2000 Pontiac Grand Am Won’t Start After Intake Gaskets Replaced

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I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand AM GT 3.4L. I just replaced intake gaskets and lifters soaked lifters in oil for 24 hrs car set for a week with battery unhooked put all back together car wont start do i have to do anything with computer since it set so long why won’t it start?

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Are you sure you got the pushrods put back in the proper location? There are two different lengths for exhaust and intake.

Yes pretty sure. Exhaust are log rods aren’t they.

Yes the exhaust are the long ones, but ‘pretty sure’ doesn’t quite answer the question. Would need to know for sure if they are correctly installed. You do NOT need to do anything special with the computer after it sits. It should have started right up. Even if the lifters needed oil pressure to pump up, it should have started after cranking it a bit. I’d look for something not put back correctly or left disconnected by accident. Go over your work and you should be able to find the problem.


I have a 2004 Pontiac grand am. Last week I took it to the shop to see why it was overheating. I was told it was the thermostat and water pump and that i would need to replace a belt down the line. i had a family friend replace the thermostat and water pump because it was much cheaper than the shop fixing it. My car is not overheating now but when im driving there is a clicking/ticking noise coming from under the hood. I have no idea what could be causing this noise..can you please help.

If the belt has been exposed to a lot of coolant, it can make noise while driving or when the engine is running. Or, a bad belt tensioner can make a clicking type noise, too. Also, if the water pump pulley bolts were left loose, the pulley can make noise as well. If the noise wasn’t there before the repairs were done, it would be safe to assume that it has to be something your friend did during the repair. You might want to have him or her take another look at it.