car won`t start on 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

car won`t start competely dead also key is stuck and won`t come out ???

by in Hacienda Heights, CA on August 01, 2010
9 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by on August 01, 2010
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
COMMENT by on October 17, 2010
my car also did this... it was a loose battery terminal!
ANSWER by on August 02, 2010
car won`t start also key is stuck in inition
ANSWER by on August 07, 2010
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
COMMENT by on December 20, 2010
ps/ my son found the original problem.... needed-NEW KEY SWITCH for only 15.00/NOTE: BUT HAD to take the first key switch back it wouldnt work.. it had a malfunction /the second key switch worked /PROBLEM SOLVED'as with any electronic part --sometimes they are just manufactured wrong.. my son said I know Im doing this right I said maybe it was manufactured bad. and we took it back and got a new one and that was it.
ANSWER by on August 07, 2010
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.
COMMENT by on December 20, 2010
thanks for the info
ANSWER by on August 09, 2010
where in the ---- is answer??
ANSWER by on September 02, 2010
Put the car in Park. lol
ANSWER by on September 16, 2010
its the security system and the only thing u can do is get a new ignition.
COMMENT by on December 06, 2010
You dont need new ignition. Its a feature that Pontiac and probably other GM cars. Its caused by low voltage such as a dead or weak batt. i found out the hard way and ripped my key out and i had to replace the tumbler, just beacause my batt. was dead Like the one poster said take the rubber piece out then you can release for the key to come out.
ANSWER by on October 17, 2010
my vehicle did the same thing, it was a loose battery terminal!
ANSWER by on December 18, 2010
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
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