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2001 grand am. Ran through standing water during downpour.

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Engine immediately died (no noise)...
2001 grand am. Ran through standing water during downpour. Engine immediately died (no noise). Now ignition just clicks &, of courses,won't start.
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8/6/2016
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
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Hi there my name is ***** ***** can I be of assistance?

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

From the story you told, it sounds like you may have taken on water into the cylinders. This condition is known has hydro lock.

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Have you done anything yet under the hood?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
There was water in the air cleaner chamber, but no moisture on plugs. "Security" light is on, but reboot procedure did not work.
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Did you try to start the vehicle with the plugs out?

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Refering to the reboot procedure, how was this done?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
The engine will not turn over-starter does not engage.
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

I can tell you how to bypass the starter relay if you like so you can verify the starter circuit is intact?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
OK
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

First you will need a small jumper about 2-3 inches long. Like a small wire.

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Is this a 2.4L?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
OK again
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Is this a 2.4L?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
V6 won't k ow about displacement.
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

That's fine, give me a sec

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Auto or manual trans?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Automatic
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Ok, thanks. Have you tried shifting through the gears and then trying to start the car?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Are you able to try that now?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I won't be able to try that until tomorrow. I just hope the engine is not FUBAR!!
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

Don't think it is. If that doesn't work, locate the starter relay. Take it out and jump the pins 87 to 30 on the car. The starter should crank

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I'm going to the car to try your tips. Do we still have an open conversation if this works or doesn't?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I tried shifting their the gears. Same thing-just clicked incentive-not like when a solenoid is bad, but a single click. There is no starter relay on this car-space 11 says not used. Neither of the fuse panels inside the car either.
Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

If you have an assistant, you can try banging on the starter while trying to start the car. Don't hit it real hard. You are correct, there is not a relay.

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

More than likely you have a bad starter. Your starter may have been shorted out internally when you went threw the water

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
 replied 1 year ago

If you no longer need help on this issue please rate me so I can close the ticket. Thank you!

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Pontiac Mechanic: David Gieswein,
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Thanks

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