1998 Saturn SL2 wont start

Tiny
STACYLOWRIDEZ
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  • 1998 SATURN SL2
Electrical problem
1998 Saturn SL2 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

hasnt started on a few occasions, it'd click and have power everywhere but the dashboard. Id mess with the alarm off/on remote, checked fuses, took key in and out, then out of nowhere it'd start. Its done this three times over a 2 month time period. BUT now wont start no matter what ive tried. No codes come up on the computer diagnostic reader, tried hot wiring it straight, nada! Any advice?
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 AT 2:52 AM

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Tiny
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Start by having the ignition switch thoroughly tested on each position.
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 AT 2:57 AM
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Its been tested with ohm and even tried to hot wire it straight from the battery and still wont start. Basically a wiring diagram for ignition/alarm is what im going to need. There has to be something im missing.
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 AT 3:46 AM
Tiny
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What is it doing is it cranking over and will no start or just won't crank at all/nothing when you turn key to starting position. Also do you see all the idiot lites that normally come on when key at On?
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 AT 3:51 AM
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No nothing not lights not gages nothing on the dash works. Except the a/c and stereo work. When I turn the key it just clicks. I hear the fuel pump kick on and everything on the dash doesnt show any life. The headlights work and when I turn the key they dont dim so its definately electrical.
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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Check and test all the fusible and miniature fuses if all okay-check the starter motor, starter relay, transmission range switch and ignition switch.
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 AT 5:50 PM
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Well of course I did all that, I stated I tested all fuses and tried even hot wiring the started from the battery. I guess Ill have to find a wiring diagram from somewhere, the one in the manual I have sucks.
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 AT 7:03 PM
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I had a similar problem with my 1998 SL2, drove me nuts ! By your gas pedal remove the kick panel to the right. There will be a terminal block with about 70 wires pluged in, check the large red wire, melted, or loose. The wire gauge is to large for the factory connector, causing the red insulator to melt, oxidize the wire thus bad connection. I bought a terminal block from an auto salvage yard w/wires and connectors, $5, used new wire and connector to do a butt splice. Voila pain in the a$$ finaly fixed. Might not be your problem now. Or yet. Good Luck! Knappie Let me Know if you can.
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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 AT 7:33 PM

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