Question about 1995 Pontiac Sunfire
Initially, I tried jumping the battery. The battery and starter were both bad, I took both in to Advance Auto Parts and they tested them. With a new battery and starter properly installed this afternoon, the car still will not run; it doesn't even turn over. Interior lights, headlights, and all other simple electric functions are working. I don't know what else to do without towing the car and spending a lot more money.
Ooh, not turning over? STOP SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY.
There's a problem if you have the 2.2L motor like I do, where the Ground cable just doesn't cut it after a while cause they mounted it too low on the engine block. This kills batteries, starters, and alternators. I now have all new ones, lol. You must have a strong ground or these three parts all start to break down at once. If the ground is deteriorated it could not be giving enough flow to allow the starter to turn over, and it's a cheap fix that will save you from getting a new starter in a year. Grab a $10 cable and mount it on the next bolt up, you'll see what I mean when you look at it.
99 times out of 100 you don't need a new ignition if the lights and radio still come on when you turn the key. It's something else. Check the starter relay in the fuse box in the engine compartment. replace it with a different one of the same kind (such as abs or coolant fan) and try again.
Next, call the dealership to see if the PCM recall has been done. Trust me, this kills MOST OF THESE CARS. Even if they say it has been done, visually inspect the PCM for corrosion. Passenger side, remove the black plastic wheel well in front of the tire, and the computer is right there, connectors facing down. Grab the two bolts holding it in and slide it down to take a look at it. You can get to the top bolt by removing the passenger side headlight. Stupid place to put it if you hit most puddles on the right side of your car like everyone does. There was a recall on these where water would get into the PCM causing everything from the car not working at all, not starting, turning over but not starting, and just about every other condition related to the ignition. It can also send weird messages to the spark plugs, fuel injectors, and have other parts doing weird things. It's actually EXTREMELY common and kills a lot of these cars but it's a simple fix.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
Right off i would say its ignition switch. If you got a test light ground it to the neg. post of battery and have someone turn the key to start position while you hold test light on small post on starter if it does not light test light than its ignition switch thats bad. If it lights you got defective starter. My guess its the starter switch. It should be under dash on steering colume.
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