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Pontiac Grand Am Maintenance & Repair



  • I have a '02 GA SE. :cry: The service engine soon light flashes with a "clicking" noise coming from the fuse block in the engine compartment. Also, when I turn the key to the off position, take out the key, and open the door, the radio, charging system light, and digital odometer stays on draining the battery. Any ideas? Thanks in advanced.
  • Also. I had an engine out of a '99 GA put into my '02 GA a few weeks ago. The problems I have stated above have started yesterday.
  • I have a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am. I failed my emissions test, because the NO was too high. My engine light comes on when I drive at moderate speeds and my transmission hangs when switching gears (its an automatic). Any advice or thoughts?
  • geechgeech Posts: 1
    I have a 1989 pontiac grand am could someone tell me how to replace the altenator belt.
  • Yea, I see this is normal for the pontiac from this site. my grand am will turn over start then die, :mad: i had comp reset worked for a month then dies now, I took it to a dealer they say my cluster pack (instrument panel) is shorting out and want to replace it $600. Then they me need to put new ignition switch in. I can do that myself but how do I program the cluster, and switch. I would be glad to here your ideas
  • My wife has a 1999 Grand Am SE2, the throttle sticks occasionally, we've already had it looked at by one mechanic who "cleaned the throttle body" this however was only a temporary solution. Should I have the throttle body replaced, or is there another system that may be causing the condition. The spring seems to be in good condition and very strong. I'm afraid maybe the cruise control is malfunctioning, although restarting the car only clears the problem occasionally. Generally everything is fine when the car is cold, but once it warms up it sometimes has this issue. Any advice would be great, thanks.
  • :D hello guys,
    I just bought a 1997 grand am off a buddy that said the only thing wrong with it was the fule line was broken.( it is a 4 cyc, and had been sitting for a yeal) I had it towed to a repair shop and they told me i had to buy a complete fule pump sending unit. aftter a week i found one on the internet used. I took the part to them and they said they already fixed it by patching the line and that it was running good. So i take it home and it was runnning really good. after about 5 hours of driving it back and forth, it knocked really hard. i managed to get it back home and left it there. a buddy come by and looked at it and said that the motoer was moving around and that was what was knocking. he said that it seem like it is running on 2 cylender and that what was wrong with it. So we change the plugs and the coil housing, and it still did the jumping abound. we took the line where the ingectors are and it looked like fule was coming out of one of them. do you think the other 3 injectors are bad, or cloged or something? any tip i should try? i know know anything about car so any help would be good. as long as you give it gas the motor sounds good. if you let it ideal it knocks and then dies. i think this may be why the guy i was guying it from was changing the fuel filter. anyway thanks for the help.
  • miller55miller55 Posts: 1
    The display window showing the time and function of the am/fm/cd unit won't light up. The volume control also doesn't work properly- I try to turn the volume down and it doesn't respond unless I pull on it. Anyone know what the solutions are to these problems? Thanks.
  • riley9riley9 Posts: 1
    I have a 1995 Grand Am that is losing anti-freeze. But I can not locate where it is leaking.
    I have seen a small amount of anti-freeze on the ground but that would not account for the amount that I am putting in the car. It doesn't seem to be leaking into the oil basin or coming out the exhaust.

    Any ideas?
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,712
    Which engine?
    V-6? Check intake manifold, see if the coolant is leaking down the side of the block and onto the starter.

    4 cyl? Check that the radiator cap isn't weak.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,712
    Go to your dealer and get a can of "GM Top Engine Cleaner".
    Follow the directions on the can to the letter.
    I prefer the spray over the pour in can, as you need to spray it into the throttle body.

    If it still sticks after that, then you will need to replace the throttle body. You should be able to find one reasonably at a salvage yard, unless you wish to pay the expense of a new one.
  • Hey flyboy9, the instrument panel from a salvage yard cost me only $15 and is easy to install yourself. Just follow all the manual hints and steps. I have a 1997 Pontiac Grand SE and was having issues with the instrument panel not functioning properly then finally not at all. I also had an issue with the volume control on the radio where you could not turn the volume up or down. As soon as I replaced the instrument panel everything started working including the volume control on the radio. Your car probably comes with an SIR hookup under the dash. make sure you disconnect the NEGATIVE post from the battery first, then the YELLOW wire under the dash can be disconnected. failure to disconnect this wire can cause the pump that inflates the airbag in the steering column from working or can cause the air bag to deploy. that was the most important step in my manual. the rest of the steps to follow to replace the instrument panel was easy. Call around to several salvage yards for the instrument panel for the same model and pull the instrument panel out of it. One thing to remember is to be patient after re-installing the instrument panel. the anti-theft device will keep the car from starting. turn the ignition key to the on position for 10 to 12 mins (walk away for that amount of time so you don't feel like trying to start it yet). the anti-theft light should now be done flashing. the car should start up. if your car still doesn't start then consider replacing your ignition switch. my old instrument panel was shorting out and causing other problems inside the car (like the volume control on my radio). Hope this helps. :)
  • My daughters 93 grand am stalls out at slow speeds. A mechanic unplgged a sensor, and said it should be replaced, but you have to "split the transmission", I believe he said ,to fix it. The best way to describe this is the car feels like you're not pushing in the clutch for down shifting a manual transmission right before it kills. The car is an automatic. It idles in park and neutral just fine. Anyone got info on this sensor, and is it hurting anything besides the gas mileage having it unplugged?
  • flakoflako Posts: 4
    how do I change the time setting. I have a basic radio with cd. there are no hour and minute buttons. the owner manual was no help.
  • mikel2youmikel2you Posts: 2
    I stopped by O'Reilly when the engine light came on in our 97 Grand Am 3.1V6 and the codes said I needed to replace the front Oxygen sensor. The dude behind the counter said it was an easy DIY. I found the sensor at the back of the engine in the exhaust manifold... but can't see a good way to get to it. It seems to be below the electronic ignition/distributor type thing, and under a bunch of wire etc. It appears pretty congested between the engine and firewall. Is there some trick to getting in there? I can barely get my hand in to touch it, let alone a wrench or socket. I'm trying to get to it from the drivers side top.

