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  • 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.
  • Mail4tjsmom
    Mail4tjsmom - 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 4/28/2013
    Why does my car shake slightly when accelerating and when I reach 40 mph and over?
    My vehicle has only 74,000 miles and I have replaced all four struts (used struts but decent) filter, tires, and has had full tune-up. The check engine light came on today and has stayed on. The temperature has started to rise slightly when driving a few miles and ...
     
    • CVO
      4/28/2013 CVO
      Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. Amazon.com has the code reader for less than $25.00 dollars.

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensors.

      http://www.freeautomechanic.com/car-engine-sensors.html

      Navigate to this site and see the code reader
      http://www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1
  • CHILAMTRADING
    CHILAMTRADING - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 4/22/2013
    WHAT IS THE COST OF OIL, FILTER AND TIRE ROTATION? DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
     
    • Jimm
      4/22/2013 Jimm
      The actual cost of these services would depend on the repair shop and where the work is performed. Check with the local reapir shops in your area for the cost estimates. You can also try the 'estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' feature on the AutoMD website.
      Generally, the engine oil and filter change may cost from $15.00 on up, and the tire rotation may cost $10.00 or so. At least that's what these services are rangining in my area of the USA.
  • albertodelaoliva
    albertodelaoliva - 2001 Pontiac Firebird - Preventive Maintenance - 3/24/2013
    Location oil sensor Pontiac trams an 2001
     
    • Jimm
      3/24/2013 Jimm
      The oil pressure sensor would be located just next to the oil filter on the 5.7 liter engine - just above the oil pan on the side of the engine block.
  • zoomzoom10
    zoomzoom10 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 3/15/2013
    My Grand Am is starting to make a squealing noise. What can it be?
     
    • Jimm
      3/15/2013 Jimm
      Need more information - when and where is the squealing noise heard? Is the noise from under the hood? From the front or rear of the vehicle? When does the problem or noise occur?
      Like to help - but the question and statement is lacking detail - try the 'Diagnose' feature on the AutoMD website for help in describing the problem you are having for further assistance.
  • zoomzoom10
    zoomzoom10 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 3/15/2013
    My 2002 Grand Am makes a low squaling noise that sounds like it is coming from the front of the car.
     
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  • brian
    brian - 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 3/2/2013
    My owners manual said to put regular 87 gas but could I use premium gas?
    Don't want it to mess the car up
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes you can put premium and you may feel the difference or you may not. Nothing bad about premium.
  • master_verdin68
    master_verdin68 - 2004 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 2/28/2013
    Hooked up amp to speakers may have hooked it up wrong there was a popping sound now speakers dont work but radio does...
    found a fuse burnt under hood in slot 34, 25A fuse it say aux,power,cigar lighter the aux is that for the speakers?
     
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