Saturn Ion would start, sometimes

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#1

Hi guys,I have a 2004 saturn Ion, 5 speed manual. Sometimes it doesn?t start. At first, I would get a jump and sometimes that would work and other times not. What I eventually discovered was if I wait, oh say, 10 ? 15 minutes. It would start, and it starts quickly as if it didn?t even know it hadn?t started 10 minutes ago,I wouldn?t even need a jump. With no clicks or ticks, it starts. This use to happen once every couple weeks with no apparent pattern. I had the battery checked, and I was told it was ok. A couple weeks ago, it did it again. I had gone to the store, and when I was ready to leave, it didn?t want to start. I waited and it still didn?t want to start. I tried my ?waiting trick? several times and nothing, after about 45 minutes, I figured this was it, it wasn?t going to cooperate. So I called AAA. Guy tells me my battery is swollen and has to be replaced ?ok done, and off I go.

Well? It did it AGAIN! So I did my wait trick again and it worked. Why is this happening? Hope to hear from yas,

ADRIANNE


#2

Assuming that “doesn’t start” means that you turn the key and nothing happens, have a shop check your neutral safety switch. On a manual transmission its not so much a “neutral” safety switch, but anyway - there is a switch under the clutch and it won’t let the car start if the clutch isn’t depressed. If the switch is failing it may be getting intermittent contact.