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My 2006 Saturn Ion starts and dies immediately

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My 2006 Saturn Ion starts and dies immediately
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** engine do you have? Has any work been done yet? Thanks.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Hello Dan. It is a 2.2 L engine, and no work has been done on the engine yet.
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Unplug the mass airflow sensor and let me know if that allows it to run. Thanks.

Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I am having some difficulty in locating the MAF with that picture. Is it connected to the compartment that houses the air filter?
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

It is on the tube that connects to the plastic housing.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I see something that is attached by two bolts to that tube, it has five wires connected to it. Do I need to remove those bolts to unplug it?
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

No, just unplug the electrical connector.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Hello Dan, I unplugged the MAF sensor and the issue persists.
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Are you getting any antitheft indicators on dash staying on or flashing?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
The yellow security light only stays on until the engine stalls, so just a few seconds. I can't tell if it is just a part of the car's start up process or if it is a symptom of the passlock system engaging. While the key is in the ON position after the engine has stalled, the light stays off.
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

It sounds like the ignition switch has failed which has passlock sensor built into it. You can try relearn to see if that helps if not replace switch and perform relearn. Here are replacement instructions, let me know if you have questions. Thanks.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/h01r7tgrkde5z2s/is1.pdf?dl=0

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/aksz6hfmgb3xd69/is2.pdf?dl=0

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/p8jtzj7on8hdqrr/is3.pdf?dl=0

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