1999 Pontiac Sunfire Starter issue (I think)

Asked by Feb 11, 2015 at 07:58 PM about the 1999 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought this car used. It has 190k on it. Runs awesome. Had some minor things to
repair when I got it one of those being the starter motor. We had a situation where,
when turning the key to start the car, nothing would happen. Batt was good as well.
After numerous attempts it would finally turn the starter to start the car. Then it
reached a point where we felt the starter simply crapped on us. Figuring it was the
solenoid so replaced the whole starter.

After replacing the starter all was good. Has been a couple months now and it looks
like the same thing is starting to happen. In fact, in happened the same day of this
posting. I am stuck as to what it could be. I did tap on the solenoid a bit the first time
and it started after that. This a two weeks before this time. When leaving work today,
same thing, turn the key, starter doing nothing. Batt is fully charged. I tap on the
solenoid a few times but in about 5 or so consecutive rounds and finally it starts. Now,
when it was doing this before starter replacement, I never tapped on the solenoid. So I
personally can't relate the two. Any thoughts into what direction to go in would be
great. I think the starter is under warranty still but I don't think the starter is bad. It has
to be something else. Thanks.

2 Answers

1,195

Have the new starter bench tested @ a local parts store. Sounds like a possible bad starter.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks. I might do that, only not to Autozone. I did come across some research that might be leading to the Anti Theft is faulting out. Hard to say because it is starting fine now. Well, I got to work and shut the car off and tried to restart and nothing. Turned key off, then on and let it sit for a few seconds and turned the key to start and it started. Gremlins are in my car. Thanks for input. If you have any other thoughts please share.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 1999 Pontiac Sunfire Starter issue (I think) 2 answers

    I bought this car used. It has 190k on it. Runs awesome. Had some minor things to repair when I got it one of those being the starter motor. We had a situation where, when turning the key to start t...

    1999 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1999 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2L Starter Issue 1 answer

    When attempting to start the car, the starter spins but the bendix is not actuating to meet the flexplate. I removed the starter, and went to bench test it. When I connected the solenoid to battery, ...

    1999 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Overheating 1999 Pontiac Sunfire 9 answers

    I have an overheating problem with my 1999 Pontiac Sunfire with a 2200 engine. I have changed the water pump, radiator cap and thermostat. My oil looks good and there is no coolant burn off smell whe...

    1999 Pontiac Sunfire

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1999 Pontiac sunfire

    What year sunfire has rear doors that fit a 1999

    1999 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • what tires originally came with the 1999 4 door pontiac sunfire 1 answer

    what brand of tires originally came with the 4 door 1999 pontiac sunfire?

    1999 Pontiac Sunfire

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Search Pontiac Sunfire Questions

Pontiac Sunfire Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,740
#2 Joeyadams
Joeyadams
Reputation 1,320
#3 Warren0007
Warren0007
Reputation 1,240
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Cavalier
3 Great Deals out of 977 listings starting at $695
Used Honda Accord
1,053 Great Deals out of 68,303 listings starting at $1,000
Used Pontiac Grand Am
1,126 listings starting at $1,000
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
24 Great Deals out of 2,804 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
355 Great Deals out of 31,416 listings starting at $2,400
Used Ford Mustang
700 Great Deals out of 44,788 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Impala
600 Great Deals out of 35,644 listings starting at $899
Used Nissan Altima
1,286 Great Deals out of 75,808 listings starting at $1,695
Used Ford Taurus
262 Great Deals out of 18,975 listings starting at $1,499
Used Pontiac Firebird
13 Great Deals out of 756 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford F-150
2,146 Great Deals out of 193,915 listings starting at $290
Used Toyota Corolla
1,004 Great Deals out of 69,990 listings starting at $1,800
Used Volkswagen Beetle
174 Great Deals out of 9,291 listings starting at $1,950

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Pontiac Sunfire For Sale
68 listings starting at $2,650

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.