hi all! first time poster here so take it easy on me
bout 6 weeks ago i bought my wife a 2001 SL1 - over the past several weeks it has been starting intermittently...
...usually, can be driving it just fine and dandy, make a stop, go back to start it and nothing from the engine. get ALL the electrical but not even so much as a click from the starter or engine.
at first we would just wait it out for about 30 minutes and then voila! start right up and drive away. this has happened a number of times.
last week - my wife got stranded on her lunch break and i took her my car and stayed with the saturn and it took an hour or so before it would start back up.
last weekend - she had gone out to go run errands and it was the first the car had been touched all day and it wouldnt start.
i finally got fed up with it and have been making her take my car so she wont get stranded again -
my daughter and i went to the grocery store in the saturn not even a 5 minute drive - 30 minutes in the grocery store - go to leave (with frozen pie and ice cream of course) and it wont start. wait 30 minutes, still wont start. call aunt to come rescue me - go back first thing next morning - starts right up.
so lo and behold i drive the car to work - i get to work, i park the car, i shut it off and THEN (as i have done a number of times with mixed results) i turn the key again and it starts right back up. HOWEVER when i go to leave 4 hours later it wont start. so i leave the car at work...
...wife drives me to work the next day - want to start the saturn and send her straight home to park it so i can work on it. it STILL wont start - this is roughly 20 hours later. so, she has to come back and pick me up from work later that night - and when she gets there to pick me up, i try starting the saturn again and it starts right up (of course)!
went to have spare keys made for it today (in my other car of course) - bring keys home to try them in the door and ignition and it starts right up and did last night about 6:30 as well. but be damned if im gonna drive it anywhere.
now - first of all let me say - this problem becomes more persistant and prevalant the hotter the outdoor temperature gets. and so i am convinced that the outdoor temperature as well as running temperature is playing a hand in this.
the problem, im quite convinced, is somewhere between the ignition switch and the starter. however, we are on a very limited budget AND i really dont have much time (or money for that matter) to just start at one end of that path and replace part after part after part after part...
im rather convinced it is a purely electrical problem - being brought on by heat that is causing a contact or connection to expand and break circuit until it cools down.
could somebody PLEASE be so kind as to share knowledge of the commonality of this problem in these models and or advise?