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97 grandam my 97 Grand an will not start just keeps cranking new battery HELP!

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  • boobear7769 Sep 23, 2008

    sorry should have said that it will start by the silanode

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I had the same problem with my 97 Grand Am GT. And odly enough there was no trouble code. I researched into the problem and I found it was the crank postion sensor located on the backside of the engine block just above the transmission. This is one of those failures that does not always send a code to the OBD. And in fact the ECM does not see it as a failure but as if you turned the key off. There for no trouble code is stored. It is a fairly cheap part to replace just not easy to reach due to its location on the engine block.

I hope this information helps. Good Luck

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You put in a new battery and it just keeps cranking? ensure that it is getting fuel check/change the fuel a filter also i usually take out the first spark plug and hold a screw driver to the tip while its out to make sure its getting spark. When a car doesnt start you first decipher if it is getting enough power then remember that a car basics are air, fuel, spark, make sure its getting all these and that will help you decipher your problem. You can also go and get the OBD II codes at most local auto parts stores for free. At which point you can decipher the problem.


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    Nathan Ayers Sep 23, 2008

    so you can start the car by jumping the solenoid? well can you try and borrow a OBD II code from your local auto store usually its only 25 dollar deposit which you recieve back upon return. To see if you are getting any codes to indicate a bad ignition module?.


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    Nate


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