Pontiac was a brand of automobile manufactured and sold by General Motors (GM); though production ended in 2009, Pontiac remains a registered and active trademark of GM.

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Vibration at idle, much worse after warm

My car is a 2001 Pontiac Firebird with a V6 (3800 Series II (L36)) and a manual transmission. These are all at a stop: When the car is cold, I don't feel too much vibration when sitting in it. (I ...
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What can cause a vehicle to run hot, but not overheat?

Anyway, I have a Grand Am 2003 V6. It only has 80k miles. My car ran great when I got it(used), but at some point it began to have minor temperature problems. It would always run a little bit hotter ...
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Oil pressure question

I am driving a 1995 Bonneville and, lately, whenever I am idle, at a stoplight for example, my oil pressure drops and my check engine light comes on. Any ideas on why this could be happening?
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Bleeding Brakes 2002 Bonneville with ABS

I had to replace the 2 brake lines that go from the master cylinder to the ABS control box. I bled all 4 brakes in the proper order, (RR,LR,RF,LF) but the brakes are minimal and the pedal goes to the ...
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What is the part called that connects the engine to the air intake system? (Photo included)

The image below is from a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. Credits to (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Sunfire) for the photo. I've put arrows to the the part that I'd like to know what it's called. I ...
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Bleeding Brakes

Also with regard to my 2002 Bonneville brake bleeding question, I could not get the rear bleeder bolts loose and did not want to twist them off, thus I bled the rear brakes at the brake hose going ...
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The tray under my gas tank is dented. What should I be aware of before draining and removing my gas tank?

I dented the tray under my gas tank, reducing my capacity by about a gallon. It's a wide dent; there's no damage to the plastic. I'd like to drop the tank and pound out the dent in the aluminum tray. ...
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Pontiac G5 transmission sometimes grinds when shifting into first while stopped, occasionally stalls car

I have a 2007 Pontiac G5 with a 5-speed manual (Getrag F23 if you're curious) and about 145k miles. This problem has been ongoing for a couple years now but is progressively getting worse. Sometimes ...
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How do you test relays?

I have a Pontiac Grand Am. After getting a hose replaced, I noticed that my fans don't come on now. I checked the fuses and cooling fan #2's fuse is burnt out, which (I think) should be for AC only. ...
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Help with heat issue with pontiac vibe (toyota matrix)

I have a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. Same engine as the Toyota Matrix. The heat blows fine but isn't warm enough. I checked the antifreeze and the level is fine and there are no leaks. The hose into the ...
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2008 Grand Prix GPX

What spark plug should I be using? I did my own tune up and the guy at auto advance told me to get some Bosch spark plugs for my car but then I notice less power. A mechanic told me I shouldn't have ...
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High / fluctuating oil pressure causes?

My girlfriend has a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSE (3.8L GM 3800-II, non-supercharged). It ran low on coolant a few weeks ago, and started to overheat. I refilled with coolant, but the next time I was in ...
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1999 Grand Prix started to consumed gas

My 1999 Grand Prix is well-maintained. After an oil change it started to consume gas and oil as usual for a week, then started to shake when idling, and slow and gaging when accelerating and feel ...
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How should I go about replacing a windshield washer fluid line

I have just recently found a rather large hole in my windshield washer supply line. So I'm trying to figure out how I am going to repair this. Could I get new tubing and just re-run it? Is this an ...
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How much of the exhaust is the “cat-back”

My brother-in-law's car has just failed inspection. One of the items listed was a "cat-back." Since the bill is astronomical, I was wondering how much of the exhaust system is encompassed in this term ...
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Pontiac G6 sounds like a prop plane. Wheel bearing?

My '06 G6 has an airplane-like sound that comes from the passenger front end. I already know it's a wheel bearing, but how urgent is this kind of repair? I'm concerned about fuel economy and safety.
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What would keep my 2007 Pontiac Torrent from starting?

I have a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. Sometimes my car won't start. When I turn the ignition it will just click, but when I turn the wheel a little it will crank. Could it be the starter? I just got a new ...
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will not start, when I just had driven it about a hour ago

2003 grand am 4 door automatic,everything works, lights, radio, windows,buzzes when key is in ignition. I hear nice noise, if it was the battery all the other things in the car would not work. What ...
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2001 pontiac montana minivan- gas gauge does not work

My gas gauge does not work at all. How do i diagnose the problem, to find out if this needs a new sending unit or if there are other issues?
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Remove car door lock lever arm

So I am changing the door locks on a 1994 Bonneville SE because they don't work any more (pins won't allow the key to turn all the way). My only issue right now is that I can't get this lever arm off ...
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Am I missing a cover in the underbelly of the glove compartment?

After a service call for a 2003 Vibe, the underbelly of the glove compartment looks like this: As you see in bottom left of the image, one plug is missing. Also the white mechanical part seems too ...
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1995 Pontiac Grand Am Over-Heating and Cold air from heater, why?

