My friend drives a 1997 Saturn SC2 with 150,000 miles. It’s an automatic transmission. For the most part, the car runs great, save for one problem.
Occasionally, she’ll park the car (like say, at the grocery store), and when she tries to start it up again, say a half hour later, the lights on the dash will come on, and the radio will come on, but the engine won’t crank. Not even a click or anything. Typically, she’ll call a tow truck, the guy will show up, turn the key, and it’ll start right up. This has happened at least half a dozen times, including just last night in my driveway.
What do you guys think could be causing this? Initially I thought loose battery cables, but since her electrical accessories are consistently coming “on,” that’s obviously not the problem. Now I’m thinking neutral safety switch, but I’m not 100% sure. Thoughts?