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99 pontiac sunfire that won't engage the starter. have replaced the battery, starter, and ignition switch. once in a great while you can get it to start. any easy way to tell if it is the neutral safety switch or ignition lock cylinder?? "nothing happens when you turn the key to turn the motor over" all interior and exterior lights and etc. work, but when you turn the key to start the motor all interior lights go off.

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Voltage drop testing the starter circuit . Bad connection , battery cables etc.....
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It sounds like there is a short in the switch that turns the interior lights on beside the headlight switch. You might be able to get a switch after market from your local auto parts store. Possibly with it being an 01, it would be a dealer item. Try calling parts store/dealer to see if you can locate one. Hope this is helpful. Please rate. Thanks

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SOURCE: 2001 pontiac sunfire wont start

I have had the exact same problem. There is an ignition lock that probably went off. There is a fuse box under the hood. The fuse that says ignition on it pull it out and put it back in. This should reset the ignition lock. Its a safety feature because the car thinks that someone was trying to tamper with it.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

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Replce the Starter Relay in the Fuse Box under the Hood.

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SOURCE: 1995 pontiac grand prix se neutral safley switch

this is part of the gear position switch on top of the trans where the shift linkage connects, it is mounted over the selector post that sticks out of the trans. Here is a picture.
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Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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i have been having problems with my 2001 pontiac grand am se 2.4 it has been jerking n skipping i put it on a comp at advanced auto parts i got this reading map\boro\circut high output and torque converter circut stuck on i need to know what the problems r and how to fix them i think the first one is a map sensor but i dont know about the torque converter circut can someobne help me i am gonna try n save some money and fix it myself if i can find out what these r and how to go about fixingt them

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