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Ignition problem It is -14 degrees outside. my battery was dead, so I used jumper cables to start it. after an hour or so of trying to start my 2002 poantiac grand am.. a little smoke that smelled like burnt rubber came from the engine. Finally turning the key wouldn't even do anygood. there was only a click sound when I turned the key. Did I burn or damage some component in the engine?

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  • macvazquez03 Jan 15, 2009

    Thank you VERY much. I will have to wait till the weather gets warmer to look into the engine.. for the mean while I will just have to wait. Thank You once again


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Check for burnt "fuse wires" these are wires that as their name implies, they react like fuses. They are obvious to see. you will see soot type stuff and they will LOOK burnt out. Also check your starter. It could be that one of the wires in the starter got hot and burned out. Check you relays and fuses.Under the hood and inside the cab,.

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