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2001 Pontiac Grand Am
02-01-2014, 03:06 PM
Post: #11
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Thank you all for your help, I just did what you said. The gentlemen that I ask built his own race car and told me to forget it, and sell it. He said the weather being so cold cracked the motor. Thank you again you guys were very helpful to me.
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02-01-2014, 09:23 PM
Post: #12
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Sorry to hear that the car is a loss. Thanks for letting us know. So few people actually take the time to let us know how they made out in the end. Stop by again some time, hopefully with a problem that we can actually help you with.

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Garner

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02-01-2014, 11:05 PM
Post: #13
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
You guys helped a lot and at the moment, like I said I don't have many people...Now I'm not one to give up, I try to see hope in certain situations still. I want to jack the car up and look for myself. Im going to have to do my best, I just have a feeling that's not it, but I must see for myself...I'm one of those people, I don't know if that good or bad but...Anyway I don't know where to put the jack, would you be able to tell me where the best place is?
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02-01-2014, 11:14 PM
Post: #14
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
The owner's manual will tell you where to place the jack but don't do anything that's not safe. The OEM jack is not really trustworthy for crawling under a car yourself, especially if the ground is soft. Probably best to have your race car friend show you were the trouble lurks. Sounds like he might even have the right stuff to lend a hand if needed.
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02-02-2014, 01:08 AM
Post: #15
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Do you guys have a shop, or do you just do the online forms.
What are some test I could do to confirm its a cracked engine block? The race car guy, believe it or not, isn't really a friend. I knew he built his own race car and am pretty desprate, so I walked down to his house and he was nice enough to come by and look. I don't really want to be a pest, so I'm trying to depend on my resources and myself at the moment.
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02-02-2014, 01:34 AM
Post: #16
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Geographically we are all over the country. I run a private fleet shop in Ct, Garner used to work in a transmission shop and now resides in PA, W2O (another moderator here) works in a fleet shop for a major city in Ky, and the owner of the board spent years working at a MOPAR dealer down south but recently moved to Fla. (?)

There are tests to confirm major engine damage but quite often it's a matter of following normal diagnosis because some things are just obvious to a seasoned mechanic. The hardest part is to do any of these specific tests while the engine is suffering other malfunctions because there's no way to do a pressure test on the block if the coolant will not stay inside due to another reason. The fact that you have a 13 year old car with it's present issues is possibly enough to tip the scales without going any further. There's no way for me to guess from where I sit unless your neighbor is willing to put his findings into words here on the message board. IOW, I have no idea if the car is in pristine condition or loaded with rust and oil leaks. I would need a keen eye and an over view from somebody who has experience to give me a first hand opinion on noises, odors, various "normal" sounds and things that experience teaches us. What I am driving at is there's so many things that could be marginal due to what you have told us already that there is no easy answer without the big picture. It could be a $100 repair this week then something else lets go next week and the car is scrap. Wish I could help more.
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02-02-2014, 05:46 AM
Post: #17
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Well I'm going to try and jack it up tomorrow, maybe take some pictures and try to post them up here. You guys are helping a lot, like I said, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! I keep you informed.
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02-02-2014, 09:55 PM
Post: #18
RE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Since your race car friend says that the moter is garbage another option you have is to replace the moter with one from the junkyard I would say that you could get the moter and find someone to install it for around 1500 dollars .....its cheaper than buying a whole new car
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