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Kicking my Saturn actually fixes it!
01-23-2014, 12:43 PM
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Kicking my Saturn actually fixes it!
Its as if the battery is disconnected. But its not constant- Its a short I believe.

When the car is running, I have no complaints. No issues at all. I hit a bump though and theres a chance my car will die. I first noticed the issue when my car died in a parking lot, after sheer frustration I booted the center console and the car chimed like nothing was wrong, I was back in business. Until I hit a pothole. Long story short I nursed it back to my house and parked it until I can find the problem. Has anyone had a similar issue?

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Its a 99 saturn 3 door coupe, not sure what model it is.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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01-23-2014, 12:59 PM
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RE: Kicking my Saturn actually fixes it!
It sounds like something has come loose under the dash. I would park the car on a level surface, wheels blocked, parking brake on, and start it up. Slide the seats back, throw a blanket on the floor, & lay on your back with a flashlight. Start wiggling wires, fuses, & connectors until the car stalls. Note what you were touching when the engine died. Your loose connection will be in that area. You may find a loose ground, the ignition switch loose, or a harness connector pulled apart. It may be something obvious like wires hanging down that people get their feet tangled in. It may be less obvious like something that has just come loose over time? You might have to pull the cover off the center counsel and look in there?

Check it out & please let us know what you find.

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01-23-2014, 01:45 PM (This post was last modified: 01-23-2014 01:46 PM by ScrapHeap.)
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RE: Kicking my Saturn actually fixes it!
Ok, took the console apart. On the passenger side of the console theres a Fuse Block, pushing the whole thing in (towards the console) makes the connection. Its really tight in there but I cant see any damaged wires, and all the fuses appear to be good and seated well.
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01-24-2014, 01:20 AM
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RE: Kicking my Saturn actually fixes it!
Umm... I may just be a little dense here, but I don't understand what you mean. Could you rephrase that or add some extra details or both? Sorry. I don't want to guess and tell you something that will make things worse.

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01-24-2014, 01:40 AM (This post was last modified: 01-24-2014 01:56 AM by ScrapHeap.)
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RE: Kicking my Saturn actually fixes it!
(01-24-2014 01:20 AM)Garner Wrote:  Umm... I may just be a little dense here, but I don't understand what you mean. Could you rephrase that or add some extra details or both? Sorry. I don't want to guess and tell you something that will make things worse.

I believe an electrical short is what has disabled my saturn. I believe the short is in the center console as I learned this by kicking my car in this area temporarily fixing the problem. Upon closer inspection I still cant see any cause for this issue. I took apart the console. My saturn has a fuse panel in the center of the console and it appears the issue is stemming from this area as direct force corrects the issue temporarily (kicking, pushing etc) basically general agitation.

For lack of a better word, its a clusterfuck of wires, wiring harnesses, fuses, and connections and it seems near impossible to narrow down the culprit. I was really hoping this was a common issue with an easy fix...
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01-24-2014, 11:26 AM
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RE: Kicking my Saturn actually fixes it!
This “could” be a common issue with an easy fix? I am just not familiar with this car. However; being a mechanic for over 30 years, I would suspect that it is going to be like any other similar issue. If you can move the fuse box around and temporarily fix the problem it is likely just a loose connection in the fuse box.

Inside of the fuse box are female spade connectors much like you would buy to crimp on to the end of a wire. The ones in the fuse box have a small tab that sticks out the back side and catches inside of the fuse box to prevent them from coming out. Those small tabs can become damaged or just dislodged through time and changing fuses. You will likely have to unbolt the fuse box so you can position it where you can reach the back side of it. From there, gently tug on each wire. If it doesn’t pull out of the box, push it back in and move to the next one. When you find the one that pulls out, look on the other side to see which fuse goes to it and pull the fuse out. Inspect the connector for the small tab that holds it in the box. You may be able to just pull the tab back out with a small screwdriver and push the connector back into the box until it “Clicks” into place? It may also be corroded, burnt or damaged beyond repair and need replaced? That will have to be your call. But while you are in there, check all of the wires. There may be more than one. You may want to hold the wire in place while replacing the fuse. If the connector’s tab is already weakened this will remove a lot of extra stress on it.

Please let us know what you find.

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