1994 Pontiac Grand Prix Car won't start completely

Tiny
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  • 1994 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
Engine Mechanical problem
1994 Pontiac Grand Prix 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

When I try to start the car, it acts like it's going to start but it won't turn over. Someone told me it could be the fuel pump, I am not sure, but I have not had this problem before and the day before it wouldn't start, it ran fine. I had been driving it everyday to and from the school with no issues, then Thanksgiving morning I go out to start the car and it just turns but won't start completely. Could that be the fuel pump? And if so how do I get to it to replace it? I am not a mechanic in any way shape or form but I know I can fix it if I have to.
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Friday, December 12th, 2008 AT 12:57 PM

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Tiny
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Does it start to turn over then if you leave it for about 10 minutes and try again will it do the same thing. If it does then yes it is your fuel pump. To be more exact it is the ground wire on the fuel pump. Sometimes it will get too much power when the car is starting and burn the wire right off. Now you can have just the wire replaced but this is going to keep happening every couple of months so you are better off getting a new pump. Now where your car is a 1994 you best bet is a rebuilt one. They are just as good and they cost a whole lot less money. For example a low flow pump can be rebuild for about 80 dollars Canadian.

If it is a fried ground line (like mine was) don't let them talk you into ordering a new pump from the factory, they only comes with a 90 day warrenty and they must be installed by a dealership and it is 90 days from the day it leaves the factory not the day it is installed. This is also a great time to have them, replace the fuel filter to since they are in the general area. Normally a job like this would run you about 120 buck (Can) parts and labour if you know a good mechanic that runs his own buisness. Most of those guys have a box filled with parts from fuel pumps they have taken appart. Good luck
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Saturday, December 13th, 2008 AT 8:34 PM
Tiny
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I am really leaning toward the fact that it's either the fuel pump or the fuel filter (being clogged). I tried to start it today just to see if I could get it to crank over all the way, and it actually started to crank all the way over then it kinda hesitated and stoped and when I turned the key on again it wouldn't just turn but not crank over like the first time. Some one told me to have some on tap on the gas tank (where the fuel pump would be) before trying to start it, but my husband was working and no one else around gives a crap ( I guess because it's not their car). I am the one who gave everyone else rides, and they use my phone. Ya know so when my stuff don't work, there is no one to give me a ride or help me out, my hubby don't know much about cars (I probably know more than he does) and he's the type that if I'm not bitchin' then it's not getting fixed unless I do it myself. Sorry off subject a little. Lol But anyway. Thanks so much for answering my question, and I am getting a fuel filter and I found a used (rebuilt) fuel pump locally for about $35. So I will try that and let you know what comes of it. :)
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Monday, December 15th, 2008 AT 5:13 PM

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