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Pontiac Grand Am



  • desichickdesichick Posts: 3
    My battery died, and once I gave it a jump start, I couldn't get the radio to work. I bought the car used, and when I tried the password given, it wouldn't work. Now, whenever I try, all I get is an INOP sign. No matter, how long it's been since I last tried. Anyway, if anyone has had this problem can you tell me what you did?

    And if you went to a car dealer, how much did they charge?
  • artemis13artemis13 Posts: 4
    I had the same problem, so I went to the dealer. After twenty minutes, they gave me back my keys and told me to have a good day. No payment was involved. So I simply say to you: Go to the dealer. It SHOULD be free, as it was for me. I mean, it's possible they'll charge you, but as I said, I got mine fixed for free, so hopefully you will, too.
  • green5green5 Posts: 22
    I have a question. How much reliable is the grandam from the acrua tl? Has anyone had any trouble as far as DIY maintance? with the 2003 to 2004?
  • switcherswitcher Posts: 1
    I have a 1996 Grand Am with a 2.4 that dies as soon as it starts. It's kind of a weird problem I have never encountered before. You turn the key, the fuel pump whirls, it starts, runs 1 or 2 seconds and then dies. If you try to restart it without turning the key to the full off position it will not restart but if you turn it all the way off you can restart it for 1 or 2 seconds until you are blue in the face. I have traced and cleaned all fuel lines as well as detached the fuel rail and placing a cup under each injector. Fuel will spit out as long as you crank it. I have verified a spark at each plug and as well as that all the fuses are good. Any ideas?
  • My Grand Am was disabled recently by a issue in the igntion switch. The dealer ship has not left me with feeling of confidence in the issue. He started out by telling me that it was the keys, the sensors needed to be reprogramed. Later telling me that they were mistaken that keys didn't have sensors in them. They would have to hook it up to a computer at 55.00 a hour to find the issue. A hour an a half later they decided it was probably a part called a pass lock sensor. A 400.00
    gizmo to replace. I ask what it does and they said it scans the key to verify before allowing they motor to start. What does it scan, there is no sensor in these keys, I said, the grooves.
    I mean time I've discovered 2-3 other people who have had the same issue on similiar cars, one person is on his second sensor in three months and all are as uncertain about the issue as I am. Has anyone else experienced this problem. Also, I've been told that this sensor can be bypassed. :mad:
  • rorytaterorytate Posts: 21
    I havea 1994 standard grand am
    Last night on the way home it started to over heat, i felt the hot air blowing out of the vents. Once tha was happening we noticed the water temp gauge rising very quickly. We ended up pulling over in a lot and notice it was POURING coolant out of the L shaped house at the back of the engine housing area (firewall).
    Less than 2 weeks ago we had teh water pump replaced.
    Any Ideas? The sooner the better...
  • rorytaterorytate Posts: 21
    As i was trying to open the hood, the cable snapped. Temporary fix for it is pliers, but i want to know what would be involved in replacing the cable, am I able to just pull that cable out and string a new one through the sheath thats there?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You might want to repost both of these messages in our Got a Quick, Technical Question? discussion - someone there may be able to help. Good luck!
  • rorytaterorytate Posts: 21
    ok thanks for the help! I've posted them there ;)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Good and good luck with the problems - let us know how it goes.
  • desichickdesichick Posts: 3
    hey everyone,

    I just wanted to say that taking my grand am to the dealer was the best thing. He took care of it right in front of me. It didn't even take 2 minutes. I found out the previous owner gave me the wrong code. Thanks for all your help.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    That's great to hear - thanks for letting us know.

    And don't be a stranger! :)
  • rorytaterorytate Posts: 21
    Did the by pass on the heatercore
    and i'm still working on getting the cable fitted. someone said they had teh same problem and tied a string to the one end of the old one, and one to the new end and pulled it all the way through..sounds like what i want to do.!
  • iqalamiqalam Posts: 2

    I have a 2002 Grand Am SE, and for some reason my heater switch will only work on the 4 and 5 notches, not 1, 2 or 3. This happened suddenly one day. Does anyone know what may be casueing this? And is there a quick fix?

    Thanks in advance.
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    Blower motor resistor. It's been discussed here time and again. Do a search for it here and on the Olds Alero forum for all the details.
  • ozarkozozarkoz Posts: 1
    The "new" (relative term) cars that are computer controlled require a certain voltage to perform as they should. The GM "threshold" is 9 volts +/-. When your electrical system drops below the 9 volt +/- minimum, you will see all kinds of things happen. Your computer can't effectively operate and it will throw all kinds of dash lights and radio problems your way. My 98 Grand Am experienced this some time ago and I found that my alternator was shot. Easy check ... Take a digital multimeter and read the battery voltage with the car turned off; should be 13 plus volts. Have someone else crank the car up and you watch the meter, voltage will drop but shouldn't hit the 9 volt mark when cranking. Once running the voltage should pretty much return to 13.5 - 14 volts (approx). Also try turning on your headlights and you should see a very, very quick drop and recovery of the voltage then try the a/c and the same should happen. If your voltage does not return to 13.5 + volts your battery could be the problem but I'd bet on the alternator. Take the car to any car parts dealer and they will test your battery free, with it still in the car. Oh, to get an accurate test result, charge your battery before going to the auto parts store. Hope this helps some. :)
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    The battery should read 12.6V nomally when at rest. Higher if it's just been under charge, but it will settle to 12.6V.
  • spunk1965spunk1965 Posts: 7
    :cry: I started out with an '89 Grand Am (which would not die!), then move up to a 1994 and again to a 1998 GT (my son totaled the 1994). I have to say it seems that the older models were much better. I have been diligent with the normal maintenance/repairs but I can certainly add some stuff to your list. My 1998 has nickled and dimed me to death. I wished I had realized GM was on strike then!!
    The window regulators, one by one , went first starting with my '94 (almost $$$$400 a piece), the brake dust on the rims looks awful, I do feel every little bump/pothole in the road, the plastic gizmos in the interior have been popping off left and right, and now at about the 100,000k mark we have an electrical problem; one of the fuses under my hood keeps blowing. Consequently, I have no get up and go, the coolness of the AC disappears and once in PARK will not shift out of gear until I change the fuse.
    I was once a very loyal Grand Am owner but I'm having second thoughts.
  • spunk1965spunk1965 Posts: 7
    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!
  • spunk1965spunk1965 Posts: 7
    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. :D
  • spunk1965spunk1965 Posts: 7
    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 $ was the exhaust modulator. Good Luck! :mad:
  • spunk1965spunk1965 Posts: 7
    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!! :mad:
  • spunk1965spunk1965 Posts: 7
    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). :lemon: For you; It's only the beginning!
  • spunk1965spunk1965 Posts: 7
    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 :mad: er first!
  • 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 !! :confuse: :P
  • 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 ?. :confuse: :surprise:
  • unekgalunekgal Posts: 15
    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?
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    Sounds like the lower control arm to me.
  • I found a another entry for Pontiac Keyless Entry programing that the contributor
    says will work for my 03. But I can't locate the Mall Pgm Fuse. I've checked all fuse boxes and the layout in the manual and there's not a list for this fuse. Can some one tell me where to find it. Please !! :confuse:
  • I'm just going to be honest. I know absolutely nothing about my car other than how to pump gas and change a tire. (tire if it's a good day:)) but i know that my vents spew this god awful smell whenever i turn the fan on. it smells like old cigarettes and mold. is there anything that i can do to make it go away besides using bottles of perfume spray?? PLEASE HELP!!!
    Rachel :cry:
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