the steer column. Can they be taken out with a screwdriver with a star bit or would that be too big? I don't really know until I get in there unless I have some advice from others. Thanks.

Oh..........I'm a little concerned about the relearn process. If it doesn't work, can I install my old switch back to use again or will it have to be "relearned" as well? This is for a worse case scenario and I HAVE to take it to the dealer for them to program the switch. Thanks again.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:42 PM   #22
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I wanted to thank all who replied to my posts over the past couple of days. I installed my new ignition switch this evening with minimal problems-the relearn process didn't go as planned the first time but it finally worked. Thanks for all your advise. I saved the wife and I $200+. Next it's on to a motor for the driver's side window-they wanted $300+ for that! My car only has 30,000. Way too early for parts like this to be malfunctioning.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:59 PM   #23
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Parasitic drain is my guess. I just bought a 07 Aura that has this problem. After extensive troubleshooting today I found the following drain when key is off and all doors closed:
.72 amps - radio (pulled radio fuse (right center console) for this)
.28 amps - Pulled fuse 16 in trunk (garage door opener, digital radio receiver, & remote control door lock)
.20 amps - OnStar (pulled OnStar fuse (right center console) for this)
.13 - ignition
.23 - cluster/theft
.13 airbag battery

So from 1.7 amps to .49, so I hope my battery issues are solved now... Can live with all these pulled, but want to troubleshoot the radio issue further, my wife does want her radio back...
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:30 AM   #24
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2006. Are you still in warranty? 3 year 36,000 miles.
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