    What's the secret?
  • brian47brian47 Posts: 2
    I am having the exact same problem - were you able to fix this and if so, can you let me know what you did. Thanks so much.
  • brian47brian47 Posts: 2
    My kid has a 93 Grand Am. After locking the keys in it and the police opened the door, the interior lights and warning chimes stay on. Have taken the door panel off and there appears to be no broken wires - any advice?

    Thanks for any help/suggestions you can give me.
  • mikel2youmikel2you Posts: 2
    I had the same issue on my 97 GA. I went to Advanced autoparts and bought a tube of radiator sealer... it was about $3. and was a tube of what looks like silver shavings. You pour it in the radiator and it some how seals any leaks. I'm not sure how it works, or if it harmful in the long run. But it did stop the antifreeze leaks in my wife's car after a couple of days.
  • mkirkcmkirkc Posts: 2
    I have taken my car to a mechanic who does not understand the diagnostic message that there is a problem with the O2 heater sensor circuit that was revealed by his diagnostic hand-held tool. The code number I do not recall, but the message was that the O2 Sensor Heater Circuit was faulty in some way. Does anyone possess familiarity with this diagnostic message and the steps necessary to repair my 1997 Pontiac Grand AM with a 2.4 liter engine?
  • I have a 2000 Grand am and usually i just turn the key on and tap the gas pedal 3 times. Then it should reset.
  • Hi all, I am new here and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me. When I start my car at night, it takes about a minute for it to actually start. Just replaced the fuel pump and the filter. Later when I start it again, it'll pop right off. Any suggestions as to what this may be? It's not clicking or anything, it just takes longer for it to start.
  • mikepaulamikepaula Posts: 2
    my 94 grand-am just started getting difficult to shift into 1st. Now it is really hard to force it into 1st, and reverse slams so hard it rocks the whole car.?? Anyone know whats going on?
  • mkirkcmkirkc Posts: 2
    I have received no assistance for my 1997 Grand AM, 2.4 liter sedan. The diagnostic tool says there is a problem with the O2 sensor heater circuit. What is it, and how cam it be fixed? I have already replaced the O2 sensor itself but am left with this mysterious (to me) diagnosis. Surely someone out there knows something that could help me.
  • stevew2stevew2 Posts: 3
    Open the driver's side door, on the side of the dash you will see an access panel.. pull it off. In there you will see a button that says reset.. Now turn you're ignition on (do not start the car) just turn the key so all the lights come on the dash. Now press the reset button and hold it down till the chang oil light flashes, release the button, at this time the oil change light on the dash should be blinking.. now press and release the button quickly. Now it should be reset.
  • hgosinskihgosinski Posts: 22
    I have a 2002 grand am. I had the passlock system replaced 2 months ago because the car wouldn't start all the time, (I heard a lot of people are having that problem). Now the car is overheating. I had the radiator flushed and refilled. I had the thermostat changed, still overheating. I took it to a different shop, because the one that did the radiator and thermastst couldn't figure it out. This new shop wasn't sure either, but they said I could start with the water pump, or taking apart the radiator, because the dexcool tends to 'gunk' up the bottom of the radiator, and a flush won't get that out. Well, I decided to do the cheapest thing first, which was the water pump...before I could get back to them about it, they called me and said they found the definate problem. They are telling me it is overheating because my intake manifold is cracked., and the gaskets are bad. Has anyone else ad this problem? Or has anyone had there intake manifold replaced, ifso was it because it was overheating. I'm not sure if they are just telling me things, or if that could be the reason. It is 800.00 to fix, so I really want some feedback from other people before I spend this money. Would I be able top tell if the intake manifold is really cracked? Can you see an actual crack? Any help would be great!! :cry:
  • glory_beeglory_bee Posts: 1
    I also have a 99 Grand Am & my fuel gauge keeps malfunctioning. When I have less than 1/2 a tank of gas, the needle begins going the other direction....shows I have a full tank when it's really empty! Also, the low fuel light doesn't come on until I'm really, really low on fuel not giving much warning. Any ideas on what the problem is??
    Any advice would be appreciated!
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,655
    Assuming you have the v6 engine, the intake manifold gaskets is a very common problem. The original ones crack and leak and there is an updated part. You could very well see the results of the leak by looking for wet looking stain below the gasket area.
  • hgosinskihgosinski Posts: 22
    Yes, it is a v6... I am going to have her show me where the leak is, thanks for replying...
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    I have to agree with ray80. This is a known problem and you can search this forum and find it discussed many times. I doubt if the manifold is really cracked (is possible though), and based on the price quoted I doubt that they think so either. When I had this problem on my 99 it was around that price to repair (this was some time ago). Coolant is either seeping out or going out though the exhaust if it's an internal leak. Either way it would be apparent since the coolant level would constantly be low.
  • sexyljcsexyljc Posts: 1
    car had hard time starting,have to wait 30min. or a day before it will start,I had a tune-up,replaced fuel pump,has new starter, had new pc valve installed,same problem keep happening please help,.
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