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  • Kim D
    Kim D - 2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 12/8/2010
    Why is my dashboard engine temperature gauge is not reading?
    120k miles, car in great condition. I noticed my temperature gauge is stuck all the way down at "C", when it usually rests in the middle of H and C around 180-200 degrees. I still have heat in the car, there is not weird noise, no lights appear on my dashboard, no ...
  • della
    della - 2002 Pontiac Sunfire - Preventive Maintenance - 12/3/2010
    When i have heat on my ac light is on too,i can use only a few settings and ac light is off it revs the car and makes a
    clicking sound.what is wrong?id like to have heat without ac light on & car to not rev or make noise
    • vacabratt
      12/3/2010 vacabratt
      my toyota does the same thing,but only when the fan is on.I take it you have moved the temp. to the red area for heat?Try it without the fan on. light should go out. I don`t think you can do much about it though
    • tnharpman
      12/3/2010 tnharpman
      AC operation is automatic whenever any defrost setting is selected. For example, if you select a combination heat/defrost mode, AC compressor will run, even if you all you want is heat. The reason for this is that the air conditioner also serves to de-humidify the cabin.
  • Robin
    Robin - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 12/3/2010
    If you have to jiggle the key in the ignition to start, is there something wrong with the ignition
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/18/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, you need a new ignition lock cylinder and key. Try the spare key first and see if improved. Sometimes keys become worn and then you have to jiggle them. If other key is the same then replace the ignition lock cylinder and recode it for the same key (if you buy an ACDELCO replacement it has instructions on how to code the cylinder. The replacement cylinder comes with no key but has all new inserts / tumblers / springs / instructions. They are not cheap either.
    • vacabratt
      12/3/2010 vacabratt
      make sure your keys are not too heavy, overloaded keychains are a common reason that this happens.It wont fix your problem but could prevent it in the future
  • reginald
    reginald - 1995 Pontiac Bonneville - Preventive Maintenance - 12/3/2010
    Need a picture of the fuse box and the find what fuse go where.
    • RC
      12/3/2010 RC
      Isn't that information on the fuse box cover or in the owners manual?
    DJWARD - 1997 Pontiac Grand Am - Preventive Maintenance - 11/30/2010
    Changed both the alt and the battery but battery light still comes on and is draining
    The Battery light started comming on once in a while, briefly for about a month. When it came on and stayed on it totaly drained my battery so I replaced the altinator. This helped for about a week, light came back on so I figured the battery might have been ...
      if you have a volt meter you can check to see if the alt. is doing its job ...........get the car running put the leads on the battery alt. should be around 14 to 14.5 volts but mind you it still could be the alt diode may be bador you may have a short in your wireing system that could be draining your new battery also check all wires and connections............good luck
  • 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.
      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.
      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
      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.
  • 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.