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  • 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.
  • 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.