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Pontiac Grand Am



  • rhonda4rhonda4 Posts: 1
  • vern2vern2 Posts: 6
    Yours sounds like a crankshaft sensor, it's a pain in the neck to get to. It won't let your car star if it doesn't pick up, there is also a switch on the oil pan for oil level, it may be malfunctioning. Mine will start it just won't run good, has a bad miss and the EST light comes on immediately after I star the thing, not sure what to do about it. Hope this helps you out.
  • bmayobmayo Posts: 1
    I have a 98 grand am it ran fine for the first year i owned it. Then the prolbems started. First, the brakes then the Ignition Switch and now it will crank but not turn over I thought it was the fuel pump so I replaced it that wasn't it. It has a theft system I was wondering if that could be the prolbem. When I go to start the car the theft light stays on and it won't let me move the gear shifter. Could some one please help me................... :(
  • vern2vern2 Posts: 6
    Somewhere on this site there is a article on the anti thief, and a procedure on how to get yours keys out of the ignition, the radio to work, and the rest of the anti thief system, I'm not sure where I saw it but, it's here. As far as the not starting, that could be a may things. There is the crankshaft sensor, the ignition module, there is a switch on the oil pan, and there is a fuse for the ignition module. That is all I think of right now, check the obvious, and see what you can come up with. I have to take my to a shop to have put on the "super computer" to find out what is going on with. I have put 4 control modules, checked/tested all the sensors that my book tells me, replaced ignition coils, spark plugs, and still can not get this thing on the road.
    Hope this gives you some hope, look around cause I know I saw the anti thief article on this site somewhere.
  • deadenddeadend Posts: 1
    I have a '99 Grand Am GT with the cd/cassette receiver with equalizer, and a stock subwoofer. Now i have a 1000 watt subwoofer with amp in my other car and i was wonder if i could switch it into my Grand Am without too much hassle (i.e. do i have to buy a new receiver to install a non stock sub). Detailed instructions would be appreciated.
  • check your heater core it might be bad that happened in my GA and it took a while to figure out
  • Can someone please help me figure out what is wrong with my car! I have a 95 Pontiac grand am se v6. When you turn the key the lights on the dash come on, but there are no clicks or noises, it will not turn over. I had a mechanic tell me that the problem was the neutral safety switch, so I had it replaced, that didn't fix it! I know that the starter is still good, so what else could it be?? If anyone has any ides on what might be wrong with my car, I would appreciate the help!! Thank you
  • gigingigin Posts: 8
    sounds like TCC solonoid [torque converter clutch sol.] sol. is located in side cover of transmission .
  • gigingigin Posts: 8
    might be in the factory secuity system.
  • Please help/give advice

    I have 2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.4L V6 with 71K miles. When i'm driving for a long period of time the car will cut off. When it cuts off the battery light comes on along with the oil light (i think this is natural because the car has cut off) It then has to coast over to the side of the road. I try restarting the car and it doesn't turn over. I have to wait about 10 minutes and then it turns over fine. My Battery charge is fine, my friend is a GM mechanic and listened to the alternator (by putting a screwdriver with his ear to it) and said it was fine.
    The symptoms before cutting off is that about a minute before the car cuts off it stops responding, i step on the gas and it gives me little if any power to the engine. Also, recently my A/C and Heat won't work unless i turn the knob to 3, it doesn't work on 1 or 2 but works on settings 3-5 fine. I'm thinking it may be my fuel filter but i just had that replaced 6 months ago.
    If i drive the car steady for about 40 minutes it cuts off, it seems to not cut off as much if I drive at a slow pace, accelerating slowly and barely going the speed limit.
    I don't know what to do?! I'm trying to get some advice, I don't want to take it to the dealership without some advice, because they will try alot of everything and fix a lot of nothing, then charge me for it.
