Problem starting 2004 Saturn ion

Asked by May 27, 2017 at 05:42 AM about the 2004 Saturn ION 1

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently had to replace the complete
ignition for a 2004 Saturn ion. Now
everything is installed and ready to drive
but it cranked over once but would not
start. Then a second try and nothing.
Battery is still charged. Do I need to
reprogram it somehow to make it
compatible with the alarm or where did I
go wrong. ? I replaced it cause someone
jammed a screwdriver instead of a key
and messed it all up. Please help. My only
car and need it like yesterday. Thank you
in advance.  Frank......

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HI Frank, the newer vehicles, the keys are coded to the vehicle. So yes, you have to get it reprogrammed. A local mechanic, dealer or locksmith would be able to get you going. Call around to see who has the equipment.

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