Question about 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE
Try changing the fuel filter.
When you turn the key it activate the fuel pump. Gas is then pump to the engine to start.
If you see no improvement then try some thing to clean the gas tank. ( gum out)
Posted on Mar 10, 2009
SOURCE: Mazda 323 2002 Sting Immobilizer
Fcuk I got same problem with my Mazda 3 year 2004. Noone can help me at all !!! Even in Mazda they have no idea where is problem. For me it is at the moment only in cold weather. I cannot get throught immobilizer. After few turns it works, but not always (only when its bit warmer). I found out that if it is warmer, and I turn on ventilation for a while after it will let me go! Immobilizer starts flashing ... after few more minutes and turning key few times it will let me go !!! Please write me to email@example.com if you will know updates... I am desperate , cannot use my car in winter at all or cold weather. In summer works fine
Posted on Nov 10, 2008
hello gwolfson...from your explanation it sounds like the starter motor is turning but the bendix is not engaged. This happens over time and is caused by normal wear. A click or clicking noise would point to the starter solenoid. Don't wait until you hear a grinding noise to replace it, thats hard on the ring gear and flywheel. A NEW starter is recommended if you plan on keeping the car. If not, you can go with a rebuilt starter for around 65 dollars. Of course make sure the battery terminals are clean and secure as well as the solenoid terminals.
Good luck...i hope this helps and will fixya up.
Posted on May 29, 2009
SOURCE: 2001 CHEVY MALIBU WILL NOT START
you should check alternator for correct voltage!! on my car the alternator cable came loose and the dash lights kept flashing and then the car just quit. if alternator fails you will not get enough juice to run sensors or pcm...
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
Unfortunately, this problem could be caused by a number of things. A fuel pressure regulator is not usually one of them. The fuel pressure regulator will help to, essentially, regulate and change the pressure of the fuel in the fuel rail as the engine RPMs change. This change is usually minor, however, and will not interfere with the initial startup of the vehicle. I can give you a few basic ideas of where to look, I have seen this same problem on other 5.3L motors, but I have also seen it on many other cars as well, and the problems never seem to be consistent. If the truck has had a fresh tune up, and the filters have all been changed (most notably, the fuel filter) then the first thing to look at is going to be the throttle body. On the intake, there is a butterfly valve- if this is all gummed up with carbon or other deposits, clean it! (Note, it is best to wipe down well with a clean cloth, be as gentle as possible. Hold the butterfly valve open by hand or have a friend hold the gas pedal down (with the truck off, of course), and wipe this down thoroughly. You will have to take off the air cleaner and tubing first, in order to reach this. If this doesn't help, you could have a vacuum leak. You could have a bad Throttle Position Sensor, or a bad Mass Air Flow sensor. If your fuel return line is clogged or vapor locked, it will make it harder to start the vehicle. If the fuel pump is putting out sufficient pressure, but not the intial sufficient volume you need, that could also be a problem. There are a LOT of things that could cause this realistically, but the best thing to do is to eliminate the easiest problems one by one. Keep up on the maintenance, routinely check your filters and spark plugs, and DO NOT use cheapo parts. If you determine that it is not a simple failure, or are not comfortable with testing fuel pressure or volume output, checking the intake manifolds for minor vacuum leaks, etc. it may be best to take it to a professional who is trained to do that. Look for a shop in your area with a good reputation, as this isn't just a routine problem, and will take good diagnostic abilities and a skilled technician to fix it.
Thanks for asking!
Posted on Nov 07, 2009
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