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#591 of 980 Re: 2005 GP Vibration in front end [gtpwannabe]
Jan 17, 2006 (4:41 am)
oh yeah.... this sounds familiar. My dad has a Buick LeSabre so I was with you on the similarities between the Buick and our Grand Prix. I took the car to the tire place (not wal-mart), a trusted mechanic, and to the Pontiac Dealer (Certified GM Mechanics), and all were scratching their heads. My first question was "Could it be the axels or CV joints". Noooooo Nooooo... it it were that you'd feel this, see this, blah blah blah, they'd all say. So, like your story, I too spent a butt load of money replacing this or that. Finally the axel/cv's were the only thing left. Replaced them, and YESSS... I too have the best driving vehichle on the road. What a way to learn a lesson huh. Next time I go with my own instinct. Heck if we're just playing the guessing game, which is what everyone was doing... I can do that and save a ton of money.
#592 of 980 Re: Check Gas Cap Light/Chime in My 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT [green_wolf7 [gtpwannabe]
Jan 17, 2006 (12:04 pm)
The date was 1996. The system is OBD II. The reason is to reduce hydrocarbon emissions to the atmosphere. Has nothing to do with safety concerns.
#594 of 980 Re: Key Stuck & Stuck in Park
Jan 17, 2006 (1:13 pm)
I'm new here. I've a '98 Grand Prix SE. A little while ago, two things happened simultaneously. The key got stuck in the ignition and the car won't come out of the Park gear. I regularly use the manual shift override switch (on the right side of the shifter) to get it out of the Park. I've read quite a few posts here on this issue. I'll try pressing the pin/switch under the steering column for getting the key out when I go home today. Can somebody please tell me for sure which of the following switches is bad.
1. Ignition switch (Price??)
2. Neutral Safety Switch (I guess, aka Shift Interrupt Switch. Am I right? My mechanic calls it PRNDL switch and he said this was the culprit.) The auto parts guy called GM who said Neutral Safety Switch need to be replaced (part price $40-$50).
3. both 1 & 2
How do I test which one is bad and does anybody has any info on how easy/difficult/costly it is to replace either of these switches.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
PS: On a sidenote, is the Driver Window Regulator the circuit board beneath those buttons on the driver window?
Thanks in advance
#595 of 980 Re: Key Stuck & Stuck in Park [lallu]
Jan 18, 2006 (4:39 am)
I had the same problem with my 2000 GPGT and was told it was the ignition switch. I didn't fix it..then the key just started coming out... didn't go back to the "off" position, but it would let me have the key. I could even leave the car running, take the key with me and lock the door. Which by the way is handy in cold weather when you just need to run in somewhere for a moment. Anyway, oddly enough, I've had a load of trouble with the front end vibrating, which required alot of work (see numerous previous posts by me). Bottom line, I've said some bad things to the car, about the car, even kicked the thing once. Now that all the work has been done...nothing to the ignition system....the #%$# thing works. Every time (so far), I've turned the key .. it goes to the full off position. No reason why it started, no reason why it's stopped (even if temporarily). These cars, it seems are somewhat possessed with little quirks. Mine has other quirks that I've worked around so much I don't even realize them as quirks now. About your window question. I'm not sure what your problem is, but my drivers window quit working. Took it to the dealer they said it was the motor. I replaced it myself and it didn't work. Decided to contact a junk yard and buy a new switch assembly...was less than $30 and took 5 minutes and worked like new. Needless to say I don't think it was the motor. Good luck.
#596 of 980 The great grand prix
Jan 19, 2006 (9:02 am)
Hello, and thanks, this site has helped me a lot.
As I had not have had the worst of problems,
I have had the many, to name a few:
Rear hub had humming noise.
Key stuck in the ignition.
Wiper blades parked vertigle.
Headlight lense cover fell off.
Power windows working when they want.
Crappy cheap interior door covers detaching.
Automatic lights coming on during daylight.
And at present I cannot get my car out of park, (I use overide every day)Cuz mechanics claim it to be the shifter and the part is around $400.-Ish, plus labor
also, ABS, CHECK TIRE & LOW TRAC lights are on and its ONLY $100. for them to scan it and tell what is wrong with the car. Nice,
This site has givin me some insight to some of these problems and what to watch for.. So thanks..
Oh and is it just me, My car has and does or well did everything you can posibbly imagine, short of sewing a sweater.
But No light in the trunk??
#598 of 980 Key/Shifting problems: Unable to shift into Park
Jan 19, 2006 (10:04 am)
I have a 99 Grand Prix GT, 70K miles, and have had shifting/key problems with this car for a few months.
My current problem is that occasionally the car will not shift into Park. Sometimes if I just keep shifting all the way down and back up, it will eventually go into Park, although usually with some resistance. Last night I had to drive it around the block, and then I was able to get it into Park but with more than a little resistance.
A couple of months ago, I experienced the "stuck key" problem: the ignition would not turn all the way to the "off" position, and the key would be stuck in the ignition. Left key in overnight and it ran down the battery. Took it in for repair in December, and they said the solenoid on the shifter was defective and they had to replace the whole shifter (cost me about $400).
Anyone else experienced similar problems, or have any suggestions on what could be causing the shifting problem?
#600 of 980 Too much tire spin
Jan 20, 2006 (12:03 am)
I have the new 06 GXP with the V-8. Although the front tires are wider than the rear I have too much tire spin out of the hole. I would like to know if putting wider tires on the front would help or would it hinder the handling performance of the car since Pontiac has specifically designed the car with specific tire specs. If this car could hook up with its engine torgue it would be unbeatable in its class.