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Starting problems vehicle will start intermittently. Replaced starter thinking that this was the issue. no result. When problem occurrs it is as if i were trying to start the vehicle in drive. all other functions work normally.

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Check battery terminal ends first clean , first check your starter solenoid , possible ignition module failure

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2005 Pontiac Grand Am 3.4litre V6 sometimes starts hard after warm. It will go into excessive crank and seemingly a continued starter engagement when key is released. It has never failed to start?...

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Typically PCM's are rather robust components that are not as prone to failure as sensors are. Some automotive electronic components can fail under heat stress and work fine after they have cooled an ignition control module.

As you are experiencing your problem while engaging the ignition switch (which you described as sometimes hanging up) I would start your trouble shooting with the ignition switch itself.

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Your vehicle also has steering column lock actuator you will have to deal with when removing the ignition switch for replacement which is rated as "easy"

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