Question about 1998 Pontiac Sunfire

1 Answer

I just bought a used 1998 pontiac and 3 things 1) I have to giggle my key to start it sometimes up to 10 times to get it , this is a pain, is this hard to fix or replace? 2) is there such a thing as a FREE carfax report? 3) where do I get a owners manual for this car? btw, Why does everyone keep telling me I bought a piece of junk , they say ''Just look on the internet''? I've only had it 2 days and I'm getting all these negative comments. D

Posted by on

  • cmtlady222 Jul 26, 2009

    Maybe I didn't describe my key in the ignition problem correctly. I put the key in , and the steering wheel locks (which is normal) but after trying once, twice,
    three, sometimes 10 times the steering wheel will
    NOT unlock right away and the key won't go forward
    or backward for sometimes 10 tries. The guy I bought
    it off of sprayed WD 40 on it. that didn't help.
    My question is can it be fixed or what needs or can
    be replaced? sorry My first question was not
    described properly.

×

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Sergeant:

    An expert that hasĀ over 500 points.

    Champion:

    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 215 Answers

I had a 97 Cavalier, which is mechanically the same car, and it was a very reliable car. The column unfortunately is a bit of a tough job since the bolts that hold it up or coming in from the top. So you have to take part of the dash off or the speedo cluster. I never tried to change out the ignition but I would try that before getting into anything like this. And you can get an owners manual at a junkyard or you can go to a parts store and get a Chilton or Haynes book on your model/year. These have everything an original manual have and then some. I don't know anything about a Carfax report. Hope this helps

Posted on Jul 26, 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:

1 Answer

Security light want go off so car can start 98


Check the key and make sure its is the correct one, pass lock is a pain, and sometimes the reader\transponder can go south. I would bypass it and go around the problem this can be done with a resistor.

Sep 20, 2014 | 1998 Pontiac Bonneville

1 Answer

I have a 1998 cavalier, we changed the starter twice and the ignition switch as well. The car will crank over three or four times and then the next time it acts like it wants to start it keep cranking even...


Product Safety - Ignition Circuit Thermal Events # 04002 - (02/18/2004)
04002 -- Ignition Circuit Thermal Events
1998 Buck Skylark
1998-2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
1998 Oldsmobile Achieva
1998 Pontiac Grand Am
1998-2001 Pontiac Sunfire
Due to part availability, this recall is being conducted in three phases. Phase 1 will consist of 1998-1999 vehicles, phase 2 will consist of 2000 vehicles; and phase 3 will consist of 2001 vehicles. When sufficient parts are available to notify customers of 2000 and 2001 vehicles, you will be notified and will receive a new initiation report.
Recall - Ignition Circuit DefectCondition
General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 1998 model year Buick Skylark; 1998-2001 model year Chevrolet Cavalier; 1998 model year Oldsmobile Achieva; 1998 model year Pontiac Grand Am; and 1998-2001 model year Pontiac Sunfire vehicles. If the engine fails to start and the driver holds the key in the "start" position for an extended period, high current flows through the ignition switch, and sometimes produces enough heat to melt internal switch parts. If the switch is damaged, a fire could occur in the steering column, even with the engine off and the key removed. The fire could spread to the interior of the car, which could injure occupants of the car or cause damage to adjoining structures.
Correction

Aug 29, 2011 | 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

I have a 2005 Pontiac Grand AM and because of the security system it wont start, what do I do ?


most likely your key got erased from memory make sure you are using a chip key, in a 3 times 30 minutes put your key on (without starting the engine) and live it on for 10 minutes,shut it of and back on the same way for another 10 minutes,do it again 10 minutes more at the end shut it off wait 30 seconds and start the car,if it is not a brand new key it may take 1 or 2 times this sequence to get it to start. let me know

Aug 11, 2010 | 2005 Pontiac Grand Am

2 Answers

2001 Dodge Dakota Ignition Problem or Battery?


i would recommend replacing the terminals. but before doing that tighten the ones that are on there as much as possible. if that doe not solve it then replace the terminals and make sure it is tight on the battery. if thats not it, then make sure the battery is the correct one for the car. and the deal with the key could possibly the tumbler, or it could be that the steering wheel is locked and needs to be shimmied back and forth to start it. if this does not help please repost.

Jan 01, 2010 | 2001 Dodge Dakota

2 Answers

92 pontiac grand am


computer modgule location 1992 pontiac grand am

Jul 31, 2009 | 1992 Pontiac Grand Am

1 Answer

1998 pontiac sunfire


I guess if your key is giggling... keep it away from funny things.

Jul 26, 2009 | 1998 Pontiac Sunfire

1 Answer

Security light comes on and car wont start


I've owned 3 GA's, and have run into this problem once before. There's a problem in the security system. You DONT have to get it fixed right away, you will just have to give yourself an extra 30 minutes each time you want to take your car somewhere.
STEP 1- Insert your key into the ignition.
STEP 2- Turn the key to the "RUN" position (not all the way to the start position!)
STEP 3- Go have a smoke. Wait 10 minutes with the key in the "RUN" position.
STEP 4- Turn the key to the "OFF" position for 10 minutes.
STEP 5- Turn the key to the "RUN" position again for another 10 minutes.
STEP 6- Turn the key to the "OFF" position again, the immediately try to start the engine. It has never failed me.
I know it's a pain in your ***, but it will save you a costly repair when money's tight. Any questions about this, you can call a mecanic at the Pontiac GM dealer and he will probably tell you what I just tried to explain.

Jun 07, 2009 | 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT

1 Answer

Theft system


You have to take the key out for five -10 seconds after you wait ten mins in the on position. The reset does not take effect until you remove the key.

May 26, 2009 | 1998 Pontiac Grand Am

2 Answers

The key is hard to turn in the ingition to start the car.


get some wd 40 spray on key and then try again key moving key but do not start it

Jan 25, 2009 | 2001 Pontiac Sunfire

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Pontiac Sunfire Logo

205 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Pontiac Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75066 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22095 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

7754 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...