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The cat back is just that the exhaust pipe including the muffler from the catalytic converter to the end of the tail pipe. Seems odd to me, not impossible just odd that you would need to replace the entire exhaust system from the cat back to pass inspection. I see from your profile that you are from PA and road salt can deteriorate an exhaust in that ...


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Sounds like your oil pressure is dropping at low RPM, which could be one of the following: low oil level, a bad oil pump, low viscosity oil, or worn bearings. First step after checking the oil level is to check the oil pressure with a manual gauge.


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You can easily test a relay in a few simple steps. The required materials are as follows Digital Multimeter (with continuity setting) 12V power supply (Optional) Aligator clips for hands-free testing DO NOT USE YOUR BATTERY DIRECTLY FOR THE 12V SUPPLY, if you have nothing on hand and want to be safe please use a fused line from a harness or through the ...


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First, if it runs hotter during slower speeds (the 25mph-50mph you mention), I would think this is a sign that you're not getting enough airflow through the radiator. This might be a fan issues, but it might also be some other obstruction that prevents sufficient airflow. You said you hit a deer and had the radiator replaced as a result. I would check or ...


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No, you can still have air trapped in the rear caliper/wheel cylinder. Removing the line could introduce air to the caliper or wheel cylinder. Unfortunately, this means you might end up replacing your rear calipers / wheel cylinders also. It has happened to me a number of times. Be sure to spray it with some good penetrating oil and use a 6 point socket. ...


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That is called the Engine Crankcase Ventilation Hose ... The part number is 24467120 and is #18 in this diagram:


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That is way too much money for a serpentine belt and a tensioner pulley on any vehicle. If you cannot do this yourself, take it to a different mechanic and have them do it. A serpentine belt is not at all critical to the overall health of the engine. If it fails, you put a new one on. It may be inconvenient after it breaks, but it's not going to ruin ...


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Disabling an air bag component doesn't seem like a good idea. I think on some systems if you disable a piece of it, it can disable the whole system. I'm not any kind of an expert but messing with an airbag system seems like it could be very dangerous to you or your passengers.


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Pretty urgent. Less urgent than say, having no friction material left on your brakes but way more urgent than any regular servicing. Driving around with a dying bearing will hurt both economy and safety but mostly safety. If the wheel is not a driven one (e.g. if it's the front wheel and your car is rear wheel drive) it's possible for the hub (and wheel) to ...


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Keep in mind that you can have a low battery and not be able to crank the engine, but still have enough to run some of the interior electrical parts like the one you mentioned. The fact that it's only been an hour since the car last ran makes the soft battery a likely candidate. The key (as mentioned in the comments) is whether the engine is cranking or not. ...


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Your procedure for bleeding is fine, except for the banjo bolt You can bleed a line at the banjo bolt but you can't bleed a caliper. You can get your stuck nipple off if you break the head by using a bolt extractor. If you use a bolt extractor and have to drill it out in any way you will NEED to disassemble the caliper to ensure it does not have any metal ...


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Wheelbase is the distance from center of front wheel to center of rear wheel.


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This actually ended up being a very simple problem. Something so simple that I'm almost in disbelief. My car has been running nearly straight antifreeze.(I'd say about 90% anyway) Everyone I'd talked to locally has said it should run even cooler doing that... but they're wrong. I emptied my expansion tank(not the radiator itself) and filled it with ...


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The fuel pump combined with the fuel pressure regulator should take care of any air in the lines. If you don't like the idea of cranking the car continuously until it starts (it would take 3 cycles or so), then turn the key into the "on" position without cranking it. This causes the fuel pump to run, because it primes the fuel system in anticipation of ...


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Why are you assuming that the fuse is only for the AC fan? It seems really strange that only one of the fans would have a fuse on its circuit. Replace the fuse, since you'll have to do it anyway - if the fan still doesn't come on, then start looking at other possible causes.


