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  • Shawn McCoy
    Shawn McCoy - 1992 Pontiac Firebird - Body & Interior - 4/25/2014
    Removing tint from back hatch glass?
    The window has wires under the tint from the defogger grid. How to remove tint safely ,with out damaging the grid?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 4/24/2014
    Radio (alpine) needs parking brake connection. where can i connect to? (i dont want to bypass)
    I just bought an alpine radio and installed it, I have it set up to recognize brake and reverse but I would like to know where I can hook up the wire for the parking brake signal. Essentially I need the radio to get a power signal when I’m not in park and a ground ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Pontiac Grand Am - Body & Interior - 4/5/2014
    POWER SEAT QUIT WORKING - REPLACED ENTIRE SEAT AND IT WORKED FOR A MINUTE THEN QUIT WORKING.
    I CAN STILL HEAR THE MOTOR OR SOMETHING. WHAT'S THE MOST LIKELY PROBLEM.
     
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  • Sam
    Sam - 1986 Pontiac Firebird - Body & Interior - 4/1/2014
    I have a dual exhaust firebird and I'm going to get aftermarket mufflers do I need 2 or just 1
    Looking for a louder muscle car sound and higher performance
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 3/30/2014
    Why won't my cars HVAC system work, on any setting?
    my car is in pretty much new condition for its age with only 50K miles on it, and I've had problems before even when washing my car with water coming in on my passenger side, but the issue was minor with no interior damage. But i had a significant amount in my ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The first thing to check is fuses for the blower. The blower motor (the motor replaced in November) has to be tested and confirmed OK, this is easy to do and is always one of the first steps. The fuses that have to be confirmed good are HVAC CTRL (20 amp) and HVAC HI (30 amp) and if they are both good then the only thing left is the blower resistor which controls speeds 1 to 4 and a blower relay. The highest speed is fed power direct from the ignition switch and through a relay. The blower relay could be junk.
  • Michael Engle
    Michael Engle - 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 3/6/2014
    Intermittent ignition key removal problem
    Intermittently the ignition key will not come out in park. You can remove the key by pressing the release button that is located under a plastic cover on the panel below the lock. The car shifts into all gears as its supposed to and the shift lever goes into park ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/6/2014 Jimm
      Mechanical issue - very common. Try this as an inexpensive first step - lubricate the key itself with some dry graphite powder (small tube from any local hardware store) and insert a few times.

      Next step would be to replace the ignition lock cylinder with a new one. Cost is around $17.00 from any of these on-line sources; www.partsgeek.com, discountautoparts.com, www.rockauto.com - to list only a few.
  • Michael Engle
    Michael Engle - 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 3/6/2014
    Intermittent ignition key removal problem
    Intermittently the ignition key will not come out in park. You can remove the key by pressing the release button that is located under a plastic cover on the panel below the lock. The car shifts into all gears as its supposed to and the shift lever goes into park ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/6/2014 Jimm
      Mechanical issue - very common. Try this as an inexpesvive first step - lubricate the key itself with some dry graphite powder (small tube from any local hardware store) and insert a few times.

      Next step would be to replace the ignition lock cylinder with a new one. Cost is around $17.00 from any of these on-line sources; www.partsgeek.com, discountautoparts.com, www.rockauto.com - to list only a few.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac G6 - Body & Interior - 3/5/2014
    Why doesn't my power window go all the way up
    Drivers side power window lowers slightly when the door opens (that's normal) but doesen't go back up on it's own when the door closes. It will go up all the way if using the power window switch on the door
     
    • Welder95
      3/5/2014 Welder95
      it is either a bad connection in the wires or your window motor is going out.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 2/25/2014
    Spedometer not working
    gas gauge and blinkers and spedometer not working properly
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/25/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Sounds like you have a faulty instrument panel cluster if all these malfunctions happened at the same time. If they happened separately over time then maybe not. ??
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 2/25/2014
    Spedometer not working
    gas gauge and blinkers and spedometer not working properly
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac Montana - Body & Interior - 2/20/2014
    Driving down the highway in my 2006 Pontiac Montana SV-6 when all of a sudden all the interior lights came on. I pulled
    it has 117k miles, I bought the van a year ago and the dash lights didn't work, the dealership fixed that, this is the first electrical problem since.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Pontiac Firebird - Body & Interior - 1/29/2014
    What would cause the left head lamp motor to keep running after lamps go down
    so i off flip up head lamps and they both go down but the left headlamp motor keeps running what is the mechanism or switch that causes the motor to swithch off?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/29/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the headlamp motor because of stripped out gears.

      The module that controls the headlight doors watches for a current rise when the door gets to open or close. If the gears are stripped, it never senses this and then the motor runs until the module times it out.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Pontiac Grand Am - Body & Interior - 1/28/2014
    I smell a strong odor of antifreeze inside my car. It's not leaking anywhere. Is it my heater core?
    My heater still blows warm air, and there's no antifreeze "film" buildup on my windshield.
     
    • Jimm
      1/28/2014 Jimm
      If there is a smell of anti-freeze inside the vehicle, this is from two possible sources; leaking heater core, or leaking / loose heater hose connection.
      It may be the severity of the leak is minor at this time - but the anti-freeze smell is likely from the engine coolant leaking / weeping out from the heater core onto the fins.
      As a first step - if it were my vehicle - I'd start with checking the heater hoses thoroughly - from the engine to the heater core - tightening (and not over tightening) the heater hose clamps.
      If this does not cure the problem, then suspect the heater core - and to test the heater core simply apply compressed air (at a low pressure less than 30 psi) into one of the heater hoses (with the other hose plugged off) and observe the heater core fins for telltale signs of fluid leakage; dried fluid / crust / mild corrosion on the small tubes and fins - or at the hose connections.
      What condition you are looking for at this point is a mild or minor leak; such as a small crack or pinhole - in the early stages.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities. For example, they (RockAuto) list the heater core from around $29.00 for your vehicle.

      Keep in mind that if the heater core is replaced, always replace both the heater hoses and clamps at the same time as an extra precaution - no reason to repair the leaking heater system twice.
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/28/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The most common source of a coolant leak on this is engine is two places, eithert the water pump or the intake manifold gaskets. Any coolant leak (even a small one) will have the vapors sucked into the cabin into your heater air stream. It can also be the heater core of course, even with no film on the windshield especially if the leak at the core is small. The heater core is not a difficult one, just one or two of the screws holding the lower cover are tough to get to but not impossible with the right swivel setup.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 1/16/2014
    The blower motor is running sporadically and will cut on and off when driving over rough terrain.
    With the dial on max, it will go everywhere in between from running max on to off. I can hit the dash if the blower is not working and the dial on high and it will kick off and run again after a delay of a couple seconds. It seems like it is a bad connection and ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/16/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Start by going down to the blower motor with the blower motor turned on but in it's failed state (not running). Now hit the blower motor with whatever. If it starts running then the blower motor is junk or else the electrical connection to the blower is maybe burned brown on one or two pins or even partially melted connector (check it - if this is the case it will be evident)
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 1/16/2014
    The blower motor is running sporadically.
    Symptoms are worse on bumpy roads. It will cut on and off when hitting bumps or hitting the dash.
     
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