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  • jim
    jim - 1997 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 4/4/2012
    Changing serpentine belt
    Best way
     
    • Sparky
      4/4/2012 Sparky
      There is a tensioner pulley that puts tension on the belt. You need a socket and a long extension bar to leverage the tensioner pulley to release the tension. Take the belt off at the same time. Replace the reverse order.
  • della
     
    • Jason
      3/29/2012 Jason
      The labor charge is less than 1 hour.
  • vickie
    vickie - 2004 Pontiac Montana - Preventive Maintenance - 3/29/2012
    What could this be?????????
    my van's speed odometer and temp gauge and gas gauge keep telling me that i'm going faster than i really am or not working at all, my temp gauge goes all the way up to hot when its not running hot and my gas gauge shows me having more gas than what is really in ...
     
    • Anthony
      3/29/2012 Anthony
      It sounds to me like your dash " cluster" ( all your gauges on the dash) have gone on the brink. The cluster is electronically controlled and is a very common problem. Trucks that have been lifted and have bigger tires put on have this problem a lot. It's a pretty simple fix. Take the face plate off of the dash, remove a few screws, unplug the old cluster, plug in the new, install screws, put the face plate back and your done. A new cluster will run you around $180.00.

      Hope this helped
      Anthony
      Current Automotive Technician student
      3 years work experience
  • Perry
    Perry - 2000 Pontiac Montana - Preventive Maintenance - 3/19/2012
    Suspected freon leak on ac system
    I charged the ac system and had cold air for aprox. 2 days. Iadded 12 oz of freon and the air is cold again. How can I find the freon leak on this system.The unit has rear air also.
     
    • yboy82
      3/19/2012 yboy82
      You need a leak detector to locate the leak in your a/c. I suggest that you take your vehicle to a certified MVAC technician to leak test your a/c.
      yboy82
      3/23/2012 Perry
      Thanks.
  • Perry
    Perry - 2000 Pontiac Montana - Preventive Maintenance - 3/19/2012
    I need tips for locating a refrigerate leak.
     
  • MDH
    MDH - 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 3/17/2012
    Antifreeze smell and engine warmer than normal. Also, red dust on front rims
    105000 miles. Bought used in July of 2011. Have noticed the engine is getting warm and smell the antifreeze smell. The radiator is a sealed system. The lower hose is cool after letting the car sit, but the upper hose is hot hot hot. This leads me to belive it might ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/17/2012 HouseCallAuto
      The most common cause of a coolant leak on the GM 3.1 engine is either the water pump or the intake manifold gaskets, however, one thing to do to rule out air trapped in the cooling system is to open the 7mm bleed screw at the top of the pipe above the water pump and let it stream out for a minute or two with the engine running.
  • terrell
    terrell - 2004 Pontiac Montana - Preventive Maintenance - 3/15/2012
    I lost the automated lock switch that came with the van. Where can I go to get a replacement?
     
  • maurice ruddick
    maurice ruddick - 2005 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 3/12/2012
    (check gas cap)Light in the imformation center comes on.
    Have checked the cap several times by taking off and putting back on reset several times and it comes back on again??? WHAT SHOULD i LOOK FOR?? tHANK YOU
     
    • yboy82
      3/12/2012 yboy82
      Diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool/code reader to verify what the stored troublecode is. If you have a P0442 or P0440 troublecode.
      yboy82
      3/15/2012 maurice ruddick
      Dealer told me the Bonn did not store this information. I will try some where else, thank you
  • Melinda0817
    Melinda0817 - 2005 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 3/6/2012
    My "Security", "Brake" and "Check Engine" lights keep turning on.
    All three lights will turn on. The radio and locks won't work. The car still runs fine. Eventually the engine and brake light will turn off but the security light will stay on. What is going on?
     
    • yboy82
      3/6/2012 yboy82
      You should diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool/code reader capable of reading ABS troublecode to determine what the stored troublecode is.
  • titia
    titia - 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 3/5/2012
    Yes i was trying to see what part i would have to order because my gas hand doesnt work and i dont want to buy a fuel pu
    pump. i have been told that i would have to purchase a whole fuel pump but my fuel pump works fine it is the sending unit that i need and alot of places doesnt sell this seperately.
     
    • jdl
      3/5/2012 jdl
      There is a fuel sender access panel in the trunk, ahead of the spare tire. Click on the link. Also, you can use a resistor on the proper wire to ground, key on, see if the fuel gage reacts properly to resistor? If it doesn't, the problem isn't the sending unit.

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  • fog light
    fog light - 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix - Preventive Maintenance - 3/4/2012
    How do I replace Fog light in 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
     
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  • nicholas
    nicholas - 2000 Pontiac Montana - Preventive Maintenance - 3/4/2012
    Why does my heat take so long to come on
     
    • CVO
      3/4/2012 CVO
      Insufficient coolant , trapped air in the cooling system might not have enough coolant to full fill the heater core..
      The hot coolant flows from the engine to the heater core through the "inlet" hose. After circulating through the core, the coolant returns to the water pump through the "outlet" or "return" hose. Both the inlet and outlet return hoses should feel hot when the engine is at normal operating temperature and the heater is on.

      1. If the both heater core hoses were cooled, then this vehicle might have an insufficient coolant in the cooling system.
      2. If the heater core inlet hose is hot and the outlet hose is cool, the heater core might be clogged.
  • rach622
    rach622 - 2004 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 3/1/2012
    Would you happen to know why my heater would be making a noise when its turned on?
    If I switch it to the airconditioning it still makes a noise but not as loud. Its not a humming or continuous noise either.It gets loud and then quiet and then loud then quiet, etc.
     
    • ASE MASTER MECHANIC TEXAS
      does it kinda sound like marbles in a wooden box being shook?? blower motors go out alot, and the fan blades hit some areas around them. It usually gets worse and worse. with the car running, turn off heat/cooing system and see if it stops. blower motors seem to get worse in the cold weather, bearings
      get dry after years of use, and just have to change it out, no repair here to do. not hard at all.
      ASE MASTER MECHANIC TEXAS
      3/1/2012 rach622
      Thanks for the response Ill have to have the blower motor checked out
  • zero
    zero - 2005 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 2/29/2012
    Gas R.P.M and speedometer are not working properly. What could be my problem?
    Speedometer works sometimes, but on long trips it ends up reading zero. My gas gauge reads improperly. If I turn the car on then off it sometimes resets itself or get worse. The R.P.M gauge does not read at all.
     
    • LEW CARite
      2/29/2012 LEW CARite
      This can be wiring (a shorted wire, open wire, or wire with high resistance between the engine controller and the instrument panel), a controller fault, or an instrument panel cluster fault. Have someone pull codes for you, and that will help you zero in. - Lew Carite at carite.com
  • ryan
    ryan - 1993 Pontiac Firebird - Preventive Maintenance - 2/26/2012
    Why does my heater barely blow?
    engine temp when idling is around 225 degrees and as soon as i put in drive and take off it drops to 100 degrees
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/26/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Please rewrite this with more explicit detail about what you mean by "heater barely blow". You could mean the force of the air (blower speed) or you could mean the temperature of the air and are you saying that in seconds that you temperature gauge drops from 225 F to 100 F ?
 
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