What could be the reason car won't start? on 2002 Saturn SL1

Key will turn and shows power but won't crank. Changed alternator & battery/cables are good. What else do I look for? Any advice would help!!!!

by in Baytown, TX on July 01, 2013
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4 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by , May 29, 2014
I have a 1999 Saturn sl1, having a starting issue. All lights and dings work in the car, it starts when it feels like it. when it doesn't start it just doesn't turn over at all. Battery/stater and alternator are fine. You can change the starter relay switch which is what I did thought that might be the problem but it didn't start yesterday when I drove it to the grocery store. but went the next morning and it started right up. it may need a thermostat issue, im not sure but will keep you inform
COMMENT by , January 28, 2015
What ended being solution to problem, I'm having same issue, one guy says replace starter, other guy says starter fine may be ignition switch. Just curious to see what solved your problem.
COMMENT by , February 03, 2015
Please let me know if you figure out the problem. I've been having the same issue the last couple of years. Got the switch changed at one point, was fine for a couple months and then back to this. If I drive the car around it often will start up. Other times it won't. It's not the alternator. Additionally, I was able to park on a hill and pop start the clutch but as of today I can't even do that. Not sure what is going on. Very frustrating. No one seems to be able to figure this out. Thanks, Jamie PS mine is a 2002 Saturn
ANSWER by , July 01, 2013
Next step is check the starter motor!
ANSWER by , July 01, 2013
Did you check battery, starter, fuzes
ANSWER by , October 19, 2015
I have a 94 SL1, am having the very same types of issues. I believe it is due to the ignition cylinder. Haven't had this car for even two weeks yet, and still paying for repairs. I was able to drive the car without a key in the ignition, also, the key can also be removed from any position which will leave the car in an "on" position; therefore draining the battery. I was hoping to read at least someone else had found that to be a he issue. Only paid $700 for the car, but drove it two blocks home and had it towed to have the clutch cable replaced, plus new wipers. That bill totaled $435.00. I'm on disability, having my seventh brain surgery this Thursday and my four year old pup, Buddy, is blind. I cant keep putting g money I to this car, hoping its the last repair. I will follow up with the results, whether it fi that s it or not so others benefit. What I have read was somewhat helpful.