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 Post subject: Issues, please help
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2024 4:22 am 
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Year and Trim: 2002 SE
2002 Pontiac Bonneville SE
Type: Sedan
Engine : 3.8-L V-6 OHV 12V
Transmission: 4-speed Automatic
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Anti_brake_system: 4-wheel ABS
Steering type: Rack & pinion
Wheelbase_length: 112.20 inch
Size: Large
Category: Large car
Made: USA
City: Orion
Fuel_capacity: 18.50 Gal
20 miles per Gal

1) overheats very quickly
2) The radiator leaks very fast
3) the lighter/ phone charger doesn't work
4) the door locked switch on the driver door only locks the driver door, and the gas door
5) the door lock button on the passenger side door doesn't work.
6) none of the windows roll down but the door mirror movement does work.
7) the windshield wipers doesn't cut on. But I've read on here that the flasher is connected with that so I will get another flasher asap.

I definitely will be keeping you all updated on what your advice, and on what does or doesn't work.

When I get my flasher I will also get a radiator and radiator hoses as well, hopefully this Friday

Well I have to figure out how to add pics and videos.


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 Post subject: Re: Issues, please help
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2024 9:09 am 
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1,2 = replace the radiator before diagnosing any overheating issues

harofreak00 wrote:
Best way to fill the cooling system is to remove the thermostat housing & thermostat and fill coolant at the radiator until it comes up to the level of the thermostat. Then install the thermostat and housing and continue to fill as much as it will take. Then start the car and it will suck a little down, fill to the top and install radiator cap. Then fill the overflow about 1" higher than the HOT line. After the first heat cycle where the thermostat opens and allows flow, it will suck the remaining coolant in the reservoir into the system as it cools down.


3 = check the underhood fuse #22 & #23
4,5,6 = https://imgur.com/a/ex8w6
7 = the flasher has nothing to do with the wipers. Very common for the wiper motors to fail because of water intrusion.

Check out the Common Problems & Solutions article I wrote.

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 Post subject: Re: Issues, please help
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2024 2:59 am 
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My radiator and hoses came in today, I will work on that this weekend.
I have to buy a car carpet, it was drench. But I spliced the connection wires, the door lock and unlock is working but only the front passenger window working.
2 things.
1) I did connect the 16 gauge wires wit 14 gauges, could that be why??
2) my seat doesn't recline, it's a manual latch. I cleaned and lubed it up, but still the same.


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 Post subject: Re: Issues, please help
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2024 8:59 am 
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Water leaks are very common, usually from the interior door water shields. The carpet can be dried out, but it will take days, even in the sun. It is a huge sponge.

The gauge of wire you used shouldn't matter, its just a communication wire. Are you sure you have all 4 wires going into the same splice? Do the rear door locks work? It is really common for the rear window regulators to fail. You might have additional problems with them.

With the long term water leaks come more problems, like rusted up seat hardware. I recently dealt with the same problem on a project car, manual recline was seized. I removed the seat from the car, and sprayed with penetrating oil on the hinge/cable area for days. Then I re-installed to be able to get some torque on it. It took a lot of muscle to free it up.

My best advice is to get all the water leaks sorted out while you have the carpet out...or you will be in the same boat after the first rain. The Common Problems & Solutions article has ALL the information you'll need.

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 Post subject: Re: Issues, please help
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2024 7:23 pm 
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Update:
I was able to changed the radiator but the lower hose kept coming off, and the reason for that is because the thermostats was extremely rusted. So I replaced that and the car is running smoothly.
I will put more work on the wiring under the carpet this weekend.
Next I would like to focus on the windshield wiper motor, which doesn't come on. But when I press the windshield washer button, you can hear it trying to spray, so I'm assuming that the latch is working so I'm going to need to get a new motor and install it. But I would like to know what actually caused it to misfunction so that I may prevent it.
I will continue to update with more information.


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 Post subject: Re: Issues, please help
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Wiper motor failures are common these cars due to water getting inside the motor/circuit board. When you replace the motor, put a bead of silicone around the plastic cover over the circuit board.

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