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Helicopter noise coming from drivers side tire
Hi there. This sounds like it could a serious issue with the potential to be a safety related issue. There's no true way to tell whether driving the car in its current condition is safe or not. However, I would...
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It has a service engine soon light and i dont know what it means?
The service engine soon light inspection would be needed by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic to find out why the light came on. The light is only and indicator that the computer in the car has detected a problem...
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Temperature gauge starts cool as usual then rises almost to max where I have to pull over and let cool down
Hi there. Several things could be going on here. The fans may not be working properly, there could be a coolant leak causing low coolant levels, or the temperature sensor for the gauge is inaccurate. Many of the GM 2.8,...
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Possible problem with alternator
Hello. You are correct, the next step is to remove and test, or just go ahead and replace the alternator. Replacement aftermarket alternators for the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am cover years 2000-2003. So reasonably you can conclude that the alternator...
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I cannot turn my key in my ignition. The key is not stuck, just unable to turn.
Hi there. Sometimes, the steering wheel lock places undo tension on the ignition lock cylinder and moving the steering wheel, side to side, will allow the lock cylinder to turn. The key may be excessively worn and another key may...
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My ABS and brake light are on, but brakes are working.
Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU...
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Gear shifting problems
Your description of the situation makes it sound like there could be a combination of problems. With only having 2 inches of clutch pedal, this is an issue that might have bearing on the shifting issue, but I doubt it....
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My turn signals don't flash when I signal them.
Hello. Thank you for writing in. Yes the flasher is most likely your issue. It is luckily a very simple fix. The lack of clicking noise, but supply of power, tells us that the flasher is stuck in the on...
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Been heating up
Hello - you may have a failing AC compressor or compressor clutch. This could cause the squeak and lack of cooling you mention. I would recommend having a AC is Not Working Inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such...
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Engine misfiring?
Engine misfires can be caused by many different problems, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. Generally, misfires are caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in cases, a combination of both. Spark related...
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Car runs badly when it's warm
When an engine is cold, it is usually running in a rich fuel state. The engine control unit relies on input from many different sensors, such as the engine/coolant temperature sensors. Once the engine warms up, the ECU readjusts the...
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How would I know if it was my upper or lower oxygen sensor that has gone out?
Typically if an oxygen sensor is bad, the check engine light would come on and a fault code stored in the engine control unit. There are other ways a technician can verify if oxygen sensors are performing as they should....
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Brakes Rudding together
Hi there: When the brakes sound like they are rubbing, it's usually an indicator of two potential issues with the brake system. First, it's possible that the brake rotors are warped, and second, it could be a problem with the...
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My car horn works when I lock the car but not when I push on the steering wheel
Hi there. When locking the vehicle, the antitheft computer beeps the horn to acknowledge the doors locking and the system arming. It sounds like your spiral cable, or clock spring cable, has broken. Are there any other steering wheel functions...
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My car hums when I try to start it on cold mornings. Battery starter and alternator tested and all are fine. I need help please!
A car battery can appear to be 100% "charged" and still be essentially useless. The only way to determine the viability of a "used" battery is to perform a load test on the battery at a professional battery shop or...
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Car is shaking and the steering wheel violently jerks
Hi there: If the issues started when they rotated the previous rear tires to the front without balancing them, I'd bet that's what is causing the vibration and steering wheel issues. Before you continue driving the vehicle much longer, I'd...
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Master cylinder went out, now there is a loud noise coming from the brakes.
Brake noises are not generally associated with the master cylinder. A failed master cylinder can cause a low or spongy brake pedal but generally does not make any noises. If however you hear a loud hissing sound when the brakes...
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Engine is over heating and I'm not getting heat. 2001 Pontiac Grand Am 3.4 V6
Hello - I agree with your diagnosis - a water pump failure is a prime candidate for both overheating and a "no heat from the heater". Lack of water flow will cause both symptoms, and cause damage to the engine...
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The factory stereo connector was cut and I need to install a new connector.
Hi there. Look at the wiring on the harness and look at the new connector. Make sure that there are the same amount of wires on the connector and on the harness. Then check the wires. There should be a...
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My exhaust is really loud at the engine. What is it?
Hi there: This sounds like it could be a cracked exhaust manifold or exhaust pipe that's causing the big noise. If you're noticing that the car is slow to accelerate also, that's more likely the exhaust manifold that's cracked. I'd...

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