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Old 02-17-2008, 02:32 AM   #1
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Major problem with 1997 Pontiac Grand Am

I have a 1997 Grand Am. 2.4 dual overhead cams. I'm having a major problem with it. Car ran excellent until a couple of days ago when the check engine light started flashing and the ets light came on. When this happened the car started missing REAL bad, like it was running on 3 cylinders. It got extremely hard on gas(it took a quarter of a tank to go 15 miles to get me home). When I had to stop at a stop sign it would not shift worth a dam. I had to wind it up then let off the gas and it would shift, but it would shift real hard, almost give you whiplash. I have not had it coded yet. Any ideas what might be the problem before I bite the bullet and call a shop? Any help would be greately appreciated.
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:15 AM   #2
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If you can, take it to an Autozone and have the code scanned. It'll tell you a lot.

But, it sounds a lot like what happened to me a while back. One of my spark plug wires was touching the exhaust manifold and slowly burned it away. It began to misfire severely and eventually the cylinder stopped firing altogether. I knew what it was so I was able to solve the problem. Check your wires, you may find something...but getting the code would help the most. Spark plug, ignition wires, or a coil pack is your most probable cause.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:35 AM   #3
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iirc, he doesn't have plug wires on a quad 4....
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:28 PM   #4
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you don't have to call a shop to get it coded. those motors are junk, sry.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:08 PM   #5
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It was a cracked coil pack cover, replaced it and it works great now. Thanks for the help.
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