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  • DeAnna
    DeAnna - 2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 2/7/2012
    The security light came on and now it wont start.
     
    • judd0081
      2/7/2012 judd0081
      The security light is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM. (Theft Deterrent Module) The TDM is what tells your computer that the correct key is being used and that it is "OK" to allow the vehicle to start and run. These 3 parts must be in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending important signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, (normally due to a failing/broken part) the car goes into antitheft mode. The car misinterperates this and thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is NOT getting that signal from YOUR specific key. There is where the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. So basically, if that light is on, your system has some sort of failing part. This can start as an intermittent "no start", to your vehicle not running for days at a time, to the vehicle NEVER starting again. The problem is electrical and computer based, so don't count on an easy reset button, or the problem fixing itself. The hard part is isolating which part is the problem. You can spend a thousand dollars through a mechanic very easily. I have had great luck with bypassing the entire system. This way the problem will never return. It actually CAN'T ever return and can be done yourself at a much cheaper cost. Read through this link very carefully. You'll find alot of information and pictures, along with ways to help you fix this.

      http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/
  • panodlfis1
    panodlfis1 - 2007 Pontiac G6 - Preventive Maintenance - 2/4/2012
    Whats wong with my passenger headligh? It burns real dim for a while then works correctly.
    I have gone and replaced the whole headlight assembly. The wiring harness past the headlight looks good. Cant find any bad spots. Has anyone had this problem and if you have please help to fix it.
     
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  • lone wolf
    lone wolf - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 2/2/2012
    Although a new flasher was reinstall and flasher continues cllicking, please help.
    a parts ( new flasher was restalled) clicking continues.
     
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  • domo
    domo - 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 1/30/2012
    The GTP that I have has the 3.8L supercharged engine. I was wanting to know how to change the oil in the supercharger.
    I have found the plug to check the oil. But I don't know how to drain the oil out of the supercharger.
     
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  • john martinez
    john martinez - 1997 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 1/25/2012
    What is the cause for a humming road noise in the front end. The noise reduces when slightly turning the steering wheel
    Road noise. Slightly reduces when steering slightly to the right
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/25/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You have a bad front wheel bearing on the side where the noise is coming from. Probability is 99%.
  • Joshua
    Joshua - 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 1/25/2012
    What parts would i need to fix the fan in my car if it is water damaged and not blowing the heat it produces?
    i know i might need a blower motor but i was wondering if you would think it could be the blower motor ignition switch? cuz when i have my car on and running, i put it on 5 but no heat comes out unless im doing 70 on the highway. and it is very little heat.
     
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  • Sarah
    Sarah - 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 1/25/2012
    The seal in my oil pump keeps shooting out and all oil leaks out. I have changed the filter twice now
    the motor has been completely re done the car starts fine then clutters around and shoots the seal out
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/25/2012 HouseCallAuto
      If you are referring to the oil filter mounting gasket which you are calling it a "seal in my oil pump" - then that being agreed to, you have a stuck oil pressure relief valve in the oil pump and this OPR valve can be accessed without engine dis-assembly. After removing the oil filter housing, remove the valve and clean or replace the valve and spring as needed but usually there is just a piece of junk causing the valve to become stuck and this allows full unregulated oil pressure to blow the oil filter gasket out.
      HouseCallAuto
      1/25/2012 Sarah
      thanks so much!! getting it fixed now!!
  • AndisGA
    AndisGA - 1997 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 1/23/2012
    Battery light issue. Have tried everything that I can think of and I've had a mechanic look at it and a dealership.
    So 3 weeks ago after a car wash my battery light came on. Immediately drove it to the parts store and had the battery and alternator tested. Changed out 3 different alternators now, along with the power wire that runs to the starter, the wire that runs to the fuse ...
     
