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 11 
 on: August 10, 2018, 06:17:10 AM 
Started by BPopilek - Last post by lonewolf04
Just to add to what BlueGT mentioned to look for. Do you have an aftermarket alarm / remote start on the vehicle? That would also be a culprit for BCM fuses to blow. The BCM itself on most failures would not cause fuses to blow, it would cause erratic operation of functions as I am sure you read about a lot of them.
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 on: August 10, 2018, 01:14:07 AM 
Started by BPopilek - Last post by BlueGT
Under no circumstances should you use a higher amperage fuse. It may seem like a good fix, but in short (pun intended) you can burn up the wiring if not the entire car.

It is rare but not impossible for the BCM itself to blow a fuse but I don't suspect that's the problem with yours.

You're going to need to try to replicate the conditions to cause the fuse to blow. The BCM controls a lot of functions in the car: radio, ABS, lights, horn, HVAC, keyless entry, ect. Does the car have an aftermarket stereo?

2005 was a fairly good year as far as reliability goes. The bad BCMs were mostly 2003-04.
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 13 
 on: August 09, 2018, 10:05:05 PM 
Started by BPopilek - Last post by BPopilek
Hello all! I'm looking for some help. I have a 2005 base model Aztek that I have owned for the past 4 years and my parents bought new. It has been a great car for my kids, with the exception of replacing multiple front wheel bearings, it has been a solid car. Until recently that is. My daughter was stranded the other night, and I found that the BCM fuse under the hood had blown. This happened once before about 6 months ago. I replaced it again and thought nothing of it. I at least showed her where it was and how to change it to be safe. Luckily I did because it has blown 3 times in the last 2 days.

I have read many forums and posts regarding bad BCMs on the cars. Is this problem a cause of the BCM going bad, or should I be looking elsewhere? Should I just try swapping out the 10 amp fuse for a 15 amp and see what happens? Or do I just pick up a used one at the junkyard tomorrow? And if a used one is installed, does it still have to be programmed by the dealer or is it possible to get lucky if I find one that has the same options as mine? I did try searching for this info, but was not able to totally determine what needs to be done or if this is even the cause of my problem. I greatly appreciate any help that can be offered! Thanks for reading.
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 on: August 09, 2018, 10:04:31 PM 
Started by BPopilek - Last post by BPopilek
Hello all! I'm looking for some help. I have a 2005 base model Aztek that I have owned for the past 4 years and my parents bought new. It has been a great car for my kids, with the exception of replacing multiple front wheel bearings, it has been a solid car. Until recently that is. My daughter was stranded the other night, and I found that the BCM fuse under the hood had blown. This happened once before about 6 months ago. I replaced it again and thought nothing of it. I at least showed her where it was and how to change it to be safe. Luckily I did because it has blown 3 times in the last 2 days.

I have read many forums and posts regarding bad BCMs on the cars. Is this problem a cause of the BCM going bad, or should I be looking elsewhere? Should I just try swapping out the 10 amp fuse for a 15 amp and see what happens? Or do I just pick up a used one at the junkyard tomorrow? And if a used one is installed, does it still have to be programmed by the dealer or is it possible to get lucky if I find one that has the same options as mine? I did try searching for this info, but was not able to totally determine what needs to be done or if this is even the cause of my problem. I greatly appreciate any help that can be offered! Thanks for reading.
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 15 
 on: July 30, 2018, 09:49:26 AM 
Started by Streetshark23 - Last post by Streetshark23
Hello everyone!

Just bought my '01 Aztek GT about 2 weeks ago. it has about 111,000 km (69,000 miles), not AWD. I've been reading up on many things here and definitely learning more on the vehicle. I have noticed a lot of links are broken though, as a lot of threads are multi-years old.

Anyways, I want to swap out the factory radio for an Atoto radio and add a reverse camera. I don't have Onstar. I do have the rear speakers with the radio controls in the trunk, also have the steering wheel radio controls. I am hoping to have the camera come on when the vehicle is in reverse, not sure if there will be any additional wiring for that. I just want to be 100% sure that what I'm planning on purchasing is going to be compatible with my vehicle so any input is welcome! Links are below, I'm canadian, so links are to amazon canada.

