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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 a 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 a 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix suspension problem

The alignment is the lion's share of the expense here, so why wait til the outer side goes up to redo the alignment? Ideally, he should also replace on both driver and passenger sides while he's there ...
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Car shutdown / won't restart after driving through puddle (2006 Pontiac G6)

How deep was the water? It is most likely an electrical problem with waterlogged or even shorted out electronics. However, if the water was pulled into the engine, you could have significant ...
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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP electricity cutting in and out

Still a loose battery cable. If connections at the battery are good, start following the cable down. Sometimes the cables wear out or break inside the insulation near the battery. Sometimes, one of ...
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Is it safe replace 225/65R17 tires with 215/60R16?

For optimum performance they should be the same diameter, regardless of the rim size. For example 195 50 15 tyres have the same diameter as a 175 70 13 tyre. Though they differ in size, they make up ...
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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 fuel (as well as the battery). After 2 years, the fuel in the tank has almost certainly gone bad. It's most probably also gummed up your fuel injectors. Try spraying some starter fluid ...
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2001 pontiac montana minivan- gas gauge does not work

Disconnect the fuel gauge sending wire from the fuel tank sending unit, with key on the fuel gauge will either go to Full or empty, now ground the fuel sender wire to a good ground, the gauge should ...
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89 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Stalls No Start

My guess is fuel pressure, a bad pump or clogged fuel filter. I would put a fuel pressure gauge on it and see what the pressure is next time it stalls and you try to restart.
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