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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 11/12/2013
    My heater is not getting warm at all.Why?
    The heater core hoses feel warm as well as both radiator hoses,but the radiator cap is cold.Also the radiator hoses feel as if they have little pressure I can squeeze them close with little effort.
     
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  • prpappie1
    prpappie1 - 2001 Pontiac Firebird - Preventive Maintenance - 9/25/2013
    Front signals and flashers do not work but rear ones do
    also the headlight motors are not working properly and the lighter does not work
     
    • bear.1216
      9/25/2013 bear.1216
      Most likely need combination switch for blinkers. Check fuse for lighter. Check grounds at front headlights and blinkers.
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Most likely cause is a faulty daytime running lamps control module. The front turn signal bulbs are used for DRL operation on this vehicle. It is also possible that if the DRL module is junk that the headlamp doors may not work. Wiring diagram shows shared wiring.
  • comstock_rick
    comstock_rick - 2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 9/22/2013
    Resetting change oil light
    changed oil how do I reset light
     
    • Jimm
      9/22/2013 Jimm
      To reset the service engine soon light on a Grand Am you need to turn the ignition switch to the on position. Press Options on the instrument panel until you get to service light. Press set/reset to reset the light. Turn the car off.
  • comstock_rick
    comstock_rick - 2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 9/22/2013
    How do you reset change oil light
    the change oil light and service engine soon light coming on
     
    • Jimm
      9/22/2013 Jimm
      To reset the service engine soon light on a Grand Am you need to turn the ignition switch to the on position. Press Options on the instrument panel until you get to service light. Press set/reset to reset the light. Turn the car off.
  • nikonb52
    nikonb52 - 2005 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 8/24/2013
    I have a problem with the speedometer. How can I know for sure?
    It happens when I'm driving on the interstate and its up to higher speed between 50 and 70 and it sometimes get stuck on 70 even when I stop. I happens more often when I use the cruse control. I started about a year ago. no other warning lights appear.
     
    • CVO
      8/24/2013 CVO
      Many drivers of GM vehicles have felt the pain of having 1 or more of their instrument gauges stop working. This is a well documented problem on 2003-06 GM cars and trucks.
      The speedometer quits.
  • joshuabolin.6969
    joshuabolin.6969 - 2005 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 8/8/2013
    I have a ponitac grand am and i had my passanger windshield wiper stop moving so i had to buy window wiper control arm
    The arms had come apart below the dash that held the wipers and made them wipe.. I replaced the window wipe control arms , where im stuck at is the control arms are not all snaped together because you have to change the motor from the old one to the new one and ...
     
    • frankiedonnn
      8/8/2013 frankiedonnn
      I read your problem, but I fail to visual exactly what you mean: there seems to be a special tool for everything .the best that I can suggest right now is to purchase a repair manual for your model grand am and you will find the necessary information there. I'm not familiar with grand ams . haynes or chilton manuals have quite a bit of info. They are not perfect but it is better than nothing at all to go by.
  • mistymsmith885
    mistymsmith885 - 2001 Pontiac Montana - Preventive Maintenance - 7/19/2013
    What should the psi be for the fuel pressure on a 2001 pontiac montana 3.4 liter engine
    I have recently changed the motor in the van and when you drive it after about 25 minutes it seems to sputter then dies. it will start right back up and will run for a few minutes. It did idle for about an hour tonight psi was at 47 but when we revved it up went ...
     
  • bodegajoe
    bodegajoe - 2003 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 6/27/2013
    How to change supercharger oil; What grade of oil? What's the procedure?
     
    • Jimm
      6/27/2013 Jimm
      Change the SC oil through the fill on the snout every 30k-50k. Supercharger oil is completely different than engine oil. If you change it, you will either need to get two (4 oz.) bottles of Supercharger Oil from a dealership, or one (8 oz) bottle of synthetic 5w30 engine oil from any local auto parts store.

      The Series 2 M90 (96-03) uses 8 ounces of SC oil, and has the drain plug on the front.

      1. Go to the GM dealer and buy 2 bottles of Supercharger Oil P/N 10953513. Or you may go to any auto parts store for the following oil type; 5w30 synthetic (any brand).
      If you're not going to flush the cone, one bottle will be more than enough.

      2. Pull the smaller of the two covers off the blower, on the pulley end of the supercharger (passenger side of the engine compartment). You'll see a small plug (1/4" NPT if you know your plumbing sizes) out of the nose cone assembly (you'll need an allen wrench). You don't want it hot, but make sure it's warm. Wipe any debris or dirt off the nose cone in and around the plug before removal.

      3. Put a Jack under the Front A-arm or sub-frame on the driver's side and raise it. This will force the oil towards the pulley end of the nose cone and make it easier to suck out.

