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  • cdeads8
    cdeads8 - 1999 Pontiac Grand Am - Body & Interior - 2/12/2013
    Why is key not working every time i try to turn on
    also i have no dash lights, i purchased new key and the new one works better but still wont start everytime. it feels like it blocked
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Please clarify what you mean exactly, because saying your key is not working is not specific enough. Are you saying that the key sometimes does not turn (as though it is the wrong key) or do you mean the key turns but the engine does not start? I am taking what you said to mean that the key does not rotate at all sometimes. If this is the case then the fix would be to replace the ignition lock cylinder. Even though you made a new key, the problem is with the tumblers inside the lock cylinders itself. The new cylinder would have to be coded to match the old cylinder before you install it and then a simple programming procedure has to be done before the vehicle will recognize the new cylinder. If you will attempt to do this yourself with a repair manual next to you, let me know and I can provide the add'l details you will need to do so you can do this job without outside help from a mechanic. This job is not a simple slam dunk DIY type job and requires you follow a very specific procedure or when you finish the car will still not run and if you code the cylinder wrong the key will still not turn.
  • jhun
    jhun - 1996 Pontiac Sunfire - Body & Interior - 2/12/2013
    How to replace a new muffler
    How to install a new muffler
     
    • CVO
    • Arlinw
      2/12/2013 Arlinw
      Step 1: Raise the car and safely support its weight on a floor jack
      Step 2: Use penetrating lubricants such as PB Blaster or WD-40 around the bolts, and tapping the flanges with a hammer (or wrench) to let the lubricant penetrate through the rust.
      Step 4: Raise the muffler from its mounting posting by pulling it free of the hangers with your hands.
      Step 5: Unbolt the muffler and lower it with the floor jack. Remove the gaskets that seal the two sections of exhaust.
      Step 6: Use some automotive cleaner to clean the forward mating surfaces of the exhaust to prepare them for re-installation.
      Step 7: Balancing the new muffler on the floor jack, raise it until you can easily fasten it to the forward sections of the exhaust system and attach it with the new nuts and bolts provided. Hang the new muffler from the body of the vehicle with new exhaust hangers. Slide the new hangers over the mounting brackets on the muffler and the car body, lowering the floor jack until the muffler is at its proper height. Then retighten the bolts that were loosened before, leaving the new muffler firmly mounted onto your vehicle, and remove the floor jack.
      For more information on motorcycle exhausts visit http://4wheelonline.com/.../...e_Exhausts.171021
  • motorhommie
    motorhommie - 1987 Pontiac Fiero - Body & Interior - 2/10/2013
    How do I connect a new cigarette lighter on a 1994 Ford Explorer?
    Part was disconnected so I don't know which terminals to connect the 2 spade clipped wires to.
     
    • CVO
      2/10/2013 CVO
      The hot wire of the cigarette lighter is an orange ( ORG ) wiring connected to a 25 A fuse, the other wiring ( BLK ) is connected to the chassis ground.

      See this Fig. Fig. 8 Chassis wiring-1987-88 models
      http://www.autozone.com/.../...rGuideContent.jsp
      CVO
      2/10/2013 CVO
      Ignore this answer, it's for a 1987 Pontiac Fiero.
      CVO
      2/10/2013 CVO
      The cigarette hot wire ( LB/W ) is connected to the 20 A fuse, the other wiring ( BK ) is connected to the chassis ground.
      Use this 1994\FM\FMWR94EXPL014a as a reference to access the wiring diagrams @ http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html
  • scooter11
    scooter11 - 2007 Pontiac Vibe - Body & Interior - 1/26/2013
    How do I fix my radio and power source?
    Shorted out my radio and power source when I tried to plug in a busted plug in from my GPS.
     
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  • scooter11
    scooter11 - 2007 Pontiac Vibe - Body & Interior - 1/21/2013
    When plugging in my gps it seemed like there was a short, now the radio doesn't work and there is no display.
    I tried changing the fuse that would fix this problem but I'm not positive i changed the correct fuses.
     
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  • tasteelers1
    tasteelers1 - 1987 Pontiac 6000 - Body & Interior - 1/19/2013
    How to change headlamp bulb?
    Is it twist fitted or should it pull straight out?
     
    • Jimm
      1/19/2013 Jimm
      They are easy to replace - open the hood, and behind the front headlight - on the housing - you'll see the lamp socket. Simply, turn the socket to remove the socket from the headlamp housing. Once the socket is removed, then twist out the headlamp bulb and replace with a new one. The installation is the reverse of the removal.
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps - with photos.
  • bjthien
    bjthien - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 1/15/2013
    Why do my bright lights come on when my turn signal turns offf
    My bright lights come on after I complete my turn and the turn signal goes off
     
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  • Rob
    Rob - 1999 Pontiac Grand Am - Body & Interior - 1/14/2013
    Driver side window stopped working
    Window will not move up or down
     
  • ynotgram
    ynotgram - 2001 Pontiac Aztek - Body & Interior - 1/12/2013
    Is the rear trunk supposed to LIFT UP AUTOMATICALLY when the button is pushed?
  • joydivided
    joydivided - 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 1/11/2013
    What should voltage be for speed control of ac fan
    Fan motor will not run at all. I show 12 volts at the motor and the resistor. What should the voltage reading be for the controlling wire on the resistor and coming from the control in the dash.
     
    • CVO
      1/11/2013 CVO
      Apply a direct 12 volts to test the blower motor, if it will not run, then it is a bad one.
  • jbell3
    jbell3 - 2009 Pontiac Montana - Body & Interior - 1/8/2013
    No heat from blower in the morning until I start driving. What is going on?
    When I start the Van in the morning I could sit there for ten minutes and still not get any heat through the blower fan. Only when I start driving away do I get heat. Why?
     
    • CVO
      1/8/2013 CVO
      Insufficient coolant , trapped air in the cooling system might not have enough coolant to full fill the heater core. Check the radiator coolant level and top it off as needed.

      Some cooling systems have air bleed valves built into the system to aid in the removal of air pockets. Advice: For many cooling systems, the method of removing air pockets is to start the engine and allow it to run with the radiator cap off or loose until all the air escapes from the neck of the radiator. For some systems this method is not sufficient, and the manufacturer has installed air bleed valves usually near or on the thermostat housing.
  • gabriel
    gabriel - 2000 Pontiac Montana - Body & Interior - 1/8/2013
    My wipers won't rest like they should I've replaced motor,transmission, and arms and they won't rest like they should
    The wipers were stuck in the upright position so I replace the motor which help they went down but they won't rest
     
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  • Tim D
    Tim D - 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 4/5/2011
    When the blower motor switch is turned on to any speed the driver information center goes out.
    The blower will not work either. Its not the motor. After an hour the driver information center will come back on.
  • scott.clarissa
    scott.clarissa - 2006 Pontiac G6 - Body & Interior - 1/3/2013
    Driver's side window will not close correctly. Window clanks outside the spot it should be inside of at top.
    100,000 miles, it is about 31 degrees here, it occurs everytime you open and close door, unless you physically close door while pushing on window to go under the metal at top, if not it clanks hard on outside of metal strip, then following your radio continues to ...
     
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  • scott.clarissa
    scott.clarissa - 2006 Pontiac G6 - Body & Interior - 1/3/2013
    Driver's side window will not close correctly. Window clanks outside the spot it should be inside of at top.
    100,000 miles, it is about 31 degrees here, it occurs everytime you open and close door, unless you physically close door while pushing on window to go under the metal at top, if not it clanks hard on outside of metal strip, then following your radio continues to ...
     
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