Question about 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE
Starter wont start by key ....i used a screwdriver to start the car off cylinoid
Hi Buie, There should be the heavy cable which fits onto the threaded connection of the solenoid (opposite the connector which has the heavy cable going into the starter motor). There may be a small earth connection which connects the solenoid coils (the throw in and hold in). To identify the power cable to the coils of the solenoid, making sure it is not the earth, take a test lamp and connect one side to the chassis or negative battery and the other to the cable and while someone operates the key, turning it to the start position, the light should illuminate if you have chosen the power cable. If it does not, look for the other cable and test and identify that in the same way. Once located, connect it to the relevant terminal on the starter and the other cable to the earth. Your vehicle should be fine. Regards John
Posted on Dec 01, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Probably need the computer reset. All these cars now days are set up for the dealer to screw you. The fix yourself is about history
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
there should be a large battery cable red going to the large terminal of the solenoid, another thin wire going to the flat blade connector which should go to the starter switch, The way to test the wires to find out which one is the ignition switch wire is to get someone to sit in the car and turn the ignition key as if to start it and you can use a simple test light to see which one goes on and off as the ignition switch is turned on and off.
There should be another wire that connects to the same terminal as the battery cable which goes to the altenator, about twice the size as the small wire is. If there are any more wires I am not sure where they will go to.
Hope that works for you
Posted on May 09, 2009
The wire to the starter that has the small eyelet connector attaches to the "S" terminal on the starter solenoid, all other wire or wires, with the larger eyelet connector should be connected along with the Pos. (+) battery cable on the main "BAT" terminal of the starter solenoid.
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
Its probably the factory security system. It disables the starter. If you turn the key to the run position without cranking there is a light that says "security" in your dash cluster. If it is flashing, your car will not start. Turn your key to the run position for 10 minutes or until the security light stops flashing, then turn the key off. Repeat this step three times then try to start your car.
Posted on May 16, 2010
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