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Car wont start second time since i bought recently

I have a 2001 Grand Am Gt. I bought it used 2 months ago. i ran it to empty and it didnt start for me one day. i changed the fuel filter and filled the gas tank full. still nothing. i pushed the car to a service station and the next day they said it started fine but they charged the battery for me. this time it had 1/4 tank of gas and didnt start for me again. i put 3/4 tank of gas in it and left it over night. this time the security light has been staying on. i went back to try and start and it almost did but nothing. ive been letting it sit for 2 days and will try starting it again tomorrow. ive been told its the fuel pump. the pressure is at 47 and should be at least 52. there is lots of pressure still, what will i do if i try to start it again and it doesnt start. should i tow it to get it serviced with a new fuel pump. i dont want to loose out on all my money on this new-to-car, while i try and take care of 3 little kids on my own.. please help me...

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  • Melanie Centis Sep 29, 2008

    Ok so i am going to try this and i feel that it should work. how long can i get away doing this or do i have to get the pass key sensor fixed immediately. if i get that fixed will that solve my problem for good.

  • ajondreau Dec 16, 2008

    3 times now my car hasn't started. everytime i get it towed to my mechanic, it starts for him. this last time it didn't start i just had it towed around the block, hoping it would start like the last 3 times. the security light is still flashing and it didn't work. how do i reset the security system? or is that even the problem. it's an '03 grand am.



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I have a 2000 grand am and the pass key sensor went out.some days it started and others it would'nt.i took it and had it fixed it now is doing the mean time turn your car in the off postion then turn it on but dont try to start it.let the lights go off then start should start mine did.

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Hi centi1999.First of all,from what you discribe,it will NOT be you fuel pump.Accually,the problem that you describe is very common.The security system has a problem.The pass-key sensor will most likelt be the problem.You have to replace the key cylinder lock because the sensor is not sold seperatly.Try this,try to start the car,after you turn the key all the way forward,let it go.the key will stay in the run possition as if the car had started.leave it there.It will take about 5 to 10 minutes for the security light stops flashing.Then turn the key back to the off position,remove the key,then try to start the car.This should reset the security system for a while.But,you will have to replace the pass-key sensor to fix the problem.Good luck.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

  • culcat456 Sep 30, 2008

    You can reset the security system as long as you like,but it will fail eventually.Once you replace the pass-key sensor,the problem will be fixed.Once you replace the key cylinder assembly,reset the security system the same way I explained.Good luck.



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