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 on: Yesterday at 08:08:13 AM 
Started by ftldave - Last post by ftldave
My 2004 AWD Aztek has started to occasionally stall when accelerating rapidly from a stop, if I 'punch it' a little bit. Slow gradual acceleration from standing-stop, no stall. Never stalls at any other times, runs without problems in all other driving modes. Starts normally, great acceleration on the road, 17mpg city, otherwise a normal running Tek.

I've had 2 Firestone shops and my local GM dealer try to identify the problem, with no success. Items replaced and tested include throttle position sensor, crankshaft position sensor, idle air control motor, on and on. Wiring harness and grounding wires inspected, all the usual suspects. Same behavior on premium and regular gas, and even after comprehensive tune-up, new plugs, wires. Fuel pressure okay, fuel filters replaced - no joy, no improvement. And, before anyone asks - no codes after it happens, the modern mechanic's bane.

The chumps were stumped, despite their best efforts. Being an intermittent problem doesn't help, i.e. only stalls now and then. And, to their credit, the shops didn't charge me for all the parts they threw at it, so good on them.

While I've come to drive more smoothly, carefully, and slowly in my older age, there are times when a driver needs to accelerate rapidly from a stop. Is this another of the accursed Aztek 'quirks"?


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 on: August 17, 2017, 03:52:21 PM 
Started by PSUAztek717 - Last post by Wingnutandme
Great looking car and super article and video.  Need more people to appreciate our cars.
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 on: August 17, 2017, 12:45:38 PM 
Started by PSUAztek717 - Last post by PSUAztek717
https://www.autotrader.com/car-video/heres-why-the-ugly-pontiac-aztek-is-actually-kind-of-cool-268169
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 on: August 16, 2017, 02:28:34 PM 
Started by Cokeologist - Last post by Aztek2017
From the product description it should be plug and play. I know with HID you need an ballast due to voltage differences. With LED lights, you can typically get more light with less voltage, so shouldn't be any issue or than being a low price aftermarket light bulb.
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 on: August 13, 2017, 04:04:31 AM 
Started by Cokeologist - Last post by Cokeologist
No thoughts on this?
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 on: August 12, 2017, 01:03:18 PM 
Started by slave2010 - Last post by 2002_Yellow_Aztek
I know this is an old post, but this maybe helpful to others later on.

The transmission filter has a tube and a compression gasket that fits over it. It's easy to remove the filter, but the gasket is a little harder. I used a small pry bar to gently lift it out. Putting it back in with the filter was another challenge - at least for mine, I put the gasket over the filter tube, and put it into the hole - would not go it all the way. So I first put the compression gasket into the hole, using a solid plastic hammer - I put the hard plastic side on the gasket, and hammered lightly on the other end of the plastic hammer head to seat it. Then I put the filter tube into the hole, and gently hammered it with a rubber mallet - went in pretty easy.

One lesson learned is the dipstick tube has a rubber gasket that sits in the tranny housing. I couldn't pull it out, but I was able to push it down into the pan. Of course I had already installed the pan and filter - had to take it apart again. It's worthwhile to replace this dipstick tube gasket since it tends to leak.
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 on: August 07, 2017, 05:31:23 AM 
Started by slave2010 - Last post by iqtom
Just changed the ATF on my 01 'Tek for the first time. I figured 103k miles or 16 years is a reasonable service interval Smiley

Transmission has never given me any problems and always shifts smoothly. I do lots of basic mechanical work but taking off the ATF drain pain has always intimidated me. Turns out it's really not much difficult than an oil change, though it takes longer.

The 20 bolts that hold on the drain pan come off easily. Buy one of those large oil drain pans or the biggest foil turkey roaster pan to catch the old fluid because  two gallons won't fit in the standard oil drain pan.

You don't really need a torque wrench, just tighten the bolt until they become tight and you'll be fine. Don't overtighten is really the only rule. If you undertighten and get a little leak it's easy enough to tighten up the offending bolts.

I asked a mechanic and you don't really need to remove the troublesome little rubber gasket that sits in the hole the filter installs into. It's unlikely to be worn.

Getting the pan to line up without disturbing gasket alignment can be a little tricky. I used my jack to slowly raise it up into place in perfect alignment. Took about 3 minutes.

While I had the pan off I painted it red to match the car. Granted only mechanics will likely ever see it but I had the paint and several hours of time on my hands while the old ATF dripped out.



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 on: August 05, 2017, 04:19:26 AM 
Started by Cokeologist - Last post by Cokeologist
I just upgraded the headlights in my Pontiac Solstice to LED, and wow what a difference.  Does anyone know of a reason that adding LEDs such as these to the Aztek wouldn't work?  Thanks in advance.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4PCS-Headlight-Light-Bulbs-LED-High-Beam-Low-Beam-6000K-White-9005-9006/222316491787
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 on: August 01, 2017, 03:20:20 PM 
Started by Aztek2017 - Last post by Aztek2017
sleepsintwobags, I jumped on the Gambler website and saw some pictures of your build on there. That is a nice set up, you got going on. Any off roading tips you got for me?

 I ended up getting a tent on eBay, but not the air mattress. I will check but im pretty sure a regular air mattress should fit there.

The AWD drive (verstrak) is not currently working on my rig and probably won't get fixed for our trip, so i'll be in the same boat.

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 on: July 31, 2017, 11:34:00 AM 
Started by Aztek2017 - Last post by Aztek2017
Hello All,

I am taking my Aztek on a Gambler 500 at the end of this month. This is a project my father (who is a mechanic and has his own shop) and myself are working on. This is a low budget build, so if a fix is over $200 it will be hard to justify. I have completed a few repairs so far which includes repairing a front sway bar link, replacing a wheel bearing and getting the AC working again.

I never had the AWD Disable light come on, but when tried to get it to kick it on soft gravel it would not engage. I took it on a hoist and find that it can barely move the back wheels which can be stopped by hand. When replacing the Versatrak fluid, we have found clutch fiber pieces floating around. I am wondering of anyone has any knowledge to if the Versatrak can be rebuilt. Is there any rebuild kits available.
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