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Pontiac Aztek, Auto Repair, Electrical, Transmission, SUV
#81 of 6747 AWD Disable Light
Jul 26, 2007 (6:56 pm)
I have a 2002 Pontiac Aztek. My AWD Disable light came on about a month ago and I ended up having my battery replaced. All was well until the week after. When I accelerated, it almost felt like the engine was going to fall out of my car. If you took it really really really slow, it was fine. I thought at first, that I had hit a speed bump, but of course there was nothing. It is a total jarring. My mechanic is baffled, and he has several mechanics baffled. So far he has replaced the transfer case and drum. And still hasn't figured out what the problem is.
#82 of 6747 Re: The electrical gremlins.... [ray80]
Sep 24, 2007 (6:10 am)
Hi, we had the BCM replaced, actually several times. The dealership thought it was a bad module so they replaced the BCM again with no solution to the initial problem. Then they tried the PCM, which wasn't the problem. The fuse box has been replaced also. Now the car has completely died on us. It won't turn over to start. Battery is not dead and even that was replaced a year ago. Now taking it to a fourth repair shop to see if they can diagnos anything. After that we might just have to give up, and get a new car.
#83 of 6747 Key stuck in ingnition-help!
Oct 18, 2007 (4:15 pm)
I've had my '04 for one year now, and last May the ignition switch would not release the key after the vehicle was turned off. I called Pontiac and they said it was most likely a solenoid and to shift the car from park to 1st repeatedly until the key comes out. This simply does not work. Don't think it's a solenoid - we've gone through one battery already, and since the new battery was installed last week, the key will nearly never come out and continues to drain the brand new battery. Any suggestions?? I read about the BCM and fuses 42 & 44; and the hole under the steering column. I haven't tried these yet. Thanks....
#84 of 6747 Re: Key stuck in ingnition-help! [pastfrustrated]
Oct 18, 2007 (4:26 pm)
Put a pen or pencil in the hole under the steering column and push while taking out the key. It happened to me.
#85 of 6747 Re: Key stuck in ingnition-help! [johnnyz]
Oct 18, 2007 (4:32 pm)
Thanks - I just tried that; I must need something longer. I have the little cover off (just under the ign.) and I can see the Pass Key III thing, but just what is it that I'm supposed to trigger to get the keys out??
#86 of 6747 Re: Key stuck in ingnition-help! [pastfrustrated]
Oct 18, 2007 (4:51 pm)
Yes... that's my solution too, stick a pen or something with a sharp point in the little hole and the keys will release. We have been able to get this fixed at the dealership, so I have just learned to live with it. I keep a little thin screwdriver in the the cubby next to the steering wheel, so I am always prepared
#87 of 6747 Re: Key stuck in ingnition-help! [johnnyz]
Oct 18, 2007 (5:34 pm)
We have the entire lower cover off from under the steering column, and the only place we can see to stick a screwdriver or the like is a downward tube with a silver button way up inside. We've tried this and it is not working to release the keys.
#88 of 6747 Re: Key stuck in ingnition-help! [pastfrustrated]
Oct 19, 2007 (7:32 am)
Last nite after not being able to get the key out, we had to disconnect the battery. Reconnected it this a.m. and the car would not start (turned over, wouldn't stay running) and the key is still stuck in ignition. Now what?? I am without a vehicle and cringe to think of the cost for repairs. Any ideas would be appreciated.
#89 of 6747 EUREKA!!!! WE FOUND THE PROBLEM....
Oct 22, 2007 (5:44 am)
So, after our aztek completely died we had it towed to another dealership. Turns out the reason why it died was the wires leading to the fuel pump were completely corroded. That was fixed and then the repair man went to work on the electrical issues. Well, less than 1 day and under $150 later we find out that a resistor to the AC was causing all the problems!!! That was replaced and now our car is back to normal! No flashing lights, AC works on all 5 stages, no dinging alarms, no more running lamps blinking, NOTHING!!!! Long, expensive story short...check the resistors on the AC before you have the BCM replaced. Hope this helps someone else.
#90 of 6747 Re: How do I find the problem with my electrical system [geraldirish]
Oct 23, 2007 (12:09 pm)
I have a 2001 with 151,000 and have had several different problems, but related to the one's mentioned here. For what it's worth...my experiences.
1)the key stuck thing. Turns out my problem was a loose, then broken wire that goes to the Park position switch inside the center console. I was able to resolder the ends and tape it up. This needs to be contacted to power or unpower a solenoid in the ignition switch that needs to move to let you remove the key. This is also part of the brake switch to prevent accidental shifting into neutral without your foot being on the brake. That's what the little hole under the key/column is for...to manually release the key you insert a screwdriver or in my case a 3"x1/4" screw up into the hole to push that lever to then remove the key. I keep mine handy..just in case.
2) The BCM issue. I had all the crazy issues with horns honking, lights flashing, not starting, Passlock III thousand or whatever preventing you from starting your own car! Finally had the BCM changed, no more problems. Negotiated about a $400 repair at the dealership. This is a common early aztek problem.
Other problems I have had (mind you I find that this has been the most reliable and trustworthy, comfortable and useful vehicle I have ever owned)
It been 110,000 miles since my 4th gear overdrive stopped working and they wouldn't fix it because they said I was 2,000mi over the warranty. Well I get a little poorer mileage driving in 3rd, but saved(delayed?) $2500 repair (knock on wood still going)
A/C condenser and fuel pump/sender. Oh and the infamous GM 3400 V6 intake manifold gasket leak (mine wasn't that bad and leaked out so I was able to watch it for a long time till I finally had it fixed).
I got a new one problem--my original battery is pooped, but can't get it out because the bolt just spins around and you can't get to the nut on the bottom!!!!! Any ideas?