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  • Bill Metzler
    Bill Metzler - 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 11/23/2010
    How do you replace windshield washer pump
     
    • vince^_^
      11/23/2010 vince^_^
      Removal Procedure

      You have to remove first your right front inner fender liner and the drain the fluid from the washer reservoir. Detach the electrical connector and washer hose from the washer pump. You pump is retained by a grommet. You should carefully pry the washer pump from the washer reservoir.

      Installation Procedure

      When installing before installing your new pump you should press the pump into the reservoir grommet. And then reconnect the electrical connector and washer hose to the washer pump. Install the right front inner fender liner. And ten refill the reservoir with washer solvent.
  • Ralph
    Ralph - 2006 Pontiac Pursuit - Preventive Maintenance - 11/21/2010
    Is it advisable to have winter tires that are larger than summer tires?
    The doorplate specifies 205/55R16 tires, which I use in the summer. However, I was sold 215/60R16 winter tires. Some tire shops say "That's OK" while others refuse to install the winter tires--citing safety concerns and "strain on the transmission as well as ...
     
    • Solid Snake
      11/21/2010 Solid Snake
      Its not a matter of size but a matter of purpose. So your from Ottawa ( i dont know a lot about Canada aside from the fact that its a beautiful country, but im guessing its snowing like hell there).

      If it is indeed snowing like crazy there, dont even think of SUmmer tires, go with Winter since narrower tires are better in coping with snow. Now for the size diff. of 10, its ok, but like what the advisor said, the narrower the better. Inaacurate odometer readings are affected by tire diameter not width. A 215 diameter tire spins the same number of times with a 185 diameter tire of the same size.

      Now you can use all season but the braking capabilities and cornering capabilities of a winter tire is far greater than the all season.

      Wider tires are ok in the dry
  • Amy
    Amy - 1998 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 11/19/2010
    I need to replace the drivers side power window motor and I guess the entire scissor arm in there.
    My car is a convertible and the first part we ordered used and it didn't work. We've been told that we need to get a brand new part at approx. $550 because there aren't used parts around for convertibles. Are the window regulators your internet site shows for my ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/17/2010 HouseCallAuto
      The part number of the regulator you need in ACDELCO brand is 12362901 for the driver side. It comes complete with the motor. I see this available many places much cheaper than $550. just Google the part number and see for yourself. I have verified the part number is the correct part number for a convertible Sunfire. Some of the descriptions on the ACDELCO parts sites do not mention convertible, but trust me it is the correct part number as I looked it up on a reliable parts source. It appears that the aftermarket does not service the Sunfire convertible for a regulator. The convertible and non-convertible have clearly different part numbers.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/17/2010 Amy
      Thank you for your response. So do you think it's possible to find it for cheaper than $350? That's all I could find in my quick search. I'll do some more searching when I have more time though. Appreciate it!
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/19/2010 HouseCallAuto
      I do not think you will find it any cheaper than that. Try of course. I found similar when I looked.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/19/2010 Amy
      Cool, thank you again!
  • kim
    kim - 1992 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 11/18/2010
    Is there service actcess to fuelpump
     
    • MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      11/18/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      I believe none. I you want to remove it you will have to take it out from the tank. And the test being done to the pump is pressure test to determine if it is delivering proper fuel pressure; normal pressure is from 45-55psi but it also should depend on the owner’s manual specifications.
  • Rich
    Rich - 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 11/18/2010
    Location of O2 sensor,bank 1 sensor 2
     
    • CVO
      11/18/2010 CVO
      In general, the bank 1 is part of the exhaust of the cylinders 1, 3, 5 and the O2 sensor 2 ( HO2S2, downstream sensor ) is located after the catalytic converter. Hope this helps and be safe.
  • angela salyer
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/15/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the turn signal switch in the steering column. Probability is 90%.
  • 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.