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#2009 of 2588 Problems starting my 2000 Pontiac Grand AM GT
Jun 16, 2005 (9:36 am)
Lately I've been experiencing a problem using my key(s) to start my car. I'm able to get the accessories to work yet no start...not a single sound. Yet, if I use my Remote Start, works all the time. I've had the car for 2yrs, bought it used, Remote Start was installed before I bought it and have had no problems with it. After about 3 or 4 tries with my key (have 3 and all are having an issue) it tends to work. This problem is random, doesn't matter if it's the 1st start of the day or the 3rd...aAny advice would be appreciated.
#2010 of 2588 Sounds like the ignition switch to me
Jun 16, 2005 (10:32 am)
When you use your remote start, it's working through a relay, and not through the ignition switch on the dash. Sounds like the starting contacts in the ignition switch to me. Possibly could be the Passlock security system also. Does the security light come on when you try to start with the key?
#2011 of 2588 Re: Please help me start my car [docmij]
Jun 16, 2005 (12:45 pm)
I had my car towed to a mechanic this morning. Once there, they hooked it up to their Snap-On Code reader. The only code that was stored was a BMC code (not sure which one). The mechanic tried to start the car several times, but never had the car turn over. I mentioned that I even tried to use a second key to start the car, but no luck. The mechanic then left the key in the on position for about 10 to 15 minutes after his last attempt to start it. After that time had elapsed, he turned the key off, turned it back on and started the car. Apparently what has happened is that the chip that is in my wife's key has gone bad and the security program in the car did not recognize it and would not allow the car to start. It shuts off the fuel pump apparently. The code that the mechanic pulled off indicated that the car was forced to try to start with an unauthorized key, (my wife's). When I disconnected the battery at one point, it caused the car to loose its security memory. Having the key in the on position for at least 10 minutes will allow the computer to re-learn its security. now it starts and I am happy.
This is something that showed us signs of trouble early on that went unrecognized. About 6 months ago while my wife was driving the car, the security light came on. I told her to ignore it. Just a glitch. This continued to happen randomly over the past several months, maybe a total of 5 times. Each time I chose to ignore it. I guess that the problem is in my wife's key. I will now have to go to a dealer and get a new key made and programed for her.
#2012 of 2588 Diagnostics Receptacle, NO POWER
Jun 18, 2005 (3:14 am)
My Daughters 98 Grand Am has check engine light and the car is running real rough. I went to a local garage to find out what the code was, and they said they couldn't get the code because the receptacle is dead. Wanting to prove them wrong, I bought a OBD II scanner and the same thing happened to me. The fault was ERPR. I guess meaning no power. I tried the scanner on my wife's car and it works fine. On the 98 Grand Am I checked ECM fuse and the entire fuse panel for any burnt out fuses inside the car and all the fuses in the box next to the battery. All were fine. Is there another place I can check for fuses, and is there any type of reset for the computer other than disconnecting the battery.
#2013 of 2588 Re: street racing in a 99grand am [sleepy01]
Jun 19, 2005 (7:27 am)
I have a 2000 Grand Am SE V6 and the left service engine light came on. was told it was a the fuel cap. they took care of it. last night the light came on again, drove home, parked and got in it this morning, started it and the valves were ticking like mad for about 10 minutes. oil was ok. but it eventually went away. Im no pro but i do know that was not normal. Do you know of any known problems with these cars that would cause this?
#2014 of 2588 2004 Pontiac Grand Am
Jun 19, 2005 (9:20 am)
Have a question that maybe someone can answer. My 2002 Grand Am recently had the security light come on for a little while then went out, yesterday after driving home from work when my wife returned home and shut the car off a few minutes later we needed to go to the store so we decided to use the car, when we put the key inthe car everything starts as normal in the car and when you turn the key the engine turns as if it's starting but thats allit does..nothing else..I checked the battery and it's fine, the altenator appears to be fine and since it's turning over as normal I assume the starters fine, anyone know if the cars security system does malfunction if it will not allow the car to start? and yes it is the factoy theft deteretn system that comes with the car.
Jun 20, 2005 (3:17 am)
99 grand am is missfiring on #4 changed fuel injector,coil,spark plug,and wire.did compression check and is still missfiring. can someone help
#2016 of 2588 01 Grand Am Securtiy lamp flashes while car is on
Jun 20, 2005 (7:43 am)
While driving car security light flashes, door locks start clicking, horn beeps short intervals. Any clues here? Just started with the Security lamp flashing a couple of times a few days ago. Now the door locks are clicking and the horns lets out a quick beep. This happens both running and shut down. ???
#2017 of 2588 Re: 2004 Pontiac Grand Am [blbaad]
Jun 20, 2005 (9:28 am)
I had the same problem just last week with my 2000 Grand Am. It turned out to be an malfunction with the PassLock sensor and Ignition Switch. $820 (CDN funds) bucks later it was fixed...
I had noticed for quite some time that the Security light would occasionally stay on while driving. Then, last week I tried to start the car but nothing happened. It would turn, but it would not start. I noticed the security light was flashing. The manual stated I should wait 10 minutes for the light to go out and then try again. I did this and the car started. This happened again the next day and so I took it to the dealer and it turned out that both those parts above failed. I asked them why both would fail at the same time and they told me one caused the other to fail.
The reason the engine turns but does not start is the anti-theft device does not allow fuel to be sent to the ignition if it thinks it has been tampered with (or just malfunctions).
Anyways, it is this kind of crap the really irks me about American cars. I have no issues changing brakes, mufflers etc but things like this are just a complete waste of money. Who knows what the next problem will be.
By the way, I asked if the anti-theft device could be disabled and they told me know.
#2018 of 2588 Window Malfunction
Jun 20, 2005 (8:59 pm)
Maybe someone can help me out with a problem I'm having. I've a '99 Grand AM SE, and the two rear windows randomly just....fell out of their track. Nothing happened that should warrant such a thing. I drove home, went to sleep, and woke up the next morning, SURPRISE! One of the windows had fallen. Not long after that, it happened to the other one. I managed to "re-track" them, and the passenger side one has remained fixed (In the sense that it no longer falls down; I still lack the ability to roll the window down, though). However, the driver's side window has fallen back out and I cannot get it fixed. I'm relying on 3m sticky tabs (The kind used to hold up pictures on your walls at home) to keep it up, but as hot as it is, the glue is melting, and the hooks are slowly losing their grip. I need to fix this, but I was told by someone else who owned a Grand AM that the problem lies in a small plastic piece that costs about $500 to replace. Per window. Does anyone know anything about this? I'd like to take it by the local Pontiac dealership, but I just don't ever have the time these days. If anyone has any information for me, I'd appreciate it.