2006 Saturn Ion intermittently won’t start; mechanic can’t reproduce

I have a 4 Door Saturn Ion. In January and April 2018 my car would not start. I just got a new battery in December. It does not make any sound or cranking noice. If the car sits for about 20 or 30 minutes, you can go out and it will start right up. Last week my mechanics came out to the place it was stalled. It had been 20 minutes; the car started right up. There were 6 weeks between the events. My can has aproximately 170,000 miles My mechanics cannot do anything unless they witness the car not starting. Has anyone had this experience?

There was a recall about the fuel pump module for this vehicule. Also, a lot of complaints about premature fuel line failure due to rust. I don’t know if your problem is related but make sure its not caused by the fuel pump module.

A problem with the fuel system won’t prevent the engine from cranking over.

The next time the engine won’t crank, with ignition on, step on the brake pedal and place the transmission in neutral and then try starting the engine.

If the engine cranks over and starts, it points to a problem with the transmission range switch.


Agreed with Tester.