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1997 pontiac not turning over

I had the starter checked and it is ok, changed the ignition switch,checked all fuses, checked all connections(including batterie,starter,fuse box), checked the batterie, lights all work. I do not know what to check now. Please help.

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  • gravis_jr Feb 15, 2009

    1997 pontiac sunfire, auto trans, was starting fine until 3 days ago.

  • gravis_jr Feb 15, 2009

    security light is not flashing. just on.

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    there is a relay on the fan assembly top drivers side. with 4 wires 1 is hot all the time 1 is hot with key on 1 is ground and 1 is the wire going to starter wire .does this relay click when trying to start

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    is it flashing

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    does security light flash?

  • Darrell May 11, 2010

    I need exact year ,make model .trans type(auto,stick)and I can help you no problem have a good day DB



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To turn the theft lock off you must put key into ignition and turn to ACC, wait ten minutes (light will turn off) then turn the key to off position and pull out. Do this 3 times ( i know 30 minutes is a long time) and then after that the theft lock will turn off and your car SHOULD start.

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Maybe your TIMING has jumped!!???


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