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#1789 of 2589 Re: Pontiac engine turns off when waiting to pay toll on highway! [polysaturate04 #1782]
May 02, 2004 (11:56 am)
Thank you for your reply. When you got the part, which was pretty cheap, which part did you buy. Also, what is the total cost for the part, and installation of the part. I really really appreciate your reply, thanks in advance.
"I bought a used 1993 Pontiac Grand Am Se, 115,000 original miles, six
months ago for $2000. Once I bought the car, I spent $1,000 for
new tires, allignment, and other accessories because I had to travel
200 miles to a different state. The car drove pretty good, except
at the highway toll, the engine stops running and I had to start
the engine to have the car running again.
Afterwards, I wanted to return back to my original state, so I took
my car to the mechanic to have this problem fixed. He changed
the brakes, shocks, sensors for gears, complete tuning, oil change,
etc, etc, and charged me more than $1400 for parts and labor. Now, the car problem that I orginally had is even worse. Now when I stop at the toll, the engine turns off, and after I start the engine and the moment I put the car in the gear, the engine turns off again and it continues unless I put my left foot on the brake, and right foot on the gas, and give a lot of gas at the same time that I change the gear to drive, while slowly releasing the brake. Then the car zooms forward and then it runs normally until the next toll on the highway, or at any other stop, hense I have to drive the car on the right lane only.
I can also correct this problem by putting the car in reverse gear
while one foot is on the gas, and the other is on the brake, for
even an inch, and the problem gets corrected.
If the car is driven on the highway for more than 50 miles per hour,
even for couple of minutes, this problem occurs because it thinks
that it is at the highest gear and that's why if I reduce the speed to
5 miles per hour, it starts giving jerks and eventually, the engine
turns off. Could you advise me on how to get this problem fixed.
Other than that, the car drives exceptionally well, and the car looks
pretty brand new.
"Reply to #1782 of 1788 Re: Pontiac engine turns off when waiting to pay toll on highway! [mrspongebob #1781] by polysaturate04 Apr 21, 2004 (12:08 am)
I currently have a 92 chev cavalier wagon that had that pronlem with the gear locking and the engine shutting off. What the problem is (and i guess its a older gm cars) is that the relay for the auxilary drive is bad. The aux. drive kicks in once the car is warmed up and is travaling more than 40 mph. When i got the part its was pretty cheap and a quik mechanic fix. Hope this helped you and if it doesnt u cant say i didnt try...lol..
May 03, 2004 (9:23 am)
>>Thank you for your reply. When you got the part, which was pretty cheap, which part did you buy. Also, what is the total cost for the part, and installation of the part. I really really appreciate your reply, thanks in advance.<<
What this guy was talking about was the TCC solenoid, Torque Converter Clutch.I don't remember the price but not bad, you have to remove the side cover of the transmission to access it. Not good on prices I do my own work but $150 sticks in my mine for trans shop.Hope this helps.
#1791 of 2589 Radiator overflow problem
May 03, 2004 (7:22 pm)
We own a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT
The low coolant light came on. So we added the drexcool antifreeze. While driving a couple days later...I pulled into a gas station and noticed all this antifreeze coming out of my car. It was coming from the resevior overflow hose. I haven't taken the car to a mechanic yet but I am wondering why this is happening...any sugestions?
#1792 of 2589 2001 Grand Am SE
May 11, 2004 (5:34 pm)
Have a 2001 Grand Am SE with the 3.4 V6, the other day the HVAC fan quit working on settings 1-4 but works on the highest setting. Any idea's what this could be? Switch? Fuse?
May 11, 2004 (7:27 pm)
A fuse would have taken out the entire HVAC controls and probably more stuff. The only things that I can think of are the switch or the fan motor. I am sure both of which are expensive. You can try to replace the fuse, but I highly doubt that it would work. I suggest that you take your vehicle to a reputable dealer and pray for the cheapest and easiset answer possible.
May 11, 2004 (7:50 pm)
Thanks for the info
Unfortunatly this is the 2nd time its gone out on me, I can't remember what it was the first time it was a warranty repair and I can't find the paperwork. Its well out of warranty now mileage wise now...I can do without the A/C its not something we think about much here in northern NY.
#1795 of 2589 Blower motor resistor board, nybill38
May 12, 2004 (7:41 am)
Sure sounds like this to me. It's unlikely the switch has failed on all four of the lower positions (it is possible though and should be checked). In the high position the resistor board is out of the circuit, the blower is connected to battery voltage via a relay, hence it still works on that position.
It's not a difficult repair, and if you search this forum you will find it discussed quite often.
I did it on my now gone 99, and have helped others (both Alero's and GA's) with the repair.
May 16, 2004 (6:07 pm)
Thanks for the info, wherebouts in the car is this part located? Something easy to get to. I have a feeling its under the glovebox because thats where I saw the mechanic working the first time it was fixed.
I prefer to do jobs myself rather then take it to a shop...i'm pretty new at working on cars since all of my cars are out of warranty now.
#1798 of 2589 Resistor Board
May 16, 2004 (6:14 pm)
It is under the blower plenum on the passenger side, so yes it is under the glovebox. Look for a connector going into the bottom of the plenum. Remove the connector. The board is held in by two screws - the rear one is hard to get to so be patient. The manual says to remove the glovebox for access but I don't think that's necessary and haven't done it myself.