Pontiac Aztek

Asked by Feb 12, 2016 at 10:49 PM about the 2001 Pontiac Aztek STD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Electrical and battery

2 Answers

I bought a used 01 Pontiac Aztek. After test driving it once and than driving it an hour to my home appeared to be no problems. Parked in driveway overnight. Next morning went to take for oil change and inspection and noticed fluid puddle in driveway. When driving to mechanic noticed power steering sounded different and not right. Advised mechanic of difference when steering and asked if it could be power steering fluid or if coolant. They said not power steering fluid probably coolant. They called and said rack and pinion needed to be replaced for $525 and after some thought felt like had to be done. Then received call saying front tire rods and rear brake pads needed to be replaced. Everything else was okay and should drive for long time once repairs made. At this point felt like invested and car for daughter so had that fixed totaling $770. When driving it to gas station right after leaving shop noticed gas gauge not working properly. Also after driving it for a few days daughter said gauges going crazy and lights, blinkers, door locks etc. like they were possessed when started car or while driving car but wouldn't die. Which continues to be an intermittent problem but one occurring often. I started researching crazy possessed gauges problem on Internet and came up with bad alternator, battery or ground wire. After reading several blogs sounded like even though alternator was the first thing people assumed problem that was but normally not the issue (some replaced and still had problem). Than the problem with battery drain started coming into play. She would go to start car after driving it with no problems night before and car wouldn't start and needed to be jumped but would not need long to get jumped. Tried going to autozone to run check on battery and alternator and was told battery too low to check. Charged battery and took back to check and said both reading good. Than daughter drove an hour from home to friends and went to leave and battery totally dead, couldn't jumpstart it and key would not come out of ignition. Read up on that and found dead battery or car not recognizing in park can cause key to not come out. While reading more on all problems came across bad BCM sounding like could be problem too. Probably likely fix. I know that was long story but here is my actual questions. Could the shop who replaced rack and pinion, brake pads and tire rods created the other problems beginning by messing up or pinching wire or messing up BCM or something since problem didn't start until after work they did? Also, I think battery may needed to be replaced just to get home what do you think? Should I start by replacing battery than use multimeter to check fuses (taking several hours) for battery drain or is it for sure a bad BCM and I should just do replacement? It could even be just bad battery cables. I don't even know how or where to check for bad ground wires. Or do I start somewhere else? I feel like I know what possible problems are but don't know what order I should go in to eliminate the possibilities one by one. HELP!!!!!!?

58,335

If you have a volt tester,test the power draw off battery while taking each fuse out of panel,if the draw stops when any paticular fuse is removed you have found your source of draw,if you don,t find and issue.could be your BCM as you say,or your iginiton switch,hope this helps.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Pontiac Aztek 1 answer

    Pontiac Aztek: Hello I have a 2001 Pontiac Aztek, My head gaskets recently just went out, I was wondering if I need a new (used) engine to replace this? Two my All wheel drive says its disabled? How...

    2001 Pontiac Aztek GT AWD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 03 aztek 1 answer

    Will an and 04 aztek awd trans. fit into an 03 awd aztek ?

    2003 Pontiac Aztek AWD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Pontiac aztek 2 answers

    So my mom's 2003 pontiac aztek key is stuck in the run spot car won't turn off key won't move aND try ed the under the colum stuff didn't work we just put new ignition in like a year ago any idea...

    2003 Pontiac Aztek STD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Looking for sun visor replacements for a 2003 Pontiac Aztek, help 1 answer

    Looking for sun visor replacements for a 2003 Pontiac Aztek

    2003 Pontiac Aztek STD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2004-2005 Pontiac Aztek (Rally Edition) 10 answers

    If rally cars have smaller wheels and aren't lowered why would gm consider an Aztek lowered 2 inches in the front and rims bigger than the base model a rally edition?

    Pontiac Aztek

    -

    General

Search Pontiac Aztek Questions

Pontiac Aztek Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 240
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 210
#3 ejhern
ejhern
Reputation 150
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Buick Rendezvous
13 Great Deals out of 1,325 listings starting at $1,590
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
23 Great Deals out of 3,725 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Explorer
1,433 Great Deals out of 72,312 listings starting at $985
Used Chevrolet Avalanche
283 Great Deals out of 5,899 listings starting at $2,400
Used Ford Mustang
722 Great Deals out of 38,312 listings starting at $1,750
Used Honda CR-V
1,294 Great Deals out of 75,392 listings starting at $1,999
Used Saturn VUE
58 Great Deals out of 2,500 listings starting at $1,245
Used BMW 3 Series
1,800 Great Deals out of 40,966 listings starting at $1,350
Used Ford Escape
1,681 Great Deals out of 85,375 listings starting at $1,350
Used Pontiac Firebird
14 Great Deals out of 814 listings starting at $3,800
Used Kia Sportage
206 Great Deals out of 14,262 listings starting at $2,111
Used Pontiac Grand Am
1,711 listings starting at $1,995