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1997 pontiac won't stay on

My 1997 pontiac grand am turns off immediatly after starting all lights come on including the anti theft light i have already changed the fuel filter and problem still pursist. i continued cranking it over and eventually it stayed on however it turned on and off for a few days, i am afraid the problem will pursist again. Having the same probs.Will start then shut off.Start , shut off. When it finally does stay on , all idiot lights flash on and the guages go dead ( except for the speedometer and the gas guage). Then all goes back to normal with the lights off, and the guages work. Flash on, flash off.Mechanic has spent hours trying to figure this out and I cannot afford for him to continue without a valid and viable solution.
Can someone help asap? T.T.

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  • cowtrix2002 Jul 10, 2008

    Just a quick note. I added to the previous person's blog. My notes begin at "HAVING THE SAME PROBS".

    Could someone please help? T.T.

  • downbeatz Jul 24, 2008

    When I try to start my 1997 Grand Am, the same thing happens. My anti-theft light continually blinks. I have to wait for it to stop blinking before I canstart my car. This can take up to fifteen minutes. If I try to start it while it's blinking, I have to wait longer. My mechanic can't figure it out. Does anyone know the answer?

  • bking86 Aug 04, 2008

    the car starts and idles rough. sometimes it dies quick and other times it will stay running for a little while but sounds terrible. the check engine light and the ets light stays on. what could this be. new coils were put in and still the same thing.

  • abbie123621 Dec 18, 2008

    I ahve a 97 grand am, what a pain this car has been. the anti theft light comes on and i can not start the car. What is the anser, i wish i could dis conncet it. Deb



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I had the same prob. w my 97 grand am. i bought a new ignition switch and installed it...after installing you have to reset the theft system. all you have to do to reset is turn the key far enough for it to bump the motor over then leave the key in the run position for about ten to twenty minutes...might hook bat. to charger cause if it dies in process you have to start all over...the theft light will either blink then stay on or go out completly....

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