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#116 of 173 battery/alternator problems
Feb 01, 2009 (10:25 pm)
I bought a 1996 pontiac sunfire last year, the previous owner said he had replaced the motor mounts, water pump, and brakes. It ran great except for it getting hot when at idle for long periods of time, a few months later had to replace the radiator due to a major crack. Before that had to get a new rotor and all the brakes replaced. Now today when i started the car the battery light was on, went to the gas station filled the car up and got back on the road no problem other then the battery light and now brake light was on, took the highway home and the longer i drove the more the power in the car went, first the radio sputtered in and out then finally just quit, then the dash lights and head lights got dimmer til they were out but the car was still running, didn't stop at all til i pulled in my parking lot and the car died right as i put it in park. The dome light would still work just a little dimmer then usual so the battery cant be all the way dead. Anyone have any ideas? reading on here i think it's the alternator and am going to get it checked in the morning, any other ideas? any help will be greatly appreciated!!
#117 of 173 erratic temp gauge
Feb 08, 2009 (7:46 pm)
Help!! all of a sudden the temp gauge goes so far to the right - it keeps tach needle from moving. Even when car is off the temp gauge needle stays far to the right, Is is sender problem, or instrument cluster needs changing, Is true milage stored in computer so when instrument cluster with odometer is changed - the true milage changes onto the new cluster?
#118 of 173 battery or somthing seriouse?
Feb 12, 2009 (8:30 am)
how offten has everyone been going through batteries on these cars. i have an '03 sunfire, has served me welll as a commuter until recently. i have had to get a jump start 6 times in the last month and a half and can garuntee that i have not left anyhing on. when i put a meter on the battery i measured .26Amps current comming out. it is possible to have a bad measurement but it also sugests that there is somthing in the electrical system that is pulling a load. I have an appointment this afternoon to get the car looked at, but are there any thoughts on the subject? and has anyone else been experiancing this problem.
hoping its just the battery. . .
#119 of 173 Re: battery or somthing seriouse? [dohick2002]
Feb 12, 2009 (9:49 am)
If its the original battery then replace the battery. About C$75.00 at Costco.
If its a new battery you have a problem. I have a 2002 and had to replace the battery 6 months ago as well.
Feb 13, 2009 (8:55 am)
i lucked out, it was just the battery. had the shop check it out just in case, had new lights put in while it was there, all in all i could have saved some money by getting a new batery myself but i like to stay on the side of caution.
#121 of 173 Re: erratic temp gauge [argus1]
Feb 13, 2009 (9:23 am)
I'm having the same issues with my gauges. My gas gauge has flipped completely over so when it's full, it reads past the 110 mph mark. I also have had the temp gauge wonk out on me where it won't reset properly. My brother-in-law, who's also a mechanic, told me it's the instrument cluster and it's not a cheap fix. There's also a wire box under the frame by the front left tire and all the wiring is rotting on it, causing the issues with the gauges. There's no telling how much it would take to fix since they can't tell how many hours it would take. The speedometer also doesn't reset properly once in awhile, so sometimes my car will zero out at 30, then 40 then 50 etc.. until it hits the point where the needle is buried past 110. Then it takes a few times of turning the car off/on to get it back to 0.
Does anyone have matches? Let's all just meet at the Pontiac plant and torch the mother f-ers
#122 of 173 Gauges - instrument cluster
Feb 13, 2009 (9:37 am)
I want to replace my instrument gauge cluster with a used one. I have a 2005 sunfire (digital odometer). I have heard different responses as to whether when the used replacement cluster is installed - is the true mileage of car (as indicated on the original removed cluster) automatically reset that mileage to the used cluster that was installed? Is original miles stored in ECU? Thanks
#123 of 173 Re: Gauges - instrument cluster [argus1]
Feb 13, 2009 (9:39 am)
Your car will not reflect true mileage if you change the cluster.
#124 of 173 Re: Gauges - instrument cluster [dawnyadiesel]
Feb 13, 2009 (11:34 am)
thanks for reply. Is there a way to get mileage onto the replaced luster, I was told it is stored in ECU
#125 of 173 Pontiac Sunfire GT Electrical issue
Feb 22, 2009 (11:58 am)
When I start my Sunfire all looks normal. I start to drive and every light on the dashboard comes on saying there is problems with oil brakes etc. When I get to idol again the lights most often go out. New battery and repairshop has checked wiring and is beginning to think the cluster whatever that is. Any suggestions..I can't keep paying them to hunt and peck and get nowhere for too many more hours.. gets expensive