my 2001 Pontiac Aztec will crank but will not start

Jennifer Michelle

Asked by Jan 17, 2014 at 02:49 PM about the 2001 Pontiac Aztek STD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car wasn't starting well. it would start but I had to give it time. I took it to Auto Zone and the did the free read. it said the starter was bad. I changed it that night. the next day it started until late afternoon I go to get in it and it cranks but doesn't start. help please! 155.00 out already.

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It could be the fuel pump. Have a friend tap on the fuel tank under the vehicle, while you crank the engine. If it starts, your going to need a new pump. If it doesn't, you need to check for spark/ignition, and fuel pressure.

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When I say "tap on the tank", I mean with something like a wooden broom stick. Just some good solid raps. Don't beat the heck out of the tank.

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Jennifer Michelle

kool! thanks but if its not?


Can be many other things. But the suggestion above is a quick check.

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Jennifer Michelle

We tried it. Doesn't start

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Might sound dumb,... but how much fuel do you have in the tank? I've had my fuel level sender go bad 2X in 160,000 miles on my 1999 GM (fuel gauge not accurate). Is the security light on or flashing, on the dash? The security system may also be a problem. Turn the key to the "on" (Not Start) position, and leave it there for 10 minutes. Next, turn it back to off, and then try to start the car. If it starts, you need to have the security system repaired. If you have plenty of fuel, and it's not the security system, you're going to have to check for "Spark" and "Fuel Pressure". One or both are missing.

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Correction to the above instructions. Leave the ignition on at lease 10 minutes or more.

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