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ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS

2004 Pontiac Grand Am • 6 cylinder FWD Automatic • 75,000 miles

2004 Pontiac Grand Am has no power to electrical system when the key is turned to the on position, solenoid engages when key is in start position, but starter doesn't work
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Tim straub
August 23, 2011.



The first thing you need to do is have the battery tested and make sure the battery cables are clean and tight. Also do you have a multimeter to do some testing?

Saturntech9
Aug 23, 2011.
Battery is good, cables and connections are good and clean, I do not have a multimeter

Tiny
Tim straub
Aug 24, 2011.
So you actually had the battery tested and made sure it was fully charged?Also you will need a multimeter to do some testing. So with the key in the run position no dash lights service engine soon light etc come on?

Saturntech9
Aug 24, 2011.
That is correct, the battery is brand new (purchased today), I will get the meter, and also correct: no dash lights

Tiny
Tim straub
Aug 24, 2011.
Alright keep me posted.

Saturntech9
Aug 24, 2011.
Ignition switch is good

Tiny
Tim straub
Aug 26, 2011.
How do you know the ignition switch is good how did you test it?Have you tested all the fuses?

Saturntech9
Aug 27, 2011.
I tested the ignition switch and fuses with a multimeter. I also took the time to replace the ignition switch with a new one just in case I missed the read. Power is good to the distribution box. Also, what I previously thought to be the starter solenoid engaging was actually an electrical part of the intake between the air intake and manifold, possibly a choke system or O2?

Tiny
Tim straub
Aug 27, 2011.
That solenoid would be like a cross over solenoid just a guess I would have to look that up. So your getting power to the ignition switch?Do you dash warning lights service engine soon etc?Or does everything work except the starter?

Saturntech9
Aug 27, 2011.
No power to dashboard, no dome light, no door chime, etc. Also no power to head lights, wipers, or hazards. Battery is good and connections are good. There is power to the distribution box and all the fuses are good. I do hear a relay or solenoid that is part of the intake or O2 system activate upon turning the key, but that is the only item that seems to have power.

Tiny
Tim straub
Aug 28, 2011.
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