Pontiac Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
-Is this the 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder engine?
-I see here you plan on making the repair yourself- do you have access to a set of tools?
From what you are describing, it sounds like the problem will be with the Serpentine Belt. This belt runs the Alternator and Power Steering Pump. So if these aren't spinning, no charging and no power steering. So, open the hood and check the belt. It's on the passenger's side of the engine. If the belt is loose, check the tensioner. It should not be easy to turn by hand and should have no play. If it does, this is the root of the problem and it will need to be replaced. If the tensioner checks good, replacing the belt should solve the problem (as long as other pulleys are in tact). Rotate the tensioner in a counter-clockwise direction. Route the belt. Slowly release the tensioner. For an image view of the tensioner and belt routing guide, click here:https://www.dropbox.com/s/1lq20xzj1zqlgwy/gp-belt.jpg?dl=0
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Hi! I noticed this thread was still open, so I wanted to check in and see how you made out? Did you have any other questions on this issue?