1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Q&A
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Question: car won`t start
hey how did u fix this my car is doing the same right now please help me I am a single mother and need to get to work - Visitor
car won`t start also key is stuck in inition - Visitor
my car would stall and then start after a while but then it stopped and nothing.. dead I had lights radio but no crank - my son came over and he put his foot on brake thinking it was not in park good enough sometimes that is the problem and it was dead. he checked out my battery my starter with a testor then he got two wires hooked 1 to the starter and one to the cylnoid and touched the two wires together at the other end. lots of tries and it started. ran good. he then killed it and tried to start it with the key dead nothing again. so he again just to make sure PUT HIS FOOT ON BRAKE.( SOME CARS WONT START UNLESS YOU PUT FOOT ON BRAKE) TOOK IT out of park put it in nuetral and back into park and it started--- he said it was my NUETRAL SAFETY SWITCH needed replacing/all that checking and that is what it was/ it cost 29.99 for the part/ note: the auto parts will check the starter and cylnoid to see if its good for free - ctatum
The not starting issue could be a number of things. I suggest trying to start it in neutral, test your battery, try the solenoid thing that the other user explained, test your starter and test your alternator, all of these tests can be done at your local shop you just have to remove the parts and take them which is relatively simple, buy a repair manual based off of a complete tear down and rebuild, it will tell you how to remove and replace all the parts. It will also offer troubleshooting tips for common problems (not starting etc...). Haynes puts out decent manuals for cheap. Pontiacs are notorious for the keys getting locked in the ignition, I have a 97 and a 2001 and they both do this. I can help with the key issue definitely. On your steering column, there is a rubber plate looking thing on the right side,tilt your steering column to its uppermost point and remove the rubber plate. Look in the lower right corner of the hole where the rubber was taken off and you will notice a silver or copper piece of tube attached to a white plastic casing. Grab a pen and and put it under the metal tube and then push upward on it. It presses like a button, this will release the key from the locked position. This works every time the key gets stuck in either car. - Visitor
where in the ---- is answer?? - Visitor
Put the car in Park. lol - Visitor
its the security system and the only thing u can do is get a new ignition. - Visitor
my vehicle did the same thing, it was a loose battery terminal! - Visitor
the battery is dead and the reason the key wont come out is because of the electronic ignition just give the car some power and the key will come out - Visitor
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