1997 Saturn SL1 wont crank

Tiny
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I have a 1997 Saturn SL1 with 67000 miles on it with a V6 engine. The car was wrecked but it only did cosmetic damage. It was starting fine but the battery ran down so we replaced it and jumped it and it started fine. We moved the car and turned it off to finish the body work and now it will not crank even when being jumped. All lights, dingers, and electronics work so we know the battery is good but when we turn the key nothing. Will not even try to engage the starter. Had no problems before this and it started this in an instant. Any help would be appreciated and I have donated.
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Monday, April 2nd, 2007 AT 8:56 AM

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Tiny
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The problem is that you have a v6 engine in a car that is only available from the factory with either a single overhead cam 4 cylinder engine ( sl1) or a double overhead cam 4 cylinder engine (sl2). :)

Ls models have a six but where not made in 97. So going on the premis that it is a 4 banger let me give you some things to check. Standard or auotmatic. A neutral safety switch, a clutch safety switch, a starter relay, a bad starter, all could cause a no crank condition. Along with bad wires, wire ends, dirty terminals too.

Now that I have narrowed that down. :)

Start by making sure your fuses, relay, and wires are clean, tight, and functioning. Next move to the starter. The small green wire should have 12 volt with the ignition in the start position. If it does Make sure you have 12 or more volts at the big wire. If not have the starter and solenoid tested. If no power at the green wire look at the safety switches, wires, and the ignition switch itself.

I have a 96 SC2 in the garage finishing some body work myself. If I let it sit to long without diconnecting the battery it will not start either without a charge.

Good hunting and let us know. :)
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Monday, April 2nd, 2007 AT 5:26 PM
Tiny
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Safety first. Be sure the drive wheels are up off the ground on jackstands, the rears are chocked, and you are away from anything that might hurt you when you are underneath checking!
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Monday, April 2nd, 2007 AT 5:28 PM
Tiny
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Sorry about the wrong engine size. It is a 4 cylinder. My bad. I have checked all the fuses aswell as the relays and wires and everything seems to be working fine and in good order. Id there a way to test the starter and solenoid without pulling it off because it seems like its going to be awful trying to pull it off. We put a brand new battery in it so I know the battery is good and it was starting fine until that one time and when you turn the key nothing as if the starter isnt even there.
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Monday, April 2nd, 2007 AT 9:18 PM
Tiny
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Tiger the best way to test is to test for voltage at the small green wire to the solenoid as I previously posted. If you have voltage there and at the main power wire chances are the starter or solenoid are bad and will need to be removed.

Really not hard to test or remove from under the car.

One last thought is to check the ground wires.

Good luck again and let us know. :)
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Monday, April 2nd, 2007 AT 9:31 PM

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