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Old 07-16-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default 2000 SL2 having starting issues. security light stays on sometimes

Hey guys, havent posted in a while but I have an issue I need to troubleshoot and fix QUICK, like today. so here is the deal;

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The starter is intermittent, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt, even right after it just did with no condition changes. this started significantly before problem 2

it just started trying to not start at all, the security light will blink and it will turn over and hit 1 time and then act like the gas got cut off and just die, even if i fluxuate the gas pedal.

I dont even know where to start and i have been working on saturns for 10 yrs. Im headed out to check the ECTS now because I know that thing can make for some of the most random and frustrating issues but Im kinda stumpped on this one guys. could the security system be causing these issues? do you think they are seperate or linked?

I need advice on the quickest way to fix both, I have a 24hr drive ahead of me and have to be to work at 330am on monday!!!

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Old 07-16-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2000 SL2 having starting issues. security light stays on sometimes

It does have the brass ECTS.

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Old 07-16-2011, 02:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2000 SL2 having starting issues. security light stays on sometimes

I have 48 psi fuel pressure, need to replace spark plugs too, but this still isnt making sense, can I get some help anyone

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Old 07-16-2011, 03:03 PM   #4
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Mine used to die suddenly. Then I could immediately restart it. After replacing the fuel pump I found out I had no voltage at the coils. You should have 12 volts there with the key on. Security light blinking makes me think there is a problem in the steering column wires leading to the ignition switch. This would also cause starting problems. Good Luck.

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Old 07-16-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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thanks kielbasa. I had a guy replace my ignition switch a few years ago and a chip got knocked loose. he taped it back on, but now i suppose it might be time to check the tape, lol

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Old 07-16-2011, 06:08 PM   #6
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so I pulled the starter and tested it, put positive to both posts on the solenoid and grounded the case, it spun right away all 3-5 times i did it. I then re-installed the starter and added a jumper wire on the switch pole of the solenoid to touch directly to the battery as a temporary fix, problem is it wont turn now. no click, no nuthin.... I have no idea whats wrong with it!!!!

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Old 07-16-2011, 06:40 PM   #7
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that is a passlock issue. to help you i need the code to tell you how to trouble shoot it.however if you need a new passlock cyc houseing ,not the key cyc the houseing is where the senser pick up is..it will caues the issue you have as the passlock module isn't getting a clean signal from the ignitioncyc/passlock reader...you need to find someone or somewhere who has a tec 2 or scan tool that will talk to the vtd module. most genaric scaners only do pwrtrain not body systems......also be prepared to pony up as any componant in the vtd replaced will require a securityrelearn proceedure from tis2web...

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so I pulled the starter and tested it, put positive to both posts on the solenoid and grounded the case, it spun right away all 3-5 times i did it. I then re-installed the starter and added a jumper wire on the switch pole of the solenoid to touch directly to the battery as a temporary fix, problem is it wont turn now. no click, no nuthin.... I have no idea whats wrong with it!!!!
Power to the start is good? Have you gotten the battery cable (s) back on tight enough? You are powering the solenoid at the right post? On the 2000 the solenoid signal wire (solenoid activation one) is on the outside of the solenoid as it sits in the car. This is backwards of the earlier starters.

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......also be prepared to pony up as any componant in the vtd replaced will require a securityrelearn proceedure from tis2web...
The passlock relearn can be done either by a TECH 2 scan tool (the 10 minute relearn) or it can be done by the 30 minute relearn which does not need the TECH 2.

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