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  • 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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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 12/25/2013
    Im installing an aftermarket pioneer radio system all wries are connected but no power?
    pioneer deh-p30001b no wiring harnesses
     
    • Jimm
      12/25/2013 Jimm
      Check the installation details with the stereo manufacturer, or this source; www.crutchfield.com
    • Jimm
      12/25/2013 Jimm
      You may also access the operation manual; www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/PUSA/Files/DEHP3000IBOperationManual1023.pdf
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 12/25/2013
    How to install stereo aftermarket stereo
    pioneer deh-p30001b
     
    • Jimm
      12/25/2013 Jimm
      Check the installation details with the stereo manufacturer, or this source; www.crutchfield.com
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Pontiac G6 - Body & Interior - 12/22/2013
    My HVAC system fan motor is not operating. I cannot find the fuse or the motors location.
    All other HVAC systems appear to be coming on. Where is the fuse located?
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Pontiac Solstice - Body & Interior - 12/18/2013
    The passenger side rear buttress of the convertible top will not release, and I can't open the trunk. I need access.
    I was having to lift the buttress manually, when opening the trunk. It won't release at all now. Is there a manual way to release the buttress. I have checked all fuses and relays, they are good.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 12/14/2013
    Location of heater motor and how to replace it
    was working on three postions and know nothing
     
    • Jimm
      12/14/2013 Jimm
      1) Open the hood and then disconnect the negative battery terminal from the battery using a small hand wrench.
      2) Open the passenger side door wide and then remove the trim panel (kick-plate) underneath the glove box. Use a screwdriver to remove the clip retainers of the trim panel and then unplug the wire harness from the courtesy light to remove the panel completely.
      3) Unplug the wire harness to the blower motor by depressing the plug lock inward and then pulling it off the opposite plug connection.
      4) Remove the three retaining screws holding the blower motor in place using a 1/4-inch drive ratchet, extension and suitable socket. Remove the motor.
      5) Compare the old motor to the replacement motor for basket-wheel size, flange shape and plug connection. Some aftermarket blower motors for the Grand Prix may match identically except for the plug connection. If the flange or basket-wheel length does not match, you'll need to return the blower motor to the parts store to find one that does (take the old motor with you). For the wire harness plug connection, you can simply snip off both the motor and harness plugs and rewire by stripping the wires with wire cutters, inserting the same colored wires into the butt connectors and then crimping the butt connectors to secure the wires.
      6) Insert the motor into the housing and reattach the three retaining screws. Plug the wire harness back in (or rewire as described in Step 5).
      7) Reattach the negative battery terminal with the small hand wrench. Test the blower motor for operation by turning the Grand Prix to the accessory power position (the ignition key placed two clicks forward in the ignition) and turning on the blower using the dashboard fan controls.
      8) Replace the trim panel and retainers.

      The parts are readily available; try these on-line sources; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities. In fact, they (RockAuto) lis tthe replacement blower motor from around $36.00 for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Pontiac Bonneville - Body & Interior - 12/14/2013
    FAN ON HEATER RUNNING NOT ALL THE AIR IS COMING INTO THE CAR PART
    REPLACED FAN THEN SOMETHING IS WRONG THE FAN RUNS U CAN HEAR BUT LITTLE AIR IS COMING INTO THE CAR
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/13/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If this problem has existed for a while, the cause may be that the evaporator core fins are blocked (on the engine side) with debris. I think you can remove the blower motor resistor and see the core fins. I did this once with a similar problem and I vacuumed the debris out through the access hole by removing the blower resistor from the engine compartment and it added a huge amount of airflow.
    • rprieto
      12/14/2013 rprieto
      Did you use after market blower motor?If so you may have motor spinning the wrong direction.Switch the wires to motor to correct air flow.
      rprieto
      12/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I agree. I forgot that completely. You are probably right, reversed polarity and spinning backwards. So it is a vacuum now..LOL