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My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am will not crank. I have changed the spark plugs, coil pack, battery, and I can hear the fuel pump kickingon. It almost crank but for some reason it just keeps turning over. Whats wrong with it?

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There is a difference between no crank and no start. Often times the hardest info to get out of a customer. crank is what the engine does before it starts. Start and run is what it does after it cranks. The diagnostic trail is all together different depending on whether it does or does not crank.

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2003 grand am wont start


Check obvious problems first. Do you have any indicator dash lights on when trying to crank the engine? A security light means your Passlock system is malfunctioning. If you can turn the engine, then the battery is most likely ok but you can disconnect it for about 5 minutes then reconnect it which will reset the computer. I had an issue with a 99 grand am dieing after starting. Pushing the key in kept it running. Turns out my ignition switch in the dash went bad.There are three coil packs in the v-6 and two in the 4 cylinder. A loose wire would more likely be the cause. Check the fuses under the hood in the convenience center. A bad computer, module near the coil packs, or a bad hall effect cam sensor could cause the fuel injectors to not fire and cut off the fuel supply. Check the fuel pump to see if its working by turning the key to on but not cranking it. If you hear a 2 second sound of the pump then a click then the fuel pump is most likely working.

Dec 22, 2011 | 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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HAVING PROBLEMS WITH 2001 PONTIAC GRAND AM STARTING. WHEN KEY TURNS, YOU CAN HEAR THE FUEL PUMP PRIME AND IT WILL START; OTHER TIMES, WHEN KEY TURNS, YOU CANNOT HEAR THE FUEL PUMP PRIME AND IT WILL NOT...


  1. Check fuel level in fuel tank, add fuel if empty.
  2. Check battery condition and state of charge. If voltage and load test below specification, charge or replace battery.
  3. Check battery terminal and cable condition and tightness. Clean terminals and replace damaged, worn or corroded cables.
  4. Check fuel delivery system. If fuel is not reaching the fuel injectors, check for a loose electrical connector or defective fuse, relay or fuel pump and replace as necessary.
  5. Engine may have excessive wear or mechanical damage such as low cylinder cranking pressure, a broken camshaft drive system, insufficient valve clearance or bent valves.
  6. Check for fuel contamination such as water in the fuel. During winter months, the water may freeze and cause a fuel restriction. Adding a fuel additive may help, however the fuel system may require draining and purging with fresh fuel.
  7. Check for ignition system failure. Check for loose or shorted wires or damaged ignition system components. Check the spark plugs for excessive wear or incorrect electrode gap. If the problem is worse in wet weather, check for shorts between the spark plugs and the ignition coils.
  8. Check the engine management system for a failed sensor or control module.

May 07, 2011 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

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Changed starter and alternator and still wont start on 1988 grand am


There are few things that you will have to check. 1) Is the battery properly charged. 2) Are you getting spark at the spark plugs, when you crank the car to start. 3) Is there proper fuel in the car. ---------------- If the battery is not charged properly the car will not start.Check the voltage of the battery .It should be exact 12volt. If there is no spark coming when you crank the engine then its the problem of either the spark plugs or the coil pack.the spark plugs gets power to spark from coil packs.Also check the fuel pump and fuel filter.If the fuel pump and fuel filter are worn out then it will not supply the fuel properly to the engine and this results in no-start problem. If all battery, fuel pump and spark plugs checked out OK then its time to check the wiring connections between the battery to starter and battery to alternator.This will help. Thanks. you can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

May 20, 2010 | 1988 Pontiac Grand Am

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Car will not start, car will crank over, will not fire


There are some possibilities which you will have to check in this case:--

1) First of all check the power and voltage to the battery. With meter it will show exact 12 volt if the battery is charged. If the voltage is less get the battery charged at local auto repair shop. If the battery is internally drained and not getting charged then its time to replace the battery.

2) When you crank the car do you see spark coming at the spark plug? If no then its time to check the spark plugs and coil pack. If the spark plugs are not worn out and looks new then its time to check coil pack. The spark plug gets power to spark from coil pack.

3) The other thing to check in this case is the starter solenoid of the car. If the battery is charged and you start the car then it gives power to the starter to start the car. But if starter is faulty or not connected properly then car will not start.

4) The other thing to check in this case is fuel in the car. If there is fuel in the car then check the blockages in the fuel pump if the fuel pump looks proper then check the fuel filter above the fuel pump.

5) If all the above possibilities mentioned above checked out OK/perfect then it's a electrical issue and the wiring's in the car needs to be checked. The car gets power from the battery to get started. so the wires from battery needs to be checked one by one.

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May 12, 2010 | 2002 Pontiac Grand Am

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I just received a '92 pontiac grand prix 3.1FI. but it's been sitting in the previous owners yard for up to 4 years. I know it's going to take a lot of work, but I don't really know where to start. I just...


The first thing to do is, if there was any old gas in the tank, get rid of it, it's no good, you have to drop the gas tank and pour it out, but before you do that, make sure you hear a buzzing sound from the tank, that's the fuel pump, if you hear that then the pump is working.
When the tank is out, check the hoses and make sure there is no cracking in them or being brittle, if there is replace them.
Next, change the oil and filter
The no spark is probably do to a bad coil, change that, put the plugs in.
Change the fuel filter
When you get ready to start it, turn ignition switch on, but don't crank it, turn it back off, then on, do this a few times so the fuel pump can force the gas through the line and pressurize the system. If it still doesn't start! Then further testing needs to be done. Hope this helped a little. Good luck.

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Check the spark plugs, make sure they all seated and are tight. Also change wires. Probably the coil packs, but check the cheaper stuff first.

Nov 17, 2009 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am won't crank and I have replaced everything


I am going to go with the assumption that when you say it won't crank you mean it turns over but won't start. If it is a 3100 or 3400 it could be the coil pac modual that sits under the coil pack. Most Autozones and Advance stores have a tester for them so you won't have to repalce something that expensive. If it is a 2.4 you may need the tower that houses the coil packs or even the coil pac modual that sits under the cover on top of the motor. Before you do anything else, spay some ether down the intake while turning over. If it thry to run, then you may have a fuel pump problem. Better than that if you have access to a fuel pressure gauge, check the pressure while you are turning the engine over. Compare it to the recomended presure in section four of a hayes manual.

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