2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 overheated, shut off while driving, now will not fire

Asked by MikeMCD123 Sep 14, 2018 at 10:35 PM about the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Yesterday I was driving my Grand Prix home and noticed the vehicle was
running rough, but I never saw the temperature gauge notify me it was
overheating. Eventually, as I was driving, I heard what I would describe as a
metal fork banging back and forth in a tin can coming from the engine. Right
after that started, my RPM dropped to zero, I lost power steering, and the
engine seemed to have cut out. I pulled over, and it would not start. The tow
truck driver informed me the car had overheated, and I seem to be missing a
large amount of coolant, though I never noticed any smoking coming from
the radiator or the engine. I towed the vehicle home, and left it overnight to
cool down. This morning, I attempted to fire it, and it barely started to crank
for about a half-second to a second, then dead silence. Next attempted
crank, a simple click. I figured the battery may be dead, since I sat with the
battery running the A/C until the tow truck driver arrived. But after charging
the battery, it still didn't fire. I tried jumping it, it still didn't fire. If I repeatedly
try to start it, after the first attempted crank, when I attempt to crank it is one
simple click. If I come back to it after a few minutes, it will attempt to crank
(again, only for a half second), and then right back to the single clicks. I was
hoping somebody would have some insight, I am hoping this engine is not
shot, as this car is on a loan.

2 Answers


This isn't going to be good news I think you blew the engine. To check do this put a socket and breaker bar on the crankshaft bolt, try to turn engine if you can't the engine threw a rod look for a used engine, a rebuilt would cost more than the car is worth, I'm sorry for the news hope I'm wrong


I agree with Mike. Sounds like this car is done. Definitely not worth fixing if the engine is gone. Its an old car and they eventually all die. You just happened to be the one driving it when it happened. Hopefully the owner of the car will understand that and not try to hold you financially responsible for it.

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