Question about 2004 Pontiac Grand Am GT
Car would not turn over, only starter clicked. Found loose battery terminal and tightened. Now car turns over fine, but will not start. Probable fuel issue. Any thoughts? Thanks, Danny
Follow the fuel line toward the intake.
Look for a cap/valve in that line.
remove cap and you should see a little needle valve very much like the tire valve stem.
With the ignition on, the fuel pump will pressure this line up.
If you press that little valve stem down, fuel will shoot out. (that means you are getting fuel)
*protect the area and your eyes for squirting fuel*
If you don't see fuel, you most likely have a bad pump.
If you do get fuel, You need to check for spark.
Pull a spark plug wire off the spark plug and get a long screwdriver....stick the tip of the screwdriver into the plug wire and make contact with the metal inside.
Carefully hold the handle of the screwdriver (not the metal) and hold any part of the metal of the screwdriver very close to some metal part on the engine. (about 1mm away)
Have someone try to start the engine and you will look for a small spark jumping between the metal of the engine and the metal of the screwdriver.
You can also hit youtube videos for "How to check for spark in your engine"
Hope this helps you narrow down the issue.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: clicking when i turn the key
This is caused by the contacts being burned in the starter solenoid, just the solenoid contacts can be replaced, you have to pull the starter to do this, the new contacts are available from Ohiomotor.com
Posted on Sep 01, 2008
SOURCE: starter issues
I would first verify battery power, Once you have proper power there, either via a good trickle charger or battery replacement, I would check the fuseable links mounted right at the "hot" side of the starter. Just follow the 4 gauge wire from the battery to the 15mm/13mm nut on the starter. Make sure you have power to both sides of the wire with a test light. THis is the only wire that supplies the power for the relay fuse box. So either your not making power, or the power isn't reaching this box. Let me know how you make out.
Posted on Sep 21, 2008
SOURCE: car wont start...sometimes
Sounds like a bad starter solenoid, usually cheapest and easiest to replace the starter and solenoid as a unit. It is always best to check for power between the solenoid and the starter with a test light, if the solenoid clicks but the test light doesn't light up you have found the problem in the solenoid.
Posted on Apr 28, 2009
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Grab the terminals and twist them by hand. Make sure the battery terminals are not loose on the posts. A bad connection can cause low voltage to the starter and it will not crank the engine. Remove the loose terminal using a wrench, clean any corrosion from the terminal and post with a battery terminal cleaner and tighten the terminal securely to the battery post with a wrench.
Check the negative cable where it bolts to the engine and frame to make sure it is not loose. Check that the positive cable is not loose where it connects to the starter. If any of these cables are loose, this could be the cause of the problem. Tighten them with a wrench or socket wrench.
Connect the spring clamp on one of the starter button wires to the the battery terminal on the starter solenoid and the other one to the command terminal. Push the button--if the starter cranks the engine, the solenoid has failed. Replace the solenoid or, if it is part of the starter, replace the starter.
Check the manufacturer specs for how many amps the starter should be drawing. Connect your meter and watch the reading as you attempt to crank the engine. If the draw is too high or too low, replace the starter.
Raise the vehicle with a floor jack and support it with jack stands. If noise is coming from the starter, but the engine isn't cranking, check the starter gear and the flywheel for damaged or missing teeth. If this is the case, the starter or flywheel will need replacement.
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