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We have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am that will not start. It is getting fuel, has spark and a good battery. Wondering if it is sensors, security. It is throwing an oil pressure switch code and an intermittant maps sensor code.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    engine size and, did it do anything strange before not starting?



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Notice if your SECURITY dashboard light is on when the key has been turned to the on position. If it is then your security feature needs to be reset.
The security feature will often come on when 2 failed attempts to start the car have occured or the battery goes dead or is replaced.
I believe to reset the security feature you have to place the key in the ignition and turn to the on position without starting the car and leaving it there for 10 minutes. Just wait it out and the light will go out. Then take the key out and try restarting.
I've been through this many times. You need a good battery to leave the key on for 10 minutes.
Take it easy!

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

  • boin7777 Jun 28, 2009

    I don't think the oil pressure switch would have anything to do with it not starting. Though, my oil pressure switch is leaking oil and I had to purchase a new one at Canadian Tire for $19.99. They simply screw into the engine block with an adjustable wrench or something like that. It has a one wire connector that you disconnect and reconnect.


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  2. Check battery condition and state of charge. If voltage and load test below specification, charge or replace battery.
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I had the same problem and thought it was a fuel pump issue, but after a $500 replacement ordeal, I later encountered the same issue again.

To resolve:
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Tumbler maintain: Blow some compress air to prevent this incident from happening.

Hopefully this will resolve your issue without the need of spending any further $$$!


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