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96 pont grand prix has an intermedate starting oroblem. most times it starts fine but couple times a week when ya turn the key it does nothing. has new starter , new alternator, new battery. fuel pump hums when the key is on for couple seconds . lights do not dim when ya try to start it . when this happens i turn the key on/off til it starts, sometimes this takes up to a hundred times . please help me im stumped

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There can be one problem among several parts on your car and it involves getting the starting signal to your starter.

Working backwards from the starter there is a starter Solenoid and on some GM products it comes with the new starter. On other setups there is a separate box solenoid which has a main cable from the battery going into it and coming out of it going to the starter.

Either setup has a one or two trigger wires that are small guage. These carry the starter signal from the Safety Interlock and Ignition switch. The Safety Interlock can be connected with a foot on the Brake pedal or clutch pedal depending on the trans,

When the Safety interlock connects, it allows the signal from the Ignition switch(Start position) to reach the starter solenoid and engage the starter.

You could have a bad Ignition switch, Safety Interlock, or starter solenoid. It can be a matter of adjustment of worn parts. You have purchased the expensive parts already.

Its a toss up over which to do first. Vehicles all seem to break at the worst time. If you have time to test the power going to the starter solenoid, the trigger wire, then you can eliminate or confirm a bad solenoid. Then you are faced with why you have a dead trigger wire.

It may only be an adjustment problem or the Ignition switch or Interlock.

I hope my solution helps, please rate my info.

Posted on Dec 01, 2012

Testimonial: "the new starter has the new solenoid on it but i was thinking along the same lines as you and ordered an ignition switch. i'll let ya know if this fixes the issue. thanks for your help."

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SOURCE: 2001 pontiac sunfire wont start

I have had the exact same problem. There is an ignition lock that probably went off. There is a fuse box under the hood. The fuse that says ignition on it pull it out and put it back in. This should reset the ignition lock. Its a safety feature because the car thinks that someone was trying to tamper with it.

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Replce the Starter Relay in the Fuse Box under the Hood.

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SOURCE: 04 pontiac grand prix wont start.

first remove the battery and take it to a auto parts place and have them check it. move on from there. if the battery is good the do a starter draw test. take a meter and hook it to your battery. now have someone try and start the car. if the voltage on the battery drops from 12.8 to below 9 volts then the starter is bad. if the voltage doesnt drop much at all then its prolly the solenoid both of which require starter replacement since most solenoids are on starters. if still nothing then check ignition switch. but before anything else ensure vehicle is in park. if it is in part use a meter to test neutral safety switch.

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SOURCE: 96 pontiac sunfire wont start.....

Starter solenoid , or wire that leads to it.

Also , if standard transmission , may be the switch on clutch pedal is intermitant.

Engine won't turn over unless it thinks you have your foot on the clutch.

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SOURCE: 1998 Grand Prix 3.8 supercharged fuel pump wont

It should be located on the outside of the frame rail,forward of the right front tire. It should look like a ceramic type ballist with a pigtail and one bolt holding it on. If the pigtail has a connector dont forget to check for water, rust, etc. also check for wire damage. It should be the culprit though since by jumping the relay you are in theroy bypassing the resistor. I hope this is correct I didnt have time to pull a diagram and look at it but I am pretty sure this is correct. Thank you for your vote and comment. I hope this helps, good luck my friend.

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