Questions tagged [solstice-of-sorrow]

Problem-ridden 2006 Pontiac Solstice. Problems due to owner's insistence on going faster, and fixing things himself.

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New AC compressor - steps before turning it on?

I installed a new AC compressor on the Solstice of Sorrow the other day, but haven't turned it on yet. I'm planning on recharging the system this evening. Now, before I do this: am I supposed to oil ...
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Non-blown blown head gasket

06 Solstice, 2.4L Ecotec LE5 (GM inline 4). Again. I had an overheating issue recently, where the temp went from ~200 to ~290ish very rapidly. I shut the car down and had it towed home. A few days ...
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Removing head while maintaining timing chain tension & position

I'm pulling the head off of the Solstice (2006, 2.4L Ecotec LE5), and would prefer not to have to remove the timing chain cover to get the timing set correctly. The last time I did this, the engine ...
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Cleaned throttle body, MAP sensor suddenly dead

(Solstice) So, I cleaned my throttle body with brake cleaner. I thought it was carb cleaner, but I am apparently illiterate. (Honestly, I'm not sure what the difference between them is.) I was very ...
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ECM voltage, spark spike

When the car was idling in the garage this morning (hooked up to HP Tuners), I saw a spike on the "Spark" graph at the same time as the car stumbled. "Control Module Voltage" also went from > 14 down ...
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Solstice! Car starts to run rough after hitting the gas, intermittently.

So, after putting the A/C-delete belt on to take my POS A/C compressor out of play, everything works great: No frightening rattle / clanging from the engine bay Idles smooth Sounds like a brand new ...
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Suddenly have oil leaks in lots of different places

06 Solstice 2.4, engine rebuilt about 7k-10k miles ago. I noticed some oil on the side and bottom of the oil pan. After poking around some more, I found evidence of leaks at: Where the turbo oil ...
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Rattle sound at low speed in 1st and reverse

06 Solstice (it says "hi!"), manual transmission. I hear a pretty bad rattling sound when backing up or starting out in 1st gear. I haven't heard it in any other gear, and only at fairly low speed/...
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THAT Solstice - What causes an exhaust back-fire?

I had some oh-so-wonderful hesitation and an exhaust backfire this morning. The car wasn't really up to temp - it had been running for about 15 minutes and it's ~68F this morning. Some potential ...
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Fixed exhaust leak, running hotter now

Yeah, it's the Solstice again. I just replaced a v-band clamp between my turbo and the cat. The engine runs a lot smoother now - go figure - but it's running quite a bit warmer. Before I recently ...
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06 Solstice - weird hesitation / bogging under heavy throttle

I wonder what percentage of the questions here are from me about this car... When I try to accelerate with more than about 60-75% throttle at lower RPM (say, under 3k or so), the car starts to ...
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Solstice - Can an exhaust leak cause (really bad) hesitation?

My Solstice says "hi everyone." Moving on. I've had some really rough starting over the past month or so. I hadn't had time to really look at it until a few days ago, when I noticed the downstream O2 ...
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06 Solstice (Yay) Fuel smell after hard acceleration

Vehicle: the ever-present 2006 Solstice with aftermarket turbo. When I lift after hard acceleration, I can smell what I think is gas for a few seconds. It dissipates quickly, but is disturbing. A ...
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06 Solstice LE5 DTCs

My love-to-hate-it relationship with the Solstice continues. I was having some issues with apparently-random warnings (ABS light, weird DTC, gas cap warning when the gas cap was not loose). The ...
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Shop replaced engine, blew about six weeks later

A local repair shop recently replaced the engine in my 06 Pontiac Solstice. They obtained a used engine from LKQ. I'm not sure how many miles the replacement engine had (unfortunately). Wednesday ...
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Intermittent CEL, several codes

06 Solstice. Again. I have an intermittent check engine light. I hooked up the laptop to the car this morning and found: 0171 - System Too Lean (Bank 1) (Immature) P0507 - Idle Air Control System ...
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New engine and clutch, have weird vibration @3K RPM

I just replaced (well, had someone else replace) the engine in my 06 Solstice. The engine runs great for the most part (will open a separate question about that), but there is a weird vibration at ...
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2006 Pontiac Solstice - Wipers turn on by themselves

Here's a new one: Three times in the past week, the wipers have randomly turned themselves on. Each time turning the switch on and back off has fixed the issue. I haven't seen anything else ...
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2006 Solstice - CEL, no DTC, won't crank

Drove the car to work yesterday, made a few stops along the way with no issues. When I got out of the office, the car would no longer crank. I have a CEL, but no DTC (checked with HP Tuners). No ...
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2006 Solstice - car won't turn over following engine replacement

I recently installed an engine (complete from oil pan to the valve cover) from a 2010 Malibu in my 2006 Solstice. (Replacing a blown engine.) The car will not crank / turn over. Symptoms include: My ...