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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 06-03-2004, 05:28 PM   #11
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Do you hear a loud click when you turn the key? Had similar problem if you did.. 3 things to check..

1st.. like everyone stated.. check the wiring for the battery and the starter.. ( mine was a lose positive courtesy of a stripped battery bolt )

2nd.. check the starter solenoid.. mine was going.. and had to jump it twice manually and it would fire up.. once was in the ghetto of Scarberia ( for those of you Ontarioneans ) surprise the cop didn't think I was stealing the car.. $50 for labour and part



3rd.. when it clicks.. how long does the security light stay on for? Just wondering if it could be.. err.. never mind.. Vital beat me to it
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my dad said somethign about the key too, but i just got a new key 2 months ago and this started a month ago. will they replace my key for free (the dealership) you think?

starter solenoid (solidnoid= the connector plug thingy, i assume) and battery lines... ill check those. anythign else?
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ok so i caleld the pontiac dealer and they say its most likelysoemthing with the starter ($400 parts and labor ) and mot likely not the battery or ignition housing and stuff with the key.

are starters hard to install on bonnes and where could i get a cheap one?
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Neutral Safety switch? It went on my GFs old car and would give her intermittent starts.

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Does the security light stay on after you turn the key?
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My 91 Lumina Euro 3.1 did that for about a year and finally left me standed. I replaced the starter (about a 3 hr job on that car.......you have to take off the oil filter just to jiggle it out!!!) and it never did it again of course I have Americas Most Preferred battery DieHard (sorry the Sears Auto Center manager coming out in me) in it (been in sisnce 99 and ive let it sit for 6 months and it cranked right over!!!!)
Of course the Bonne will get an Optima redtop (which Sears also sells ) cause as good as the DieHard is the design of the battery just isnt the best spiral cell technology is just bullet proof.
It'* good to know that the batteries manufactured by my company, Johnson Controls, are serving you well!!
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I swear that My Walmart batteries have that Johnson controls stocker... Do you guys manufacture the Walmart Extreme or yellw battery or what ever it is?
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Does the security light stay on after you turn the key?
My first thought!
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the starter motor itself is usually fine.. it'* usually the Starter solenoid that is the culprit.. I will take apic and show you where to jump straight from your battery to the solenoid.. and if it cranks over ( sometimes you will hear it free spin ) then the starter motor is fine.. but the solenoid is shot.. find a place that will replace that part alone.. and you could pull the starter off and back on a lot easier.. the solenoid installed ( onto the starter ) only cost me $50 funny money CAD.. so it should be cheaper for you yanks..
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it sounds like your ignition switch isn't making good contact with the key to me, too. .. my car is doing the exact same thing now and I'm going to fix it this weekend by disabling the passkey II system in it.
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Yes someone on the board had that exact same starting problem.
I think it turned out to be a bad key.
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