1994 Pontiac Grand Prix will start but won't run

Tiny
WJONES501
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  • 1994 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 83,000 MILES
Replaced steering collumn, now car will start but won't stay started. Starts for 1 second then dies.
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 AT 12:20 AM

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Tiny
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Ok first some info ok. Did this exist before you replaced the column? Was the column from a wrecking or salvage yard? Did the column come with all the switches and if so did you use the switches on the column or put your old ones on it? Get back to me with as much as you can and we will go from there.
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 AT 9:24 AM
Tiny
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Problem started after replaced column. It came from salvage but looked exactly the same. Alll plugs, wires, and buttons the same. Had to have key made from dealorship. My first guess was faulled plugs. They were all faulled, wet from gas. I then charged the battery good and added more gas. Same thing. Then I started thinkiing crankshaft or camshaft sensor. But if that were true it wouldn't start even for a second. That column is such a pain I would dred having to take it back out. Also I would loose the $80 + I have in the column. There was also an ignition switch under the dash from previous replacement I guess. It was connected to a 2-wire plug attached to old column. Could this be a security feature or maybe a problem?
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 AT 2:32 PM
Tiny
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Ok first off why did you replace the column. I am thinking that maybe one of the switches like the ignition switch may be bad. So it would mean removing the column just replace the switch with the on from the old column thats all. I do not show an alarm system with imobilizer for you car but I will keep looking to make sure.
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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 10:31 AM
Tiny
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Replaced column because ign. Sw. Was tore out, and wiiper sw. Was bad. With the new column, everything comes on when sw. Turned on, except wwipers (go gofigure) I have a sw. Wired to starter (pushbutton) starts then immediately dies.
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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 AT 9:56 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like the ignition switch is bad. So I guess it is warranty the column if there is a warranty or replace the ignition switch.
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Sunday, March 29th, 2009 AT 9:53 AM
Tiny
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The switch would be my guess if I didn't have the starter hotwired to a pushbutton sw itch. Is there a way to bypass the computer or what? Please don't give up on me.
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Monday, March 30th, 2009 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
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Ok so if I understand right you have wired the start to a push button already and now want to know how to get the power to everything that is needed when the key is on? If that is what you need then get back to me and I will look over the wiring diagram and see where the power goes so you can do just that.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 AT 10:30 AM
Tiny
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Thank you that would be very helpful.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 AT 11:08 AM
Tiny
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Ok first of you need to have a test light or meter to make sure there isn't power already at any of these wires ok.
Orange wire hot when in run or on position only
Brown wire hot in run and accessory.
Pink wire hot in run or on position only
Red wire A and B hot when in off position
Yellow wire goes to fuse #11 hot in start.
Purple wire hot in run or on position
This is the ignition switch wiring and what they need for power.
Orange wire powers fuse #33
Brown wire powers fuse #38
Pink wire power fuse #16 which links to fuse 6 and then powers the power window circuit breaker.
Red A and B wires ignition number one fuse in the under hood electrical center and the other to ignition switch fuse number 2 in the under hood electrical center.
I hope this is what you were looking for and that it will help. Thanks
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 AT 10:19 AM

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