1997 Pontiac Sunfire Ignition Switch Recall

The wire running from positive post of battery to solenoid burned up tonight causing lights, engine, etc to just shut down while I was driving leaving a hot electrical smell on my 1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE CONV. What happened?

There is a recall from General Motors for that exact problem. Do you know if it has been done to the car yet?

I have no idea. I bought the car used just this past May.

Well, the recall involves replacing the ignition switch, and running a relay to control the high amp draw of the starter wire. This is done to prevent an electrical overheating of the wires and the eventual burning up of them. Which has seemed to happen to you. You can take the car to any GM dealer and have them run the VIN and see if any open recalls are still needed, or if they have been done. I would assume it HASN’T been done since you had the meltdown.

Lol yeah sounds like it.

They may be able to help you out since the problem of the recall happened to your vehicle.

So since I bought it used can I still have it repaired? Will it cost me?

Yes, it doesn’t matter who owns the car, if the recall is still needed it will be done free of charge.

Wow! Ok thank you very much for your help. So I just go to a local GM dealer and have them check the VIN? .And they should repair recall problem at no charge?

Yes, take it to any GM dealership, tell them you think you need a recall done, and that the problem that the recall fixes caused a problem on your car. They will at least do the recall for free, but may charge you for any other damage or burned up components. If you have to have it towed, you’ll be responsible for that bill as well.

Thank you very much for all your help/info tonight.

No problem, glad to help!

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