Question about 2000 Pontiac Sunfire
As i drove for approx. an hour before i pulled in and shut the car down for a few mintutes then tried to start, no click click click like a normal dead battery just one click and no start, also No indication lights have ever come on in the past. The odd thing was that the dash lights and radio were acting very odd , the ignition was acting strange as well(after removal of the key the door chime would stay on and dash lights would stay on for 30 seconds the shut off again, (with key out.) during the boosting and waiting for the battery to charge a little) i had placed the car in Drive and moved the car a lil back and forth as well. I cleaned off the batterey terminals and tightened as well (all in future shop parking lot in the dark lol) after trying a few times with nothing at all happening, except the door locks and trunk all worked off the key fob? as well the stereo came back on by itself (which was off b4 this all began)Just odd electrical behavior, but in the end the car finally started as normal, drove home 30 mins, then shut off and tried to start again Nothing, will not turn over Just one click and thats all, except lots of juice it seems in the battery for lights etc. and back to the odd electical behavior again but will not turn over a bit. Sorry for the long story but i thought the more detail someone has the beter chance of an answer from someone with a lot more knowledge than myself may help. I thank you very much in advance for any thoughts as to what may be happening. thx T
Check all of your grounds a bad ground or a shorted ground can trigger stuff to go off at random plus if it started right up when you got the car jumped then yea it has to be a bad ground like i said check all of your ground wires and update me with the situation
Posted on Oct 18, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 2001 Bonnevile, wont start.
My passenger side window in the front will not power down with the switch on that door, nor with the passenger window front switch located on the driver's door panel. The Pontiac service manager said all the power windows are on one fuse. I either don't have power to one or both of those switches, or it is the motor in the window that won't power down. The three other windows seem to be working with their respective switches so it must not be a fuse problem. Any opinions before I tear into the switches, fuses, or the affected doors? Thank You, Mark Bettes
Posted on Nov 20, 2008
On many cars, if the battery is dead, it locks the key in the ignition. Put a battery charger on the car or replace the battery and give it a shot.
Posted on May 21, 2009
It is the security chips in the keys. Has this car been wrecked? Was this car made in Mexico? GM had the bright Idea of creating a security system that would do exactly this, I know on cars made in Mexico (like the HHR) You can reset the power and get the key back out, but vehicle will have to be reprogrammed with the master key. This involves turning the key from off to run position without ever going past run (i.e. start position) leave key in this position for 30 minutes. Turn key back to off for 30 seconds then back to run for 30 minutes. repeat this step three times. the last time, after 3rd 30 minute period, turn key off for 30 seconds and then try to crank. Please note this only works if the original master key is being used. You can then reprogram the second key following a similar sequence, only master key that is working has to be inserted to let alarm system know that vehicle is not being stolen only that you are trying to reprogram a key. If original master key is not being used then vehicle has to be taken to the GM dealership to program keys and possible key module replacement.
Posted on May 30, 2009
Sounds like the starter.If you can locate it,tap on it with a hammer 3 or 4 times and try to restart.It may take several tries but should eventually start because starters don't quite fail 100%,they just kind of get stuck.If you can't find the starter,call a couple of parts stores or a dealer,someone is always willing to tell you for free to attract your business.It should work and you need a new starter.I put in a used one a couple of years ago and no problems yet,but the decision is yours.Good luck! Greg
Posted on Aug 08, 2010
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