Car won't start

Asked by Nov 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM about the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire GT Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just replaced alternator, after having battery fully charged and checked which was good, now car (2000 sunfire) will try to turn over but won't start? Please help.

7 Answers

5,285

You mean it doesn't quite turn over? If so, best way is to hook up a multimeter to the starter solenoid on the starter and have someone turn the ignition key. If you're not getting 12 volts to the starter you then work backwards checking any solenoids, neutral safety switch and ignition switch to see where you're losing voltage. If you are getting 12 volts to the starter and it's barely turning over, then it's the starter/solenoid setup

Is that what they would do to test the starter for me?

5,285

They should. http://www.wikihow.com/Test-a-Starter-Solenoid

5,285

My gripe.... even with a faulty alternator, with a fully charged battery you should be able to start and run a car (but not for very long) if the alternator was the only problem. In that case, you just stick a multimeter on the posts of the battery and it would read between 14v - 14.5v. meaning it was charging. If the alternator was bad, the battery would start at around 12.5v and drain quickly, then engine crap out. Since you have a new alternator and the car still doesn't start, someone probably guessed wrong.

It did run after we replaced the alternator and died this afternoon. I am sorry, yes the alt did test faulty and the car started.

5,285

Could be a faulty replacement alternator. Good luck

thank you

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • car won't start 25 answers

    replaced ignition lock on 2002 pontiac sunfire antitheft light is lite car will crank but not start.

    2002 Pontiac Sunfire

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start 7 answers

    I just replaced alternator, after having battery fully charged and checked which was good, now car (2000 sunfire) will try to turn over but won't start? Please help.

    2000 Pontiac Sunfire GT Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start 2 answers

    I have a 99 Pontiac Sunfire GT that won't start. At first it wasn't getting spark because of bad coil packs, replaced those. It's now getting spark and fuel, but the anti-theft won't turn off. I f...

    1999 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start

    My Sunfire is attempting to start but won't. It does this every once in a while and as soon as I get it on a tow bed, it starts. A friend said maybe coil packs are wet. ? Any help would be greatly...

    2001 Pontiac Sunfire SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start 1 answer

    The car turns over but then the starter sounds like it spins out

    2001 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Sunfire

Looking for a Used Sunfire in your area?

CarGurus has 323 nationwide Sunfire listings starting at $2,100.

ZIP:

Search Pontiac Sunfire Questions

Pontiac Sunfire Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,720
#2 Joeyadams
Joeyadams
Reputation 1,320
#3 Warren0007
Warren0007
Reputation 1,240
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Cavalier
1,014 listings
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
30 Great Deals out of 2,863 listings starting at $1,600
Used Pontiac Firebird
4 Great Deals out of 768 listings starting at $1,791
Used Pontiac Grand Am
1,183 listings starting at $1,599
Used Ford Mustang
543 Great Deals out of 45,845 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Impala
591 Great Deals out of 34,068 listings starting at $899
Used Volkswagen Jetta
458 Great Deals out of 42,560 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Accord
946 Great Deals out of 77,735 listings starting at $899
Used BMW 3 Series
943 Great Deals out of 30,262 listings starting at $1,000
Used Mazda Protege
258 listings
Used Chevrolet Camaro
242 Great Deals out of 31,193 listings starting at $369
Used Nissan Maxima
323 Great Deals out of 24,380 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

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.