Good evening everyone!
I apologize for reviving an old thread. However, it was the first I found after a google search that was similar to my issue.
I will start with the basics: My name is Chris, and I own a 2006 Solstice MT. It is 100% stock, never been modified and has 115k on it.
Recently I encountered an issue with the car not starting out of nowhere. I drove it on a Friday, the next day I washed it and detailed it like normal. When I was backing it out of my driveway, the damn thing just turned off and I could not start it. Thinking it was a dead battery, I replaced it with a new one. Nothing! Still wouldn't start. No lock icon in the dash, CEL, nothing... I had the car towed to my mechanic. After looking around, he informed me that the Neutral Safety Switch was toast. I showed up to the shop and watched the switch get replaced. Afterward, The car did start. However, it was severely rough. Almost like an old 60's V8 cranking for a few seconds and then barely comes to life.
After trying to start it a few days later, the problem got worse. I had to hold the key in the start position for like 10 seconds and then the car would start. Last try I noticed that there was what appeared to be smoke coming from the alternator area. I tried charging the battery for almost 6 hours and gave it another go... Nothing! I do still hear a click, the gauges still sweep, lights come on when I try to turn the key... This has been driving me crazy since December!
What the hell is wrong with my car? Oh, I also noticed that the OEM radio started displaying weird characters in the display. Instead of seeing the radio station number or the AUX Device tag listed, I was seeing something like this: #$#%$%$^#^#%#%$&*#
I'm guessing that the OEM radio is done and needs to be replaced, but does this have anything to do with my problem?
Please Help! I love this car!