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I have a 2002 Saturn that was donated to us at Wounded

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I have a 2002...

I have a 2002 Saturn that was donated to us at Wounded Warriors they we want to fix and give to a returning disabled veteran. The problem is it won't crank unless I put the charger on 50 amps. Has a good battery and a new starter. and ideas?

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuel supply? And are all the spark plugs working?

Yes when is starts on 50 amps, runs like a champ

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model of your '02 Saturn?

Title says SSL

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?

We are going to try to fix it ourselves. If it has to go to a shop it kind of defeats the purpose. We try to save as much as we can on these cars

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Don't think so

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Saturn
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Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago
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Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. Is the problem that it won't crank or wont start?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
it will do both. But it will only start when we connect the battery charger at 50 amps
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
any ideas?
Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

if thats the case the battery is bad.

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Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

it doesnt have enough cranking amps

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
battery is a brand new diehard
Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

then the cables are corroded art the battery or starter. corrosion= resistance. resistance= voltage drop. check the connections on the starter and make sure they are clean.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
already did that....cleaned and tight
Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

ok, the ONLY reason the vehicle will not start unless you have it on 50 amp engine start is 1. battery 2. cables. thats it. corrosion can exist under the insulation of the cables also.

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Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

Ill send you a diagram of the starting system

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Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

is this an 02 sl200 or 300?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
forget it. we will take it to a shop
Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

and they will tell you the same thing.

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Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

replace the positive and negative battery cables and save yourself some money

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
we shall see. thanks for your help though...have a good day
Saturn Mechanic: david craig, Saturn Mechanic replied 10 months ago

good luck

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