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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 12/25/2013
    How to install stereo aftermarket stereo
    pioneer deh-p30001b
    • Jimm
      12/25/2013 Jimm
      Check the installation details with the stereo manufacturer, or this source;
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Pontiac G6 - Body & Interior - 12/22/2013
    My HVAC system fan motor is not operating. I cannot find the fuse or the motors location.
    All other HVAC systems appear to be coming on. Where is the fuse located?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Pontiac Solstice - Body & Interior - 12/18/2013
    The passenger side rear buttress of the convertible top will not release, and I can't open the trunk. I need access.
    I was having to lift the buttress manually, when opening the trunk. It won't release at all now. Is there a manual way to release the buttress. I have checked all fuses and relays, they are good.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 12/14/2013
    Location of heater motor and how to replace it
    was working on three postions and know nothing
    • Jimm
      12/14/2013 Jimm
      1) Open the hood and then disconnect the negative battery terminal from the battery using a small hand wrench.
      2) Open the passenger side door wide and then remove the trim panel (kick-plate) underneath the glove box. Use a screwdriver to remove the clip retainers of the trim panel and then unplug the wire harness from the courtesy light to remove the panel completely.
      3) Unplug the wire harness to the blower motor by depressing the plug lock inward and then pulling it off the opposite plug connection.
      4) Remove the three retaining screws holding the blower motor in place using a 1/4-inch drive ratchet, extension and suitable socket. Remove the motor.
      5) Compare the old motor to the replacement motor for basket-wheel size, flange shape and plug connection. Some aftermarket blower motors for the Grand Prix may match identically except for the plug connection. If the flange or basket-wheel length does not match, you'll need to return the blower motor to the parts store to find one that does (take the old motor with you). For the wire harness plug connection, you can simply snip off both the motor and harness plugs and rewire by stripping the wires with wire cutters, inserting the same colored wires into the butt connectors and then crimping the butt connectors to secure the wires.
      6) Insert the motor into the housing and reattach the three retaining screws. Plug the wire harness back in (or rewire as described in Step 5).
      7) Reattach the negative battery terminal with the small hand wrench. Test the blower motor for operation by turning the Grand Prix to the accessory power position (the ignition key placed two clicks forward in the ignition) and turning on the blower using the dashboard fan controls.
      8) Replace the trim panel and retainers.

      The parts are readily available; try these on-line sources;,,,, - to list only a few possibilities. In fact, they (RockAuto) lis tthe replacement blower motor from around $36.00 for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Pontiac Bonneville - Body & Interior - 12/14/2013
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/13/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If this problem has existed for a while, the cause may be that the evaporator core fins are blocked (on the engine side) with debris. I think you can remove the blower motor resistor and see the core fins. I did this once with a similar problem and I vacuumed the debris out through the access hole by removing the blower resistor from the engine compartment and it added a huge amount of airflow.
    • rprieto
      12/14/2013 rprieto
      Did you use after market blower motor?If so you may have motor spinning the wrong direction.Switch the wires to motor to correct air flow.
      12/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I agree. I forgot that completely. You are probably right, reversed polarity and spinning backwards. So it is a vacuum now..LOL
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Pontiac Vibe - Body & Interior - 12/12/2013
    Should I Buff or Paint
    I was dinged in the grocery store parking lot. My male friends say that the damage can be buffed out since it looks as if the top coat was scratched away. My question though is whether or not the compounds used today are as durable as having the area of the car ...
    • Jimm
      12/12/2013 Jimm
      Generally, yes - the buffing can restore minor scratches without harming the basecoat / clearcoat applied at the factory.
      12/13/2013 AutoMD Member
      Thanks Jimm! Obviously I won't be paying for the repair, but it's nice to know that when the body shop tells me the same thing that I'll know they aren't telling me to take the cheaper option just to make the insurance company happy.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Pontiac Vibe - Body & Interior - 11/23/2013
    Headlights only work on high beam.
    Normally headlight come on when car is started. Noe i have to turn on with switch. Recently I put on high beam and then back to low, low beam went off and stayed off. I checked fuses, seem ok. Could the problem be in the switch which is on turn signal selector?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/23/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the daytime running lamp relay. try switching relay with a different relay in fuse panel of same and see if resolved then buy new relay.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Pontiac Grand Am - Body & Interior - 11/6/2013
    The instrument cluster gauges have stopped working and all warning lights are on.
    This happens when the key is turned on, and there is power to this system. It happens with the engines running and when its not. Any ideas.
    0 answer
  • kevin
    kevin - 2003 Pontiac Grand Am - Body & Interior - 10/31/2013
    Electric car seat does not go up and down
    motor is fine
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/31/2013 HouseCallAuto
      There are 3 separate motors. Did you know that? Give me better detail to work with. the rear vertical motor moves the rear of the seat up and down. The front vertical motor moves the front of the seat up and down. The horizontal motor moves the seat forward and rearward. The both vertical motors can operate independently from each other or can turn on together and raise or lower the entire seat. So now tell me, what is the seat still able to do?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 10/30/2013
    Heater blower is not working. heated seats not working
    de froster heater nothing blows out
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/30/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the Blower Motor Control Module. For the heated seats check the 20 amp HTD SEAT fuse in the instrument panel fuse box. If the fuse is burnt it means that you have at least o0ne bad seat heating elemant somewhere. This fuse controls both seats.
  • Rev. charles
    Rev. charles - 2008 Pontiac G5 - Body & Interior - 10/24/2013
    Heat don`t work when you turn them on the interior lights is on
    when I turn on heat seats high or on low the seats don`t heat up
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Check the 20 amp fuse labeled TRUNK / HTD SEATS in the underhood fuse panel. If the fuse is good see if there is 12 volts at the fuse. if voltage is ok you likely have a bad seat heater element. Yiou did not say if this was happening with driver or pass eat or both.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 10/24/2013
    Dash lights and gauges quit working
    I was driving down the road and all of my dash lights went out and now the gauges are stuck in an upright position. Is this a fuse problem or something else?
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Heads Up Display is junk but apparently if you Google "grand prix HUD repair" you will no doubt find a suitable page to walk you through a repair of this HUD which you will want to do seeing as how a new display is $250 on the net plus shipping and handling with part # 10387483. Its not difficult and involves repairing a broken spring mount.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 10/24/2013
    Dash lights and gauges quit working
    I was driving and all the dash lights went out and the gauges are stuck in an upright position. What would cause this to happen?
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am - Body & Interior - 10/20/2013
    Why does nothing work electronically in my car on a cold start?
    On a cold start my gauges and lights don't work. Only thing that turns on is my radio. Not even my heat/ac or whole dash. I have to wait til it warms up. It will drive and then the lights and everything will randomly turn on. Does anyone have any clue what this ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have a faulty ignition switch. Probability here is greater than 90%.
  • DavPug
    DavPug - 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix - Body & Interior - 9/19/2013
    AC Control Unit Vent Selection Knob
    Blows air just find but cannot change vent selection. The knob turns but doesn't change vent selection.
    • CVO
      9/19/2013 CVO
      The heater A/C control is using a vacuum source to operate the heater defroster valve vacuum actuator - the A/C bi-level mode valve vacuum actuator. Over the time the hose crimps were loose from the AC controller and lack of vacuum source it couldn't operate properly the vacuum actuators.
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I have seen the plastic knob go bad and actually slips on the selector shaft. Try switching the knob from the temp selector and see if that temporarily solves it.