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Saturn Ion Starting Problems

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  • So you no longer have anymore no start no crank issues?As far as the air flow from the blower motor go do all the blower motor speeds work?So the only issue is reduce air flow?If so you most likely have a plugged up cabin air filter check that and let me know what you find.Best thing to do is remove the cabin air filter and see if that fixes the problem.If it does then replace the cabin air filter.Let me know what you find.
  • Hey saturntech9, my girlfriend has a 2006 Saturn Ion RedLine that is having a problem starting on cold mornings and also when there is moisture or dew on the car. I would like to try your ignition switch replace. Could you send me instructions on how to replace that in her car? My email address is b_bargs@hotmail.com. Thank you so much! Please let me know if you can help. Do you have any other suggestions for repair?
  • Who the hell wants to steal a car that doesnt start half the time anyway.....you got to be a complete moron to steal a saturn/gm car anyway
  • Yes.....all blower motor speeds work...i will check the cabin filter...come to think of it, that hasnt been replaced in a while....
  • Saturntech,

    I checked the cabin filter. It was black. Apparently i haven't replaced it in quite some time. So i took it out and turned on the blower and it came out real fast!! I wish i knew that was the problem during the summer when i roasted my [non-permissible content removed] off.....lol Anyways i went to walmart tonight and bought one for $30. I think the price for a filter is a little salty but it works great none the less. Also, when i asked the garage what was wrong with the air flow they told me my mode actuator switch was bad and that would be $300 or more to replace which i knew it had to be a bunch of crap so i didnt replace it. I just wish i knew you over the summer otherwise i wouldnt of sweat to death but anyways thank you so much for all of your help. You definately have saved me alot of money!! If i come across anything else i definately will ask you before taking it to a garage! Thanks again, Adam
  • debz2debz2 Posts: 1
    Hi,

    Can you send me instruction on how to do this, and exactly what the part # is for the switch. I would very much appreciate it.

    Deborah
  • I sure will if you give me your email address?
  • Your welcome no problem.
  • rgiergie Posts: 3
    hi adam...how much did it cost you to change the ignition lock and switch?
    to y'all...anybody knows where i can get my car fixed in chicagoland?? thanks!
  • When the car doesnt start if the security light is on then its not a bad starter.That means the starter has been disabled by the security system.The most likely cause is a bad ignition switch there easy to change and will provide instructions on how to change the switch if intrested.
  • debz3debz3 Posts: 1
    opps sorry my email is
    deborahblevins87@gmail.com

    THANK YOU!!
  • Saturntech9 - not sure if you are the one who has been with me through this whole ordeal. Today we picked my car up from the dealership. They wanted $627 for the starter (not sure if that included labor) A friend of my daughters' knows cars and has agreed to help me. I forwarded him this blog and he is going to install the ignition switch for me. if that doesn't work he will cut the wire (as also described in here + the u tube video) and install a switch so I can pass smog test. we had planned on having it towed, but wonder of wonders it started. and . . . . it did what it has never done before and started clicking, so it very well may be the starter. we can get one online for $123 (new) and as i said before the very rude GM district manager said that is not a recognized GM part. I say, thank God for that as GM has admitted the part is defective. we drove the car over to his house and fingers crossed the ignition relay switch is all it needs...... if not, the $123 for the new starter online and hopefully that will be the end of this 2.5 year nightmare
  • tukimatukima Posts: 1
    Hi Susie 163,

    nope you are not the only person that has this problem. I have had this problem over the years and have done the same things you have to figure out what the problem was. I decided it was best to leave my car overnight at the dealership on a super cold night so they can try to start it in the morning. That was the only way to find out what the problem was. Solution turned out they had to replace the ignition switch. I did not have any problems with it since then; however I am having alternator problems as of today. You cant win for loosing. I hope this helps you find the solution for your car.
  • So is the security light on when it wont start?Because if it is that has nothing to do with the starter like i said before.When the ignition switch is bad it disables the starter thru the pass lock security system.If the security light is in or flashing when it doesnt start i would replace the ignition switch.
  • I sent it to your email.
  • Good Evening!!
    I am just one of the thousands apparently that have the same problem with the Saturn Ion starting issue. My brother replaced the ignition switch today thinking that may have been the problem but unfortunately that was not it. The ignition is stuck in the "on" position. It will not go backwards and my brother had to pull the fuel pump fuse and unhook the battery to get it to shut off...What do you all think should be the next part to consider?? We have an '07 Saturn Ion..it only has 59,000 miles on it and I am seriously about ready to junk it.

    Thanks for any help you can give!

    Jennifer
  • so, EVERYBODY - I finally did what you all told met to. I had a friend who knows his way around cars and is an excellent mechanic. he read these blogs, watched the u tube video and was also on a blog called moontajelectrics.com. Turns out I did need a starter. when i went to get it at the dealership it actually started. it sounded like it needed the starter. when i used to try and start it there was no clicking or noise at all. so, he put in the starter. after reading all the blogs he cut the wire. still was running really well. then he went to put the switch in (so I could pass smog inspection) also talked about on here. now the car won't start, he can't get it out of park, the windows won't go up or down...... he welded the wire back, did the thing where after 3 times it's supposed to reset itself. nothing.... now moontaj is talking about a BCM which may be bad. how is this possible when it started and was fine and why did putting the switch in freeze ir? Up to now, between the battery, the starter, the labor, the diagnostic at the dealer i am close to $500 and was told a BCM is about $300 which means a mechanic or dealer will charge me between $600 - $900. HELP!!!
  • OMG... after following all the directions on here, even trying to deal with GM, I am now being told it may be the BCM thing. and up to now I am at about $500. I am sick to my stomach.
  • so, EVERYBODY - I finally did what you all told met to. I had a friend who knows his way around cars and is an excellent mechanic. he read these blogs, watched the u tube video and was also on a blog called moontajelectrics.com. Turns out I did need a starter. when i went to get it at the dealership it actually started. it sounded like it needed the starter. when i used to try and start it there was no clicking or noise at all. so, he put in the starter. after reading all the blogs he cut the wire. still was running really well. then he went to put the switch in (so I could pass smog inspection) also talked about on here. now the car won't start, he can't get it out of park, the windows won't go up or down...... he welded the wire back, did the thing where after 3 times it's supposed to reset itself. nothing.... now moontaj is talking about a BCM which may be bad. how is this possible when it started and was fine and why did putting the switch in freeze ir? Up to now, between the battery, the starter, the labor, the diagnostic at the dealer i am close to $500 and was told a BCM is about $300 which means a mechanic or dealer will charge me between $600 - $900. HELP!!!
  • If the key is stuck in the run position most likely the tumblar door came loose and is binding the cylinder up.You will have to replace the ignition cylinder and housing.
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