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Why doesn't my defroster work in my 2003 Pontiac Sunfire
Hello. If the rear defroster is working like you explain then it sounds like the rear window needs to be replaced. As the element in the window begins to short out internally various parts of it will stop working until...
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car only runs for a second or two when i try to start it...
A faulty ignition switch can cause the vehicle to stall. The 1998 Sunfire was the subject of an ignition switch recall, announced in 2004, but not having your specific vehicle identification number (VIN) it's hard to say whether your specific...
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The turn signals turn on instead of the low beams
Hello, thank you for writing in. Turn signal and low bean circuits both route through the dashboard and possibly the steering column. There are several components and areas in which these two circuits could come in contact with each other....
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Driving, then engine/oil light turns on, steering locks up, car dies; but just fine after turning off than on.
Any time loss of steering, or power assist to the steering is lost, it can be a safety issue and should be looked into as soon as possible. If the oil light and/or check engine light are flashing before it...
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Experiencing a knocking noise while I'm decreasing speed on the highway. I have examined the up&lower ball joints, tire rods, axle
Hello, thank you for writing in. Inspecting the suspension and steering components was a great idea. Did you perform a visual inspection, or did you actually raise the vehicle and maneuver the parts to check for excess play? However the...
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1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2L Replace intake air temp sensor but still get code PO113. What's going on?
Hi There, Generally, this code is related to the sensor itself failing or in many cases failed connections or an internal wiring short, which results in this code being triggered even when the sensor is functioning properly. Since you have...
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Burining Oil Smell, Car has Oil leak
Hello, It sounds like your oil leak may be causing the oil to be burned on the hot engine which is likely producing the burning oil smell you describe. This is generally not something too critical to worry about if...
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broken ignition switch after thieves tried to steal my car
You will probably have to replace the ignition switch. And since you can't put the key in the switch, getting it out will be a big deal. Car ignition locks are deliberately made to be hard to remove in order...
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My car pontiac sunfire year 2000 wont start does not do anything no noise execept you can turn on the intermitent lights but thats
If there is no starter motor operation at all with the key held in the "start" position, the procedure is to test for power AND voltage drops to the starter motor/solenoid. If there is no power, or a large voltage...
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had to make a sudden stop and now car makes a clicking sound when step on brakes
Hi there. The clicking sound you hear when braking might be a worn suspension component and not related to the brakes. Sway bar links for example can make clicking sounds when the bushings are worn. If ball joints are worn,...
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I have a 98 Sunfire Pontiac the fan stopped working
Hi There, What you are describing sounds like a fan clutch that may be wearing out. A mechanical fan clutch works by helping to control the radiator cooling fan speeds as the engine heats up and cools down. As the...
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Water pump gasket leaking
Removing the water pump on your vehicle is a 6 hour job and consequently involves pages of procedures, torque specifications, and a lot of detail. Due to the amount of time involved, it is not worth it re-installing the old...
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The coolant hose between the radiator and engine is kinked. I think its either the thermostat or the water pump. Please advise how
You will need to replace the kinked hose to restore flow to the engine. This is the bypass hose so coolant flows through the engine before thermostat opens.
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Alternator
The two alternators are not compatible. They come from two different years and size motors are different. The Old Alero is a 2.4l and Pont Sunfire is 2.2 motor. The wiring is different for the two alternators.
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My oil light pops up and won't go away 1999 Pontiac Sunfire
Hello - if the oil pressure is truly low enough to cause the oil pressure light to illuminate, the problem is likely not with the oil pump, but with worn connecting rod and crankshaft main bearings. Excess wear on these...
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Had back brakes replaced at Pep Boys. Now there's a squeeking sound coming from the rear. Also when I use my brakes it's not a sm
Hi there. When you hear a squeak shortly after replacing the brakes, it's commonly due to excessive brake dust trapped between the caliper and brake rotor. However, it is also possible that something is stuck or the pads installed are...
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My car is not gasing when I hit the gas. I was at a red light and it wouldnt move, it was like it just locked?
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several sensors related to the fuel system, and having that code would be beneficial for us. However, we can start with an assumption that it may have been the fuel pressure sensor,...
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squeal sound from rear passenger wheel when driving bumpy roads
The noise is probably brake or wheel bearing related. If brake related, it might be due to the brake pad wear indicator contacting the rotors. If you desire that this problem be diagnosed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic...
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Car has leak and water in engine
Hello and thanks for writing in. Unfortunately, what you are describing sounds like a blown head gasket. A blown head gasket may cause a number of different symptoms. A head gasket that fails between cylinders will generally cause a misfire...
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Hi, I have a 2003 pontiac sunfire that is getting water in my engine. It looks like water is leaking from somewhere between my eng
Engine coolant can leak externally through a hose, radiator, water pump, etc. or internally due to a leaking head gasket and sometimes a leaking intake manifold gasket depending on the engine design. External leaks are typically found by simple pressure...

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