Question about 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

1 Answer

1997 Grand Prix will not start

Grand Prix is locked in park and the key is locked in the ignition. The battery has power to the relay center. Also the interior lights do not come on when a door is in the open position. Is there a common problem solution for this issue? I have check some of the fuses but them seemed to be intact.

Posted by on

1 Answer

The same happened to me. I found out you have to have a full 12 volts in the system or your key can be locked. I would say try the connections at the battery or try another battery. Once I made sure the connection was tight at the battery the key came right out. Hope this helps

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Key stuck in ignition of 97 grand prix


If you can turn key, start it up. Shift into gear, back into park, wheels straight ahead. turn key off. See if you can get it out then by wiggling key. If your wheels are locked at an angle, it might have something to do with it. Try pulling wheel away from lock position.
Other than that, a little spray of lubricant into lock cyliinder might help. Give it a few minutes to soak in. I'm not sure if a locksmith could help, but worth a call to ask them.
If you can put key in run position, I think you would be able to remove lock cylinder. You have to pull the steering column covers off to remove cylinder. There is a procedure, pretty easy. Good luck.

Nov 06, 2011 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

1 Answer

I have a 1997 grand prix. Most days it starts. once in a while it will not start. You can sometimes rock key back and forth quickly and it will catch. But most of the time odly enough wait over night and...


When you turn the ignition key to start your car, voltage from the battery flows through the ignition switch to the Park/Neutral safety switch and/or brake pedal or clutch pedal safety switch (you have to push the pedal down before the circuit will complete) to the starter relay or solenoid. When the relay or solenoid is energized by voltage from the ignition switch circuit, it closes a contact that routes more power from the battery directly to the starter to crank the engine. The starter motor spins, pushes the starter drive gear to engage the flywheel and cranks the engine.

Low battery (Check battery voltage, recharge if low, or jump start with another vehicle or battery charger).
Loose or corroded battery cables (Inspect, clean and tighten BOTH ends of BOTH battery cables).
Bad starter relay wiring connections or ground connection (Inspect, clean, tighten wiring connections).
Bad starter relay/solenoid (Check for voltage at relay, if relay has voltage but there is no "click" when key is turned to start, replace relay).
Bad starter (Jump battery voltage direct to starter to see if it spins, or remove starter and have it bench tested at auto parts store).
Damaged starter drive or teeth on flywheel (Remove starter and inspect drive gear and flywheel teeth, replace damaged parts if necessary).
Bad ignition switch (Check to see if voltage reaches starter relay/solenoid when turn to start. If not, check for open P/N switch and brake or clutch pedal switch. Replace ignition switch if defective).
Open P/N safety switch, or open Brake Pedal Safety Switch (automatic transmission) or open Clutch Pedal Switch (manual transmission). Bypass switch with jumper wire to see if engine cranks, or use test light or voltmeter to check for voltage passing through switch when ignition is turned to start.
Engine seized due to bearing failure or internal damage (Use socket and long handle to see if engine can be turned by hand, if not engine is locked up).
Engine hydrolocked due to coolant leak from leaky head gasket (Use socket and wrench to see if engine rotates, remove spark plugs and see if coolant comes out or engine can not be cranked with plugs out).

Jul 14, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

3 Answers

Ignition will not release the key. I tried moving wheel and gearshift but it refuses to come out! Ignition still works, but darn key feels loose but will not pull out.


This is a common problem with newer GM vehicles, either the key wont go in or the key won't come out. It should be a recall, I don't think there has been a bulletin on it. The key/ignition switch needs to be replaced. If you're worried about security because the doors wont lock with the key in the ignition, you can disconnect the battery and lock the doors manually.

Jun 05, 2010 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix

1 Answer

1997 pontiac grand prix key won t turn ignition


well does the key go in does it turn to the start pos? if the dash dost power up its because the switch is bad if it will power up but not start it can be becuse of the resitor chip depends on what is going on if you cant get power its becuse of the switch

May 06, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

3 Answers

Can not remove the ignition key


well the problem is that the key lock actuator is not getting the power from either the shifter switch in the center column or bad ignition switch or bad actuator. you will have to check power at the ignition switch. white wire is the wire that supplies the shifter switch with power

Sep 12, 2009 | 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix

2 Answers

Replaced ignition cylinderw/key but the key dosnt come out


sounds like the cable is not latched in properly

Jun 21, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

1 Answer

1997 Grand Prix Key stuck in ignition


A simple way to make your car secure without removing the key is ti run a wire from the positive side of the coil to a good quality toggle switch that you can mount in a discreet location (possibly somewhere easily accessable) then run a wire from the other side of the toggle switch to a metal surface ,and attache the wire with a small sheet metal screw, when you flip the switch to the on position it will ground out the coil thus preventing the engine from starting. Another way is to buy a battery cable with a switch already installed, but that is a real pain to turn on and off as you must open the hood of your vehicle to activate the switch
In my opinion the toggle switch is easy and cheap to do . It creates a theft proof system for very little money or work

