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2000 Pontiac Grand am 3.4L

I have a 2000 Pontiac grand am - the smog pump comes on at initial cold start up and shuts off after approximately 2 minutes - I never hear it coming back on, I am not sure if it comes on while I am driving - can you give me some specifics secquence on how the smog pump should work?



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  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    My car overheats i put fluid in it, the thermostat is not stuck, the heat kicks on and off but when the heat is off it over heats what do you suggest?



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The air pump and solenoid are controlled by the pcm, during startup, it only operates for 1 min. during normal operation , check valve is closed to prevent exhaust back flow into system!!

Posted on Aug 31, 2009

  • carl Apr 06, 2010

    it is used to reduce engine emissions on startup. it will only run for 1 to 2 minutes every so often, the pump directs fresh air into the exhaust manifolds. the air pump and solinoid are controlled by the pcm. so if the air pump only runs for about 2 minutes, it is fine. the fresh air reacts with the exhaust gas in the catylitic convertor to reduce hc and co levels. during normal operation, the check valve is closed to prevent exhaust back flow into system.


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Smog pump or secondary injection pump works on cold starting to inject clean air into the exhaust pipe to help catalytic convertor to burn extra unburned fuel in exhaust gases and improve clean exhaust emissions then shuts off when catalyst reaches the right temp. so i guess your air pump is fine.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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    Johny Oz Dec 07, 2009

    smog pump starts with cold engine to produce fresh air for catalytic converter to heat up faster soon as it reach the normal temp. smog pump stops.



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The governor pressure sensor is the most likley cause however an inspection of fluid or debris in trans pan would be a good idea to make sure there's nothing excessive in it. Attached is a list of possible causes however the senor would be the most common.


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  • 5 volt supply circuit open
  • Check transmission fluid level and condition
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