Question about 2004 Pontiac Grand Am
So we got some really cold weather....and the car froze up....so that morning after hubby couldnt get it started he plugged her in and got a ride to work...after car has been pluggedin all night he tried again to start it.....no luck....so he figured that the battery would be dead.....so he got a friend to come over and try it with a bost....once again no luck..so the next day he went out bought a brand new battery....but it in and ther is nothing....when u turnthe key the radio,light etc come on but they car doesnt even try to turn over....so they figured the strter....go underneath the car pull the start out and well it needed a new one...hubby goes out buys a new one but still nothing....when u turn the key there is nothing.....but the radio,lights...the dining noise....and thats about it....what is causing this problem....hubby said that the security light is now on wen u turn the key and doesnt know why....Please help.....im due to have a baby any time now and im scared wre not going to to have a vehicle
This sounds like the Ignition Starter Switch. It should be on the left side of the steering column.....right under the steering wheel. If you go to an auto parts store they should be able to show you what the part looks like.
Posted on Jan 20, 2009
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Reason 1 - Gasoline, like any other liquid, evaporates less when it is cold.You have seen this -- if you pour water onto a hot sidewalk it will evaporate a lot faster than it will from a cooler place like a shady sidewalk. When it gets really cold, gasoline evaporates slowly so it is harder to burn it (the gasoline must be vaporized to burn). Sometimes you will see people spray ether into their engines in cold weather to help them start -- ether evaporates better than gasoline in cold weather.
Reason 2 - Oil gets a lot thicker in cold weather. You probably know that cold pancake syrup or honey from the refrigator is a lot thicker than hot syrup or honey. Oil does the same thing. So when you try to start a cold engine, the engine has to push around the cold, gooey oil and that makes it harder for the engine to spin. In really cold places people must use synthetic motor oils because these oils stay liquid in cold temperatures.
Re ason 3 - Batteries have problems in cold weather, too. A battery is a can full of chemicals that produce electrons The chemical reactions inside of batteries take place more slowly when the battery is cold, so the battery produces fewer electrons. The starter motor therefore has less energy to work with when it tries to start the engine, and this causes the engine to crank slowly.
All three of these problems can make it impossible to start an engine in really cold weather. People either keep their cars in heated garages or use "block heaters" to get around these problems. A block heater is a little electric heater that you plug into the wall to keep the engine warm.
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