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97 Grand Am electrical problem

Just replaced the starter in my 97 grand am se 2.4l, now as soon as I go reconnect the battery the starter kicks on. Checked several times to make sure no wires were crossed or grounding out on anything. One mechanic told me it may be the starter relay located on the crossbeam just above the radiator. Personally I'm at a total loss here any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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  • aomregcik Dec 17, 2008

    Dropped the starter again and rechecked all the connections. Everything is hooked up correctly. This problem is the reason I changed the starter in the first place.

  • aomregcik Dec 18, 2008

    So, then possibly the ignition switch?

  • aomregcik Dec 18, 2008

    Also, is there an online source I could find the wiring diagram?

  • aomregcik Dec 18, 2008

    Got the constant starter problem fixed, bad relay, but now the thing won't start.

  • aomregcik Dec 19, 2008

    Not visibly lit, but then again none of the lights work on the radio or the temperature control panel, so I very well may have. Tried the leaving key in on position for 10 minutes thing to no avail. Stumped!!

  • aomregcik Dec 19, 2008

    Just tried to fire with ether but battery is getting very low. Going to hook it up to charger for a while. Seems like no fuel.

  • aomregcik Dec 20, 2008

    Engine fired with ether, so obviously have spark, just not getting any fuel.

  • aomregcik Dec 20, 2008

    Got batt, ses, oil which goes off once engine starts cranking, and theft light on.

  • aomregcik Dec 23, 2008

    Got it out of the shop today. Ignition coil and spark module. Another $300 sunk in it. Runs better than ever though. Thanks for all the help, probably would have kept working on it myself but with no garage and single digit temps just easier to put it in the shop.


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If you hooked the small wires that are supposed to go on the big stud onto the small stud this will keep the starter activated. Also could have got a bad starter out of the box it happens.

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  • mikehumble Dec 18, 2008

    According to the wiring diagram for this car there is no relay. The power comes straight through the ignition switch to the neutral safety switch then to the solenoid.

  • mikehumble Dec 18, 2008

    I do not know of a online wiring diagram. I looked it up in a chiltons manual. Yes possible ignition switch. You will need to disconnect the ignition switch to verify but this involves pulling the clamshell off the steering column. You may check to see if there is a fuse to pull to cut the power either way if you disconnect the power and it stops it is the switch if it does not stop then you have wires shorting together probably under the hood somewhere. Let me know what you find

  • mikehumble Dec 19, 2008

    Do you have a security light?

  • mikehumble Dec 19, 2008

    is it cranking over and are the guages and dash lights turning on with the key? are you getting spark are you getting fuel is the pump running?

  • mikehumble Dec 23, 2008

    Sorry I did not get back to you but thanks for letting me know what you found.


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