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Old 08-26-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default 1995 Saturn SL2 will not start

I have a 95 Saturn SL2. It was fine this morning on the way to work, but while returning when I tried to start the car it did not start at all. It was just quiet when I turned the ignition key (not even the initial whirring sound while starting!). Called AAA and they tried to jump start it but it did not start even then. He did say it pobably has nothing to do with the battery since the battery seems fine (headlights came on, radio came on ).

What else could be the reason? I noticed that since yesterday, the security alarm is starting up on its own if I leave the driver's side door openfor a minute. Are these related? If yes, how can I turn off the security system and restart my car?

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Old 08-26-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
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Perhaps try cleaning the battery terminals?

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Old 08-26-2009, 09:42 PM   #3
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I have a 95 Saturn SL2. It was fine this morning on the way to work, but while returning when I tried to start the car it did not start at all. It was just quiet when I turned the ignition key (not even the initial whirring sound while starting!). Called AAA and they tried to jump start it but it did not start even then. He did say it pobably has nothing to do with the battery since the battery seems fine (headlights came on, radio came on ).

What else could be the reason? I noticed that since yesterday, the security alarm is starting up on its own if I leave the driver's side door openfor a minute. Are these related? If yes, how can I turn off the security system and restart my car?

+1^^clean and inspect battery terminals.

Is that an aftermarket security alarm? That sounds like your problem as it will stop the starter from functioning. If by "starting up on its own if I leave the driver's side door open..." you mean that the alarm horn is going off the system is tripped and has locked out the starter.

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Old 08-27-2009, 12:47 AM   #4
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This alarm is aftermarket by definition; RKE "Security" in our cars didn't show up 'til '97. So contact the manufacturer of the alarm system, or see if there's any instructions for it in the glove box.

If headlights and radio work, even if the battery connection is weak, it should still make the fuel pump prime. Check ALL fuses in BOTH fuse boxes; only thing is, I can't think of a single fuse that would affect both the fuel pump and the starter circuit. If it isn't the alarm system locking you out completely (fuel AND starter kill!), it could possibly be a multiple-circuit failure of the dreaded ignition switch (the ONE part of our cars made by Lucas - "Prince of Darkness").

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Old 08-27-2009, 06:49 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL2 will not start

Does the dome light work? Door chime ? A common problem in the interior fuse box with the 12v feed line to the above mentioned will cause your alarm to not work properly. It also supplies the fuel pump.

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Old 08-27-2009, 10:06 AM   #6
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+1^^^^This is the $64.00 question.

The presence of an alarm leads me to ask what else has been added? Sound system by any chance?

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Old 08-27-2009, 10:12 AM   #7
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It was just quiet when I turned the ignition key (not even the initial whirring sound while starting!).
Fuel pump?
am I alone in this assumption?

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Starter will run even if the fuel pump is dead. Its probably an electrical issue further up the chain but need more info to pin it down.

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:16 PM   #9
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Default Re: 1995 Saturn SL2 will not start

Finally figured out the problem today: it WAS the "aftermarket" security system; there were two very small knobs below the steering wheel that got turned "on" some how. Turned them "off" and the car started as usual!

Thanks for all the responses - they really helped narrow down the problem.

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #10
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Good find! I would go find a good alarm shop and get that thing removed or get the controller for it and the manual. They can leave you sitting by the side of the road with no warning.

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