The anti theft system in the 2000 Saturn LS1, thinks you're trying to steal the car sometimes. You have to wait ten minutes before the 'Security' light stops flashing. Once the security light is not flashing you can start the car. Trying to start the car with the security light flashing will either burn out your starter or deplete your battery!
Cutting White Wire on Saturn Ion to Fix Starting Issue
This is me showing how I cut the passlock wire on my car. My car would not
start on damp, cold mornings, often taking 30 - 40 minutes to get it to
start. After reading several forums I found users who were doing this to
"fix" the problem. I thought I would tape this for anyone who was thinking
of doing the same but doesn't know anything about cars. Like me. :)
Note: I owe thanks to meron for the post at this link
http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f1137a7/83 it is where I
first heard about this solution.
Update 10.6.2012: I added a switch, I believe it was this one
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062533 I installed
it with it in the off position, started the car, switched it to On while
the car was running and the service engine light went away. Car started
fine after that. I just shut it off again as it was cold one morning this
week and I had trouble getting the car started. Once I got it running,
turned it off and haven't had trouble starting it since. YMMV
No Crank, No Start Diagnosis - EricTheCarGuy
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Whenever you have a no start condition when attempting to start your
vehicle it's important to make the distinction between "no crank, no start"
and "crank, no start" situations as they are treated differently. This
video covers what I do when confronted with a 'no crank, no start'
situation and in this case it's a worst case scenario so be sure to watch
till the end.
Starter diagnosis video
No start basics video
Parasitic draw video
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Saturn L-Series Automatic Transmission Fluid Change
Procedure for changing the ATF in Saturn L-Series vehicles that have a GM
oil drain pan (no drain bolt). This procedure will work for all 2000-2005
L-Series Saturns. L-Series includes LS1, LW1, LS2, LW2, L200, L300, LW200,
I take no responsibility or liability for this information. If you decide
to do this procedure please proceed at your own risk. I am not a mechanic,
this video is only to document my own repairs on my vehicles.
2003 Saturn Ion that won't start in cold weather
Documenting my attempt to use a fix I found on the internet to resolve an
issue that plagues 2003-2004 Saturn Ions. The models in this year can have
difficulty starting in cold weather. At first it was pretty sporadic for
me but this year it was almost constant.
In the video I replace the ignition switch which actually ended up
resolving my problem. I guess there is a lubricant in this switch that
SHOULDN'T harden in cold weather but the ones that shipped in the cars of
these years do. Total cost $29.99 and about 30 minutes of time.
The specific symptoms you will see with this issue are (usually in cold
weather) you will try to start the car and it might crank a couple times
but then die. When you try to start it again you will hear a short fire
but then it stops. This is because the security system has kicked in and
shut off fuel to the vehicle for 10 minutes. After you wait 10 minutes you
can try to start it again. This cycle can happen multiple times (at its
worst I would have to go almost an hour of doing this).
Once you replace the part you may have to reset the security (passlock).
This is done by turning the key to start (but it won't) and then leaving it
in the run position until the lock light in the dash quits blinking (about
10 minutes). You then do this again (again waiting 10 minutes) and finally
a THIRD time (waiting another 10 minutes). After the third attempt you
turn the key to OFF and wait 30 seconds (this waiting is important I am
told!). It should then fire up.
Be sure to watch this on the Web if you can as I have a lot of in-video
comments to help!
Saturn Ion key stuck in ignition wont come out ( solved ) manual overide & troubleshoot
Problem was, key refuse to return to OFF position and to come out of
ignition slot . Ignition only accept ACC ON START. Watch How to MANUALLY
OVERIDE IGNITION SWITCH SOLENOID and troubleshooting in my case lead to
the automatic transmission SHIFTER PARK MICROSWITCH, it fails frequently.
As I got closer to the microswitch, daylight was running away , my cam
focus was acting out the shifter is totally black making it hard to shoot I
had to speed up and get it done. WATCH CLOSELY HOW I SLIGHTLY BEND THE
MICROSWITCH LEVER TO GIVE IT MORE STRENGHT, i used a needle nose plier .
The microswitch is held in place by a removable plastic clip ( it's got a
green line painted onto it as you can see on the image just prior to click
on the play icon ) I removed with a small flat tip screwdriver pushing from
the Inside out , no need to unclip top shifter panel. So after all this, I
went for a test ride, the problem disappeared, yes! it works, so far so
good. ( the problem was cause by the microswitch lever located Inside the
shifter assembly ).
I found an identical microswitch part number DC1C-H1LB, made by CHERRY.
Here is the WEB page
Price $ 2.34 US for 1