      4. Get 2 large syringes from your local drug dealer or farm/feed supply, and some 1/4" tubing from the auto parts store. A foot will do for each syringe. Press the tubing onto the end of each syringe, and use one to
      suction the oil out through the fill hole.

      5. Refill it with a clean syringe and tubing, not a funnel, because you have to see when the oil reaches the bottom edge of the threads.

      6. Re-install the 1/4" NPT plug in the nose cone assembly. If you're flushing (recommended), start the car and let it run for a minute or two, and repeat step 4, always using one syringe to empty, and the other to fill. The last time you fill it, let it off the jack (level car) before filling it.

      7. Re-install the wire harness cover.

  • askrabski
    askrabski - 2005 Pontiac Vibe - Preventive Maintenance - 5/23/2013
    How often does the fuel filter need to be changed on my 2005 Pontiac Vibe?
     
    • Jimm
      5/23/2013 Jimm
      The fuel filter on a 2005 Pontiac Vibe should be changed approximately every 25,000 to 35,000 miles, depending upon your specific driving conditions. Changing the fuel filter regularly keeps the engine running efficiently and the gas in your fuel system free of contaminants and particles.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the fuel filter from around $31.75 for your vehicle.

    • HouseCallAuto
      5/23/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The fuel filter on a 2005 Pontiac is generally not ever replaced. It is an integral part of the fuel pump assembly within the fuel tank. So don't go lookin for a replaceable filter because you will not find one. There is a filter that can be purchased as Jimm said, but there is no need to replace the filter and it is not required to be replaced at any listed service interval. If you had a reason to remove the fuel tank for some other reason, say a bad fuel level sensor, you are in there already so that would be the time to replace the filter and even then it would just give you piece of mind as the surface area of the filter is large enough for a lifetime without being replaced.
      HouseCallAuto
      5/23/2013 askrabski
      Great. There was no mention of changing the fuel filter in the Vibe's manual, but from past experience with all my other cars, I assumed that the Vibe had a replaceable one also.
  • Turtle
    Turtle - 2003 Pontiac Vibe - Preventive Maintenance - 5/20/2013
    When I turn on my headlights the dashboard lights go out.
    I noticed symptoms several months ago when half the illumination of my radio/CD player faded out. I banged on the top of the dash and it came back on. Now whenever the headlights come on with the automatic lighting control or by manually turning the switch, all the ...
     
    • CVO
      5/20/2013 CVO
      Check the headlight switch.
      Combination switches operate wipers, directional, horn, headlights and dimmers
      When not replaced, wipers, directional, horn, headlights and dimmer, independently or as a group, will not function or turn off potentially causing safety issues.

      Try to turn the dimmer to max and see if it still have any problem with the headlights on.
  • borchd
    borchd - 2002 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 5/18/2013
    Whenever car is driven over bumps, rough roads, potholes, it makes a rattling noise.
     
    • Jimm
      5/18/2013 Jimm
      Possibly the exhaust sytem, as well as the following items; loose / faulty sway bar bushings or end links, loose / worn strut or shock mounts and bushings, loose / worn suspension bushings or mounts - either front or rear suspension - especially since you did not clarify or specify where the noise is heard - front or rear of the vehicle.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect and then repair / replace the suspension and steering components.
  • borchd
    borchd - 2002 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 5/18/2013
    The rattling noise underneath the car occurs only when I drive over bumps, rough roads, etc.
     
    • frankiedonnn
      5/18/2013 frankiedonnn
      Something is loose like the exhaust pipe.Drive the car onto a pair of ramps and have a good long look shaking the exhaust and looking for anything that looks out of place.See if the rubber straps on the exhaust are broken.DON'T GET BURNED IN THE PROCESS.EXHAUST IS EXTREMELY HOT.If you look around long enough you might see something wrong.Pull the hood too and look around the engine for anything thats loose.
    • Jimm
      5/18/2013 Jimm
      Possibly the exhaust sytem, as well as the following items; loose / faulty sway bar bushings or end links, loose / worn strut or shock mounts and bushings, loose / worn suspension bushings or mounts - either front or rear suspension - especially since you did not clarify or specify where the noise is heard - front or rear of the vehicle.

      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect and then repair / replace the suspension and steering components.
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  • SabrinaWaters
    SabrinaWaters - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 5/1/2013
    How do you change a head light bulb on a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am
     
    • DeniseWarner
      5/1/2013 DeniseWarner
      Changing head light bulb on a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am is not a rocket science, but it consumes lot of time and quite difficult as well. So I always prefer to get it changed from www.autopartsfair.com. I will suggest you the same don’t try to change it yourself instead take it to some dome repair shop.
 
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