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 91 
 on: February 04, 2018, 07:02:40 PM 
Started by Tronman - Last post by wstefan20
Well that is strange.... usually coolant mixed with oil is milky and chocolate colored. This definitely isn't normal. Have you been losing coolant recently? If so, I'd rent a pressure tester at oriley's before condemning the engine. Any other info that might be pertinent?
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 92 
 on: February 04, 2018, 03:11:52 PM 
Started by BlueGT - Last post by RWMcElhanon

   I need to express my sincere respect for you taking in this poor, neglected thing and the incredible efforts at nursing it back to health.  It is kind of personal for me because it looks just like the car I've owned since 2001.  I found mine on a Pontiac dealers lot in Maryland when it was still a young thing and it's lived with me ever since.  Mine doesn't have the sunroof or the cassette player (just the CD player), and I've never counted how many speakers it's got, but it still looks like it came out of the same womb as yours.  It gives me hope that somebody might want to take mine in someday when I'm no longer around.  Cheesy

   The factoids you take the time and trouble to post are very interesting as well.  I don't know where those 1956 blue GTs ended up, 'cause I've seen very few blue Azteks of any kind for all the years I've been driving mine. And I've lived in Maryland, New Mexico, and now back in Texas since I brought mine.

   I have seen the color expressed as "Steel Blue Metallic" many times previously, but the original invoice on my car just called it "Medium Blue" and the 305D color code on my car is referred to as "Opal Blue Metallic", so I don't know.  However, I've seen the "Steel Blue" enough that I think it's good to stick with.

   You seem more than competent to deal with any problems you may have with your Aztek, but if anything ever comes up where you think my experience with a very similar car might be of help, don't hesitate to contact me and ask.  I will gladly tell you anything I know or readily admit if I'm totally clueless.  Best of luck with your endeavor.
 
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 93 
 on: February 04, 2018, 01:49:45 PM 
Started by RWMcElhanon - Last post by RWMcElhanon

   Well, there doesn't seem to be too many 2001 Azteks still on the road and since the "Grand Touring Package" was only offered for the 2001 year model it would make sense that there wouldn't be too many GTs running around anymore either.

   Mine lives just north of Georgetown at the moment and only rarely gets down to Austin, so you probably won't ever see mine there either. If you do, however, you will certainly notice it because it looks just like yours but without the sunroof.
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 94 
 on: February 04, 2018, 08:52:30 AM 
Started by RWMcElhanon - Last post by BlueGT
Hi! I'm in Austin! I have yet to see another GT on the road here, most all I've seen have been down at Wrench-A-Part or LKQ.  Embarrassed But at least it's been somewhat easy to find parts.
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 95 
 on: February 03, 2018, 03:36:40 PM 
Started by RWMcElhanon - Last post by RWMcElhanon

   Well, almost.  It'll be 17 years on the 4th of April that my Aztek GT has been my only vehicle.  It was brought new off of a Pontiac dealer's lot.  It's had many of the problems that are so well documented on this forum; the BCM screwed up just a little over a month after buying it, but got fixed under warranty and never had any more problems.  The faulty-designed cylinder head gaskets failed after warranty and I had to pay the full freight on that fiasco.  I had a lot of other vehicles before the Aztek and never had to replace a starter motor - I'm on my 3rd starter motor on my Aztek.  And there's been other problems that didn't stop it from running but had to be fixed.  I can't say I've ever been a 'fan' of the Aztek build quality.

   The simple fact is that the Aztek was somewhat over-engineered and not particularly well-manufactured, a combination that usually results in build quality problems.
 
   That being said, I still enjoy owning and driving the car.  It's very maneuverable around crowded streets and parking lots, yet cruises smooth, quiet and comfortable at 75+ mph.  Still has very good acceleration and seems to be getting the same gas mileage as when new, not that the Aztek gas mileage was ever considered a big selling point.  Current problems are: the gas gauge is acting up, but is still usable, and there's a problem with the right rear door's power window.  But otherwise, everything still seems to be working as it's supposed to.  Despite past mechanical problems, the Aztek has never stranded me or needed to be towed.  Well, when the original starter motor failed I did have to walk a little over 3 blocks home, but the weather was pleasant and I didn't really consider that as being "stranded".

   At this time it would cost considerably more to replace the Aztek with anything near equivalent versus just keeping the car.  So, unless it gets totaled in an accident or suffers some really major mechanical disaster, I will just keep driving the car.  It's actually conceivable at this time that I may own it the rest of my life.  Hopefully, both me and the Aztek won't die at the same time.

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 96 
 on: February 01, 2018, 05:58:26 PM 
Started by Tronman - Last post by Tronman
So while I was working on the EGR valve, I happened to check the oil.  It looks a little dirty, but still translucent and honey colored on the stick like always.  But when I pulled the PCV valve, there was this yellow gunk under it.  I stuck a finger into the oil cap hole and this came out.

I've seen it have some condensation under the oil cap in the winter, but never thick gunk like this.  There are no visible external coolant leaks such as the LIM, for which these engines are known.  But before the weeping and head gasket R and R out in the rain begins, I thought I'd run this by the ole' Aztek hive mind.

This engine has been well maintained and it has never overheated, and I've never had to take any of its lids off-however it does have 227K miles on it.
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 97 
 on: January 26, 2018, 05:13:04 PM 
Started by alchemist - Last post by Pontiac6KSTEAWD
If you match up the wire from the front to the back, and do it one wire at a time, you should be fine.
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 98 
 on: January 25, 2018, 06:54:46 PM 
Started by Tronman - Last post by BlueGT
I was gonna say..  It said 'right rear' there in the post.. Grin but no biggie.

Meanwhile, thank you for the how-to!  After I get the EGR situation back under control, I'll do this next.

Hah, I am so sorry, I was half asleep when I read it first, then couldn't go back and edit it.  Embarrassed
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 99 
 on: January 24, 2018, 09:47:35 PM 
Started by Tronman - Last post by Tronman
I was gonna say..  It said 'right rear' there in the post.. Grin but no biggie.

Meanwhile, thank you for the how-to!  After I get the EGR situation back under control, I'll do this next.
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 100 
 on: January 24, 2018, 06:32:00 PM 
Started by Tronman - Last post by BlueGT
I had missed where you said right side, forgive me if I came off like an ass.  Embarrassed
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