'96 Saturn SC2 Has The Blues?


#1

My car stopped starting reliably last winter. Since my driveway is on a hill and I have a clutch, I’d roll back and pop the clutch to start it (or just make the kids push - it builds character, right?). I finally broke down and put a new battery in it about a month ago. It still occasionally won’t start. It seems worse if the weather is chilly. When it fails to start, the engine will turn over a few times, slower and slower each time, and then die. If I turn the key again right away, nothing - just the “click.” If I wait about 2 minutes, it roars to life like nothing ever happened. Doesn’t seem like an alternator problem, and I’m stumped about what else it could be. I’d appreciate some advice - thanks!

Oh, yeah, and it’s green.


#2

When it’s running, stop in at your local auto parts store and have the battery and the charging system tested.

You say it “doesn’t seem like an alternator problem . . ,” but it could be. Test it and find out for sure.

I’d also wonder about the cleanliness and tightness of the battery cable connections, at both ends.