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2001 Grand Am

tkuric tkuric
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 01/28/07
11:57 AM

2001 Grand Am wont start after running out of fuel. I've added gas, but it still wont start. Are there any tricks I can try to get it started.  I do not have the money to take it to  a technician, but my father is a mechanic.  And he has tried and cant getit to start.  Please HELP I need advise ASAP!!!!  

nickb2 nickb2
Guru | Posts: 816 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 01/28/07
07:51 PM

Are you sure that it ran out of gas?  Do you have fuel pressure? If so what is it...Do you have injector pulse?  Running a newer car out of gas is not like the old days, there is no more vapor lock due to high pressure fuel systems.  My guess is running the tank so low damaged the fuel pump, but make sure you have the power and ground at the pump.  (Fuel is used to cool the fuel pump and running your tank low is hard on the pump and if you do this often which I am guessing you do since you actually ran out of gas then this prolonged damaged finnaly took out the pump)But be sure to do all the no start checks first...Your father the mechanic needs to find a new line of work if you cant figure out a simple no start

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New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 04/07
Posted: 04/02/07
02:03 PM

Does your car make the noise like it's going to start but it just doesn't turn over?  If it does... this happened to me once about 2 years ago, I have the same car.  I ran out of gas then it wouldn't start.  So I read the manual front to back and came across this section called the Passlock system.. if your security light is blinking while your key is in the 'on' position (and your car is not running) leave your key in the 'on' position for ten minutes, and if your security light goes off after exactly ten minutes, take the key out of your ignition and put it back in and try to start it and VOILA! it will start.  Now we may not have the same problem, but that is very very common in the pontiac grand am, and mine is in the shop right now because if you do that too much, your body control module will fail & you will have to replace the lock cylinder & the body control module, which is VERY very expensive, and probably more than the car is even worth.
If it's  the first time it's done this, it will do it frequently for a short period of time and then be fine for a month and then start all over.
Trade it in before you have to spend $600 to replace the BCM.
If you have an O'Reilly's or an AutoZone they will do a diagnostic test for free... that is if you can get it there Smile

However, if it doesn't even make a noise like it's going to start, or it clicks or something.. that's probably not the problem.
I hope you got your issue resolved by now though.. I just saw the date on that post.  

New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 04/07
Posted: 04/02/07
02:08 PM

ALSO, if your car starts but dies right away and keeps doing that, it might be the problem I am getting fixed right now, which is still the security system & you have to get the BCM & LC replaced (or that's what they said at the dealership, however I am a girl and they think they can hassle me pretty easily I suppose..)
but I figure everyone who owns this car should know.
They should do a *** recall on the passlock system.

here's a little article on that, too...
(PRWEB) February 21, 2005 -- If you own a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, you'd better hope you're not stuck somewhere bad when this hits: You go to start your car, and the engine cranks, but it seems like your out of gas, and won't start. Numbers of people then have the car towed to a shop, only to find that the car easily starts after being towed, but no cause is ever found.

The problem is that the RKE (remote keyless entry) system has a defect in it that causes car not to start. As of now there is no recall on the passlock systems. As for a fix, the experts are honestly not sure.

To reset the computerized system, put key in the ignition and leave it in 'On' position for about ten minutes. Then turn it off, and try - it should start then. Warning: continued resetting of the computer this way will eventually damage computer and will cost lots to replace/fix.  

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