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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 5/29/2014
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN LIGHT IS ON REDUCE ENGINGE POWER
    THE CAR RAN HOT AND I NEEDED A NEW RADIATOR ALL LIGHTS START TO FLASH AC KICKING ON TO COOL, ETC. GOT NEW RADIATOR AND THEROMSTATE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY AND NOW THIS REDUCE LIGHT STAYS ON
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/29/2014 Chevy doctor
      Try disconnecting both battery cables and seeing if this clears it. I have seen these have problems with accelerator pedal issues or a possible throttle position sensor issue. See what codes you have if battery doesnt reset issue.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Pontiac Vibe - Preventive Maintenance - 4/30/2014
    Where can I find a vehicle manual I lost mine
    I need to find where my spark plugs are located to replace them
     
    • jdl
      4/30/2014 jdl
      You have coil on plug ignition. The coil sits on top of the spark plugs. You have to remove the engine top cover to get at the coils, then remove the coils to get at spark plugs. My info shows two nuts and two clips to remove the engine top cover.
    • jdl
      4/30/2014 jdl
      Just to add, some libraries carry automotive databases, if you live in an area they serve, the info is free. If you live outside the area they serve, you can buy access for a small yearly fee. That info is for every year--make and model they have.

      Also, the autozone site has wiring diagrams and repair info.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 1/31/2014
    Heat/ac defroster works only occasionally.
    somestimes a slight jolt to car activates the heating/ac to perform.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/31/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I will assume that you are referring to the blower function? That being said your cause here is probably a bad blower motor and this could be confirmed by you getting access to the blower motor from under the pass side of the dash (might have to remove simple plastic sound insulation panel - couple 7mm screws. Turn the blower on and while the blower is NOT working try tapping the blower motor housing and if the motor turns on then that confirms a bad blower motor.
  • caught in the middle
    caught in the middle - 2001 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 1/19/2014
    Why am I having battery drainage every other month and this last one being within about 2 weeks?
    Have an ignition interlock installed in June, had a new starter and wiring installed back in July, had a new battery installed in September, still having power draining my battery and this time is completely drained. 2nd time for complete battery drainage had to ...
     
    • Spoon Sports
      2/14/2012 Spoon Sports
      "The mechanics there say its my interlock and the interlock place says its not that." - What did the interlock place say the problem was? They just cant say "its not that!" without telling you what the problem really is?
    • Ozzie
      1/19/2014 Ozzie
      I have a Ford and I had a short that was on my starter ground and solenoid wire. With the car Off disconnect Negative Battery Cable. Put a test light between Negative Battery Cable and Negative Battery Post. Did the light come On? If it did you have a short but it could be in the Alternator or Starter. Lets check the Alternator. Remove the Alternator Hot Wire (That's the Red Wire). Did Test Light go Off. If yes there lies your problem. A short in the Alternator Diodes. If not lets check your Starter. Make sure that none of the wires are touching. If they are there is your problem. If nothing is touching Disconnect Starter Cables that's Starter and solenoid cable. Did your light go out. Might be a bad Solenoid or starter. If you have any more question just ask. I hope this was helpful.
    • John's Auto Repair
      1/19/2014 John's Auto Repair
      Disconnect Negative battery cable. Use a D.C. Ampmeter with a 20Amp. scale. Connected Black
      lead to negative terminal of battery. Connect the Red lead to the Negative battery cable. The
      Amperage Draw should not exceed 0.5 Amps. or 500mA.

















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  • renaroan
    renaroan - 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 12/27/2013
    Price quote for automatic pump
    I am not sure the part name but I was told the fluid that's coming from my 2007 grand prix Pontiac has an automatic fluid leaking it needs the automatic pump replace. I am trying to find out the price quote and local location where I can purchased the item. Please ...
     
    • Jimm
      12/27/2013 Jimm
      Need more information - which fluid type is leaking? Is this the automatic transmission fluid? The power steering or brake fluid?
      Jimm
      12/27/2013 renaroan
      power steering
    • renaroan
      12/27/2013 renaroan
      I am kinda confused I believe it's automatic transmission fluid the cap to the fluid sits behind the carburetor it stretch when there's no fluid the container of the fluid is the size of the oil and the leak is on the passenger side by the front wheel where it's dripping.
    • Jimm
      12/27/2013 Jimm
      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) list the replacement power steering pump (minus reservoir) from around $60.00 for your vehicle.
  • krmblkft
    krmblkft - 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 12/6/2013
    Car wont start without a boost!!
    I changed the battery and terminals but the DIC says 'charging system failure' or either 'starting disabled due to theft system'!! It goes back to these 2 when I try and start it. I tried boosting it now but it wont start now. What can be causing the problem?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/6/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Plug in a code reader and read fault codes. Code readers, you probably heard about them. get on at amazon for $20 with shipping. Post the code or codes here. You most likely have a bad passlock sensor. I am posting a procedure that *may* get you going, but if it happens again you will have to replace some parts.

      Do Pass-key III programming procedure. Rotate the key from Lock/Off to the Crank position for a second, release to the Run position. Wait minimum 10 minutes. Turn the key off for minimum 5 seconds. Repeat 2 more times. On the 3rd time the car will start up when you turn the key to crank.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 11/15/2013
    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.
     
    • bear.1216
      11/15/2013 bear.1216
      Start by checking the coolant level in the radiator. If all hoses are hot but still no heat you either have no antifreeze in the hoses or no flow. Have the coolant level checked and filled. If you squeeze the radiator hose it should effect the fluid in the reservoir if the hoses are full. If the cooling system is full and still no heat you should have the cap and system pressure tested.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 11/15/2013
    What are the rubber like attachments on top and bottom of exhaust hanger?
    My tail pipe recently started to make a grinding/rattling like noise while inside the vehicle when I idle or proceed from a complete stop. I looked to see If I could see anything while the car was cranked idling and noticed one of the rubber like clamp things on the ...
     
    • bear.1216
      11/15/2013 bear.1216
      The exhaust system is hung from the vehicle with rubber hangers to insulate the vehicle from engine vibrations. These parts are called exhaust hangers or isolaters and are pretty cheap around $5.00. They are cheap and easy to install. Any shop should be able to pop on new hangers for about $20. Just take it in for an inspection and a good mechanic might just do it for free. There may be other parts making noise also. You should find a garage that will give free inspections.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 11/14/2013
    What are the rubber like attachments on top and bottom of exhaust hanger?
    My tail pipe recently started to make a grinding/rattling like noise while inside the vehicle when I idle or proceed from a complete stop. I looked to see If I could see anything while the car was cranked idling and noticed one of the rubber like clamp things on the ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      11/14/2013 John's Auto Repair
      They're called exhaust hangers. They come with the rubber parts. I would think the job should
      cost under $50.00.
      John's Auto Repair
      11/15/2013 AutoMD Member
      Thanks a lot! I know a little about my car but not really the correct terminology. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to this question.
  • 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.