My grand am is over heating while idling, blowing cold air out from heater and bubbling in coolant resevoir. Replaced thermostat and water pump and bled the valves to get air out and still same thing. ...
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE oil in the coolant

Recently my car started chugging and "vibrating" at low speeds, and the check engine light is flashing on and off. On inspection, I found oil in the coolant. I don't know a lot about cars, but a ...
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2006 Pontiac torrent

2006 Pontiac torrent won't start. Brand new battery one week old, will not start with remote starter or either key! All the lights come on , radio and electronics but when I turn the key the final bit ...
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Unwrapping and replacing two positive-side battery cables

There are two, not one, battery cables on the positive-side of my Pontiac Vibe's battery. One of the cables is considerably thicker than the other. I'm not sure what function that smaller cable has, ...
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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix overheating

I have recently bought a 2005 Grand Prix V6 non supercharged. It overheats at idle and in park. I have had my head gasket and head resurfaced at Pepboys and replaced my radiator with a larger 1 inch ...
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Why would headlights stop working after turning over

I have a 2006 Pontiac G6. When I walk up to the vehicle and unlock it, the headlights turn on. After I get into the vehicle and turn it over, I cannot turn the headlights back on. Fog beams and turn ...
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Major electrical melt down in wiring

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. I noticed my cigarette lighter quit working. I had a friend put a new fuse in my car for me, then I used my cigarette lighter. All of a sudden smoke was coming through ...
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Aftermarket Head Unit (HU) on Grand Prix 2008

I just finish installing a China brand Android Aftermarket Double Din. The unit has steering wheel controls built in so no extra adapter is required as long as your vehicle does not have a canbus ...
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Should I get a second opinion from a different mechanic?

Previous question for context TL;DR: My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE had a flashing check engine light and I found oil in the coolant. A family member took the car to a mechanic this week. He checked ...
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Cooling fans not running

Update This question seems to be attracting a lot of views, so I guess a lot of people are having the same problem. Just to be clear, the problem with MY fans specifically seemed to be caused by my ...
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Car dies immediately when started

I have a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. If I turn the key to 'ON', the electrics turn on. Lights, radio, fans, the works. Everything is normal. If I turn the key to 'START', then the whole car dies. ...
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Brake Fluid Leaking out of Master Cylinder but on Top of Booster

I have a 94 Pontiac Bonnyville that's leaking brake fluid. Recently the brake warning light came on and I noticed the fluid was low. I filled it again but it's slowly leaking. The fluid is leaking at ...
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2006 Pontiac g6 rough idle and intermittent spongy brake and starting issue

I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 160k on the 3.5 motor. Around 155k the brake pedal went hard and spongy. Also, about 1 in every 40-50 times I start it cold, the starter will turn without a successful ...
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Consequences of not fixing rusted body parts

My mother-in-law has just retired and given us her old Pontiac Sunfire 1996. It's been little used and generally well maintained, except for the body. Both front fenders have a small patch of about ...
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Knocking in my engine during cold start / whistling when accelerating

My 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT will spudder and the engine will shake occasionally on cold starts. Its not a consistent problem - not every time, but it seems to be growing worse. I can feel the engine ...
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Pontiac Aztek 2004 Oil Leak

There is some leaking underneath the engine. My guess is that it's an engine oil leak. Do you think I'm correct? From your experience, what is a good place to start looking for the leak? Thank you!
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My tire wobbles

At slow speed one of my front tires on my 2000 Grand Am SE 4 door wobble, but feels fine at a higher rate of speed. Was told by a person at a tire store my tread is breaking loose and I need a new ...
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How can I reset the adaptive transmission on my Pontiac G6?

My Pontiac has started shifting hard and sometimes taking a loooong time to find the gear. My first suspicion is that it has MDS (Multiple Driver Syndrome), so I'd like to try the cheapest option of ...
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Cooling fans constantly run

This past summer I inherited a 95 Pontiac Grand am that while looking under the hood, I noticed someone had removed the air conditioning unit. I drove it throughout the summer and wasn't until the ...
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Emergency Brakes feel like they are set but are not

When driving my 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix Wide track, it feels as if the emergency brake is on even though it isn't. What is causing this?
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Pontiac Sunfire mysteriously won't start

So, here's the deal: -No lights, no noise, no clicking. -Battery voltage reads fine on multimeter. Terminals are very clean and not corroded. -But it won't jump start. -Headlights turn on. -Fuses are ...
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Brake pedal is hard to push even after new brakes

The brake pedal in my 06 Pontiac g6 seems harder to push than normal. Since the issue started, I've had the rear rotors and pads replaced, along with a control arm. For the first 10-15 minutes of city ...
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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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2005 Montana heater blowing warm air only

My Pontiac Montana is blowing warm air with the heater turned on. I was receiving a code(not sure what the number was but the message referred the engine was running cooler than it was supposed to.) ...
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Pontiac Solstice - Starter Issue

When I turn the key to start my car it cranks but wont start. The starter still turns when I take my hand off the key. When I turn the key again it starts up perfect. Any ideas regarding what ...
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2000 pontiac montana overheating

2000 Pontiac Montana Van- intake manifold has been replaced along with radiator, water pump, radiator cap and thermostat. When driving van will go to the red line but has never overheated with steam ...
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2002 pontiac grand prix gtp fuel consumption

Just recently my sending unit has broke on my gas gauge and I filled the car with gas and I am wondering if anyone knows aproximately how many km on the odometer can I go with a full tank of gas just ...
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How to change a thermostat on a 2007 Pontiac G6

Is it difficult? How do I know the exact location? Just purchased a replacement but I want to make sure I'm opening up the right compartment. 3.5L V-6 This is a picture of what I believe it is.
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A/C clutch 2000 grand marquis is leaking

So I just changed my blend door actuator because my car would continuously blow really hot air and my boss said that could be the problem. After I changed it, put everything back together I added one ...