Q: 2008 Saturn Astra independently shuts off and loses all power

asked by on

Even during the peak time of traffic on the interstate, several times my car has independently shut off. For some reason, my vehicle isn’t on the Saturn ignition switch recall list and I think it should be. This happening, even one time, is very dangerous and my car has done this ‘six’ times. Fortunately there hasn’t been an accident and I pray that there won’t be. I never know when this might happen. It is a random occurrence. When my car shuts off like this, it loses all power. Do you think this is from the ignition switch or could it be from something else?

A: Hello, thanks for writing in about your 200...

Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2008 Saturn Astra. The ignition switch is a likely cause, as a fault here will cut power to the vehicle as if you have turned off the ignition and pulled out the key. Have the battery, battery connection, and charging systems inspected as well, as these are also common failure items that show similar symptoms. You may want to raise the issue further with the Saturn national customer service center. If you would rather go elsewhere than Saturn, consider having an independent technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your car's location to diagnose the stalling issue and make any repairs necessary.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car won't let me drive passed 2500 rpm. And I have no idea why it is doing that when I recently bought it.

The reason it will not go over 2500 rpm is because the computer is in limp mode. This mode is for when the computer has a failure in it. Limp mode will trigger if there is an issue with one...

Q: squeal wheel noise

That squealing noise typically comes from the wear indicator on disc brake pads. The built-in noise maker indicates that it is time for a brake inspection or brake pad replacement. But when it concerns a safety system like brakes, we...

Q: Headlights not coming on

Hello. Most of the time when both lights stop at the same time on this vehicle, it is because the switch has lost its power supply. You would need a voltage meter to run some tests on the circuit. Most...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...