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Pontiac Grand Am Transmission

I OWN A 99 GRAND AM GT WITH THE 3.4L. RECENTLEY THAT MOTOR HAS FALLEN APART. NOW IVE HEARD THAT THEM THERE MOTORS ARE KNOWN FOR THAT. SO WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO PUT A 3.8L IN THERE. I KNOW THE COMPUTER STUFF IS GONNA BE DIFFERENT CAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT ENGINE BUT HOW MUCH AM I LOOKIN AT AND WHAT IS A TRUSTED PLACE TO GET THE MOTOR AT. O YEAH I NEED EVERYTHING FOR THE MOTOR. FROM THE LONG BLOCK TO ALL THE LINES AND WIRES.
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  • juanrjuanr Posts: 1
    Trying to change tranny oil...cant find plug and/or dipstick to check fill level
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    There isn't a dipstick, or a plug on the pan. You drain it by removing the pan, level check is by removing the sight level plug on the right (passengers side) on the case.
  • Okay well i own a 99 se 2.4 L 95,000miles and i'd say for about a 1 1/2-2 yrs now i've had a slight bang with the trans shift from 1-2. Well the past couple months now it has been "banging" harder when the transmission shifts and now does this in other gears too. I think i probally need a new transmission but damn i bet thatll cost me more than $1000. Should i flush and refill the trans fluid or would that not help? i heard that changing the Trans fluid will cause more problems with the transmission if the engine is already "use to" whats it there and the new fluid might cause it to go out sooner? The engine seems like it has to try too hard if i wanna go fast... i have to accelerate like im 80 yrs old 4 it not to bang. Anyone else have transmission problems with it "Banging"? :confuse:
  • I have a 99 grand am GT with same problem. I drove it like that for a year before it finally died last week. You have a bad solenoid in the transmission that is not easy to get to. It will start banging harder and harder and will get worse in the summer (warmer temp's). I can't believe you have gotten a year and a half without seeing it get worse. Good luck
  • Are you sure it is just the selenoid. I have had this problem with my 2000 GA for about 2.5 years when it shifts from 1-2 under hard acceleration. If it is only the selenoid I am going to replace it asap.
  • i don't know much about cars but I do know about money. I recently took my 2002 grand am and found out it had a leak in the body valve cover of te transmission. Not sure I said that right. I was told it would cost 950 dollars to repair anybody know anything else that can be done.
  • I have a 2001 Grand Am GT that just slams into gear. It has about 100,000 mi on it. It started out losing power occasionaly. Like on the highway the engine would sputter every once in a while for about a week. Then, I started the car and when I shifted into drive it just slams into gear, while driving it will continue to slam through gears. No grinding or anything just wham! Reverse seems fine, only the foreward gears.

    Also, when the engine is cold ( first start of the day), the transaxle will shift like normal, but only the first couple of shifts....

    Also, no, I haven't been driving it since this has started.

    Appreciate any ideas,
    Thanx,
    Chris
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    If it's shifting hard at higher than normal rpm's then it could be a bad powertrain control module, but it's hard to say for sure.
  • I have a '95 Grand Am SE V6 with an automatic transmission and it won't shift out of first gear, not even manually. We checked the transmission fluid and it's fine. I've had this problem before but it just went away and now it's back. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I would appreciate any help.
  • It does it at low RPM's too. Just shift from neutral to drive at idle and WHAM... it still does it.
  • mikepaulamikepaula Posts: 2
    My 94 Grand am has just started to be really hard to shift into first. then reverse slams so hard it rocks the whole car.??????? Anybody know whats going on?
  • i have a 2001 grand am, two weeks after i bought it, it started shifting like the trans was comeing out. it would shift very hard when the car got hot, or if i sat still and the car was running. i worried with it for 4 or 5 months and had it scanded every week by all the auto zones/ advance auto stores in my town they all had something differnt to tell me. finnaly i went to the dealer, they put it on the dealer computer scanner and it was a vacume leak on one of the little plastic hoses around the mass air flow sens. got it fixed and been running fine for 4 years now... good luck
  • gasegase Posts: 1
    I have a '99 Grand AM SE and for the past two years it has chugged slightly with strain, ie: on inclines at speeds around 60+. I took it to a shop originally and it was found to have problems with the spark plugs and housing unit- these were replaced and the problem improved, but did not resolve. Two days ago I had the computer checked and nothing was found to be out of order. Today, however, it has gotten much worse and now in order to maintain higher speeds I have to manually downshift on any inclines. Also, the service engine soon and trac control light came on today. Anyone have any ideas?
  • my catledic converter went bad in my car about 8 months ago, sounds like that might be the problem. it had gotten clogged , and wouldn't hardly go when i gave it any gas at speeds of 30 and up...
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    that is a common problem with ga,gp,and camaros gm has had a recall and free replacement program on some models but has a mileage restriction
  • wveaglewveagle Posts: 2
    I have a 2002 Grand AM thats standard and to get the keys out of the ignition it has to be in reverse and now it just won't go in reverse most of the time. All of the other gears work (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th). :confuse:
  • I have a bit of a problem. I have a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am GT with 150,000. A month ago my dad changed the filter and fluid. After this was done when I would first start the car I would have to let it run for a minute or it would really bog down for it to move. Once it ran it was fine. Yesterday I was on the highway when I realized the rpm was going up to keep it going at a steady 70 and then I lost all power to the transmission. After it cooled it would move but still strain. I did this to get it home. You could also smell the fluid burning. After it cooled over night I started it and and it seemed to work normal. Is it time for a new transmission? Could the filter and fluid change have caused this? Until now I never had a problem with the transmission. Any input would be much appreciated.
  • ron528ron528 Posts: 5
    I have had a 98 Pontiac Grand Am for about 2 weeks now. It has the 2.4 liter 4 cyl so its suppose to have the 4T60E transmission. Well it won't go into 4th gear at highway speeds. First day I owned it the engine wiring melted and the dealer replaced the engine wiring harness.

    First, secnod, and third gears wortk fine. Fluid looks and smells good. What could cause this transmission not to go into 4th gear? It tachs 3,000 rpm at 60 mph in third gear, when I put it into drive, still at 3,000 rpm at 60 mph.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!
  • I have an automatic 02 Grand Am GT sedan and recently it has started making an unusual humming sound and it's giving me trouble in shifting up, usually taking effort to go over 25 mph. So far no overheating, etc... just not wanting to go. Does it sound like the transmission?
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