Question about 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

3 Answers

Can t get my car to stay on for l,onger than three seconds

I've changed the fuel regulator, gas filter, spark plugs, air intake new batterie and the turminals, and still i'm getting the same problem, when i trie to start my car it cranks but dosn't turn over and when it dose uit reves up then dies after two seconds... ui have a 2001 pontiac grand am se 2.4lL. what do i do plz help i'm running out of money...thanx...

Posted by on

  • 6 more comments 
  • marcarrisola Jul 21, 2009

    this is what michanics are telling me and i know alittle how to change things and it's cheeper that way.do u suggest a diagnostic test?

  • marcarrisola Jul 21, 2009

    flashing

  • marcarrisola Jul 21, 2009

    flashing

  • marcarrisola Jul 21, 2009

    what dose that mean did i trip the hey chip or sensor?

  • marcarrisola Jul 21, 2009

    yes my engine light is on, when it turnes over for two seconds it turnes off, i took it to auto zone they they tested it it told me no codes found..

  • marcarrisola Jul 22, 2009

    you guys were awesome thanx for the great help. you rock!!!

  • BB1BUD May 11, 2010

    IS YOUR SECURITY LIGHT ON SOLID OR IS IT FLASHING?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    u really need to get this to a dealer and quit guessing.

×

3 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,776 Answers

There are many things that can cause this condition, but you are spending way too much money trying to figure out what. Is the check engine light on? If it is then take the car to an autoparts store and have them use a scan tool to retrieve the fault code(s) from the computer. Most parts stores offer this service at no charge and they have no agenda. Getting the code(s) will greatly assist in determining what the true problem might be. I don't know where to begin, since you have been replacing both ignition system and fuel system components. I would lean toward a faulty idle air control valve, EGR valve, or Mass Airflow Sensor, but the code(s) should tell the tale. Sure hope this helped you and good luck. I would be interested to know what you find out.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Top Expert:

    An expert who has finished #1 on the weekly Top 10 Fixya Experts Leaderboard.

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

  • Pontiac Master
  • 75,197 Answers

THE OTHER EXPERT IS ASKING IF A SECURITY LIGHT IN YOUR DASH IS FLASHING WHEN U ARE TRYING TO START THIS CAR, YOUR CAR HAS A FACTORY SECURITY SYSTEMS, IT IS CALLED THE PASS LOCK SYSTEM, AND THERE IS A LIGHT FOR IT IN THE DASH INDICATORS THAT SAYS "SECURITY" WHEN IT IS ACTIVATED, IT SLOWLY FLASHES, IF IT IS ACTIVATING WHEN IT SHOULDN'T DUE TO A FAULT IN THE PASS LOCK KEY THEN THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 462 Answers

TRY THIS IF THE SECURITY LIGHT IS FLASHING WITH THE KEY IN THE RUN POSITION, ENGINE NOT RUNNING.

ATTEMPT TO START THE CAR, LEAVING THE KEY IN THE RUN POSITION.

WATCH THE SECURITY LIGHT. IF IT IS FLASHING KEEP THE KEY IN THE RUN POSITION UNTIL IT STOPS FLASHING.

TURN THE KEY OFF AND COUNT TO 20 SLOWLY.

TRY TO START THE ENGINE AGAIN.

YOU HAVE JUST RESET THE SECURITY SYSTEM. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE A SECURITY ISSUE THAT WILL HAVE TO BE FIXED CORRECTLY OR YOU WILL BE DOING THIS ALL THE TIME.

COMMON PROBLEMS FOUND INCLUDE THE BODY CONTROL MODULE, THEFT DETERRENT MODULE, IGNITION SWITCH, AND THE WIRING FROM THE SWITCH TO THE BODY CONTROL MODULE.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

My car cranks but will not start RVR GDI mitsubishi


Check all fuses first, then with an assistant, check for spark with a spark tester. if there is spark at 2 plugs, check for fuel pressure at the fuel rail with a gauge. Engines need three things to run, fuel, spark, and compression. If there is spark and fuel, do a compression test, if the timing belt jumped/broke, you won't have any

Mar 03, 2015 | Mitsubishi Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

When I start My 1998 buick regal ls 3.8 it idles rough and stalls most of the time, the rpm's go up and down as soon as I let go of the key. If I step on gas for a few seconds it stays running. Motor


did you clean any carbon from the air intake and air passages around the idle control motor. carbon buildup around fuel injectors or intake manifold can cause this problem also.

Sep 20, 2014 | 1998 Buick Regal

1 Answer

My 95 Buick Lesabre Custom is sputtering loudly when I'm driving and now its starting to shut off while I'm driving. Add to that the fact that I'm on my second catalytic converter, I'm


If the check engine light is not on, I would check fuel pressure with a gauge. And if you have not replaced the fuel filter this year, that would be a good idea too.

Aug 22, 2012 | 1995 Buick LeSabre

1 Answer

I have a 1990 mitsubishi might max it wont run smooth unless you keep your foot on the gas and keep the rpms up a little bit and it wont drive cause it stalls everytime you try to move it. ive replaced the...


You've already eliminated the spark plug & wireset, distributor cap & rotor.
Sounds like your car needs a tune-up, specifically, the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve, and/of the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve.

