We had temps drop into the negative teens last week and it ruined my battery in my 2001 Olsdmobile Alero so I changed it. It still wouldn't start. So we went through all the troubleshooting tips in the car manual, put water remover and gas line antifreeze in the fuel tank, changed the spark plugs, and the air filter (those both needed changed badly). It has been sitting in a heated garage for almost a week so we have ruled out the gas line still being frozen. It tries to turn over but once it gets to the point where it should fire up, it stops, make a grinding noise like it does when you hold the key too long once it starts. But noooo it's not started this time. I need some help. We're stumped as to why it still won't start. Some are thinking the fuel filter but it was replaced last year at this time. Others think it might be the fuel pump but they tested it to see if it shot out fuel under the hood. I just need my car back so I don't have to drive 45 minutes to work in a 22 year old truck with a 12 gallon tank and gas it up every other day. Please help!!!!
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Check the cleanliness and tightness of the battery terminals. Loosen, twist and retighten them. Also check the cleanliness and tightness of the black earth cable where it attaches to the engine block/bodywork. A bad earth can cause the symptoms you describe.
A quick check you can do is to connect a jump cable to the battery negative terminal - the earth - and connect the other end of the cable to somewhere suitable on the engine/bodywork.
If the car starts no problem with the jumper cable - it's pointing towards a bad earth/connection somewhere on the battery earth
You should be able to jump start it, make sure that your battery cables are tightly connected to that battery. Then hook up that positive battery cable on the car that is running then the positive on the battery you are jump starting then hook up the negative cable on the car running then the negative to the dead car. If your connections are good when you hook up the last connection you should be able to see a little spark, and hear a hissing or popping noise. Leave it hooked up for at least 5 minutes before you try and crank it. If it then cranks and then just clicks you need a better connection between the jumper cables. If you get nothing it might be your starter if you are getting headlights, and a radio working. If nothing works there is a bad wire somewhere.
Check the connections at the battery. If you have a volt meter, you can measure the voltage while someone is trying to crank the engine. If the voltage drops off, you definitely have a poor connection.
the thermostst is most likly stuck in the open position letting the coolant flow freely through the engine and keep recuirculating not giving it a chance to stay in the engine block to warm up. i would replace the thermostat
Hello. I understand your frustrations as I too own a 2001 monte carlo and have had the same problem...along with several others. My engine temp gauge would show ZERO degrees because of the bad coolant temp sensor. So I replaced it with one from autozone (BIG MISTAKE) The one from autozone was **** and gave the car a different problem. The fans would not run while the engine was running and would run when the engine was off until the battery rundown protector would shut them down. this lasted about 2 weeks during which I had to keep my heater on (in the middle of summer) to keep my car from over heating because my fans wouldnt run. The autozone jerks said "if my temp gauge was working then the sensor was doing its job" and that "there is another problem" Well I finally called the dealership and they told me that autozone is junk and to try advance auto parts and to get the next one up from the cheapest...this is what they use...and NASCAR uses. It was a few dollars more (around $25) Problem solved. However a few months later the cooling fans went completly out..this was due to them experiencing such high temperatures for 2 weeks. I replaced them with ones from a salvage yard for $50. Dont let this happen to you...
Slow cranking should be checked 1st by having the battery checked (free at most parts stores) to determine if it's time to replace it, or if it's something else. Even before this, check battery and starter connections to make sure they are clean and tight. Dirty cables can cause your problem. If the battery checks out ok, you should have the starter checked out, if it's on the way out, it will turn the engine over slowly. Need more info on overheating. When does it happen, how often, is aux. cooling fan turning on when temp goes up, when was system last flushed, any leaks, or loss of coolant, is the engine actually 'boiling over', steam from under hood? Hot temp at idle, etc.