Why won't my 2005 Sunfire start

Asked by Sep 19, 2016 at 03:17 PM about the 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The lights come on when I turn the key on
but it won't start. It will turn over but won't
start. I have to work and drop my kids off in
the morning for school. Not having mycar
run is just terrible

3 Answers

Cars need three things to happen for combustion. 1.) Air 2.) Fuel 3.) Spark (ignition) my guess is the you may have numbers 2 or 3 going wrong. first thing I would check is that you have Fuel. You may want to rent or borrow from a friend a code reader and see if you have a fault code that could tell you what is wrong.

8,315

check for air first is the air filter clogged second does the fuel pump come on when you turn the key on

Your ignition module may have died. Or one of the other components that controls spark (igniting the fuel and air mixture). When you turn the key from off to on, just before trying to start it, do you hear what sounds like a pump turning on? You should be able to hear the fuel pump prime/pressurize. If not, you may have a bad fuel pump. When it turns over, is it slow, or does it sound fast & normal, just without starting? If it's slow, the battery may be dying. autozone or advance auto parts will charge and test the battery, but you'd have to remove it from the car and have a friend drive you to the store. Removing it takes tools too. (1/2" deep socket i believe to remove the hold down, and then 10 or 12 mm to remove the battery cables. ) Always remove the negative battery cable first.

Your Answer

Sunfire

Looking for a Used Sunfire in your area?

CarGurus has 296 nationwide Sunfire listings starting at $2,100.

ZIP:

Pontiac Sunfire Experts

  • #1
    John Saffrahn
    Reputation
    2,840
  • #2
    Joeyadams
    Reputation
    1,370
  • #3
    Warren0007
    Reputation
    1,260
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Pontiac Solstice
14 Great Deals out of 428 listings starting at $3,900
Used Ford Mustang
567 Great Deals out of 37,016 listings starting at $2,595
Used Pontiac G6
54 Great Deals out of 3,780 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Accord
1,125 Great Deals out of 67,162 listings starting at $561
Used Honda Civic
708 Great Deals out of 64,310 listings starting at $999
Used BMW 3 Series
1,076 Great Deals out of 34,273 listings starting at $1,000
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
11 Great Deals out of 2,574 listings starting at $1,750
Used Pontiac Grand Am
1,032 listings
Used Ford Escape
1,074 Great Deals out of 101,792 listings starting at $850
Used Chrysler Crossfire
15 Great Deals out of 375 listings starting at $3,593
Used Mitsubishi Eclipse
33 Great Deals out of 1,170 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chrysler Sebring
24 Great Deals out of 2,647 listings starting at $1,531

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.