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Unread 06-29-2016, 04:15 PM   #1
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I have a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI. I have recently had trouble starting it. When I turn the ignition nothing happens, no clicking or anything, just the radio and lights turn on but the engine doesn't. I thought it was the security system originally and I had that taken out. The previous owner installed it, the stock security system is still in there. It worked for about 2 weeks after that then stopped again, I barely got it started, took me about an hour trying. I brought it to a mechanic who said it was ignition switch so they replaced it. 2 weeks later it won't start up again. I have spent too much on this issue. Ideas? I got a new battery 1 and a half years ago

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It could just be the starter. A starter can be intermittent for quite a while and then fail completely. Any clicking when you turn the key?

If you have power to all the other things check the starter for power. You should have battery voltage at the large cable and when you turn the key to the start position you should have power at a smaller wire, green I think. It may have 2 smaller wires, but only one will have power in the crank position. If you do have battery power there when you to the key to crank, the starter is bad.

If you don't have power when you turn the key you have a wiring problem.

Also you may want to try starting the car in neutral, and wiggling the shiftier around WHILE you hold the key in the crank position to see if it cranks. That would indicate a bad neutral safely switch.
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I thought starter as well, how would I check it? Also that is eventually how I go it started, I started it while in neutral

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If you have power to all the other things check the starter for power. You should have battery voltage at the large cable and when you turn the key to the start position you should have power at a smaller wire, green I think. It may have 2 smaller wires, but only one will have power in the crank position. If you do have battery power there when you to the key to crank, the starter is bad.

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Also that is eventually how I go it started, I started it while in neutral
If it starts every time you wiggle it in neutral it is the neutral safety switch, otherwise it's the starter.
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Ok but I just got it started by taking off the cover where my keys go and moved it around a little and it started

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Well if it starts every time that way, then the neutral safety switch is bad.
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Ok could I replace that myself

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It's usually a straight forward job.

http://www.justanswer.com/pontiac/60...ty-switch.html

http://myautomatictransmission.com/h...ety-switch.htm
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Well if it starts every time that way, then the neutral safety switch is bad.
Also I read that the neutral safety switch it the bonneville may be built into the transmission

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It is bolted onto the transmission.



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