  • vern2vern2 Posts: 6
    If anyone has been reading these post on the 96 Grand AM, you know that I have had a hard time trying to get it fixed. Well I have gone through 4 IDI Modules, 2 sets of plugs, and 3 sets of coils. I did have a bad coil for #2 cylinder , it shares with #4, replaced it. We then changed the IDI control module (4 times) and then back to the coils again. I just kept getting faulty parts, finally I got good parts and it runs now. Just remember that if it's new doesn't mean that it's good. Be careful when you buy parts and if possible have them tested before leaving the store. I had a terrible time with this. It is on the road now, and it seems to be fine.
  • dcox2dcox2 Posts: 1
    I have a problem with my 99 Grand Am GT. The low coolant light comes on but the reservoir is full of coolant and the tension belt or pulley makes a loud screeching noise when I turn on the car and keeps screeching throughout my whole ride. Also one of pins for my brake caliber is broken will that affect my brakes. Please help if someone can :sick:
  • shellcshellc Posts: 2
    one month ago i bought a 97 pontiac grand am that month it's died 4 times, mostly when backing out of a parking space, it would start, back up, and as soon as i put it in drive it would die, then it would start back up, no problem. well,the next time it didnt want to start back up, finally it did. so i took it to the mechanic, he said" no codes were showing up" so all he did was clean my air idol control, this was thurs. am. i left the shop, got to work, my car died as soon as i pulled into the parking spot. now today , after work, it took a while to get my car started, the check engine light stayed on , i made it home, now my car wont start at all. can anybody please help me?
  • ross6ross6 Posts: 1
    I hear yah!! I have a 1996 Grand - Am with over 322,000 clicks. It has served its purpose but I would never buy another grand - am or a north american car for that matter.
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    There's so many things that can cause this to happen it's impossible to know. I hate to say this but you need to have a competent mechanic who is knowledgable on the car diagnose the problem, which for many of us usually means a trip to the dealer. If this is a quad 4 engine (don't remember if a 4 cyl. was available in 97 on a GT or not) then I would recommend it for almost all engine related repairs, since the quad 4 was and is still not well understood by a lot of private repair shops.
  • shellcshellc Posts: 2
    Thank you for your reply, the car is in the shop now, for the third day, they believe it is the -PCM-, some sort of computer trauma, I am told. You are correct, the car is a 4 cyl. I feel as if i've made a good choice by using this repair shop. Once again, Thank you for your reply, any information is highly appreciated!
  • sleepy01sleepy01 Posts: 2
    i have taken my grand am up to 89 mph but that is when it was stock now i am taking it over 150 mph but the is only if you add performance parts
  • sleepy01sleepy01 Posts: 2
    well i fixed up my grand am so it is the fastest grand am in town so as you can tell i have worked alot on it i know alot about cars and motors and stuff like that so i know what parts are very good and some that are good so yeah i was able to keep up with the evo lancer8 all the way but i couldent beat him so that just showes you how much HP my car has
  • I have an 86 grand am 4cyl.automatic. Has been running great till i noticed the smell of leaking water coming through the vents on the interior, when i turn on the fan. I have tracked the leak to a rubber L-shaped hose coming from the firewall just underneath a shock looking thing , i assume is part of the steering stabilization. When i run the engine and it heats up, coolant comes out of the L-shaped rubber hose. Can anyone tell me what causes this ? And how to fix it without having to goto the shop. Thanks
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    That shock thing is the steering rack. The hoses underneath it go to the heater core, which is probably leaking, since you can smell coolant when the fan is running. More than likely it's the core leaking, but's there a very slim possibility that it's one of the hoses leaking into the core housing. You can fix it yourself, but it's a big job, you will need to take a lot of the dash apart to get access.
  • thanks for the info, fortunatley i was able to find out how to fix it and yes you are correct it is the heater core leaking. Unfortunatley I dont have the time or money to fix it yet, so I was thinking about disconnecting the hoses from the core and branching them together just till the end of summer. Will that hurt it.?
