wont start on 2001 Pontiac Grand Am

ive replaced the battery, and the starter, after i started the car i ran it for about 20 minutes, then i turned it off and tryed to start it and all it does is click once and it wont start, i dont know what else to look into? im stumped by the way it ran then it wouldnt?

by in Grand Junction, CO on February 27, 2009
3 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by on February 27, 2009
Make sure the connections at the battery are clean. It is very common for corrosion to build up on the cable ends. Disconnect the battery and look at the cable ends. Clean any corrosion with a wire brush and try again.
COMMENT by on February 28, 2009
ive also tried to clean the battery connections and checked the grounds still no luck
COMMENT by on February 28, 2009
Make sure the clicking you here is comming from the starter. Try to confirm that 12v is getting to the starter on the purple wire. Also, make sure the engine will turn over by had - put a wrench on the crankshaft bolt and try to turn the engine over. If the starter is clicking and the engine will turn over by hand then I would suspect your new starter is faulty.
ANSWER by on March 04, 2009
Mine did the same thing and we tried everything. Come to find out it was the security on the car that was doing it. I had to turn the key half way and you will see the engine light blinking and then you have to wait 15 minutes until the engine light is not blinking and try to start it. it should work. If it don't write me again I might have not explained it good enough. Hope it works
COMMENT by on March 07, 2009
i took it to a shop they said that possibly the 3rd starter is bad and that the cable from the alternator to the starter is giving 12v but they said it might not be wired right but we had switched the wires and the battery started to smoke, i told the shop not to fix it, i will have to try the security but i dont understand why the battery is draining so fast
COMMENT by on September 08, 2010
My car was doing the same exact thing..It ran well..turn it off then wouldnt turn on agian and sometimes it would turn on but each time it was draining my battery..Found out it was a problem with the ignition transaxle lock.The key should only come out while in park mode,Test it to see if your key comes out with each lever position while holding the brakes down, if it does than thats the broblem. It should only come out on park mode. This is also reason for batter drainage.
ANSWER by on December 13, 2009
it is a starter issue and it is caused by low voltage.this is a common issue with these starters
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