Question about 2004 Pontiac Grand Am
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
Posted on May 03, 2010
Are you new to this? oil filters should have oil spread on the gasket before installation. then install the filter until it contacts the block then continue 3/4 of a turn. you should really mark the filter while you are learning to do this. move the filter back and forth to know you are contacting the block then make a mark with a marker and continue 3/4 of a turn. this makes a good seal and does not distort the gasket. too little and it will leak - too much and it will leak. while you are learning make sure you check to see if there are any leaks. good luck
Posted on May 03, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: oil filter location?
the oil filter is on top of the engine bay, it is under a plastic screw on cover towards the drivers side front of the engine next to the intake manifold, if there is a cover on the engine you might need to take it off to see it, the filter clips on to the back plastic screw on cover. it requires a large socket size to remove.
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
Hello! To check the fluid level, the first thing you want to do is get the fluid to operating temperature, by driving it for a bit and letting it shift through all gears. Once you've done that you need to make sure you park the car on a very level surface. Remove the front passenger wheel and the splash guard. From there reference the picture below to give you an idea where the fluid check plug is located - there is no dipstick on this transmission (4T45e). You will also see the fill plug location.
If you do a pan drop and filter replacement only, the fill capacity is 6.9 quarts. You will want to use Dexron III type transmission fluid.
FYI - here are the torque specs for the pan bolts is 106 in/lbs and the check/fill plugs are both 124 in/lbs.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Posted on Sep 25, 2009
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no regular oil will not hurt this car. I highlt recommend using a castrol 5-W30 it is tar based oil rather than wax based and will not clog your engine. You can use synthetic oil which costs much more but it is not necessary.
Posted on Dec 30, 2009
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