Question about 2004 Pontiac Aztek
I have a 2004 pontiac aztek with just over 140k miles. It wouldn't start the other day, when i would turn the key it was a single click and that was it. So i replaced the battery. All was fine the rest of the day, until the next day when i was getting ready to go to the bank and went to start the car and it did it again. I had to try a couple different times before it would start, and each time it would single click and that was all. It also happened again tonight. My boyfriend was on his way to the store and he was taking the aztek. He went to start it and it clicked a single click and nothing. He tried several times. I went out, and pressed down on the gas petal a couple of times and tried to turn the key again, and it started up. I've since came to work, and i have went out every couple of hours to check if it will still start, and it has. I do not know what this issue may be. If it may be a starter, or something else? Also, if it IS possibly a starter, would buying a used starter be ok, or should i fork over the cash for a new one?. Thank you in advance to all who respond. Katie
You appear to have what is known as a dry joint in the armature commutator bars . When that bar stops under a brush the current is prevented from turning the armature as there is a degration of the circuit. . Repeated clicking of the key eventually gets the armature to move enough to allow the brush to touch on another bar and so the car starts .. It is repairable in an accredited auto electrician shop but be careful of the cost as you will need new brushes and it may get beyond the price of a new starter. Second hand starters from a wreckers if you are sure that they come out of a relatively new engine would be ok but a new starter comes with a warranty . It is your choice . Make sure that all the terminals are shiny clean and tight all the way to the starter as well before you decide
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 2000 Pontiac Sunfire wont start
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.
Posted on Mar 19, 2009
if you turn headlights on and turn key to start do you hear clicking? if so starter is possibly bad,lets trouble shoot your problem.suggest you check the fuses under hood in black box,make sure those are good. when you turn the key, you should hear at least a click or else the starter is not drawing current.try turning the headlights on and at same time turn the key and try to start, if lights go dim the starter is drawing current, does it click? if so then bad starter. if no noise at all,,still could be a bad starter.suggest that you remove the starter and have it checked out.also make sure the car is in park for sure before you do any of this. hope this helps!!
Posted on Sep 13, 2010
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