  • tfinc90tfinc90 Posts: 1
    It's the fuel pump. I had mine tested and the pressure was good on both sides. Talked to a neighbor that works on cars. He told me when the factory fuel pump gets old and hot it is fixing to go out. I had it replaced and have no problems now. He always recommeds AC Delco fuel pumps. The dealership wanted $700.00 but I took it to a mechanic and he did it for $500.00. This included a new fuel filter. Still working on the A/C-Heater problem. Mine doesn't work on 1 or 2 either. Other Grand Am problems. Factory radio/CD player didn't work in hot or cold weather - Replaced. Brake rotors are too thin will have to be turned about every 4,000 or 5,000 miles. Interior on pasenger door has to be glued back on.
  • i had a problem with my 97 grand am gt similar to yours. mine has the 2.4 twin cam. when i would start the car it would act funny for the first 2-3 min. it would try to die (mostly when i apply the brakes),surge while holding the gas pedal steady, and all kinds of stupid things like taking off without even touching the gas. i bought an expensive obd2 scan tool because my check engine light always cames on for many different reasons that i had too fix. you might want to check in to one, they are easy too use. i still couldnt find the problem with the scan tool so i took it to a gm dealership where my mom works and talked too there head mechanic he said there was nothing wrong with my car but he found a program update for my cars computer. he said it was for cold start surges. fixed the problem none since.
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    No, it won't hurt it. That's a common temporary fix.
  • halenrayhalenray Posts: 1
    It's been two months since you posted this. And my question to you is, does the clicking noise sound like your turn signal? If so, I have had this checked out before, and the people at the GM garage said that it was the whole turn signal unit. And that to get it fixed, it would require a whole new turn signal handle. A $300 dollar part. They told me it would not get worse, but it would not get better. I figured if that was the case I'd buy a box of ear plugs for those the clicking noise drives crazy.
  • jodomjodom Posts: 1
    While driving into work this morning in my 1998 Grandam (146000 miles), the radio continued to fade in and out and the lights on the board (Abs, airbag, oil...) started flashing on and off. When I stopped the car and restarted it, the lights went off, but the radio system gave me a code LOC. What would cause this sort of surge and how do I reset the radio.
  • marriedmanmarriedman Posts: 16
    I'm looking for direction on resolving a problem with my 1993 Grand AM. It has 110K and has the 2.3L Quad 4 Vin3.
    Recently while driving the radio, windshield wipers, and other accessories will stop working. After researching I found that turning the gray surround (around the keyhole) will restore everything. I though it could be the ignition switch going bad but none of the accessiores will come back on if only jiggling the ignition switch (with car running). I must turn the gray surround around the switch in either direction for things to work properly.
    Don't want to tear into steering column to replace ignition switch if that isn't the true problem.
    Any ideas will be appreciated.
  • vee2vee2 Posts: 1
    99, Grand AM -Recently my car sounds terrible when the motor is turning over too start the car, it grinds and almost sounds like its getting ready to jump out of the hood of the car. This has been going on intermitently for past few weeks, of course it never does it at the garage. However it finally wouldn't turn over at all. A neighbor opened the hood and held down a half wheel thingamajig and it turned over, roughly again. I'm afraid to try starting it again tomorrow for fear that I'm wrecking something. I called a mechanic and he said it sounded like the starter. Do starters cause this much racket when their going bust. Please help. I'm tired of visiting garages and paying fees for them to scratch their heads. The motor also is running hot lately, stays cool when a/c on or when driving, no stops. Dealer check came up with evap system vent valve. Could this be the cause of this big problem.
  • taryn1taryn1 Posts: 1
    I can start my car as easy as pie, but only when I press down the gas pedal as I do. If I let go of the gas pedal, the car just flat out dies or if I try and start it without pressing the gas pedal, it won't start. If anyone know what's wrong, please help! :)

  • docmijdocmij Posts: 2
    I have a 2002 Grand Am GT that has a little over 36000 miles, so the warranty is gone. My wife drives the car and has had no problems with it. But tonight as I went to change the oil, the car would not start. It would not even turn over. I figured it was the battery, but I could not get it to start off of a known good battery. I checked all the ignition fuses and they all appeared ok. But when I bypassed the solenoid on the starter, the car tried to start. Could this just be a case where the solenoid is bad or are there other known problems out there like the ignition switch or a starting relay that might be the hidden culprit?
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