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1997 sunfire starts, shuts itself off, has a knock in the engine

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Sounds like a piston rod broke.

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SOURCE: my 1997 sunfire wont start. the engine will turn over.

its a sunfire , have a buddy sit in your car and you go to the back have him turn the key to the on position... not the run position and listen for a buzz or whiiirrrrrring sounds, do this several times if no noise chances are your fuel pump is dead, a common chev problem, if it has no noise you can try giving it a few good whacks where the fuel pump is located at the tank and try again more often than not this will get your fuel pump buzzing again and then you will know if your problem is at least in the front or the back..
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Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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SOURCE: changed the dashboard in the 1997 pontiac sunfire,

It has an imobaliser problem,your vehicles key ecu and dash are all paired together and will not work with any other different parts,the solition is to either put your own dash back or fit the ecu and key from the donor car too.

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SOURCE: my 1997 sunfire starts and shuts itself off after

the anti-theft has been activated and will have to be reset.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011

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