Car won't start, dashboard & stereo lights fluttering

Tiny
TOMZBRUZ
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I have a 98 Saturn LS2 with 95000 miles on it. When I try to start it, it just clicks like the battery is dead but after a few tries it starts up. The dashboard lights and the stereo lights (basically all the lights) keep fluttering and evey time I start the car the stations and the clock on the radio get reset. The battery is 3 months old. All the fuses under the hood are fine. What is causing this short and how can I fix it? Oh, and the RPMs are idling at 2500-3000. Thank you for your help.
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Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 AT 2:54 PM

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Tiny
AGEWEN
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I have the same problem now with a 99 Saturn.

I am driving and all the gagues inside flutter. The radio turns on and off and time is reset. All the lights come on and then disappear. Help please someone!
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Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 AT 2:41 PM
Tiny
SOMEWHEREINTIME
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I have a similar thing happening to me with my 99 Saturn 4-door SL; 83,000 miles; twin cam; 4 cylinder; 16-valve. I turn the key and sometimes -- nothing. It is as if someone yanked the battery out of the car. It kind of reminds me of the DeLorian on Back to the Future, when it suddenly quits as if someone turned off a light switch. If I try a few more times, or just turn the ignition on and let it sit for a minute before turning the key further to engage the starter, the thing suddenly regains power, lights come on, radio starts working again and the starter engages! If there is flickering in the dash lights, I wait till they calm down before turning the key any further to engage the starter. Once the starter engages, the engine turns over effortlessly and starts right up. Each time this happens, I have to set the stations on my radio again and set the time on the clock, because everything is erased from the complete loss of electrical power. I checked the battery cables, and all connections and everything is tight. The battery is strong and only a year old. At first, it seemed to be happening most when it was cold outside -- the colder it was, the more severe the problem or the more frequent the problem happened. The problem seems to be slowly getting worse at higher temperatures now. For example, it first started happening when it was below 30F. Now, a few weeks later, it is happening at 45F. Luckily, I have not been stranded anywhere yet; but, I am concerned that one of these days the thing will die and not wake up.
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Sunday, January 21st, 2007 AT 12:37 AM
Tiny
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I have the same prob with my 1999 sc2. I have donated 5 bucks hpoefully the will tell us something. I beleive I have found the problem. On the back of the transmission / automatic models/ where the shift cable hooks to the trans is a mechanism that telss the computer the car is in park and it allows starting of the car. Evidently when it is failing / more often in cold weather than not/ the contacts inside are not touching and the computer doesn't know its in park so a signal is sent to the computer saying don't allow the car to start. You could replace the part or do what I did I unpluged the top plug / 2 wire plug/ and made a jumper wire with a short piece of wire and 2 flat blade terminals and pluged it into the wire. Car starts every time. Only drawback is NOW it will start in gear, but hpoefully we will have enough common sense to put it in park before we start our cars.
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Sunday, February 4th, 2007 AT 12:48 PM

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