1997 SL1 electrical acted up while driving now wont start...

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by cybercoaster, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. cybercoaster

    cybercoaster Guest

    1997 SL1

    spark plugs and wires just replaced by dealer about a month ago.

    My daughter was driving to work and said the stereo went off, then the speed
    odometer quit working. Having a hard time getting up to speed - said she had
    it floored and it hesitated but finally started working - speed odometer
    still not working. Now the car just clicks when you try and start it - like
    a dead battery. When it makes the clicking noise as your trying to start,
    the dome lights etc... go off and on as it clicks.

    I have not had a chance to try and jump start it yet. I really don't think
    jump starting it (if it would even start) would solve it since it started
    doing this while it was running. Would an alternator cause this while it was
    running? Definitely some kind of electrical issue going on.

    Thought. Advice?

    thanks in advance.
    cybercoaster, Apr 23, 2006
  2. cybercoaster

    blah blah Guest

    No Crossposting Please.

    The symtoms are obvious. Check your battery, alternator, and
    connections... If either the bat or alt is bad the other can be made
    bad. The ecm is like a diabetic, if it doesnt get the right
    amount of juice it wont run right.
    blah blah, Apr 23, 2006
  3. cybercoaster

    Fantine Guest

    I had something like that happen to my 96 SL2. I was at a light, and when I
    put my foot on the accelerator, the car went about 0.5 mph. It would start
    fine, but would lose power when idling at a light. Replaced the alternator
    and it's been fine (in that department) ever since. I was told that the (2
    year-old) battery was fine, which is why it started OK.

    Was not a pleasant feeling to put your foot down and have nothing happen.
    Fantine, Apr 23, 2006
  4. cybercoaster

    jrl Guest

    jrl, Apr 23, 2006
  5. cybercoaster

    teem Guest

    The dome light on my 03 ion went full on just before i turned the
    teem, Apr 26, 2006
  6. cybercoaster

    cybercoaster Guest

    Thanks all - it was what I feared - the Alt. $150ish for the new one.
    cybercoaster, Apr 27, 2006
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