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70 BOWTIE
03-01-2005, 08:51 PM
I trying to figure out the ignition problem on my 97 Grand -Am.Sometimes it will not return all the way back to the off posistion.Allso I can pull the key out when it is started and running .It will sometimes die going down the road like u turned it off I thought the ign switch might be the culprit any ideas where else to look?The ign tumbler for this is like $270. or would it be the switch.Thanks for the advice

gobraves02002
03-02-2005, 06:40 AM
search for recalls for 96-98
sounds like the recall problem i was having
same symptoms

70 BOWTIE
03-09-2005, 08:33 PM
I can't find anything on the recalls for this ???? Looks like someone put an aftermarket theft deterent system on it and it would ground out sometimes making it die like it was so we disconnected it and it has not died yet.They had it up under the dash by the steering wheel so I think we got that part fixed for now.I called auto-zone for a ign. switch (tumbler) $270. way 2 much and the electrical part is only $45.

badboy2451
03-09-2005, 09:28 PM
Never to late to have a recall done. Even though this one just came out. Check with a Pontiac dealer to see if your VIN needs it. Dosen't effect the ignition module, just adds a relay to control current flow. This is all I could find at the NHTSA web site for 1998 recalls.


Make : PONTIAC Model : GRAND AM Year : 1998
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 04V036000 Recall Date : JAN 27, 2004
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1415231
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES. IF THE ENGINE FAILS TO START AND THE DRIVER HOLDS THE KEY IN THE "START" POSITION FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD, HIGH CURRENT FLOWS THROUGH THE IGNITION SWITCH, AND SOMETIMES PRODUCES ENOUGH HEAT TO MELT INTERNAL SWITCH PARTS.
Consequence:
IF THE SWITCH IS DAMAGED, A FIRE COULD OCCUR IN THE STEERING COLUMN, EVEN WITH THE ENGINE OFF AND THE KEY REMOVED. THE FIRE COULD SPREAD TO THE INTERIOR OF THE CAR, WHICH COULD INJURE OCCUPANTS OR CAUSE DAMAGE TO ADJOINING STRUCTURES.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A RELAY KIT IN THESE VEHICLES TO PREVENT HIGH CURRENT FROM FLOWING THROUGH THE IGNITION SWITCH, AND CHECK THAT YOUR CAR WILL START WITH A PROPERLY CHARGED BATTERY AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE IGNITION SWITCH. OWNER NOTIFICATION WILL BEGIN ON MARCH 1, 2004. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668, BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, OR OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-630-6537. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CHECK THEIR VEHICLE ONLINE BY GOING TO WWW.MYGMLINK.COM AND ENTERING THE VEHICLE'S IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.
Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 04002. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).





thats all i could find...read that it works with the 96 - 98