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1997 Pontiac Sunfire 5 speed 2.2 L engine What would cause starter to stay engaged trying to turn car over even when key is not in ignition?

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The starter solenoid became magnetized.This does not happen often but have had it happen on a personal vehicle.I had to replace the starter and it took care of the issue.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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    Jonathan S Sep 09, 2010

    Does this have a remote starter by any chance?

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Most likely short in starter armature or stuck solenoid. starter replacement either way.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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    you're welcome *******. ******** too. go pay someone with an IQ higher than yours (say 50 or so) to fix it for you...

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    the_nicky_d Feb 25, 2013

    i have a brand new starter in my 99 sunfire only 1 month old and its stuck engaged, with or without key, what should i do

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The soloinoid is getting power from somewhere to enable starter to try to start vehicle. Could be a short to the starter.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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