Hi i just bought a 1996 pontiac grand am i have had it for a couple of months and it ran fine overheated on occasions but now it has died and won't start when i try to start it it acts like it wants to start for a second but doesn't can you help me please what could it be
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repairpal.com > Problems > Pontiac > Grand Prix Engine Stall Or No Start Condition on Pontiac Grand Prix. The fuel pump may fail ...No codes thrown... The car finally died on 8th avenue and 30th street in Manhattan. ...1996 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.1L V6138,920Visitor. My car just decided it ...
If its the 3.1L it could be your intake manifold gasket , the material used for the gasket does not react well with GM's Dex-Cool antifreeze. The leak may not be apparent at first, but I would pressure test the cooling system. If you look at the front of the motor by the belts , try to peek down at the intake manifold and check for slight seapage to an obvious leak.
If its either of the Quad-4's they were notorious for heads warping or cracking.
I have a 1996 Pontiac Firebird with the 3.8 L V6, and have had problems until I replaced the DexCool (it's never ran so good!) However relating to your problem, there was a class action lawsuit regaurding the 1996 GMC/BUICK/PONTIAC 3.1 L engine, due to DexCool destroying the engine/heads/etc. Follow the link - I do not know all of the details, but it may be worth checking out. 1996 was the first year that DexCool was used at GM.
Hope it helps. http://www.dexcoolsettlement.com/