Grand Am Wants to 'Sleep In'

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Thank you for all your helpful advice in the newsletter. My problem is my '91 GrandAm. The first thing in the morning when I turn the key the engine just turns and turns for a long time before it starts/kicks in. I just replaced the starter and battery not too long ago, so I know thats not the problem. It only does this first thing in the morning. After that throughout the day I have no problem starting it up again. Could it be the distributor wire?

I assume that it eventually starts. When you first get in the car, turn the key, but not all the way, just enough for the dash board to light up and all the other lights to come on. After the dash board initializes, try to start the car. You see, during this 5 seconds or so, the fuel pump is priming up the system. It will run, depending on the car, anywhere from 3-5 seconds then turn off. Then try to start the car. This may help out a bit.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Have a car care question? Visit our automotive center and see if we've already answered it or a similar question.

Stay Connected with TDS

Subscribe to TDS Newsletters

All subscribers receive Dollar Stretcher member perks!

The Dollar Stretcher
Dollar Stretcher Parents
Dollar Stretcher Tips
After 50 Finances
Surviving Tough Times
Financial Independence
The Computer Lady
Computer Lady Lessons

Join over 250,000 other subscribers
to get your member perks!

Your Email:

View the TDS Privacy Policy.