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What else can i do to diagnose the exact problem of my cars miss fire on the 3rd cylinder?
If electronics and fuel supply have been ruled out, the next possible cause is a mechanical issue. Have a compression test done across all 4 cylinders. If #3 is lower than the other three cylinders, it is possible there is...
Why would my car shake while driving?
Hi, thanks for writing in. The first thing to evaluate is the condition of the tires and their balance. If you have a tire defect, such as a belt separation, that will cause shaking at any speed. Tires can also...
Starting issues when it's cold outside
This is common for most cars in extreme winter months when the temperature drops. As you may know, car batteries create electrical current based upon chemical reactions inside the battery cell. When these chemicals are subjected to extreme cold, these...
What is causing temp to go up and seems like car doesn't have usual power.
This can be caused by a number of factors such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
How difficult is it to replace a valve lifter and/or is it something worth taking to a mechanic?
Hello, thanks for writing in. Having lifters and valves replaced is best left to the professionals. Many times this can involve removing the cylinder head from the engine which will have an affect on the timing. Special procedures need to...
blown engine
When you want to do an engine swap with the exact same engine then you do not have as many challenges. When you want to change out a 4 cylinder to a 6 cylinder of an earlier year, you will...
Won't start. Just cranks, catches, and dies
Hello there, a few different faults will cause your 2001 Pontiac Grand Am to start and then die. Replacing the battery was a good start, as it can cause this type of issues. Other possible faults include the MAF sensor,...
Car revs up and won't rev down. Changed ICV
High idle problems are often times related to vacuum leaks or lean fuel conditions. I would start by checking for vacuum leaks and other fuel delivery components, such as the mass air flow sensor, injectors, throttle body, etc. High idle...
Car is overheating - 1999 Pontiac Grand Am
Hi. A bad water pump is a common cause for this car to overheat. This is what I would start with in order to repair the overheating problem. Keep in mind that a clogged radiator or heater core could also...
My water pump leaks and shoots out water
If the water pump is leaking coolant through the weep hole, the water pump has failed. The best way to resolve this issue is to have the water pump replaced by a certified professional. After the water pump has been...
whats wrong with my front end
I believe your issue is one of two different things. Which option it is depends on the type of tire wear that the front tires have. If the front tires have cupping wear from worn struts, the tires are likely...
no power to fuel pump
Your fuel pump relay pin 86 is on the ground side of the relay and goes all the way to the ground on the rear of the engine. With the relay out you should be able to check socket 86...
Can i put a moter out of a 200 LP2 Pontiac grand am 3.8 and put it in a 1995 pontiac
Hello. Judging from the information you have provided, it is likely possible, however, probably not practical to swap that engine into that vehicle. Swapping from a 4 cylinder to a 6 cylinder engine will require an entirely new engine management...
Hello. If your ABS and Trac Off lights are coming on, this is related to a wheel bearing failure. General Motors has a common problem with wheel bearing failures on almost all models from Chevy to Cadillac. The best thing...
My car cranks but won't start.
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2002 Pontiac Grand AM. There are several possible causes for a vehicle to not start. There could be a fuel supply problem, an ignition problem, or even a failed sensor. For an issue...
Interior lights
Hello. Pulling the fuse will cause all of the interior lights to stop working and will affect some of the other electrical systems also. If you are not getting the vehicle fixed any time soon then the only way to...
Does replacing power steering hoses cause any other issues to arise?
Hi there, thanks for writing in. That's an interesting point you bring up. In short, yes; sometimes when you replace one component another issue will arise because it was masked by the damage on the other part you replaced. This...
No crank and no start
Hi and thanks for your question. Remove a spark plug wire from one of the spark plugs, and put a screwdriver in the wire and put it to ground. Now, try starting the vehicle. If there is no spark, then...
Does my car need a R& R fuel pump XL product as a fuel pump replacement?
You should not need anything larger than the stock size fuel pump. Depending on which engine is in your Pontiac Grand Am, you should have the following with the 3.1 engine: ignition on 52-59 psi and at idle 42-56 psi....
Brake Pedal feels loose have to push all the way down pumping it helps stop it but mostly it keeps sliding until I pull E-brake.
Hello. After replacing any brake hose or line, the brake system has to be bled of any air. Did your friend do that after installing the hose? Try bleeding the entire brake system. If the seal under the brake fluid...

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