Question about 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
Sounds like a weak or slowly dying battery or bad battery cables need attention.
Posted on Nov 30, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Smoke coming from the steering column is definitely not a factory option. Likely you are developing a short inside that needs to be checked. Try to find what's making the noise as that may give you a good clue to which wires are involved in the problem. Smoking will cause the insulation on the bad wire to become soft and it will look different than the others. Obviously I'm not there,so I can't tell you which are involved, you need to take a good look or get it to a shop ASAP!!!
Posted on Oct 29, 2009
if it does not crank then you might need a starter, if it does crank the you have to check to see if you have fuel pressure
Posted on Jul 01, 2011
SOURCE: Car won't start. Has power
what are the volts on the battery>?
If not at least 12 volts dc, you have solved your problem.
An additional way to test the battery if no meter is available - go to your local parts store, otherwise, turn on your headlights or check your dome light while turning over the engine.
Don't be surprised if it is your starter and or alternator as well, most any auto parts store would test for free.
Posted on Aug 18, 2011
Sounds like you might have a faulty ignition switch and ignition lock cylinder.These cars are known for the ignition switches getting hot and then they won't start.
Posted on Jan 10, 2012
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Hot starting problems are usually fuel related. When a hot engine is shut off, the temperature of the engine and everything on it continues to rise for awhile as the engine undergoes a period of "heat soak." This can cause fuel to boil inside the carburetor bowl, fuel lines and fuel filter. When you attempt to restart the engine, "vapor lock" obstructs the flow of fuel and the engine doesn't want to start.
This is much less of a problem on fuel injected engines because the fuel is usually under much higher pressure inside the injectors and fuel line. Even so, a fuel line routed near an exhaust manifold or a fuel rail that's exposed to a lot of heat may still suffer the same kind of problems.
Heat soak problems such as these can sometimes be cured by wrapping insulation around affected fuel lines, and/or installing an insulating spacer or heat shield under the carburetor.
A Seasonal Problem
Hard hard starting tends to be a seasonal problem, but may be worse in the early months of spring when refiners are switching fuel blends. Gasoline refiners produce fuel with a slightly lower volatility rating (called "Reed vapor pressure") during hot summer months because lower volatility fuel is less likely to boil and cause hot starting problems. During the winter, they switch to a higher volatility fuel because it makes cold starting easier. But if you still have "winter" grade fuel in your tank when warm spring weather arrives, you may experience some hot starting problems. The problem will go away, however, as soon as the refiners in your area switch to their summer grade fuel.
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