Will not start in cold weather?

Tiny
MILLERLIFE8905
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  • 2003 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 145,000 MILES
I'm in need of some help, with this cold weather it never wants to start in the mornings I have to jump the starter with screwdriver. I have done some reading online my battery, all fuses are good checked with test light. I'm wanting to know if you have had this problem and what did you have to do to fix it? I've read a lot too where the crank sensor could be bad, but don't have money to buy one. If that's not it, I did take out clean and put in and still nothing any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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Saturday, November 19th, 2022 AT 11:28 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

When you say it won't start and you have to jump the starter motor, that doesn't sound related to a crankshaft position sensor. Instead, it sounds more related to the neutral safety switch, or the starter may be failing.

Am I correct that when this happens, the starter doesn't work?

If I am, here is what I need you to do. When this happens, first see if it will start in neutral. If it doesn't, make sure the Batt 1 fuse in the under-hood fuse box is good, tight, free of corrosion, and check to see if power goes both in and out of the fuse. If it appears good, wiggle the fuse and see if it starts.

Here is a link you may find helpful:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

If that checks good, then I need you to get a helper. Have the helper turn the key to the start position while you check for voltage at the purple wire on the starter. That wire should only have power when the key is in the start position.

If you find that the wire does have power, replace the starter. If there is no power, we need to work backward to the neutral safety switch to confirm power is present there and then to the ignition switch.

I attached the wiring schematic below for the starter circuit, so you have a reference.

Let me know what you find.

Joe

See pics below.

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Sunday, November 20th, 2022 AT 8:58 PM

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