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Engine Turns Over, Will Not Start

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 2 of 4)

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Typical Repair Cost:
$418.00
Average Mileage:
114,926 miles
Total Complaints:
80 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (53 reports)
  2. reset security system (8 reports)
  3. put key in on position for 10mins-turned off-then turned on (5 reports)
  4. clean and tighten battery terminals (3 reports)
  5. bang on gas tank (2 reports)
  6. cam shaft sensor replaced (2 reports)
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #60

Nov 212010

Grand Am SE1

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

For a few days I was having trouble getting the car to start. It would take me 5 to 10 times cranking the key before it started but once it started, it ran great. Then it started to stall out every once in a while. I'd crank the key once and it would start again. Then one day it would not start at all. I replaced the crank sensor and then the car ran perfect for a day and a half. then it stalled out in the middle of the road, almost like the key had been ripped out of the ignition. I managed to start it again, only to have it stall once again (but luckily) in my yard. now it's been sitting there for weeks and i have replaced everything i can think of toget it to start. New battery, cam censor, spark plugs, coil pack, plastice coil pack casing, two crank censors, you name it, but it still will not start. I checked the coil pack and realized it was not getting any spark to the plugs. I began to think before that that it was a fuel problem so i purchased a fuel filter thinking the filter was clogged, but the fuel would not cause the coil pack to not spark so it must be something electrical. I'm however, completely out of things to replace (at least that i know of).

- , Pownal, VT, USA

problem #59

Nov 222010

Grand Am SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,563 miles

I just got this car finance and the car lot will put me in another car. I can not believe this, but they did tell me they did not want put me in another car after I signed the paper, I was told this was a good car the engine was strong, I drove it around all day until I got home in my drive way. it will not start, it sounds like it want to, but want. wow what is going on. I check on other cars to get, but all have problem from engine to fuel pump I need a horse to drive.

I believe they are making these cars to fail to get all of my damn money omg. There should be a law again the car makers.All these cars now is a piece of sh*t. I had cars from Volvo to Saturn's, It could be buying cars in big cities wear and tears. Please someone tell me what is going on here.

- , Buford, GA, USA

problem #58

Oct 012010

Grand Am SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

Thanks to finding this Site--We were able to FIX the car Ourselves

- , Haines City, FL, USA

problem #57

Sep 092010

Grand Am SE 3.4

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2001 grand am it would also turn over and not start so I gave it a tune up. New plugs and wires. Well nothing changed so I looked it over and noticed there wasn't any fuel getting to the engine. So I changed the fuel filter and pump and still nothing. It's like no power is getting to the fuel pump. Now I'm going to try turning the key in the on position for ten minutes but quite frankly I'm fed up with this car and would be nice if GM would man up and do whats right. We all trusted them to put a reliable vehicle out - that's why I bought a grand am but man was I wrong.

- , Huntington, IN, USA

problem #56

Nov 012010

Grand Am 4 2.4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

So I bought this car in february of this year and never had any problems with it. I have a remote to the car and can start the car with this remote, well this morning I am trying to start it with the remote and it wouldn't start it turned over but wouldn't start, so I walked out to the car to start it and again it would turn over like it wanted to start but wouldn't. It acted like it was out of gas so I thought maybe it was my fuel pump but when I turned the key I could hear it kick on. I got on here to see if this was a common problem for this car and seen all the posts from people having the same issue, someone had posted to leave the key in the ON position for 10 mins and it will reset the system and start so I did that and it worked, but I'm worried about how long that will work and if i should stop using my remote to even unlock the doors ? Ive read that people get stranded and I cant have that happen. Any advice on this quick fix will be appreciated.

- , South Beloit, IL, USA

problem #55

Sep 262010

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,439 miles

I AM REALLY RATTLED. LIKE LEGIT ! PONTIAC IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF SHEIT IVE EVER HADDDD I HOPE IT BURNS DOWN IN FLAMES GO FCUK URSELLFFFF

- , Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

problem #54

Sep 102010

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

well i was doing normal driving and i stop get get something to eat, come back out and then my car wont start first i check the normal things i.e. gas i was good. i knew that it wasn't my battery because it was trying to turn over but acting like it had no gas. so i got mad i have already put over 8,000 into this car because of other problems and this sh*t happened. i changed out my spark plugs and still the same thing. i heard about Toyota how they had a recall on some of there parts .i didnt know what to do and then i check Google which took me here to this website . with very helpful tips. i read about half of them and didn't think, that something like this was possible. GM should definitely do something about this. Thanks everyone for your tips

- , Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #53

Jun 082010

Grand Am 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,840 miles

i have 2001 pontiac grand am 3.4 liter engine and the crank sensor keeps going out i have replaced it 4 times and again the same thing is there something shorting them out plz he me or could it be this passlock everybodt is talking about i have seen my security light come on a few times but when i replace the crank sensor it will start and run for a week 3 months or 3 days...

