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  • Mario Mendoza
    Mario Mendoza - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 11/11/2010
    How to replace a cv boot
    need to replace cv boot
     
    • Hot Pursuit
      11/11/2010 Hot Pursuit
      Ohhh your vehicle uses several types of joints, and in order for you to replace a CV boot, you have to remove your CV joint.

      There are 3 types of joints used, Birfield, Tripod Join and double offset joint ()each have different removal procedures)

      Do not dissasemble a birfield joint, service with a new joint or clean and repack using a new boot kit.

      Use only the grease included in the kit

      TO remove Double Offset Joint

      Remove the half shaft from the vehicle (Prior to this you have to jack the vehicle up remove the wheels)

      Side cutter pliers can be used to cut the metal retaining boards. Remove the boot from the joint outer race

      Locate and remove the large clip at the base of the joint. Remove the outer race (the body of the joint)

      Remove the small snapring and take off the inner race, cage and balls as an assy. Clean the inner race, cage and balls w/o diassembling

      If the boot is reused, wipe the grease from the splines and wrap the splines in vinyl tape before sliding the boot from the shaft.

      Remove the inner DOJ boot from the shaft. If the outer BJ boot is to be replaced, remove the boot retainer rings and slide the boot down and off of the shaft at this time.

      TO Install

      Be sure to tape the splines before installing the boots. Fill the inside with the specified grease. Often, the grease supplied in the part kits is meant to be divided in half, with half used to lubricate the joint and the half being used inside the boot.

      Install the cage into the halfshaft so the smaller side of the cage is installed first. With a brass drift pin, tap slightly and evenly around the inner race to install the race until it comes into contact with the rib of the shaft. Apply the specified grease to the inner race and cage and fit them together. Insert the balls into the outer cage.

      Install the outer race (the body of the joint) after filling with the specified grease. THe outer race should be filled with this grease.

      Tighten the boot hands securely. Make sure the distance between the boot bands is correct.

      Install the half shaft into the vehicle.


    • Tool_Tips
      11/11/2010 Tool_Tips
      Checked the link below, it is a sample procedure of cv boot replacement.

      http://www.automd.com/34/how-to-replace-a-cv-boot/
  • Bill
     
    • Fox Hound
      11/9/2010 Fox Hound
      The cover is actually a canister. On the very bottom side (that would be the side closest to the ground) there is a little ratchet thing up next to the oil pan that keeps the canister from turning counter clockwise. You will have to hold the little ratchet thing up while you turn the canister counter-clockwise (I used a flat head screwdriver and it was quite easy).
      The canister has a removable paper cartridge inside of it.
  • SAT-65
    SAT-65 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 11/6/2010
    Both of the rear break lights will not come on. Replaces both bulbs, fuese look good. Any ideas?
     
    • Mayor
      11/6/2010 Mayor
      I think you will find a switch on the brake pedal arm that actually turns the lights on. It may be bad or just need adjustment.
  • kema
    kema - 1997 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 11/4/2010
    Arrow facing down on the dashboard
     
    • churchson
      11/4/2010 churchson
      If this is happening on one of the gauges, it is usually from battery surge or jump starting. You can insert mechanics wire or coat hanger in trip reset hole and manually move the needle back or you can remove the instrument panel and move the needle that way.
  • Sepia 77
    Sepia 77 - 1997 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 10/29/2010
    How do I change the emssions for this vehicle to meet U.S. STANDARD
    This vehicle was built and bought in Canada
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/29/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Your question should really be directed to the vehicle manufacturer - GM. This is not common knowledge. There is no data source that I can think of that would detail the differences between the two standards.
  • Fava
    Fava - 2007 Pontiac G5 - Preventive Maintenance - 10/22/2010
    How to change the fuel filter
     
  • arielkaping
    arielkaping - 1996 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 10/21/2010
    How much to fix the car on craigslist
    The car has 296,108 miles on it. The Coolant system leaks, and the doors require new seals could you give me a rough amount on how much that would cost to fix.
     
    • Tifosi
      10/21/2010 Tifosi
      So Ariel this is the first car that you bought? (I Read your profile). The door seals are the least of your worries not to mention the fact that they are cheap. Even if you need seals for all the doors, it really wouldnt cost you that much.