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It can be done with a power source and a standard VOM. Apply appropriate power source to appropriate pins while listening for click and looking for the desired effect (could be presence vs. absence of voltage or continuity/lack of) on the VOM which would be attached to the appropriate pins. You'll want a repair manual to find out what to replace ...


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Follow the vehicle's designated maintenance schedule. If it says you should change the automatic transmission fluid at a mileage near or below 120k, then change it. If not, then don't. The manual for your 2004 Pontiac Vibe states: Change automatic transaxle fluid every 60,000 miles (100 000 km) if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of ...


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Just need to replace the master cylinder, the booster should be fine. The piston in the master cylinder is bad and is leaking against the booster. That's the only place for the fluid to come out.


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Referencing the photo it appears the retaining clip is still in place. At the 12 o'clock position you will notice a square shaped tag. Lifting the tab away from the bracket pry the clip in the direction of the small hole that the tab sat in. Again referencing the photo this would be going up. With the amount of corrosion visible I would try to wire brush ...


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One of your connections at the battery is bad. Your vehicle should most likely be a side post battery. Loosen the battery bolt a little, wiggle the connections, then tighten it back down and see if that helps. Ensure both sides are tight.


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Disconnect the fuel gauge sending wire from the fuel tank sending unit, with key on the fuel gauge will either go to Full or empty, now ground the fuel sender wire to a good ground, the gauge should do a full sweep to the opposite end of the gauge. If you get no change on the gauge during this test you either have a bad gauge or a break in the sender wire ...


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Mitchell shows original equipment plugs are ACDelco 41-962 for the 5.3, which are double platinum plugs. Plug gap is 0.040". I've never used nor sold Bosch plugs before. From talking to people, I've never heard anything good. Make sure the plug gap is correct and that the wires are fully seated. If you still feel that the car is not performing as well as ...


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You've got a fifth-generation W-body Grand Prix. So, possibly a Buick Regal, Olds Cutlass Supreme or Chevrolet Lumina from the same year will have what you need. Of course, your keys probably won't work with the donor cylinder(s). A dealer can probably get you new cylinders to match your keys. There are various online retailers, too, where you can get GM ...


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Hook your temp sender up to a meter and drop it in some boiling water. This should tell you if it's working or not. Personally, I'd just disconnect it until you get the issue figured out -- running the fans continuously isn't going to hurt anything, it'll just be loud.


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Don't be discouraged by a new part not working. My family runs a shop, and we get defective parts all the time. There is a table located here that shows diagnostic steps you can take. It's for a 1999 model, but 1999-2001 are virtually the same (I own a 2001 G/T model).


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You should be able to replace the tubing. Most parts stores sell it by the foot. Just take in a piece of of to match up the size and get a few more feet than you think need.


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Looks like oil - simplest place to start is to get the front jacked up, ideally on axle stands or a ramp to make it as safe as possible. Get a good maintenance lamp and just start looking for oil - the shine gives it away, even amongst the dirt you get on the underside of the engine. Check the drain valve for the oil pan/sump, and look for drips down the ...


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Oil found inside the Cooling System is typically caused by leaking Intake Manifold Gaskets and sometimes the Intake Manifold itself is cracked/damaged. It is a very common issue with these vehicles. It's not a job I would recommend someone do at home unless you have the tools and experience to confidently perform the repair. Here is an example of what the ...


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“Starting” a vehicle includes the starter motor, the ignition system, fuel system, security system and a flock of other considerations. Unable to “crank” or “turn over” the engine reduces the number of components to consider. Turn on the headlights then place the ignition key to start. Do the headlights dim at all? If not, it’s likely the solenoid ...


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Looking at fuelly, the average MPG for a 2002 is 23.3. Only one of those vehicles is called out as being in the GTP trim but it keeps up with the average. Here are the details. 17.5 gallons x 23.3 mpg = 407 mile range. Changing the fuel pump on your GTP looks easier than many vehicles as the tank doesn't need to be dropped: ...



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