Components checked/replaced during a tune-up are:
air filter
motor oil
motor oil filter
breather filter
fuel filter(s)
fuel strainer
PCV valve
EGR valve
spark plugs
spark plug wires
ECM or distributor cap & rotor
cabin air filter
transmission oil filter
transmission oil
engine coolant
check all vacuum hoses and lines

Troubleshooting the no-start condition - from the 1990 Mitsu Mighty Max Repair Manual:

Priority Action Part Type -- Cause
1 Inspect Battery -- Battery Discharged or Faulty.
2 Inspect Battery Cable -- Corroded, Broken, Shorted or Poorly Connected Battery Cable.
3 Inspect Distributor Cap -- Distributor Cap Cracked or Burned.
3 Inspect Fuel Filter -- Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter.
5 Inspect Ignition Coil -- Faulty Ignition Coil.
6 Inspect Wireset -- Worn, Damaged or Faulty Spark Plug Wire(s).
7 Inspect Spark Plug -- Incorrectly Gapped or Fouled Spark Plug(s).
8 Inspect Starter -- Starter Motor Faulty.
9 Inspect Fuel Pump -- Low Fuel Pressure.
10 Inspect Solenoid Switch -- Faulty Starter Solenoid Switch.
11 Inspect Fuel Pump Relay -- Faulty Fuel Pump Relay.
12 Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator -- Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator.
13 Inspect Ignition Switch -- Improperly Connected or Faulty Ignition Switch.
14 Inspect Starter Drive -- Faulty Starter Drive.
15 Inspect Fuel Injector -- Dirty or Worn Fuel Injectors.
16 Inspect Fuel Pump Strainer -- Clogged or Dirty Fuel Pump Strainerat.
17 Inspect Engine Control Computer -- Incorrect Operating Information Being Delivered and Sent From The EEC.
18 Inspect Fuel Tank -- Fuel Tank Empty.
19 Inspect Carburetor -- Carburetor Flooded or Faulty Choke.
20 Inspect Distributor -- Worn, Loose, or Incorrectly Installed Distributor.

Aug 17, 2011 | 1993 Mitsubishi Mighty Max

1 Answer

Overreving with no power and excessive gas consumption air filter cleaned map sensor replaced fuel pump and filter


usually caused by busted diaphram in fuel pressure regulator allowing fuel to be drawn thru regulator directly to intake manifold. Pull vacuum line off regulator, plug line with golf tee, start car and watch to see if gas comes out of regulator. If yes, turn off car, replace regulator. The regulator sits near the fuel rail on the top of the engine as shown below. I will paste replacement instructions below from autozone.com in case you need to replace the regulator. Please let me know if you have any questions.
jturcotte_421.gif


Removal & Installation

4.2L Engine

  1. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  2. Remove the air cleaner outlet resonator.
  3. Disconnect the engine wiring harness from the retaining clips at the front of the engine.
  4. Disconnect the fuel pressure regulator vacuum line.
  5. Clean any dirt from the fuel pressure regulator and the surrounding area.
  6. Disconnect the fuel return pipe.
  7. Remove the fuel return pipe retainer.
  8. Remove the fuel pressure regulator retainer.
  9. Remove the fuel pressure regulator.
  10. Inspect the regulator filter screen for contamination. If contaminated, replace the fuel pressure regulator.

To install:
  1. Install the regulator filter.
  2. Install the new O-ring on the fuel pressure regulator.
  3. Lubricate the fuel pressure regulator O-ring with clean engine oil.
  4. Push the fuel pressure regulator into the regulator housing on the fuel rail.
  5. Install the fuel pressure regulator retainer. Tighten the regulator retainer screw to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  6. Install the fuel return pipe retainer. Tighten the return pipe retainer screw to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  7. Connect the fuel return pipe.
  8. Connect the fuel pressure regulator vacuum line.
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10. Inspect for leaks:
    1. Turn ON the ignition for 2 seconds.
    2. Turn OFF the ignition for 10 seconds.
    3. Turn ON the ignition.
    4. Inspect for fuel leaks.

  11. Install the engine wiring harness into the retaining clips at the front of the engine.
  12. Install the air intake resonator.

Dec 08, 2010 | 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

1 Answer

Wont start


Does the motor turn over? If it does, then you need to check to see if you have spark, gas and air. Check the air filter and replace if it is dirty. If the motor turnes over, remove a spark plug boot from one of the spark plugs and plug in a spare spark plug. Ground the plug on the engine and have some one turn over the engine. Do not touch the plug or wire when the engine is turning over. If there is no spark, I would say that the igniter in your distributor is fried or you may need to replace your plugs. Pull one out to see their condition. If you have spark, then remove the intake on the throttle body. Look down the throttle body and have some one push the gas peddal to the floor while turning the engine over. You should see fuel being injected to the intake. If you do not see any fuel, change the fuel filter if you have not done so recently. If the fuel filter has been changed then I would suggest a new fuel pump.
If the car does not turn over then check your battery voltage. If the battery is dead, it will not start. If you have 11+ volts then your starter is probalbly fried. Hope this helps.

May 18, 2009 | 1993 Honda Accord

1 Answer

Alt seems ok but strong fuel smell and new plugs black


use a scanner sound like a bad sensor .mass air flow - map sensor - coolant sensor. check vacuum line to fuel pressure regulator if wet with gas replace fuel pressure regulator. make sure yours spark pluge the right heat range. also change air filter. check charcoal canister. check oxygen sensor and egr valve. make sure its not stuck open.

Mar 25, 2009 | 1994 Saturn Sl

Not finding what you are looking for?
2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE Logo

252 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Pontiac Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75197 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22095 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

7782 Answers

Are you a Pontiac Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...