Atoto Radio, has a lot of neat features and can connect to my phone via bluetooth. Basically a tablet in the dash. I read somewhere that a bracket will need to be removed to have the double din size radio fit in the dash.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07B7JKZBM/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_8?smid=A2CPUPJ023OH3S&psc=1

PAC RP5-GM11 Radio wire harness. Says it will retain OnStar, but I don't have it. I'm assuming this is a non-issue.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00DHUA9VA/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_7?smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&psc=1

Double Din Dash Kit. Hopefully this will make it look planned and purposeful.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B003D3NEEU/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&psc=1

Rear-view camera. I'm less worried about this, since it's the same brand as the radio. I'm planning on hardwiring it (not wireless). Small discount as well on amazon when purchased with the radio.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B06XX5WVWD/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_6?smid=A2CPUPJ023OH3S&psc=1

I'm also new to vehicle modding, so any tips and tricks are welcome too. Thanks everyone!



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 16 
 on: July 24, 2018, 05:56:44 PM 
Started by Mr. Green - Last post by Mr. Green
Thanks for the welcome. 

 I wanted to post some pics here but I'm not sure about how to do it.   There doesn't seem to be a way to upload them and the insert image button wants a web link to the image.   I guess you have to have the pictures in the cloud in order to post them?

Yes....the Green Azteks are pretty rare.   That's why I don't want to get rid of mine.    I still have the tent and air mattress although the mattress has several air leaks.   The car has been sitting since January of 2017 and last time I started it up there was a loud knocking...probably a stuck lifter.   It needs new axle shafts, wheel bearings and a radiator.   My goal is to get it back on the road by the end of the year.

Wish me luck....
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 17 
 on: July 22, 2018, 08:47:03 PM 
Started by Mr. Green - Last post by BlueGT
Welcome Mr. Green.

I absolutely love the Citrus Green and that's what I was looking for but couldn't find any in good shape and reasonable. There was one that had a blown head gasket and a lien on it from a title loan and they were trying to get $2000 for it. Probably got repo'd and junked.

I am so tempted to get this if we can sell our pickup...

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/ctd/d/2001-pontiac-aztek/6647971657.html

Again, welcome!
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 18 
 on: July 22, 2018, 03:12:25 PM 
Started by Mr. Green - Last post by Mr. Green
Hello everyone, 

I'm a new member but I've had my Green Aztek since October of 2001 when I purchased it new with only 65 miles on it.   My wife and I did many camping trips in it and even went to an Aztek Rally in the summer of 2003 in Northeast Pennsylvania.   Over the years I kept it roadworthy until January of 2017 when it reached 217K miles.  I finally had to retire it as my daily driver since I just couldn't afford the repairs anymore so I took it off the road. 

I don't want to get rid of it though.   I plan to get it back on the road at some point and will probably need some advice from this forum.   


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 19 
 on: July 20, 2018, 09:35:26 PM 
Started by BlueGT - Last post by BlueGT

I know the solenoids in the valvebody are the weak link on these. I need to get them replaced on the Tek before one takes a dump. They have been upgraded since the vehicle production days.

Good info on the fan. I just had this exact same thing happen this week. 2 weeks ago over 4th of July had no issues though on a trip sitting in traffic. Just started out of the blue.

I replaced all the solenoids as well for good measure.  Cool

Check the ground wire in the fuse box, you will need to remove the top of the fuse box (not just the cover) and unscrew all the 7mm bolts to access it. It will be in the gray box, you will see it when you remove the fuse box top to unplug all the connector boxes underneath. Ours was not only corroded, but burned slightly from the resistance caused by the corrosion.
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 20 
 on: July 20, 2018, 12:47:20 PM 
Started by BlueGT - Last post by lonewolf04
Well, I finally got 4th gear fixed. Yay! New valve body and clutches did that trick.

Had a close call this morning, hubby went out and picked up a b-day gift for me and got about halfway back when the temp gauge was almost to the red. He immediately shut off the A/C and turned on the heater to cool it back down as he was close to home. He was lucky, 150 degrees blowing on him while it's 108 out! Anyhow, after a lot of time and cussing, he tracked down a corroded ground wire for the fans, they weren't turning fast enough to cool the engine. All fixed and running cool again.

The Service Vehicle Soon light came on, a high beam wasn't working. Bulb was good, had power to it but GM in their infinite wisdom instead of grounding the bulb, runs the DRL from the ground side back through the relay and fuse and somewhere around Robin Hood's barn to a ground that can't be found. I said screw it and bypassed the DRL and grounded the headlight bulb itself so it works, got inspection in a couple of weeks. I might fix it right if I can when the weather cools down.



I know the solenoids in the valvebody are the weak link on these. I need to get them replaced on the Tek before one takes a dump. They have been upgraded since the vehicle production days.

Good info on the fan. I just had this exact same thing happen this week. 2 weeks ago over 4th of July had no issues though on a trip sitting in traffic. Just started out of the blue.
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