Saturn SL1 won't suddenly won't start

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by deehk, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. deehk

    deehk Guest

    This is a 2001 Saturn SL1 Coupe 1.9L 4 cyl automatic with 100,900 miles.
    This vehicle has been serviced regularly. I am not sure if a tune up was
    done recently. The problem is the car will start fine for a while and
    then not start again. The engine begins to turn over but then stops. We
    have had the car checked out by our mechanic who says there are old codes
    in the system but nothing that would cause it to not start. He is
    believing it is a sensor on the motor that tells the computer when to
    allow the vehicle to start. Is this possible or could there be another
    problem? If you leave the vehicle sit for several hours or more it will
    start again but then you don't know when it will not start. The last time
    we had the vehicle towed into our mechanic it sat overnight and the next
    day it started. Then it quit again and he checked for codes but none were
    displayed. Also the service engine soon light stays on as does the service
    light with the little wrench. Anyone have any ideas this car is again
    sitting in my driveway deciding not to start again. Thanks for all the
    deehk, Sep 13, 2005
  2. deehk

    Bob Shuman Guest

    You need to better describe the symptoms. Sounds like it turns over at
    first, then it stops turning over completely. Is this correct? What other
    symptoms occur? How long does it turn before stopping?

    Have cleaned your battery connections and cable connectors? Is the cable
    end on the starter also clean and tight? Are the ground cables all good ,
    clean, and making excellent contact? If the starter stops turning, then
    something is stopping it. Look at the circuit, and if not the above, then
    it could be the starter relay, the ignition key, or anything in between. If
    the starter is turning, then it is not likely the starter or the solenoid,
    but, hey, they are also still in the circuit and could be problems too.
    Once it locks out you need to do some basic troubleshooting and analysis by
    following the circuit.

    Bob Shuman, Sep 14, 2005
  3. deehk

    deehk Guest

    The car never stops turning over but actually starts. If you take the key
    out and leave the vehicle sit for part of a day it will start again. It
    is almost as if the engine or starter is getting too hot. Does that help?
    I am puzzled as is my mechanic.
    deehk, Sep 19, 2005
  4. deehk

    deehk Guest

    Okay besides having the problems mentioned in the previous posts I have now
    noticed the oil is being used up very quickly. I had an oil change the
    middle of August and over the weekend noticed the oil was nearly off the
    dip stick. I added a quart and a half and that brought the oil back up to
    just below full. I don't see any oil spots in my driveway or any where
    else I have parked. Help! Pat.
    deehk, Sep 19, 2005
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