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Old 08-11-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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I just completed an exchange of motors and trannys from one saturn to another same year and model. a 97 s-series. now when you turn the key the lights come on the dash but the solenoid doesn't click. I can't figure out what the hell it is except i know that all the wiring is as was. had pictures. SO any help or suggestions would save me. Also i don't have a diagnostic tool so i can't get a code from this. If you have had this problem before please aim me any suggestions.

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Old 08-11-2008, 02:18 PM   #2
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1st step is to verify the purple wire goes to the solenoid on the starter, not one of the other bolts/studs on the starter.
2nd step is to take sandpaper to the all the battery cables and grounds.

If nothing else run a wire from the + on the battery to a button (you'll have to add on) inside the cabin and then run a 2nd wire to the solenoid.

Sounds rather like my '97 SC2 too... hmmmm.... I'm fairly sure mine needs a ignition switch but now... hmmm.

Oh, it won't set a code with the key not working to start the car. It's just really annoying.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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now that i think about it. for the last month my ignition has had a habbit of "sticking" so the annoying beep that goes off when you leave the door open with your keys in happens till i put the key in partially and turn it "off more" but i don't think thats related.
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Check the following:

Remove the Starter and have it checked. I just had a 2 week time frame where I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my 97. Finally bought a new starter and put it in..VOILA!!! Problem solved.

Also how old is the Alternator, and Battery in your engine exchange?

Spark Plugs? Wires?

Clutch Safety Switch ( 1 Inch pushbutton switch behind the Clutch, if you have a Manual Transmission)

Do you have a *WHRRR* sound when you turn the Key to start,to let you know the Fuel Pump is engaging?

It could also be the Ignition Switch which is located in the Steering Column.

Check the wires on your starter and go from there and see how all of your connections are in your electrical system.
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thanks for all the help guys but i figured it out. I didn't tighten the purple wire down all the way and it was free floating
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yeap and now i feel the humility of the situation
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thanks for all the help guys but i figured it out. I didn't tighten the purple wire down all the way and it was free floating
That will keep it from functioning every time.
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