Question about 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
Normally - when starting a vehicle - all electronics shut off to avoid surges and damage to sensitive equipment.
it is likely (since you are hearing the click of the starter relay and/or solenoid of the starter... that the starter itself is bad.
Sometimes tapping it with a hammer or screwdriver is enough to get it off a dead spot on the armature.
You can test with a multimeter at the solenoid and power wire of the starter.
If both have 12VDC - the starter is toast.
Give it a try.
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Posted on Jul 14, 2010
I agree with the above solution, and it is definitely the most likely one by far. I have a set of personal experiences with a similar issue on my Grand Prix, although you didn't say if your lights ever came back on (which could slightly change the situation).
I had the same problem after replacing the alternator on my 2002 Grand Prix SE, but my lights would permanently go off (or at least do so for a few hours).
Knowing that my alternator had gone bad, my first instinct was that it took my battery with it. The first time I took the battery in, it read fine. When I took it in a second time, it had a couple very slightly (almost not noticeable) voltage aberrations. One new battery, the car runs perfectly!
Other than battery, the starter solenoid is a likely candidate. It would also be worthwhile to check all of your fuses.
Also double check your groundwire coming off of the battery. Make sure it is firmly attached to the frame and that this area hasn't become corroded. If so, clean it with some baking soda and re-attach. It would also be worthwhile to check the terminals on the battery itself.
The only thing I can think of other than a ground issue, the starter, or the battery being bad, is an issue around one of your fuses, or a fusible link being blown. A fusible link is a wire that litterally contains a fuse within it, and these can be a real nightmare to track down on that car.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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