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Car won't start after sitting for 2 years even with a jump. Is it a starter or alternator issue?

If the battery is completely dead, especially after sitting for two years, it most likely won't take a charge. Without the battery getting charged, you most likely don't have enough juice coming ...
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Car won't start after sitting for 2 years even with a jump. Is it a starter or alternator issue?

It's the battery Starting an engine takes a much larger energy impulse than jumper cables can deliver directly through their typically-thin wires and the small surface area of their alligator clamps. ...
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Is it possible to remove the Pontiac Vibe's rear door handle from the outside?

No. You have to remove the panel to get to the bolt. It is completely within the door structure. Realistically, don't be so afraid of the weather sheathing. I think most people's problem with it is ...
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Is it possible to remove the Pontiac Vibe's rear door handle from the outside?

No, you cannot change that bolt without taking the panel off, you'll have to bite the bullet on that one. Don't worry about the plastic, go slow and use a paint scraper or butter knife to help pry it ...
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Car won't start after sitting for 2 years even with a jump. Is it a starter or alternator issue?

Others have already told you the battery is a goner, I'll go into why: When a battery discharges lead sulfate builds up on the plates. It is deposited in very tiny crystals that will covert back to ...
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Should I get 2nd Opinion on head gasket issue?

It is ALWAYS good to get a second opinion. I would highly recommend taking it to another shop and have them tell you what they think it is even if you believe the first shop to be right. That being ...
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Solstice! Car starts to run rough after hitting the gas, intermittently.

Regarding the tangent, yes, an ill-fitting dipstick can be the cause of a vacuum leak. Pulling out the dipstick is a way mechanics can figure out if the car is suffering from unmetered air/vacuum ...
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What is the part called that connects the engine to the air intake system? (Photo included)

That is called the Engine Crankcase Ventilation Hose ... The part number is 24467120 and is #18 in this diagram:
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How do you test relays?

You can easily test a relay in a few simple steps. The required materials are as follows Digital Multimeter (with continuity setting) 12V power supply (Optional) Aligator clips for hands-free ...
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THAT Solstice - What causes an exhaust back-fire?

The most common cause of backfiring in MAF driven cars is an air leak in the intake system. This causes the engine to misread how much air is entering the engine, and too much or too little fuel is ...
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Resting a radiator on metal brackets

The vibration from the engine and driving will cause fretting which will wear away at the metal of the radiator. The softer metal will wear faster and will eventually make a hole in the base, most ...
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How critical is a Serpentine belt replacement and is it worth $400

That is way too much money for a serpentine belt and a tensioner pulley on any vehicle. If you cannot do this yourself, take it to a different mechanic and have them do it. A serpentine belt is not at ...
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Disconnect seat switch to disable airbag?

Disabling an air bag component doesn't seem like a good idea. I think on some systems if you disable a piece of it, it can disable the whole system. I'm not any kind of an expert but messing with ...
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Pontiac G6 sounds like a prop plane. Wheel bearing?

Pretty urgent. Less urgent than say, having no friction material left on your brakes but way more urgent than any regular servicing. Driving around with a dying bearing will hurt both economy and ...
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will not start, when I just had driven it about a hour ago

Keep in mind that you can have a low battery and not be able to crank the engine, but still have enough to run some of the interior electrical parts like the one you mentioned. The fact that it's only ...
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06 Solstice LE5 DTCs

Oh wow, there's definitely something funky going on with the electrical system. With regards to the P0563 and P0621, have you tried getting a live reading of the voltage from your scan tool or a ...
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Bleeding Brakes

No, you can still have air trapped in the rear caliper/wheel cylinder. Removing the line could introduce air to the caliper or wheel cylinder. Unfortunately, this means you might end up replacing ...
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2001 pontiac montana sw- what is the wheelbase length?

Wheelbase is the distance from center of front wheel to center of rear wheel.
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What would keep my 2007 Pontiac Torrent from starting?

Sounds more like a problem with the ignition switch, possibly some kind of interference with the steering wheel lock. Do you usually park on the street with your wheels turned? If so, maybe try to ...
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Trying to bleed brakes, but getting no fluid out

Is the car on the floor? Many vehicles, I'm not sure if yours does for certain, feature a brake bias apportioning valve which is essentially a "tap" which opens or closes depending on the position of ...
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What is the source of water soaking the passenger side carpet and floor panels on my Pontiac?

As @Paulster2 indicated, you likely have a clogged drain, you can use some wire or I prefer metal pipe cleaners. In addition, you should remove a plug that was installed by the factory incorrectly ...
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Remove car door lock lever arm

Referencing the photo it appears the retaining clip is still in place. At the 12 o'clock position you will notice a square shaped tag. Lifting the tab away from the bracket pry the clip in the ...
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How to change a thermostat on a 2007 Pontiac G6

No that's not the location. It's in the thermostat housing (attached to the engine) that the outlet radiator hose attaches too. This hose runs from the right side (passenger side) of the radiator to ...
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Brake Fluid Leaking out of Master Cylinder but on Top of Booster

Just need to replace the master cylinder, the booster should be fine. The piston in the master cylinder is bad and is leaking against the booster. That's the only place for the fluid to come out.
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What is the part called that connects the engine to the air intake system? (Photo included)

To add to Paul's answer - the crankcase ventilation hose is required in order to prevent fumes from the engine oil escaping to atmosphere - instead they are ventilated into the air intake, so they ...
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Why would headlights stop working after turning over

Turns out what went wrong was my car was turning on the brights (highs) when I would go to unlock it, and the regular (lows) headlights were never working. I thought the car was turning on the lows ...
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Car dies immediately when started

One of your connections at the battery is bad. Your vehicle should most likely be a side post battery. Loosen the battery bolt a little, wiggle the connections, then tighten it back down and see if ...
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Bleeding Brakes 2002 Bonneville with ABS

Your procedure for bleeding is fine, except for the banjo bolt You can bleed a line at the banjo bolt but you can't bleed a caliper. You can get your stuck nipple off if you break the head by using ...
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2008 Grand Prix GPX

Mitchell shows original equipment plugs are ACDelco 41-962 for the 5.3, which are double platinum plugs. Plug gap is 0.040". I've never used nor sold Bosch plugs before. From talking to people, I've ...
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Should I get 2nd Opinion on head gasket issue?

Wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion. However, be careful if you try diagnosing yourself. If coolant is leaking into one of the cylinders and you try starting the car you could hydro-lock the ...
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