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Old 06-19-2003, 11:29 AM
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Its a wiring nightmare!!!

After my accident .. I am now stuck with a 1994 Grand Am

I purchased the car without a stereo .. So .. I was installing a stereo that i know works.. but for some reason it wont work in this car! I checked the fuses... and tested the wires... and the fuse box. but now .... after checkin everything.. My interior lights wont turn off...
and the keys in the ignition alarm wont go off.. so I pulled the fuse!!! WTF!!!!!!


HELP!! any ideas anyone?



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Old 06-19-2003, 05:15 PM
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Sounds like you tied into a ground wire that services the lights and buzzer. Those things usually have a full time hot lead and come on when grounded. Your radio is grounding them. You tied into the wrong wire somewhere in your hookup. You can try sticking a safety pin into the wires you tied into and systematically gronding them (with the fuse in) until you find the culprit. If you used Scotch connectors, just remove the te radio wires so they won't be gorunding and mask your test. Start with your switched hot lead, ground lead, always hot memory lead. My guess is it is the switched hot lead since the radio doesn't work. The speaker leads are propapbly not the problem unless you missed a speaker lead and tied into the buzzer/light grond.

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Old 06-20-2003, 09:51 AM
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Willy I hate "tricity" if anything give me trouble.. its wiring!

Thanks for the advise .. i have to go and see if thats the problem !



thanks again willy!


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as owner of a 91 or 2 grand am i can say with authority that the next problems you have will be: 1-power module going out, probably with the 2-crank sensor; then the 3-half shafts and/or 4-wheel bearings (check the bearings first because they give the impression its the shafts, but it isnt), now my 5-heater fan switch is starting to smoke every time i turn it on. you now own the worst car ever made! after all that work i might be able to get a thousand out of it since 6-the paint is falling off.

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Old 06-23-2003, 08:42 PM
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Umm bullheimer?? did you happen to have a 3.1 in it???
Im just asking cause Im hoping you are wrong!



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So?........ What did you find out?
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Old 06-26-2003, 09:43 AM
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Well after going all thru my wires.. I figured out that the alarm on the car is toast..... (the alarm that tells you the keys in ignition .. lights are on ... etc.... ) i call it the "idiot alarm "
It must have shorted out when the guy that owned the car before me "yanked" his old stereo out!



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you don't have to worry about what bullheimer warned you of, pup. A- different drivetrain B- there was a recall on paint prior to the 92-95 body style, so that's not a problem anymore, and C- sounds like he got a lemon, the 3100 can be beat on and still run with only minor problems as i hear, and most GA's don't have those problems.


their main problems are the auto tranny and on the newer ones the brakes.
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Like you said PuP, I hate "tricity" too!


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