2003 Pontiac Grand Am



February, 27, 2012 AT 9:12 PM

I have a 2003 Grand Am with a 4cyl auto - over the last several weeks the car has been running like chit, I parked it downtown ran into a meeting returned 15 minutes later it wouldnt start - seemed to be a fuel issue, called for a tow, went back out 45 minutes later and it started like new.

SES light came on P0171

car runs great if it sits for 1 hour - not 59 minutes. If I attempt to start it before 1 hour I have to pump the crap out of the gas pedal to get it to start, then to keep it running same thing, after about 3 minutes it will drive normal again. BTW while it is trying to start during this process it often stops running with a 'thud' or 'clatter' very rough, once it starts I am good to go.

replaced fuel pump, cleaned MAF sensor, replaced fuel sending unit, fuel filter, plugs, changed service stations for gas.

nothing is working, I work downtown portland oregon and have to move the car several times for my job, its a bitch to constantly deal with this - I have seen several folks talk about MAF, PCV, O2 sensor - any advice would be appreciated.


1 Answer



February, 27, 2012 AT 9:35 PM

Have you checked your coolant temp sensor yet?Have you tried lightly tapping on the mass air flow sensor with a screwdriver handle while the engine is idle to see if the engine stumbles or dies?Also have you looked for vacuum leak?

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