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  • bstant
    bstant - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 1/18/2012
    Is it hard to change the transmission oil in a grand prix at home?
    Need to know whether or not to do this at home
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/18/2012 Spoon Sports
      Yeah i believe you can do that at home. You have to remove the transmission pan and replace the gasket and filter after it drains - its not hard but messy as it leaks out all the way around after you remove the pan bolts. make sure you know which is the transmission pan. the parts stores have the kit and can tell you how many pints of fluid you will need. trick is not to over tighten them and snug them all first, then hand tighten until you see the gasket squeeze slightly.use a criss-cross pattern.
      good luck - there are directions in the kit
  • Bob
    Bob - 2004 Pontiac Montana - Preventive Maintenance - 1/17/2012
    All Guages are erratic (except Temp) gets slightly better as it gets warmer.
    182000km No work done so far (I have been told that there is a small motor behind guages which is problem,Guy was not a mechanic) Worse when cold.Occurs all the time,started about 6 mths ago.at 150000km approx. Check engine light is on and my local garage say it is ...
     
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  • Arvinw
    Arvinw - 2004 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 1/15/2012
    What are the steps in changing front wheel bearings. On 2004 Pontiac grand am all power
     
    • Jay Giron
      1/15/2012 Jay Giron
      Removal & Installation

      These vehicles are equipped with sealed hub and bearing assemblies. The hub and bearing assemblies are non-serviceable. If the assembly is damaged, the complete unit must be replaced.

      Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.

      Remove or disconnect the following:

      Front wheel

      Halfshaft nut and washer

      Caliper from the steering knuckle and support it aside

      WARNING
      DO NOT allow the caliper to hang unsupported from the brake hose.

      Brake rotor

      Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) connector, if equipped

      3 hub/bearing assembly bolts

      Halfshaft from the hub/bearing assembly

      Hub/bearing assembly

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      To install:

      Install or connect the following:

      Hub/bearing assembly onto the halfshaft, making sure the splines engage smoothly

      Hub/bearing assembly to the steering knuckle. Torque the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).

      Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) connector, if equipped

      Brake rotor

      Caliper onto the steering knuckle. Torque the bolts to 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm).

      Halfshaft nut. Torque the hub nut to 284 ft. lbs. (385 Nm) on nuts colored black, or 173 ft. lbs. (235 Nm) on gray colored nuts.

      Front wheel. Torque the nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).

  • Jackie
    Jackie - 1997 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 1/14/2012
    Why does my car need jumped?
    After it sits longer than a day, or if it is cold out, my car needs jumped. It has a new battery and a new alternator. What's wrong?
     
    • yboy82
      1/14/2012 yboy82
      I assumed that you also have a new alternator belt. Sounds like you have a parasitic current drain I suggest that you take your vehicle to a service shop to find the cause of it.

      To have more idea about the parasitic current drain check out this link http://flashoffroad.com/.../currentdrain.pdf
  • erome
    erome - 1993 Pontiac Firebird - Preventive Maintenance - 1/13/2012
    When i get on the gas it shifts fine but when i put my foot in it studers at 3000 rpm every gear. its a automatic 700r
    will it be the hypertech programmer and also smell raw gas
     
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  • Loraine
     
    • jdl
      1/11/2012 jdl
      Check to see if linkage is broken or slipping on the driver side wiper.
  • 12345678910
    12345678910 - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 1/4/2012
    I have a whistling noise in one of my pulleys that the serpintine belt rides on how can i find out which pulley it is?
    Had to replace the belt 3 times in 2 1/2 months but the noise keeps returning
     
    • Jay Giron
      1/4/2012 Jay Giron
      Get a long vacuum hose and put one end on your ear and the other end pointed on the pulleys.
      The pulley that sounds louder, is the one that is making the noise.
    • Spoon Sports
      1/4/2012 Spoon Sports
      Remove the serpentine belt and manually turn all the pulleys. I mean even the engine is running, all you need is a good set of ears. Obviously something is misaligned.

      You want a detailed answer?

      http://www.gates.com/brochure.cfm