- , Mount Carbon, WV, USA

problem #52

May 222010

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,059 miles

I have had nothing but problems with this car. Before I had overheating, now the piece of crap won't start and I just made my last car payment. I had a fuel pump,3 fuel injectors and a computer put on it new spark plugs costing over $500.00 . It was worked on and ran for 3 days after I bought four new tires and had a front and back alignment this piece of crap wouldn't start when I stopped at the store and that's where it is still sitting at the store. I am going to try getting another key without the chip and see

- , Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #51

Jun 052010

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,740 miles

have the same problem here the security light was blinking but ive tried the 10 minutes reset and it works thanks for the info guys.

- , Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

problem #50

Mar 192010

Grand Am SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 169,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This web site probably saved me a ton of money trying to figure out what was wrong with my car. It was turning over, but just wouldn't start! A couple of times it would catch and start, but then it would shut right back off. I thought i was going to have to have it towed to a dealer or something. Luckily, i Google it and got this website, and sure enough, I wasn't the only one having this problem. I followed the advice from others with the same problem. I turned the key to on for 10 minutes, turned it off, and then it started right up. What a relief, thanks to everyone for saving me a bundle!!

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #49

Mar 052010

Grand Am GT 1 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. I bought it in 2003. had 60,000 miles on it. it did have a oil pan leak, which the dealer did repair. 2-3 months later had to take it to a Pontiac garage for a recall issue (don't recall what it was,something small) I found out at that time that the engine had coolant leaking on the head gaskets. I was so angry. Noticed oil was leaking into the coolant plastic tank. Car didn't start one day 2 winters ago. Had it towed to a garage and again they found the same problem, $1,200 to fix before they would go any further. Never did find out why It wouldn't turn over. One month later, car wouldn't turn over. Again it was towed, to a different garage that burned me out of $800.00, to only tell me they noticed a leak again. It was a nightmare. The car started right up for this garage. Just talking about it, is very upsetting. The first costly repair was under a warranty, so I took it back to them. I ended up after they took it apart, paying them an extra $250 for them to finish the repair. I've had problems with the security light coming on every once in a awhile. And now the darn thing will not turn over.

- , Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #48

Feb 192010

Grand Am GX 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

Grand Am would turn over but not fire/start. Happened once and got it towed but started for mechanic. Month later same but had spark detector tool ($9 at Sears) and fuel pressure gauge ($15 at Auto Zone). Used the tool to detect spark on all 6 cylinders and gauge on valve by power steering pump on fuel rail. Had spark and 58 pressure rating. Called dealer and sure enough, 10 minutes on, off, and then start ignition and engine ran. Dealer wants $100 to read code (not from ODBC plug) and then fix. I am going to see how many more times this 10 minute fix works and then maybe take it in if it fails. Dealer knew 10 minute fix right away when I told him I had spark and fuel pressure. I dont know that dealer knows fix....am skeptical.

- , Meno Falls, WI, USA

problem #47

Jun 012009

Grand Am SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

I own a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am....last summer I ran an errand & when I got back into my car it wouldn't turn over.....had to have it towed....thanks to my neighbor he found this issue on the internet with the PassLock Security anti-theft problem effecting many models of Pontiac....we also found many complaints about this issue.....Pontiac is very aware of the problem and refuses to fix it.....SO WHO ELSE BESIDES ME IS PISSED OFF ENOUGH TO GET TOGETHER AND FILE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST PONTIAC FOR SOMETHING THAT SHOULD OF BEEN RECALLED MANY MOONS AGO. PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL if you have had enough of being bullied by these huge companies taking advantage of small folks like us. By the way my car is now sitting in my garage not starting and the security light won't turn off no matter what I do and I am fed up and not willing to dish out any more money....a fuel pump was one of the so-called fixes I had done....like many of you I've been taken to the cleaners on repairs that have nothing to do with the real problem......Email Me & let's see what we can do together as a whole....United We Stand.....has more meaning now......thanks for reading and please take a stand with me.....

