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2003 Pontiac Vibe starting problem

Sometimes when I turn the key it makes a "flat" sound and won't start and then the next time I turn the key it starts fine. Is this a starter problem or a computer problem?

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Sounds like someone replaced the ignition. The vibe uses one key for all locks and if you replace just one the key wont work. you might see if the dealer can get a factory replacement from the factory key code. you will need to get a new key with the factory code as well but this should solve the problem.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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Sounds like a bad starter solenoid, usually cheapest and easiest to replace the starter and solenoid as a unit. It is always best to check for power between the solenoid and the starter with a test light, if the solenoid clicks but the test light doesn't light up you have found the problem in the solenoid.

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SOURCE: 2006 Pontiac Vibe ignition cylinder not working

lubricate cylinder and use compressed air to clean. if that does not work replace cylinder.

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SOURCE: 2003 Pontiac Vibe with 110,000 miles. Over a three

When you say the battery has a full charge, what voltage are you reading? 13.2 volts for a 12 volt battery (2.2v per cell x 6 cells). The solenoid is the usual suspect. My dad had a truck that occasionally wouldn't start and he wacked the starter solenoid with a crescent wrench and then the engine would turn over fine. The facts are that the solenoid is nothing more than a moving contact big enough to carry all the juice the battery can dish out. Over time the contacting surfaces wear away. The worn away contact material doesn't escape the housing, so the solenoid housing fills with dust. Dust impedes the movement of the contact. Wack the solenoid with something like a hammer or wrench like my dad did. One thing though - be careful not to short out anything or hit hard enough to dent the housing. If the wack does the trick, then thank my dad...

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SOURCE: location of starter in pontiac 2003 vibe

front center of engine, it's really small
Starter works off an electrical relay under te dash, driver's side fuse fuse/relay panel. I

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