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
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 Idle problem.mov
In this video we show you how to replace an idle air control solenoid and
clean the throttle body on a 1996 Saturn. This car was having a
excessively high idle. It would stay at 1500 RPM even though your foot was
not on the gas pedal. This was caused by carbon build up around and behind
the throttle body as well as a defective idle air control solenoid.
Jonesy's Auto Club videos are for reference and entertainment only and
should not be taken as a direct step by step guides. If you attempt a
repair like the one seen in this video please use the proper safety
equipment, take your time and do the job right.
NEW!!! UPDATED!!! Driving Around in Nissan 240sx
So its been 1 year since my last Driving Around video, and just wanted to
do an updated one. No more key noise (lol), no more cracked dashboard and
other new things. For performance i only have custom intake, and eBay
catback. Its a 1989 240sx with the Ka24e single cam engine.
Saturn Ion ignition switch replace part 2
I have 6 videos
Part - 1 - removing the steering column bezel
Part - 2 - Replacing the ignition switch and putting the steering column
bezel back on
Part - 3 - First step of the Pass Lock reset
Part - 4 - second step of the Pass Lock reset
Part - 5 - third step of the Pass Lock reset
Part - 6 - Success.
240sx RB25DET In Car Test
Just testing out the in car camera mount I made. Shooting with Canon EOS
Modification list (so people stop asking)
·ECR33 RB25DET version 2
·Isis 3" cat back Exhaust
·McKinney Motorsports Motor Mounts
·McKinney Motorsports Transmission Mount
·Custom RD Fabs Downpipe
·Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump
·CX Racing High Flow Radiator
·ISIS Intake Manifold
·Garrett Gt3076r turbo
·Injector Dynamics 1000cc Injectors
·YP Motors Carbon Fiber Coil Pack Cover
·YP Motors Carbon Fiber Timing Belt Cover
·SARD Fuel Pressure Regulator
·Tial 38mm Wastegate
·Jdm sport BOV (changing to HKS SSQV III
·JDM Sport Intercooler
(replacing with Precision turbo & Engine
·ACT HD Stage 5 4puck solid hub Clutch
·Custom Made 1 Piece Aluminum DriveShaft
·Nismo Slave Cylinder
·180sx Type-X rear wing
·180sx side skirts (not on yet, need to be painted)
·Bing's Aero front lip
·XXR 527 (custom powder coated candy apple green)
·F 17x8.24 with 215/45R17 Nexen N3000
·R17x9.75 with 225/45/ZR17 Nexen N3000
·180sx front and rear seats
·NGR Innovations Limited Edition (071) Deep Dish steering wheelwith quick
release (want to replace with NISMO wheel, or a flat steering wheel)
·Kenwood Execelon DNX6960 DVD/Navigation system
·Custom rear hatch stereo by Audio Arsenal
·AEM UEGO A/F, Volts,& TRU Boost
1993 Nissan 240SX: The Craigslist Blue Light Special, Part 1- Ignition Ep. 84
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago tests a 20-year-old Nissan that we
bought off Craigslist. With 155-hp, this 240SX might be the slowest car
we've ever featured, and yet we can't stop grinning while driving it. Why?
A quote from an old issue of Motor Trend might provide a hint, where we
call it, "one of the best handling cars currently on the road". This week,
we find out if that's still the case.
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Supercharged V8 240sx on ramp fun....
Vortech supercharged VH45DE out of a 1995 infinity q45 with a 300zx twin turbo 5 speed and competition clutch twin
plate for cool rev matching.
This is what its like to drive this car while its not sideways.. just a 3
thru 5th pull and shut down.....I know I'm an asshat for doing it on the
2004 Saturn Ion 2.2 Misfire Case Study (P0300)
To learn more about Engine Performance Diagnostics, go to
This video covers primary ignition operation and coil current ramping on a
waste spark ignition system. The engine that is in this Saturn Ion is a
Chevy 2.2L Ecotec and is the same engine used in the Chevy Cavalier.
Some other highlights of this video:
How to use misfire counters on scan data.
Transistor operation and testing.
Ignition coil current ramp analysis.
How to check resistance of an ignition coil on an Ecotec engine.
How to check an ignition module with a test light.