      Now for the coolant system leaks.

      Here is a link that will help you find that leak. Now for the price, i cant give you qupte right now since we dont know what needs to be replaced.

      http://www.aa1car.com/library/coolant_leaks.htm



  • R. Brown
    R. Brown - 2003 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 10/18/2010
    The fog light housing is good fuse good bulbs replaced no power to lights nor the switch
    do the fog light have a relay if so where is it located
     
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  • AutoServiceTech@TCTC
    AutoServiceTech@TCTC - 1998 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 10/14/2010
    Where is my console air filter located?
    1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L OHV. Wondering where the console air filter is.
     
    • Pave Low
      10/14/2010 Pave Low
      Its in the glove compartment right above it, there is a latch that you need to slide off then you will see a tray where the cabin filters are chilling out.
  • Bidearls
    Bidearls - 1992 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 10/12/2010
    Is there anything I can do to avoid buying a new ignition switch module with the key reader?
    My car starts once just fine, then after that I turn the key and it doesn't make a noise at all. Sometimes the security light pops on. It acts as if I'm trying to steal my own car. I have replaced the ignition key already.
     
  • brian
    brian - 1992 Pontiac Trans Sport - Preventive Maintenance - 10/9/2010
    I need to now the size of the torx bolt for for front wheel bearing
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/9/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Nobody just knows the size, we place a set of all sizes next to us when we do things like that and trial and error to find the size. Thats the real world answer. If I had to guess I would say the size is an E10 or larger.
  • jimboo
    jimboo - 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 10/8/2010
    My fuel gauge reads empty wen its full WHY
    it gose from full to empty and fuel light comes on
     
    • Bobby
      10/8/2010 Bobby
      The fuel sending unit located in the gas tank has a float and sensor that send the signal to the gas gauge. Usually the sensor or float are the problem but you will probably need to replace the sending unit. It usually comes as one hole piece
  • Frank
    Frank - 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 10/4/2010
    The digital speed read out in the front windshield has stopped working?
    The in dash fuel remaining calculator and those accessories have also stopped working? The fuses seem to be fine. What to do?
     
    • Bobby
      8/25/2010 Bobby
      they all stop working at the same time?

      Check the relay panel see if there is a relay that controls power to them. if the relay is not the problem and the fuse is not, then you will proably have to pull out the dash cluster and test it to see if it is geting power and something is possible wrong there.
      Bobby
      8/25/2010 Frank
      1 Micro Relay = F/PMP SPD CONT ? Looks like the inst. panel numbers are changing they just won't light up in the dash?
    • Frank
      8/25/2010 Frank
      1 Micro Relay = F/PMP SPD CONT ? Looks like the inst. panel numbers are changing they just won't light up in the dash?
    • Bobby
      8/25/2010 Bobby
      could be the dash cluster your going to have to get a wiring diagram and test the poer to it and check if the light circuit is woorking properly in the cluster
    • Mayor
      10/4/2010 Mayor
      If it is the heads up display on the window, it uses a LED back light for the digital display. If this LED fails there will be no display.
  • Brandi
    Brandi - 1998 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 10/2/2010
    How do I get the window crank off my door so i can pull off the door panel to fix the door latch?
    My driver door wont shut. The latch is broke. I need to replace it, but cant get the door panel off to replace it.
     
    • mopar
      10/2/2010 mopar
      take the screw out of the center of it..if it has one..then use a long flat blade screwdriver or butter knife and pry out on it all around evenly...put a rag or something between the blade and the door skin..so you don't scratch it up
  • RGVcaitnop
    RGVcaitnop - 2001 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 10/1/2010
    AC blowing hot and cold air?
    My Bonnie blows hot air on the driver side and blows cold on the front passenger side. The symptom occurs every time I turn on the AC. No warning lights. My car has 180,000 miles. I live in Texas, and It's a pain driving without the AC on, and I can't turn on ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/1/2010 HouseCallAuto
      The driver side blend door actuator needs to be replaced.
      HouseCallAuto
      10/4/2010 RGVcaitnop
      Thanks for your reply HCA.
      Any idea how much is the repair cost?