I have a 2005 Saturn Ion When it gets cold in 20 degrees I have trouble starting my car The car will not turn over it's just like there's no juice going to the starter I have lights Interior lights When you turn the ignition over it doesn't do anything I've had the battery checked the alternator checked No corrosion Can you help

Asked by Mar 23, 2013 at 09:48 PM about the 2005 Saturn ION

Question type: General

6 Answers

60,755

Sounds like a bad starter. If your lights stay nice and bright when you try to start it your starter is most likely bad. HTH. -Jim

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
93,495

It sounds like your battery is low on power. It should be reading 12.5 volts with the engine off on those cold mornings. As batteries age, they have lower voltage and less amps. They generally last around five years and fail in the cold months.

175

my ion does the same thing, its an ignition problem, when its cold and wont start, try it again every couple of minutes and it will start

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

You may be experiencing a problem with your "Passlock" system. If - when you try to crank it and it does nothing - you see the amber Passlock light blinking (the icon looks like a little car with a big padlock), you will need to do the following. 1. Call your boss and tell them youre gonna be late. 2. Wait ... and WATCH. The light will stop blinking anywhere from 7 to 10 minutes from the last time you turned the key. 3. Once the light stops blinking, switch the ignition all the way off and then try to start again. It should start just fine. If, however, you don't notice that light blinking, I'm sorry I wasted your time :-) Best of luck

More to my prior answer: a mechanic at a GM dealer in Minnesota said that the reason for this was because they used too much lubricant on the pins inside the key cylinder. These pins "feel" the key, and that tells the car whether or not the key you're using is it's key. When it's cold, the lubricant gets sticky prevents the pins from accurately forming to the key - which, in effect, tells the car that you're using a screwdriver to start it and not to let you.

230

Exactly what happened to me - ran some tests on the starter motor - found a bad solenoid on the starter. Replaced with a rebuilt starter. PS - I remember on older cars the solenoid when bad, would make some noise to make the diagnosis quicker.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

ION

Looking for a Used ION in your area?

CarGurus has 1,513 nationwide ION listings starting at $1,695.

ZIP:

Search Saturn ION Questions

Saturn ION Experts

#1 Edgar987669
Edgar987669
Reputation 920
#2 KEGOFF
KEGOFF
Reputation 580
#3 charlene1960
charlene1960
Reputation 540
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
704 Great Deals out of 77,526 listings starting at $1,200
Used Saturn VUE
47 Great Deals out of 2,658 listings starting at $1,800
Used Chevrolet Cobalt
45 Great Deals out of 4,794 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
883 Great Deals out of 82,090 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Camry
1,080 Great Deals out of 98,047 listings starting at $1,250
Used Nissan Altima
1,098 Great Deals out of 83,210 listings starting at $670
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,075 Great Deals out of 85,119 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Maxima
359 Great Deals out of 25,313 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Corolla
923 Great Deals out of 74,280 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Focus
744 Great Deals out of 59,013 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Impala
798 Great Deals out of 34,708 listings starting at $799

Used Cars For Sale

2007 Saturn ION For Sale
392 listings starting at $2,900
2006 Saturn ION For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 367 listings starting at $1,695