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Pontiac Grand Am Starting/Stalling Problems



  • doofus54doofus54 Posts: 21
    thanks for the info. thats one to remember
  • mandijeanvmandijeanv Posts: 1
    I was reading through these to see if anyone had the same problem and I came close to the one by skill34. The car; 2000 Grand AM, V6, will act like it will turn on i.e. lights ignition all that jazz, but the car will not start. I was spraying ignition fluid into the intake manifold and that worked, twice. I am down to just over a tank of gas and I have to park the car pointed down hill for the stupid thing to start. If it is parked up hill, it will not start at all. Any help would be great, Thanks! :confuse:
  • doofus54doofus54 Posts: 21
    edited May 2012
    that is typical of a car low on gas. are you sure the gas gauge is accurate? If it wont start where it is, pour 2 gallons of gas in and see if it starts. start or not, this is likely a fuel pickup problem. have the line pressure checked, and make sure the pressure does not drop off quickly when the engine stops. check all fuel lines / connectors. less likely a cracked fuel line in the tank letting air in or fuel out. if you check make sure to look into the pump housing also . other possibilities are water in the tank, clogged inlet filter(s), or an intermittent pump. on that point, do you hear the pump run for about a second when you turn the key to "run"? if not, you have an electrical problem, or a pump is in your future. good luck.
  • reddash1reddash1 Posts: 1
    I own a Grand Am 1999, 6 cylinder. My car stops running while I'm driving. I've been having this problem since April and it's getting worse. When my vehicle stops, I would easily start it again, but now I can't even get it to start after it stops. Every time it stops, both the battery and oil pressure lights come on. I had the battery replaced sometime in May. The fuel pump is fine.
    Any help is appreciated!
  • kelly80kelly80 Posts: 1
    I have a 03 6 cylinder that won't turn over. Checked battery and Starter both were good. When I try starting it, I can hear a faint sounds coming from the throttle body area. Kind of sounds like an alarm clock sounds when running out of power. any suggestions?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Did you have the car scanned for trouble codes? Having the dash lights come on after a stall is normal, because the engine has stopped.

    These symptoms could have a lot of causes. We may have to wait until you have a complete no-start and then check for fuel pressure, spark, injector pulse etc to figure out which one went south.
  • doofus54doofus54 Posts: 21
    That noise you hear is probably normal injector noise. If your battery is good, how about the battery cables? Try this to bypass all starter wiring. MAKE SURE THE IGNITION IS OFF! To check, get a set of GOOD jumper cables and attach the hot side to the hot terminal on the solenoid and to the battery. Attach the cable ground to the battery FIRST! Find a good, solid ground on the engine block and make sure it's clean with no rust. And get ready for some sparks. Push the cable end to the block with good force. It will spark a little or a lot, but you should hear the solenoid click, and the motor should turn over. If it does, the most likely culprit is one of the cables, or their attachment points. But it could be the ignition switch, or a fuse if there is one. If the solenoid clicks, but nothing happens, probably the starter is faulty. Same if it clicks not. good luck!
  • Okay I have a pontiac and the car won't start. I thought it be be a battery problem but the radio and lights work. When I try and start the car it makes a clicking noise. A couple times it made a little noise like it wanted to turn over. I checked the fuses and found none blew. The car has gas in it. Its low on oil but that shouldn't make it not turn over should it? I don't know if its the starter silinoid or what. Ik the ket has a small metal like chip thing built into it. When I'm trying to start the car the radio distorts. Please someone give me some ideas. It started up earlier yesterday and then it won't start now. Could it be the big elek start fuse? Idk how to tell if those are blown or not.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Really does sound like a bad battery or battery connections.
  • Okay heres the update the car. We jumped it and it took 4 hours to charge it up enough to do that went and watched the firework show and after the show was over we tried to start it again... no go. So my sister tried to jump it with my moms car and it still wouldn't go. A guy came up with a golf cart and it finally started. It worked long enough to get us home now it won't restart.
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,674
    As Mr_Shiftright mentioned, it is probably the battery. If you have never replaced the battery, then that's a good place to start. Even when the battery is *almost* dead, sometimes there's enough juice to make the dash lights light up, because that takes very little, whereas starting the vehicle takes a lot more juice. Before you go on a hunting expedition for other issues, you should replace the battery (if you haven't in a few years), or at least clean the connections.

