Dead Pontiac- Best guess?


#1

2002 Grand Prix- Wife leaves store, tries to start car- key turns but car is dead- no click, not radio,lights,clock,gages except for fuel gage which acts erraticaly. Battery is fully charged, connections to posts are tight-Several attempts at turning key, inserting and removal= nothing- on last attempt to remove key, lock would no longer go to the OFF position- can turn key to ON but not remove it from cylinder-

Any best guesses as to what the problem(wiring,lock cylinder, ?) is will be greatly appreciated.


#2

The voltage has dropped too low to allow the ignition key to be removed. There are still poor wire connections, somewhere. A mechanic, with electrical knowledge and a voltmeter, should check it out for you.


#3

I was at my repair shop this am and a customer was in ahead of me with this same problem. (the car had been towed in)

The shop owner/tech suggested a new key cylinder was needed.

Reason? A too heavy key chain broke the key cylinder.

Sure enough, twenty minutes later the car was out of the shop and back on the road.

Meanwhile, I had to wait for new heavy duty shocks for my van.

The 2000 Olds Silhouette has (I should say, HAD) a self=leveling air shock system.

Guess how much the GM dealer wanted for ONE new one? $465!!! Dealers are stickin’ it to the consumer because of their own mistakes.

Another surprise. Ford charges $1200 per corner for air ride shocks! These are not self-leveling. Just air shocks.

Prices above are CDN.

I seen Monroe air shocks on a website (US) for $167 a pair + shipping. These are not self-leveling air shocks either.