1995 Pontiac Grand Am Car goes into reverse, drive, etc. Bu

Tiny
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  • 1995 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
My car will click into reverse, drive, neutrel, etc, but will not move. After several attempts clicking through the gears, it will go. Once it is moving, it shifts from drive to reverse no problem. Once I put it back into park, it does the same thing all over again.
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 10:11 AM

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Tiny
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Is the trans fluid full and clean? Have any of the check engine lights come on?

Let me know.
Joe
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 AT 6:40 PM
Tiny
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Fluid is pretty clean. Not perfect but very slightly discolored and does not smell burnt. My check engine light comes on and goes off but not all the time.
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Thursday, August 5th, 2010 AT 8:03 AM
Tiny
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Okay, so today its totally dead. No power at all. Turn the key and nothing. No power locks, radio, notta. And I did check the battery, which has a full charge and is working great. Any ideas now? Been told it may be something electrical that would explain both of these problems
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Thursday, August 5th, 2010 AT 11:58 AM
Tiny
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I need you to check for an electrical draw. It is easy to do. If there is a draw, remove one fuse at a time until the draw stops. At that point, we will know which circuit may be causing the problem. Here is a how to for checking:

http://www.2carpros.com/first_things/why_is_my_car_battery_dead_over_night.htm

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Friday, August 6th, 2010 AT 12:13 AM
Tiny
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A mechanic friend of mine checked all the fuses and he said they were all good. We pulled them one by one and still nothing. Its just dead. Had to be dragged onto a flatbed to take to my house. I think it may be beyond repair at this point, or at least not cost effective based on the value of the car. I think she decided to retire herself.
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Friday, August 6th, 2010 AT 8:20 AM
Tiny
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Was the battery recharged when you checked for a draw?
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Friday, August 6th, 2010 AT 11:53 PM
Tiny
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Battery was never dead, had full charge. The car itself has no power. When you turn the key. Nothing, not even a click, notta. My battery is fine and my alternator is getting power, just nothing else.
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Monday, August 9th, 2010 AT 8:14 AM
Tiny
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Have you considered checking the ignition switch?
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 AT 12:17 AM
Tiny
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Would that explain both my power issue and my transmission issue? Or is it just my luck 2 things went wrong at once?
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 AT 8:20 AM
Tiny
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It could have an affect on both.
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 AT 11:44 PM
Tiny
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Is there any simple way to check this? Will it read on a diagnostic machine? My mechanic friend has a portable one.
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 AT 7:56 AM
Tiny
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Actually, the switch needs removed to check it.
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 AT 9:37 PM
Tiny
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How do I go about checking the switch? Where is it and how do I remove it? How do I test it once its out? Is it an expensive part?
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Friday, August 13th, 2010 AT 8:29 AM
Tiny
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The ignition switch is located on the lower section of the steering column. It needs removed and then you check for continunity when it is in different positions. I would recommend having a tech check it for you.
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Friday, August 13th, 2010 AT 6:03 PM

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