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  • jepier01jepier01 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Grand Am (V6), with 131,000 miles on it. Mine drove mine about 40 minutes, then stalled but radio and gauges were all still working, so pulled off to the side of the road and stopped, battery and oil pressure lights came on. Shut it off and waited about 1 minute and it started right back up. Drove fine after that, but check engine light came on so had my mechanic do a computer check on it for the error. He checked everything out, battery, wiring, fuel pump, etc., and didn't find anything, but the computer was reporting a CAM error. He checked that out too and said it was fine, but my car was below a 1/4th of a tank when it happened. Grand Am's are notorious for dropping the CAM around 150,000 miles though, so I'm wondering if that's about to happen in the future. Mechanic said that there are actually two of them in the Grand Am, so if just one goes out then you'll still be able to drive it but get it to the shop ASAP. He reset the computer and it ran fine for the next 6 months or so, then it did it again on another long road trip and once again I was getting around that 1/4th a tank mark. Started right back up again and went the rest of the trip (about an hour) just fine. Drove great for another 3 or 4 months, then just yesterday on a 4 hour trip it did it multiple times, but again I had 1/8th a tank and was cutting it close the last part of the trip when it did it about 6 times. Weird, because my radio, blinkers, headlights, and gauges all still work, its just like the fuel pump goes out (had that happen with my last truck). I gave it more gas while messing with the blinkers to see if they still worked, and it stuttered a little bit then started back up on its own without even stopping the car, so I'm wondering if when it just gets that low on fuel it gets air or something in the fuel pump or line and causes it to stall, because pushing on the gas pedal a couple times was making it start itself back up while I was still driving on the highway. Might have the fuel pump and/or filter checked out again, seeing as it's been a good year and a half since I've had my mechanic check it out, and keep it above a quarter tank of gas :)
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Nah, I think it's electronic from the symptoms you report. I think the 1/4 gas tank is correlation, not causation.
  • mojo72mojo72 Posts: 1
    My car did this several times (sporadically) in which I had it towed to a service station. I was told it was my security feature which was expensive to replace - so I just crossed my fingers. After the third tow, a lady who worked at the service station was nice enough to tell me I could "fix" this myself. Here is what you do when it doesn't start: Turn your key three times to the "on" position (but not turning it over to start it). On the third time, leave it in the "on" position. Your dash lights will quit flashing, except for your security light. It takes about 10 minutes, but when the security light quits flashing - turn your key to the "off" position, and then try starting it. It works everytime (so far).
  • czbabyda1czbabyda1 Posts: 1
    sounds like safety neutral switch sorry late post just answering for someone else with the same problem in the future
  • I have a 2005 Pontiac grand am. It runs great…. But about 2 weeks ago, I noticed that it would only start when it was cold outside. (usually in the morning) then later in the afternoon when I went to leave to go home. The car would struggle to start. I was parked in the shade, because I noticed when I would try to start it in the afternoon and it was hot outside, it would take 3 or 4 starts to get it running. The last time I went to start it in the afternoon, the electric locks, flickered back and forth twice. Then the car just wouldn’t start at all. The next morning after leaving it sitting all night…. Started again, which then I took it to the mechanic, who thought it was the fuel pump, so that was replace. That didn’t work…. So then he replaced the battery. That didn’t work. There is no check engine light or anything that comes on. Everything runs it normal sequence when trying to start it. well after having the car for three weeks, he has given up and told me that it is the security system and I would need to take it to the dealer. What do you think?
  • Hm... I am NOT a mechanic, but you might want to check our Grand Am Security Passlock discussion. That link will take you to posts near the end of the discussion, but you might want to start a few pages back and read other owners' symptoms, and the advice provided to them to fix it. Since a mechanic said it was the security system, the "cut the white wire" solution mentioned there MAY be the fix for your problem, and it is a free, do-it-yourself job.

    I can't say that that is the problem, but it's probably worth reading that discussion, and perhaps posting over there too.

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  • I am having the same problem down to the door unlocks activating, I would really like to know what you find out. Everyone I talk to tells me it's my fuel pump, but I tryed bypassing the fuel pump relay when it is hot outside and the doors just unlock. I tryed this when it was cold and the fuel pump kicks in no problem. Does this mean that it is my fuel pump? And it does not work when it's hot outside? Or is there other relays or kill switches that tie in after the relay? Does anyone know what I can do to eliminate all other possibilities? Thanks Chris
  • A friend of mine from out of town, who is also a mechanic, went through the car with me and we figured it was the ignition switch. Changed it out and no more problems.
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