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Cranks one revolution but wont start.

2004 Grand AM GT1, 3.4 When I turn the key, it cranks for less than a second, and stops, a partial revolution. Battery and starter are both good, it starts fine when jumping the starter to the battery. A few months ago, this happened, and I replaced the starter relay with the cooling fan relay (same relay model). AT first, that didnt fix it, but then I pulled the relay, used contact cleaner and reinstalled it, and it worked fine for a couple months. Now, same symptoms, I bought a new relay but no good. Suspecting the wire connections to the relay/fuse box itself. Thoughts? Has anyone seen this? I have no Idea what kind of job it will be to remove/inspect/repair that thing.

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Hey I had the same thing happen. I even got a new battery because some of the cells were going bad inthe old one. In short it was the fuel pump. It wasn't getting gas to the engine so it wouldn't start up. You could try but it would start turnover and stop. Hope this helps make sure your fuel pump is working by testing the wires at the relay

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    It's not your starter relay don't listen to some of these people. If it kicks on and turns over your starter relay is already working... along with your battery and your alternator...

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You should be able to jumper the relay terminals and bypass it to find out.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014

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Replce the Starter Relay in the Fuse Box under the Hood.

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Its likely that you have either a bad ignition switch or a bad neutral safety switch (if stickshift, clutch switch) Try starting in neutral...if it starts, change neutral switch (jump across clutch switch, check starting in neutral with your foot on the brake) Ignition switch is on top of steering column under dash.

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It's when the security light starts flashing that the infamous "chip" in the key becomes a nightmare to many. Gradually the car begins not cranking anymore or if it cranks it would start and die in a second. Randomly it will do this more and more often until it won't start anymore. VATS, PASSkey and Passlock immobilizer systems are killing cars all over North America, they have a short lifespan and are certainly more effective against owners than thieves. Here is how you save your car
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