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Old 05-06-2005, 05:55 PM   #1
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Does anybody know of a forum like this one for automobiles? Iíve got a problem with one of the kidsí cars thatís driving me nuts. What I need is a forum that provides safe, comprehensive, RELIABLE information, as Airstreamforums.com does. Iíd sure appreciate any advice.

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Depends on the type of car I know of several model specfic forums...and you could ask here there are several mechanics on here, and quite a few amateurs

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Aaron, it's a '95 Pontiac Grand Am. Quad 4 engine, automatic tranny, typical options. I'm having a problem with the timing. This car has one of those strange crankshaft timing sensors to an ignition modual, etc. Major weirdness going on, and tired of spending money. My plan is to attempt to repair, if it can be done cheap, then get rid of it. If not, sell it cheap and go with another car. As always, thanks for the help!


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Aaron, it's a '95 Pontiac Grand Am. Quad 4 engine, automatic tranny, typical options. I'm having a problem with the timing. This car has one of those strange crankshaft timing sensors to an ignition modual, etc. Major weirdness going on, and tired of spending money. My plan is to attempt to repair, if it can be done cheap, then get rid of it. If not, sell it cheap and go with another car. As always, thanks for the help!


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Out of my league...my technologic abilities stopped around 1980 I was hoping you had something simple like a 62 Nova and I don't hang out on too many GM forums...I drive Fords knew there was a reason for it...

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Agreed, I've got 4 Fords in my driveway, along with 2 Pontiacs (too dang many kids!). Unfortunately, I don't think this is a Ford/GM thing. I think it's just a poorly designed ignition system. Maybe somebody will chime in. Thanks, Aaron.
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Does anybody know of a forum like this one for automobiles? Iíve got a problem with one of the kidsí cars thatís driving me nuts. What I need is a forum that provides safe, comprehensive, RELIABLE information, as Airstreamforums.com does. Iíd sure appreciate any advice.

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There are several automotive forums, but the Cadillac forums that I belong to are far less active than this forum. It can take several days to get a reply -- but that may be due in part to the fact that my newest Cadillac is 21 years old and the one that most often creates the questions is 30 years old. The link to the Pontiac side of that form is below:

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Good luck with your search for the timing solution!

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Agreed, I've got 4 Fords in my driveway, along with 2 Pontiacs (too dang many kids!). Unfortunately, I don't think this is a Ford/GM thing. I think it's just a poorly designed ignition system. Maybe somebody will chime in. Thanks, Aaron.
PM me with the symptoms, maybe I can help.
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If that engine was used in chevrolets, try chevytalk.com and pick the car type that would have that engine and year. There are some very knowledgeable folks on there.
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Affraid I can't help either, but I drive 2 FORDS, usualy 'cos one of the critters is DOWN due 2 the Gremlins, Ford stands 4, Fix On Road Daily, as over here in the UK, most FORDS were NOT so reliable, BUT Happily 2day, they R GOOD, Im on My 9th FIESTA...LOL, & My D/Ds on Her 6th...LOL, the thing I LOVE abt our cars is, parts R easily bought off the shelf, & R so simple 2 maintain, I do MOST work 2 them, BUT as they R so RELIABLE, they hardly need fixin, U kn the sayin, if it's runnin...LEAVE IT ALONE....
D/D had a bad tick over & would not stay runnin, I gave it a look over & found a collapsed breather hose from the Rocker Breather 2 the Air Cleaner, replaced it, & it's a lot FASTER than MINE now...LOL, I guess I was jus lucky tho, they R so technic 2 day, & have 2B plugged in2 the main dealer Computor, at a un-forgivin cost...sigh, but YES, Give Me a FORD anyday, so Susan & Jim, GOOD LUCK, I kn the feelin, I realy do...Chris.....
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Aaron, it's a '95 Pontiac Grand Am. Quad 4 engine, automatic tranny, typical options. I'm having a problem with the timing. This car has one of those strange crankshaft timing sensors to an ignition modual, etc. Major weirdness going on, and tired of spending money. My plan is to attempt to repair, if it can be done cheap, then get rid of it. If not, sell it cheap and go with another car. As always, thanks for the help!


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what exactly is going on to make you think it is the timing ?
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Thanks for the help, guys. I'm going to try some of the sites tonight.

Aluminator, Iíve found (last November) several problems with the ignition system and replaced bad parts. It all started with a broken crankshaft position sensor. The crankshaft sensor was broken in half, I'm sure that's what stated all of this. Replaced it (a magnetic sensor about 1 1/2 inches long and little bigger around than a pencil, rests against the crankshaft and sends a very minor voltage to ignition module based upon position of crank shaft to supply "ignition timing"). Replaced both coil packs. Replaced ignition module (very expensive, $150), first one bad, new one seemed to fix all problems until last week, when symptoms started again. The car will sometimes start and run just fine. Then sometimes won't start for the love of Pete. When we experience these episodes of "not starting" it reminds you for all the world of 70's model that it completely mis-timed. If you're as old as me, you remember the symptoms....when you turn the key to start the car, it ALMOST starts, but not quite, then just continues to turn over until, again, it sounds like it's about to start, then goes back to continuous turning over. Then, sometimes, it starts just fine and runs o.k. for a while. All of this, of course, could be caused by a frayed wire somewhere (except for the broken sensor, obviously). Maybe my explanation is not too good, hopefully, you've seen this before.


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You checked all those things again recently?

Once it is running, does it run fine, or does it run rough even when it is warmed up?



I have my mechanic-friend hook my cars up to his comuter to diagnose problems when I get stumped on diagnosing. He charges me $20.00. I fix them myself if I don't need to hoist them.

(BTW) I just re-read your first post and you said you wanted reliable information - I'll try my best.

I know i am lacking credability due to being the noob poster here.

I am working on my intro post.
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