periodically won't start

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by missjoan, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. missjoan

    missjoan Guest

    we have a 1999 Saturn...75K (new to us)we had the problem of racing engine
    when removing foot from gas to shift...
    a mechanic (by the dealer we purchased from) replace "the idler
    motor"...the problem seemed resolved for a day or so then it started
    again...In the mean time periodically it would not start at all..turned
    over fine but no fuel odor..nothing...a few minutes later after
    several tries it would start...this past week it took 45 mins before it
    would start...the dealer then had us take it to another mechanic about the
    racing & the won't start problem yesterday...this mechanic put in a new
    "coolant sensor" ...we brought the car home and this afternoon my daughter
    had a problem starting it in our driveway but it finally started and she
    took it into town...
    Later she called us as it wouldn't start...My husband & son-in-law went in
    and they managed to get it started by pushing it and popping the
    clutch...mechanic still has no idea what is wrong...any
    suggestions...we're at wits end....
    missjoan, Oct 30, 2004
  2. I'm certainly no expert, but it looks like you solved your own
    problem. It's probably a defect in the mechanism which prevents the
    starter from starting the car in gear or without the clutch being
    fully depressed (I'm just guessing). I would suggest you take it to a
    proper Saturn dealer, they are a good bunch of people and I'm sure
    they are familiar with the problem having seen hundreds of saturns.
    Rev Turd Fredericks, Oct 30, 2004
  3. missjoan

    Roy Guest

    I agree to take it to a Saturn dealer for service, I've had really good
    service at the one here (Fredericton, NB). I've had them tell me what they
    suspected when I took it in and when I picked it up they weren't to proud to
    say it was something completely different.
    As far as "without the clutch being fully depressed" I don't think that
    would be it. The OP said the car would turn over but it just wouldn't start.
    In my 98 SL1 if I don't press the clutch all the way it doesn't turn over at
    all. This is because if it did turn over the car would jerk when you hit the
    Interesting sidenote, I once saw a guy in an older pickup run out of gas
    less than a block from a gas station. The attendant wouldn't lend him a gas
    jug to take to his truck that was in view of the station so he went back to
    his truck and proceeded to drive it to the station on starter power. It was
    slow but interesting to watch. He was so mad at the attendant that he only
    put two dollars worth of gas in and drove another block down the street to
    another station to finish filling up his truck.
    Roy, Oct 30, 2004
  4. Actually what I meant was something electrical rather than
    mechanical. Whatever device senses the clutch has not been properly
    depressed might be faulty, maybe even the ignition switch that does
    the gas cutoff when the car thinks it's being stolen is faulty (he
    might just try wiggling the key a bit). Like I say, I'm no expert, but
    it seems to me that it is one of those hard to deal with intermittant
    electrical problems. My mechanical expertise ended when I sold my last
    Volkswagon Beetle (1974 superbeetle) in 1989. With those cars, if
    something didn't work right, you hit it with a hammer and it worked
    for another 30,000 miles :) If you had a wireing problem you just
    broke out your roll of speaker wire and wired around the problem.
    These new fangled Saturns are a bit of a mystery to me :)
    I hope he got his starter replaced at that second gas station.
    Rev Turd Fredericks, Oct 30, 2004
  5. missjoan

    Steve Guest

    Isn't that something that should be avoided? Bad for the catalytic
    converter or something....
    Steve, Nov 1, 2004
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