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So, my 02 Saturn SL1 decided to die last night at a restaurant.
I went to meet my wife after work at a local diner. After our meal I went outside and my car would not turn over, it wouldn't even attempt to crank or show any signs of having power, except for my stereo clock working. This seemed odd to me, but having my wife's car there we decided to try to boost mine, which worked. I let the car run a couple of minutes and then got her to follow me on the way home.
About 5km later, I noticed my headlights were flickering on the road ahead, which was quickly followed by my car completely losing power (again, radio clock was on), luckily I was able to pull over without any difficulty. Same problem as before, turning the ignition won't cause the car to crank and no signs of power. So now my car is sitting on the side of the highway until later, when I can get it towed.
What I need to know is what can be causing this?
My worry is that the electrical system is fried, as it doesn't seem likely that it is a battery issue, as there was not the usual ticking noise a dead/dying battery gives off, nor did the car give any warning of being low on power/any other issues (no light/check engine).