Question about 2003 Pontiac Grand Am
Failure-to-start scenarios are often an issue of "fuel or spark?"
To check fuel pump, install a fuel pressure gauge on the Shrader valve connector on the
fuel rail, reading ???? - I couldn't find the spec for nominal fuel pressure.....
One good source of diagnostic info is your car's computer - commect an OBD-II code
reader to your car's OBD-II port and ask the car what it thinks it wrong - its capable of
posting 100s of possible error codes, any number of which would/could implicate a fuel
system component. Here a (very) short list of possible computer codes your car's computer
may currently be posting:
error code meaning
P0107 MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor - low input (to computer)
P0108 MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor - high input (to computer)
P0122 TP (throttle position) sensor - low input (to computer)
P0123 TP (throttle position) sensor - high input (to computer)
P0171 fuel system lean
P0172 fuel system rich
P0201 fuel injector 1 control circuit malfunction
P0202 fuel injector 2 control circuit malfunction
P0203 fuel injector 3 control circuit malfunction
P0204 fuel injector 4 control circuit malfunction
P0300 multiple engine misfire detected
P0301 cylinder 1 misfire detected
P0302 cylinder 2 misfire detected
P0303 cylinder 3 misfire detected
P0304 cylinder 4 misfire detected
P0336 CPS (crankshaft position sensor) range/performance
P06xx control module (computer) failure
Possible bad parts:
TP (throttle position) sensor - Duralast TPS172 $51.99 at www.autozone.com
Fuel pressure regulator:
Fuel rail (supply manifold) and fuel injectors:
Could also be dying fuel pump relay - Duralast 19264 $14.99 at www.autozone.com.
I don't work for Autozone.com - just convenient info for some cars.
Autozone.com will expect you to register (free) to access their repair guide database (which has pictures - especially helpful for finding sensors).
Posted on Oct 25, 2010
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