- , Elgin, IL, USA

problem #46

Dec 162009

Grand Am 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

This is the second time I've had a similar issue with this car. I purchased it used a couple of years ago and except for brakes, oil and tires, I haven't had any other issues. Last time, I had the car towed to a AAA Firestone and they replaced a computer chip, stating it was a security chip that went bad. This time the car would crank but wouldn't start, just before Christmas. I had promised the car to my sister to use when she visited for the holiday, but since it wouldn't start, I asked my neighbors, one of whom works as a mechanic at a dealership, look at the car, they tried starting it with starter spray and got a sputter out of it, but no start. We ended up draining the battery and I decided to let the car sit until after the Christmas holiday because we had relatives visiting and too much going on.

This morning we had the AAA come and tow it to the Firestone and it cost just under $100 for them the reset the security system and charge the battery. They had it running in just a few minutes. This is absolutely ridiculous. I think that we all should band together, those of us whom have experienced similar problems, and file lawsuits in small claims court against the manufacturer for our bills, as this is definitely some sort of defect. I'm going to see if I can find the number or contact information for Pontiac first and notify them of my claim before filing, and see if they intend to pay my bill. If not I will file my small claims lawsuit. I suggest that everyone else do the same. At the very least, it will cost GM quite a bit of money to pay an attorney to show up at each proceeding to fight each claim. Certainly it will be less money for them to pay off each claim and/or fix each vehicle than to pay an attorney each time someone files a lawsuit.

- , Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #45

Sep 062009

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,700 miles

My daughter drives her 2001 pontiac home from work and everything is fine. She gets up the next morning goes out to start the car. It turns over but won't start, fuel gauge doesn't move pass E and the radio will not come on. it seems as if it's out of gas. I put 4 gallons from my can in the car, still nothing. im told something about the security system my have it locked out. I here the fuel put pressurizing, but nothing else is going on.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #44

May 012009

Grand Am SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

REPLACED FUEL FILTER, ALTERNATOR, BATTERY. CAR WILL RUN FOR A WHILE AND WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT WILL NOT START. I WAS TOLD THAT IT IS PROBABLE THE PASSLOCK SYSTEM, BECAUSE THE SECURITY LIGHT COMES ON AND SOMETIMES STAYS ON. I LIVE FAR FROM MY JOB, AND OVER THE LAST 4 MONTHS HAVE LOST INCOME BECAUSE I CAN'T GET THERE. I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY A NEW CAR. THIS PASSLOCK PROBLEM HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR GRAND AM OWNERS, THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL TO FIX THE PROBLEM. I AM SO DISTRESSED OVER THIS PROBLEM. I AM AT WORK RIGHT NOW AND DON'T HAVE A WAY HOME. I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I CAN GET TO WORK NEXT WEEK. I MAY HAVE TO QUIT MY JOB. GM RECALL THESE CARS AND FIX THE PROBLEM.

- , Bristol, CT, USA

problem #43

Jun 062009

Grand Am SE 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

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engine turns over, will not start

well...here's the problem, my wife bought a PONTIAC!!! really though, the car cranks but wont start! everything in the ignition system works and the fuel pump works(i heard it sending fuel), but i cant get it to start! so i'm not going to replace a working fuel pump, but i dont know how to get the car to start. i've heard that it can be a security thing, but i dont know for sure. anyone have any suggestions? oh....and I HATE PONTIACS!!!!

- , Spencer, IN, USA

problem #42

Jul 152009

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Just happened to me the other day. Wife called and her car wouldn't start. Security light has been on and off last 6 months or so but never killed the car. Always turned off upon next start up. Yesterday it would turn over fine, cough and sputter, then never fire. Took it to a dealer and they said it was Passlock and a new ignition was required at the tune of $525. After reading some of the posts on here, i will be driving down there tomorrow to try the 10min fix, then driving across the street to CarMax and see what they offer. It may not even come home sad to say but i just put $500 in new tires in it and i don't want to spend another $1000 for a car that will only get $3-$4k if im lucky on trade in. Will update tomorrow. Recall for sure.

- , Frisco, TX, USA

problem #41

Jun 182009

Grand Am 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I've had the same problem with my '01 grand am over the last year or so. Everytime it won't start, I have it towed - once it arrives at the shop, it starts and I drive away. I have now used up all my AAA tows. I have noticed the SECURITY light comes on randomly, but have not had the chance to try the 10sec retest, though it would make sense since it starts after being towed at least 10miles. Aside from not starting, great car.....

- , Tujunga, CA, USA

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