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#2056 of 2589 Re: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am Ignition Issue [ducksworld]
Jul 18, 2005 (5:56 pm)
Can I ask if you have a remote car starter? I had a similar experience only the garage I dealt with was smart enough to call the dealership to get a code to by pass the thing-a-majig. Originally, they had asked me if I had a spare dealership issued key...that didn't work. However, the mechanic told me that if it should happen again to turn the key (without actually starting it) and let it sit for about 10 minutes then it should turn over. That was about a year ago and I haven't had any problems since but he did tell me it had to do with the installation of the remote car starter. When that was installed they have to bypass something and that was what screwed things up that particular time. I hope this helps...I really miss the days when cars were simple!
#2057 of 2589 Re: Grandam power surge [ozarkoz]
Jul 18, 2005 (6:05 pm)
I'm hoping maybe you solved my problem. I have a fuse (under the hood) that controls the get up and go, the A/C coolant (blower works but not cool air), and when I put the car in park it stays there until I change the fuse again. I can only hope it's something as simple as that. It's worth a shot. Thanks.
#2058 of 2589 Re: 2000 Pontiac Grand am 3.4 V6 cuts off when driving [2kgrandam_sev6]
Jul 18, 2005 (6:29 pm)
I had a 1989 Grand Am and was tired of dealing with some of the issues..I traded up to a newer model. The problem I had was once the car was running for awhile it would just shut down. After it cooled down it would start just fine until I ran it for awhile. The people I sold it to had the problem fixed for about $200...it was the exhaust modulator. Good Luck!
#2059 of 2589 Re: 2000 Pontiac Grand am 3.4 V6 cuts off when driving [simsjl]
Jul 18, 2005 (6:41 pm)
I had the same problem with my '89 and took it to a couple mechanics...they were stumped. After I sold it the buyers told me it was the exhaust modulator. I'm on my third Grand Am since then and my last!!
#2060 of 2589 Re: Please help me start my car [docmij]
Jul 18, 2005 (6:50 pm)
As I have mentioned before...does the car have a remote car starter? I tried both of my keys and neither would work so the mechanic called the dealer and bypassesed/reset some code. He did warn me that my theft light may still come on and if the same thing happed, turn the key, wait 10 +/- minutes and it should turn over. The thing is, it happened a year or so ago and hasn't done it since. Now I have a new slew of problems (electrical). For you; It's only the beginning!
#2061 of 2589 Re: Problems Starting [bmayo]
Jul 18, 2005 (7:06 pm)
My '98 is doing something similar only all my dash lights come on when it happens. There are some fuses under your hood to the left of the battery, I would check those first. My car stays in park and will not come out of it until I change the fuse. as for the anti theft light...generally it may have to do with either the computer chip in your key or if you have a remote car starter the relay may need to be bypassed by resetting the code or try turning your key to the "ON" position, waiting 10 minutes and try starting it. Actually try the latt er first!
#2062 of 2589 Re: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am Ignition Issue [spunk1965]
Jul 21, 2005 (2:27 pm)
It doesn't have anything to do with the remote starter. It's a security device in the ignition switch called a "pass lock sensor". About a 350.00 repair job. This is getting to be a issue for GM cars the size of the Grand AM. The trick to start the car of waiting 10 mins. to allow the error message to clear out works for a while.
But folks who have had the experience tell me that evently it will not. On the other hand I talked with a man the other night who has had 2 sensors replaced since Jan. and the darm car refused to start again the other night and the dealer says it's a defective sensor. So, good luck !!
#2063 of 2589 2003 Pontiac Grand Am keyless entry remotes
Jul 21, 2005 (2:38 pm)
Another issue with this great little car. Oh I miss my Ford. After I purchased it I found out it has keyless entry, but no remotes. I purchased a remote on ebay. I've found that may cars have a way to program the remote with out going to the expense of the dealer and his scan tool. Can anyone tell me if this car has a way
to do this proceedure ?.
#2064 of 2589 Strut problem
Jul 21, 2005 (6:09 pm)
OK, I'm not sure what the part is, but it cracked almost completely. I have a 95 Grand Am Sedan and on the front driver's side, right below the strut, there is a metal plate/piece that is broke almost completely in half. I cut my wheel to the right and heard 2 loud pops, and then my wheel was rubbing on the fender. I looked underneath and this metal piece (2 pieces on top of each other) was cracked. The tierod and strut brace/support looks to be connected to it. It also looks like the ABS cables run along it. Does anyone know what it is called?
#2065 of 2589 Re: Strut problem [unekgal]
Jul 22, 2005 (7:00 am)
Sounds like the lower control arm to me.