Jun 01, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

5 Answers

Diagram on a pontiac grand prix


Ignition Switch GM Century/Lumina/Grand Prix/Intrigue 1997-2000 The vehicles covered by this guide use one of two types of ignition switches:
  • A mechanical key and lock cylinder built into the steering column, that works a pull rod to actuate the separate electrical portion of the ignition switch mounted further down the steering column. For more information and replacement procedures on this type of switch, please see .
  • An instrument panel-mounted ignition switch is also used on some W-Body vehicles. To service this switch, the radio, heater & A/C control panel and the instrument cluster must be removed. All of these procedures are found elsewhere in this section.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Instrument Panel-Mounted Ignition Switch
WARNING You must perform the Body Control Module (BCM) theft deterrent relearn procedure after replacement of the ignition lock cylinder. Failure to perform this relearn procedure means the BCM will not function properly. This means the vehicle will not be theft protected by the Passlock system and the engine may not crank or start. GM recommends that this procedure be performed with their Tech 2® or equivalent scan tool. An alternate relearn procedure is given at the end of this procedure.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the radio assembly following the procedures found in this section.
  3. Remove the heater & A/C control head assembly following the procedures found in this section.
  4. Remove the instrument cluster assembly following the procedures found in this section.
  5. Detach the electrical connectors from the ignition switch.
  6. Insert the key and turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the ACC position.
  7. Depress the transaxle park/lock cable retainer to release, then pull to remove the cable from the ignition switch.
NOTE You must perform the Body Control Module theft deterrent relearn procedure after replacement of the ignition lock cylinder.
  1. If it is necessary to remove the ignition lock cylinder from the ignition switch (theft damage, etc.), use the following procedure:
    1. Insert the key and turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the ON position.
    2. Using a small flat-bladed tool, depress and hold the lock cylinder retaining tab.
    3. Using the key as an aid, pull to remove the ignition switch lock cylinder from the switch.
    4. Remove the key from the lock cylinder.
    5. Carefully pull to release the ignition switch bezel from the ignition switch lock cylinder.
  2. Remove the ignition switch bracket bolts and remove the ignition switch through the instrument panel cluster opening.
  3. Remove the bolts retaining the ignition switch to the bracket and remove the bracket.
0900c15280090fea.jpgRemoving an instrument panel-mounted ignition switch assembly—1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue shown, others similar To install:
  1. Install the ignition switch to its bracket and install the bolts. Install the ignition switch into position through the instrument panel cluster opening and install the bracket retaining bolts.
  2. If removed, install the ignition switch lock cylinder to the ignition switch using the following procedure:
    1. Recode the lock cylinder, if necessary.
    2. Align the ignition switch bezel to the tabs on the ignition switch lock cylinder and carefully press to secure in place.
    3. Insert the key and turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the ON position.
    4. Align the ignition switch lock cylinder to the ignition switch, then press into place.
  3. Turn the key to the ACC position. Align and press into place the transaxle park/lock cable to the ignition switch. Remove the key from the switch.
  4. Attach the electrical connectors to the ignition switch.
  5. Install the instrument cluster using the procedures found in this section.
  6. Install the heater & A/C control panel using the procedures found in this section.
  7. Install the radio assembly using the procedures found in this section.
  8. Connect the negative battery cable.
  9. If the lock cylinder was removed, perform the BCM Programming/RPO Configuration procedure.
THEFT DETERENT RE-LEARN—WITHOUT TECH 1®SCAN TOOL
This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. Make sure the battery is fully charged before proceeding.
  1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
  2. Turn the ignition switch all the way from the OFF to the START position, then leave it in the ON position. The engine will not crank.
  3. The SECURITY light should come on and stay on for at lease ten minutes.
  4. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position for five seconds.
  5. Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 again for a second time.
  6. Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 again for a third time.
  7. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
  8. Turn the ignition switch all the way to the START position. The engine should now start.

Sep 09, 2008 | 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix

1 Answer

2002 chevy trailblazer


i have the same problem i think its a saftey hazzard when i went to start my car it was dead and the key would not come out and i couldnt shift it in (N) to move it even the button that u push to shift out of park didnt work

Jul 27, 2008 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix

Not finding what you are looking for?
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Logo

107 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Pontiac Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

60667 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21936 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

6811 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...