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#54 of 96 2005 Montana Defrost Air Only is Cool Temp
Feb 25, 2010 (4:10 pm)
I have a 2005 Pontiac Montana (not SV6). This winter I have noticed more than previous winters....when you run the defroster you get air, but it never gets very warm. You can change the front to the floor and get lots of hot air, change the front to the A/C vents and get lots of hot air. There is hot air in the back for the passengers. Only on defrost do you have air that never gets warm. When you switch to defrost you can hear the deflector change and you can put your hand up by the windshield and go from no air to plenty of air coming out...it is just not warm.
#55 of 96 Pontiac 04 Montana struts
Mar 03, 2010 (7:29 pm)
Tell me it is not true that you have to pull the dash to change the struts.
#56 of 96 Re: Pontiac 04 Montana struts [notaminivan]
Mar 03, 2010 (8:48 pm)
No it is not true. You can reach the strut mounting bolts from under the hood. The trick to it is that you must take the windshield wiper motor and wiper assemblies off of both sides. To do this you must do the following:
1. Remove the wiper arm assemblies from both sides. They have a plastic cap which covers the actual nut. This just pops off with a screw driver. Then remove the plastic leaf guard that is under the wiper blades.
2. Remove the 3 nuts that hold each wiper shaft assembly. The left one will drop out. the right one needs extra room.
3. Remove the wiper motor assembly from the right side. I believe there are 2 or 3 bolts that hold it. Pull the motor assembly forward and drop the arm assembly down as you move it forward.
4. You should now be able to access the 3 strut nuts.
5. Remove 2 bolts from spindle assembly and pull strut down and out.
6. Assemble is reverse of above.
If you are just replaceing the strut tubes and not the whole assembly, you should think about changeing the strut bearing plates on top of the struts as they go bad usually before the strut tubes. If you feel and/or hear a poping/grinding noise while turning the wheels then the bearings are bad for sure.
If you are replaceing the whole strut assembly, spring and all, then you get new bearings in the assembly.
Sometimes it is best to have the alignment checked afterwards as you can disturb the alignment settings.
Hope this helps you.
Apr 13, 2010 (1:54 pm)
i was changin my thermostat and i took off the throttle body the air filter as well as the hose that runs between the two.needless to say after 3 hours of fighting with the thermostat housing i got it all back together except one thing. i think its the vacuum hose on the hose that runs between the throttle body and air filter. somehow i managed to dislodge the hose and now i dont know where to put it back at. i tried to fit my hand and feel for the hole but i dont have a clue where it goes can anyone help me please!!!
#58 of 96 Re: air filter hose [hurricane_db]
Apr 14, 2010 (8:13 am)
I did the same thing... look for my postings under kennie. Now I am not an expert and if my memory serves me right (I could be wrong however) I do remember that the plastic tube that fits into the slinky air duct... the tube slipped out of the back
of block... it just sticks in... if you clib under the vehicle and look between the rear exhaust manifold (just above) I think I recall being able to see it. Good luck...
Apr 14, 2010 (1:50 pm)
ok so here we go i have a 2000 pontiac montana that was overheating i turned on the heater and it was blowing cold air.i thought that was the thermostat that was bad so i changed it, still same problem. i then notice my coolant was pretty nasty with floaties that looked like some sort of stop leak so i flushed the system, still same problem. now im thinking the water pump but i dont know how to tell if that is the solution. the whole time it was overheating the cooling fans never kicked on so could it be something as simple as a relay or do i just change the water pump and go from there.im tellin you im gettin close to just throwin this van away.
#60 of 96 02 pontiac montana power loss
May 06, 2010 (9:35 am)
Someone please with knowledge help me, this vehicle has got a 3.4 lt engine, the check engine light is on, half my power has dissapeared, and theres a metalic screeching comes from underneath the vehicle when you give it gas. Also it wants to run hot because of this and I just had the plugs and wires replaced, oil changed ad new air filter put in. I replaced the fuel filter myself, that is good. Also when you give it gas you dont get much reaction from the engine, half of what its supposed to do, its got 153,419 miles on it, any suggestions????
#61 of 96 02 pontiac montana power loss
May 06, 2010 (6:37 pm)
Did this problem start before or after the tune-up and oil change?
#62 of 96 Re: 02 pontiac montana power loss [armes]
May 08, 2010 (8:41 am)
After the tune up, but right after I had the plugs and wires ect changed, everything run fine, its been gradually building up to this, last I checked the code reader from the dealership indicated something with the emission system ore something, cant remember.
#63 of 96 Re: 02 pontiac montana power loss [sar781]
May 09, 2010 (5:51 pm)
Overheating, bad emmission readings, rough running and loss of power can be caused by several things. Having too rich of fuel mixture and liaking head gaskets can cause all of these symptoms, Are you loosing coolant from the system with or without visible leakage from the cooling system?