1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 160, 00 miles
When I had my car towed to my mechanic because it wouldn't start they found that the anti-theft system had kicked in and wouldn't let it start up. I was there for 2 hrs. Because they said it took that long. Well when it happened again I did some research online and learned how to reset it myself and found it only takes 10min. And also that it might be the ignition switch causing the problem. It has been happening more often so I took it in again and asked them to check it out to see if that was what I needed. Before checking it out they immediately went for the PCM theory and totally disregarded that it could be the ignition switch. I have had a couple of other symptons that could be coincidences. The radio has stopped working and my car is making a sound that sounds like it is working a little harder. This sound is not constant but intermitten. Before I spend the $1000.00 they say the new PCM will cost put in, I wanted to get your opinion. Also, should I try a new ignition switch first or would the computer point to that if it is indeed the culprit. A new PCM seems to lead to possible problems and money down the road especially if it is not done by experienced mechanics. I have never had a problem there before but lately these are new faces and after it me to tell how to reset my car properly I just don't know. Also, will Pepboys or similar store put my car on a computer? Just don't want to get taken.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 AT 2:56 PM