93 SL2 electrical problems: NOW it gets WIERD

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by J.B. Bobbitt, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. J.B. Bobbitt

    J.B. Bobbitt Guest

    Per previous post, I've been having some intermittant electrical problems.

    In short: it starts and runs well most of the time. Sometimes after it
    starts, the lights dim, the gauges quit, and the aftermarket CD player/radio
    turns on repeatedly. Once you shut the key off after that, the electrical
    system is dead (like the battery is drained: no solenoid click, no lights,
    no seat belt action, nuttin'). I charge the battery and its fine, for a
    while, until next time.

    BUT, the BATTERY isn't dead. After simply disconnecting both leads, and
    re-connecting, it starts and runs fine.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks a heap,
    J.B. Bobbitt, Feb 25, 2005
  2. J.B. Bobbitt

    blah blah Guest

    Yeah you likely "had" a poor connection at your battery post. Keep your
    contacts clean.
    blah blah, Feb 25, 2005
  3. J.B. Bobbitt

    J.B. Bobbitt Guest

    I should have mentioned in the original post that there is no obvious
    corrosion on either post or cable. Thanks though, blah blah.

    J.B. Bobbitt, Feb 26, 2005
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    gvg Guest

    I have a 93 SL2, and I had an electrical problem that was kind of similar
    to yours. It recurred three or four times about once every year and a
    half. In between recurrences though there was no problem. The problem was
    that the entire electrical system would go dead.

    When the failure occurred I measured a dead short across the battery
    terminals. The dealer was not able to diagnose it because the short would
    be gone by the time they got it. I finally figured out that it was the
    headlight switch that was shorting out. After replacing it, I have not had
    the problem for four years.

    Your problem does not sound exactly like mine, but if you are losing your
    entire electrical system then maybe this might be a clue for you.

    gvg, Feb 28, 2005
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    Chris Guest

    Check your connections at the starter. That was my problem.

    Chris, Mar 11, 2005
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