I beleive my entire front diff assembly has been pushed back due to a recent minor accident in a drain hole in the bush. I only have about half inch of movement in the front yolk, is this normal? also for example, when i go over a speed hump, the yolk travels as far as it can until in hits the back and stops, this is where my concern is. When this happens in seem my shockers are flexing and hitting my diff which i can clearly see this is happening due to a crease in the shockers.Ihave pulled appart everything i could and have had the car up on jacks and moved to diff forward to where i beleive is the right place for it, but then nothing else lines up.I have wedges between the diff and leaf springs and these will not line up.I know it is hard to visualise what i am going on about but i can explain much better. I guess If you can tell me a measurement for example front diff housing to rear diff housing or anything else like that then it may help me heaps. Cheers Koz
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Re: front diff been pushed back to far
Are you sure that your frame is not bent????? This will throw everything out of alliement. You will have to go from wheel to wheel and pull measurements like and X from side to side. fine the center point of the car and go from there. But it would be easer if you would put it on a frame machine!!!!!
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there is a solid state fan relay located under the passenger side headlight assembly. There are two ways to get at it. Either you can tear apart the entire front of the vehicle or you can remove the passenger side headlamp assembly and carefully drill a hole about in the middle of the opening and down towards the ground. Look in the hole you drilled you should be able to see the relay. Continue drilling/cutting until you have a hole just large enough to get the old relay out and a new one in. The hole will be covered by the headlamp and has become the preferred method of replacing since they are so common and removing the entire front assembly is so time consuming.
Open the hood to your Pontiac Grand Am. Have
the car keys on you, but not in the ignition and make sure the lights
are in the "off" position.
Locate the splash guard and the plastic push pins that hold
it down. It runs along the entire front frame rail. Removing the entire
splash guard will make it easier to to remove even one headlight on one
Remove the pins by lifting up on the center of the pin. Pull
it up about 1/4-inch and then pry the pin insert and pin out of the
Locate and remove the two-headlight assembly bolts on the the
top of the headlight assembly. Use the ratchet and a socket to remove
Pull the headlight assembly forward by hand. Be careful not
to scratch the lens of the assembly or scratch the paint on the front
Unplug the wire from the back of the headlight that is blown
Turn the headlight bezel counterclockwise (about 1/4 turn)
until it releases the headlight from the back of the headlight assembly.
Extract the old headlight and discard it.
Insert the new headlight into the headlight assembly. Be
careful not to touch the glass of the bulb. Handle it only from the
Replace the bezel and turn 1/4 turn clockwise until it locks
Plug the wire back into the headlight and rest the assembly
onto the bumper gently so you can turn on the lights to test and make
sure the headlight it working properly.
Insert the headlight assembly back into place. Replace and
tighten the headlight assembly bolts.
Put the splash guard into place and place the push pins into
position. Insert the pin and its insert into the hole with the pin still
in the "up" position. When the insert is seated flush to the splash
guard in the hole, simply push the pin down to lock.
In order to replace the seals, remove the front diff assembly. To remove the passenger side seal, I would suggest removing the tube assembly (5 bolts). This is due to a steel washer that goes on the end of the axle. If you just pop the axle out, it is tough to get the washer aligned and back on the shaft. Use anerobic sealer to seal the housing to the diff case. The drivers side you can pop out with a hammer.