Question about 1998 Pontiac Grand Am

1 Answer

Heater Coil went out and now the car will not start.

Ok, so my heater coil blew out in my car, smoke came out of my vent, and rust colored anti freeze came in under the dash (also burning my foot, OUCH!). When it first happened (I obviously) did not realize that it had been running hot. Once it started smoking and the antifreeze came out I instantly cut the car off and coasted into a nearby parking lot. Once that happened it did not start back up!? I changed out the heater coil already, but now it won't run. I have flushed and re-filled the radiator and I KNOW I put the part back in exactly as it was before. The key will turn, and it acts as if it wants to start, but (sigh) nothing. :( It will not start. I checked the battery and its good, it just won't start. Any suggestions on what may be wrong? Thanks.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • 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.

  • Pontiac Master
  • 2,007 Answers

You may have blown a head gasket before the heater core went. In fact, that's probably what made it explode.

Posted on Jul 27, 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

There is smoke come in from the heat vents


Are you sure it's smoke? Usualy this is steam from a ruptured heater core. If so you are loosing coolant into the heater ducting and it will eventually overheat. If it is steam from a bad heater core it will smell like anti-freeze.

Jan 17, 2011 | 2005 Dodge Caravan

1 Answer

Changed thermostat after warming engine smoke started comming through air vents


heater matrix has gone renew it is the only answer ,the antifreeze has found the leak ,its a surface tension agent as well as an anti corrosion and anti freeze

Dec 27, 2010 | 2000 Dodge Neon

1 Answer

After I drive my 1999 boxter the pasenger side exterior vent smells like a radiator and vapor comes out.


This is most likely leaking anti-freeze from the heater coil. Radiator Stop-Leak may help but replacement will likely be expensive. When replacing the heater coil, don't fail to rinse the plenum thoroughly. If you don't do this you will forever smell the anti-freeze....It does not evaporate ! That's why it is used. In the thirties and forties, alcohol was the anti-freeze of the day and it boiled off rapidly....results sere seized engine blocks or frozen systems. Thanks to DuPont for Prestone. Take care, Paul

Sep 07, 2010 | 1999 Porsche Boxster

1 Answer

2000 Kia Sportage 4 x 4, NOT a Pontiac Grand Am


sounds like your heater block cracked now you probably need a new motor

Jul 27, 2009 | 1998 Pontiac Grand Am

1 Answer

Leaking anti freeze


Sound like the tube that connects your heater core to the water supply from radiator. On Fords these tube are metal and very oftern rust out and need to be replaced. This is located behind and to the right (passenger) side of the engine.

May 28, 2009 | 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

2 Answers

Ac leaks water into drivers side foot rest


I'm no mechanic, but sounds like a leaking heater coil. Does it smell like anti-freeze? Had this problem in a Grand Prix.

May 04, 2009 | 2001 Honda Civic

1 Answer

Cold weater start problem. Oil smoke in from the heater vent.


The same problem happened to me and it turned out to be my heater core.

Normally smoke will come from the heater core when it needs to be replaced.

Also the smell is most likely anti-freeze and and you normally smell it when your
engine is running warm or hot.

Check your coolant levels to be sure. and the hoses leading to your Heater Core

heater cores for that vehicle normally run $180 - $230 and you need to remove your
entire Instrument Panel (IP) (Dashboard) to replace it.

I hope this helps!

Dec 27, 2008 | 1997 Cadillac Catera

1 Answer

Heater core or coil


no, dry floor, check anti freeze pipe, if there is a leak bu a sealant at an autoshop and tape it up, top up anti freeze, re check for leaks, ya should be good to go

Aug 04, 2008 | 1986 Nissan 300ZX

1 Answer

Heater coil chevy s-10


Replace the thermostat in the engine coolant system - should be near the water pump or in the top hose to the rad. Mist in the heater vents usually means a corroded heater core, that should be replaced. Be sure to use the correct mix of anti-freeze, to keep the boiling point in the cooling system correct. Many who live in the warmer states, thing that plain water is OK, but it is NOT. Antifreeze contains corrosion inhibitors that protect the engine cooling system.

Jun 19, 2008 | 2000 Chevrolet S-10

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Pontiac Grand Am Logo

113 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Pontiac Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75117 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22095 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

7772 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...