Will not start

Tiny
GABRIEL BARKER
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  • 2001 SATURN L100
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 179,000 MILES
Car listed above is the sl1 model. I left my lights on and it drained my battery tried to jump said battery car would turn over an whirl but wouldn't start and no gauges would go up, and even clock wasn't on. Changed battery all lights work but still no gauges or clock and the fuel pump wont kick in to give the engine fuel to start.
I'm in need of some help. I do not know what's going on.
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Thursday, February 13th, 2020 AT 7:15 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Is the starter engaging or does nothing happen? If it doesn't turn the engine, do you hear a click or anything from it? Are you sure the battery terminals are clean and tight?

Let me know that info when you can. In the interim, I need you to start by checking a few different fuses and a relay. The fuses are in the under hood fuse / relay box. See pic 1.

I need you to open the fuse box and inspect the fuses I indicated in pic 2 as well as the fuel pump relay.

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Here are links to help you with this process:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-car-fuse-works

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-voltmeter

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

As far as the relay, if there is a different one in the box with the same part number, switch them. If there isn't, here is a test for checking a relay:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

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If by accident the battery cables (when being jumped) were crossed, I need to know that.

Also, if you have a poor connection at the battery, it can cause this as well.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/everything-goes-dead-when-engine-is-cranked

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Let me know what you find or if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Thursday, February 13th, 2020 AT 7:59 PM
Tiny
GABRIEL BARKER
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The engine cranks and the battery cables are clean. They have not been crossed at all when jump or otherwise. I have not been able to check the fuel pump relay yet though.
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Friday, February 14th, 2020 AT 8:02 AM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Okay. Then we need to start with the fuel pressure and checking for ignition spark. First, here is a link that explains the most common causes of a crank no start:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-an-ignition-system

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Friday, February 14th, 2020 AT 2:29 PM

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