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2003 Grand Am. Won't start most of the time, will start sometimes. Power steering out.


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s1time
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May 18, 2015, 7:25 AM

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2003 Grand Am. Won't start most of the time, will start sometimes. Power steering out. Sign In

2003 Pontiac Grand Am, 2.2L, almost 90,000 miles. Fuel pump and fuel filter replaced almost a year ago. Mechanic also recommended replacing serpentine belt and tensioner, but I could not afford it at the time.

Current problem started with the power steering making a whining noise on turns, as it has in the past when steering fluid was low. Fluid wasn't low in this case, made sure it was filled up. Eventually power steering would only seem to "kick in" when the vehicle reached 25-30mph and would make the same whining noise. Power steering now doesn't work at all.

The car will always turn over fine, but will often not start. Sometimes it starts on the first try, sometimes it takes a couple tries, and sometimes you can sit and try for 30 minutes or more and it won't start. Then the next day it will start fine. On occasion, it will start, but will stall almost immediately unless you rev the engine a bit.

Obviously the steering issue needs to be addressed, but I'm wondering if the intermittent start and steering could be related to the same problem or what the possibilities are. Any thoughts appreciated.


Tom Greenleaf
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May 18, 2015, 7:56 AM

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Re: 2003 Grand Am. Won't start most of the time, will start sometimes. Power steering out. Sign In

? There's two issues going on IMO. If it cranks at normal speed and intermittent about starting or not check for what's missing WHILE it's doing that. Generally missing spark, fuel delivery (not just pressure or new pump in history) still may not deliver fuel.


IDK, PS pump trashed and running low might have put PS fluid all over a necessary item that is harmed by the fluid.


A new belt and tensioner if belt is on properly snug enough is really not the cause of what's at hand even if they need replacing,


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