Runs good, but started getting hard starts

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by Mystryda, May 13, 2024.

  1. Mystryda


    May 13, 2024
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    The car was stored in a garage for three years and occasionally started. When I pulled the car out of storage it started fine the first several drives.

    Not long after I retrieved it this spring I had to replace the starter. I was getting a click with not start.

    At the same time that I replaced the starter I cleaned the throttle body.

    I think the first reman starter I had was bad. It would make a loud clunking noise half the time.

    Replaced it again with a warrantied part.

    Now about 1/4 of the time the car will turn over fine but each revolution of the engine sounds like a bang. No firing of the cylinders. I’ll start it again and everything is fine. The car otherwise runs very well, gets great gas mileage.

    Leaving the key in the “on” position for a minute beforehand helps to avoid the issue, but it still happens.

    Fuel pump? A sensor in the throttle body?

    Mystryda, May 13, 2024
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