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Old 09-28-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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I was having some intermittent trouble starting the car and found a thread about cleaning the ground buses located under the carpet by the driver and passenger door. I am just wondering if there are any others located in the car that I should check?
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Typically not starting isn't the ground bus. Does it crank and not start, or does it click and not crank? Click and not crank tends to be problems with the battery cables. Remove and clean both ends of both cables and put a little dielectric grease on the connections. These need to be cleaned at least once a year.
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The car would crank but sometimes the fuel pump would not kick in. I replaced the fuel pump but that did not solve the problem. I replaced the battery, battery cables, alternator and was still having problems. I found the thread on the ground buses and cleaned those 2 up and packed them with dielectric grease but I would like to know if there are any other locations that I should look at and clean up to prevent future problems. Right now the car is not having any trouble starting or anything but it is getting old so I would just like to try and keep the problems minimal.
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I seem to remember there being a ground in the back near the trunk.
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On other forums, I found ground locations for 97 Bonneville & other Pontiacs.

1) Ground bus (wrapped with black electrical tape) under carpet right next to the front-most side of each of the 2 front door openings. Apparently there are 2 ground buses, but I found my intermittent starting problem was caused by the ground bus that'* next to the driver side. Specifically, it was caused by to a corroded ground wire connector that'* next to the end ground wire (fattest). Note that there'* an empty connector slot between these two wires/connectors.
2) Rear of the engine block near the oil pressure switch.
3) Left front of the engine compartment near the air cleaner.
4) Bolted ground connection under the glove box by the front of the door frame.
5) Grounds to the block under the Ignition Control Module (ICM), located under hood, mounted on upper front passenger side of engine.
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If I'm not supposed to reply to old postings, then I'm sorry, and I can delete my reply if you want me to.

Often times, when I search for a similar problem that I'm having, an answer is most likely not found in a recent posting, but one that'* very old. It doesn't matter to me if a posting that can help me is a recent one or a decade old (my car is 20 yrs. old). As long as I find an answer to my problem, I'm happy. I'll bet others feel the same.

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Generally, the accepted practice on most forums is to generate a new conversation regarding your specific issue, and link back to previous discussions. The underlying concern is that it not only potentially stirs up unnecessary conversation with members whom will never respond because they have since moved on, but it also can cause confusion, because, while issues may be similar, or apparently the same, each individual'* solution may be different.
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Generally, the accepted practice on most forums is to generate a new conversation regarding your specific issue, and link back to previous discussions. The underlying concern is that it not only potentially stirs up unnecessary conversation with members whom will never respond because they have since moved on, but it also can cause confusion, because, while issues may be similar, or apparently the same, each individual'* solution may be different.
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Often times, when I search for a similar problem that I'm having, an answer is most likely not found in a recent posting, but one that'* very old. It doesn't matter to me if a posting that can help me is a recent one or a decade old (my car is 20 yrs. old). As long as I find an answer to my problem, I'm happy. I'll bet others feel the same.

Also, the "other postings" I was referring to are not on gmforums.com, and I'm not violating any copyright laws.
And had you read ALL of the rules, you would have understood the real reason and not just guessing about why we frown upon it.
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