Believe it or not it all comes down to sounds. If you hear a clunk noise chances are its the starter, if you get air like no noise at all its a bad connection either at the battery or at the starter. Beyond that you gotta start looking at expensive things like computer or possibly in rare cases its the fuse (which will make a fast ticking sound). To clean the connectors on the battery go to any battery shop and find the "pin or GM terminal cleaner" it looks like a drill bit with metal brushes on it. with one to go into the gm post it will make the gm posts shine like a nickel then take a set of channel locks and remove the GM lug from the connector and use it on that too it will come out a copper colour or extremely shiny silver then put it back together and use some white lithium grease on it and hook it all up and see how it works if you have to start messing with the starter your better off to take it to a mechanic because there are alot of little things that could go wrong.
No way, only if the battery fails under a load test
You have a bad alternator.
It could be your alternator is going bad
check if your battery is low than usual ..might be alternator problem
To fix the Pontiac Sunfire if it jumped time, the timing belt has to be replaced. Then the car has to have the timing set again after the belt is replaced.
Charge the battery, start the car and check the battery with a volt meter. Should have over 14 volts, if only say 12.4 to 13, then change the alt. or check the wiring.
Connect a voltmeter across the battery terminals without engine running reading should be around 12.8 With engine running reading should be 13.8-14.2 if you are getting these numbers alternator is charging battery
A 1997 Pontiac Sunfire would have a voltage regulator and it would be found inside the alternator.
I should mention that the alternator has gone bad and been replaced, so has the battery. The various dash lights will often come on and go off for no apparent reason also.
What, exactly, is the problem?
In order to wire the starter on a Pontiac Sunfire, you will need a jack, jack stand, socket set, and a torque wrench. You will need to make sure to remove the battery cables from the battery.
Hi, If you are talking about the anti theft device that locks the radio, you might have to go to the dealership to have it unlocked. That's what I did when the radio on my 2000 Sunfire stopped working after the alternator was replaced. It cost me $20.
* Disconnect the negative battery cable.If the vehicle is equipped with a delco loc 2 or theftlock audio system make sure to have the activation code before disconnecting the battery. * Remove the drivebelt * Label and detach the wires from the backside of the alternator * Remove the mounting bolts and separate the alternator from the engine
How is the ignition key switch replaced on the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire? And after replacing the switch would I have to have it Towed to the Pontiac Dealer in order to have the car key programed to the Computer?
probably it can be changed but if you change the whole alternator you will gain a new alternator for your engine in opposite of changing only the bearing which is not guaranteed.
On my 99 sunfire it is directly to the back/side of the alternator; very easy to spot
why do most all my dash light come on and the one head light looking one blinks.. i do have about 14 volts coming from the alternator and the battery at all times.
The last model year for a Pontiac sunbird was 1995. It was replaced by the Pontiac Sunfire, which is no longer in production either.
It depends on which o2 sensor.
A P1406 error code on a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire indicates a faulty EGR valve. This can result in poor engine performance and should be replaced immediately.
You have to unplug the ground from your battery for 1 or 2 minutes.
On a 98 Pontiac Sunfire, the red color of wire goes on the terminal marked "B" on the starter. This terminal is located close to the battery of the vehicle.
I live in Canada on the east coast and just replaced a windshield for a 98 Sunfire. The price was $375.00 Canadian plus taxes and that included labour.
Have your battery tested first, if it is good most likely it is a bad alternator, have that tested as well
the starter relay is located on the rad support near the battery