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2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 Sedan V6 3400

Service Engine Soon light is on.
What I did: replace burnt out light bulbs except 1 in dash for fan speed. Left (Driver's side) front daytime running head light not as bright as right side.

When car warms up Engine gets loud when idling. Sounds like a turbo but doesn't have one.

Clunking noise from front drivers side suspension (by wheel) when turning wheel right and backing up.

Brakes at calibers squeak when applying brake completely.
What I did: greased the pad clips and temporally went away but came back.

Thanks Dave G


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  • dvgreynolds Jun 26, 2008

    I made a mistake The Service Vehicle Soon light is on. Manual = DRL or ALC.

    Also, I did scan and everything checks out fine except "check lights" comes up.



    As for the noise at idle everything is connected and the car runs great. Maybe running slightly hot. Between 200 - 220.

  • dvgreynolds Jun 26, 2008

    I meant the Service Vehicle Soon light is on.

    Engine runs great just loud when warmed up and idling.

  • dvgreynolds Jun 26, 2008

    NOT the check engine light but the SERVICE VEHICLE SOON light.

  • dvgreynolds Jun 26, 2008

    It's the service vehicle soon light not the engine light. The car has both lights and the engine light is NOT on. I did scan it and everything checks out ok. A prompt comes up for lights. I replaced burnt out light bulbs except one in the dash under the fan speed control. Also, the driver's side head light is dim when car is running. This is a running light. Manual indicates DRL or ALC. Do I need to replace bulbs?



    Thanks,

    DG

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The since the service light keeps comming on take the car to a chain autoparts store like Autozone. They will scan your car for free. Find out which error code the computer is displaying and this will tell you where the issue is.

As far as the brakes squeeking check and make sure the calipers are not loose. They could either be loose at the allen bolts or the rubber impact fillers could be warn out causing the calipers to move a little even though the bolts are tight. This will also cause a clunking noise when you hit bumps while driving.

Does your car pull to the right or left when driving straight? If so you may also need an alignment.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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What causes the check engine light to come on for a while and then go off?
Intermittant problem. The " check engine light" is by far one of the most misunderstood technological advances by the public. This is an needed in-depth understanding for the public. It is a warning light that is illuminated when there is a problem affecting the EMISSION SYSTEM only. Emission system being the pollution control system. Don't get a ******* against it as it is a good thing once you understand it. One point that was brought up a a recent meeting of technicians was that the amount of hydrocarbons is greater when the gas cap is left off than when the engine is running. Hydrocarbons are part of pollution emitted as gasoline evaporates. Going a step farther, one facet of the emission system is the "Evaporative" portion. This is when the fumes from the gasoline are leaking from the system into the outside air. This is one part of the emission system that can trigger a check engine light. I would say that about 7% of the vehicles that have a check engine light are the result of a loose or inadequate gas cap. But understand that many scenarios are possible with the "check engine light" The vehicle's powertrain computer (note that some vehicles have 17 different computers) will run a series of self-tests. They will only run under certain criteria. And they can be vastly different from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some self-tests are not run until preceding ones have run successfully. So if there is a problem in one particular area that is preventing another self test from running, you can have a situation where one problem is fixed, but another still exists. If you fix a problem and drive the car through a drive cycle that sets the monitor (or self test) the light will go off as it passes that criteria that triggered it in the first place. After 1996, the auto industry went to a idea called OBD II (on board diagnostics). This was to get all the manufacturers onto a similar plane for troubleshooting and powertrain control. While they still differ vastly, many corrections and adaptations were made for technicians to better fix the check engine light problems. Prior to this there were so many different and poor troubleshooting data from a check engine light problem that resolving the problem was much more difficult. Many early warning light of this nature were set to illuminate based on mileage. An Oxygen sensor was one of the things that were meant to be replaced when that mileage was hit. This is much like many current "Change oil lights� that are set based on a pre-set mileage.

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  1. The service engine soon light comes on when one of the sensors in the intake and exhaust goes out. You will need to replace the sensor. In order to do that you will need to find the code. You will find codebooks and keys at your local auto parts store.
  2. Loud engine can be anything from misfiring to one of the sensors in # 1 not functioning properly. You will need to get out of the car and pinpoint exactly where the sound is coming from. check all points on the spark plugs. make sure you did not unplug anything when you were changing light bulbs.
  3. clunking noise usually means you will need to replace a part near the axle. If you are comfortable with that kind of work let us know.
  4. sometimes new brakes will squeak. just make sure the brakes are not worn down and that they are installed properly. sometimes moisture can cause the noise.

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    Ken Jones Jun 26, 2008

    The service vehicle soon light usually comes on at set intervals to remind drivers to get the vehicle serviced, i.e. oil change, etc. Check your owners manual for instructions on how to shut it off.

    does the enging noise only occur when you rev the engine or when the engine is in drive. When in drive the engine shifts positions and can put more pressure on one of the engine mounts that is likely bad and needs to be replaced.

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