How to Replace the Motor Mount in a Grand Am

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Produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors, the Pontiac Grand Am was initially designed as a mid-size car then later released as a compact. Although it was a popular model for mileage conscious car enthusiasts, the motor still had a tendency to fail. But replacing the old motor with a newer one doesn't have to take up a large portion of your day. In fact, an avid car aficionado can replace a Grand Am motor in less than an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
  • Screwdriver
  • Turn the positive terminal bolt slowly in a counterclockwise direction to detach the Grand Am's battery. Place the terminal to one side. Detatch the switch assembly. Use a screwdriver to to pry the end of the assembly panel section. Remove the assembly.

  • Separate the switches from the car's wiring harness. Take the adapter plug from the back of the switch assembly. Turn the arm rest bolts counterclockwise. Take off the panel of the door by turning the interior door handle screws. Make sure you do this counterclockwise as well.

  • Put the bolts and screws to one side. Yank to take out the pop rivets. They keep the metal and panel together. Make certain to begin at the door panel's corner. Place the panel to one side.

  • Detatch the wiring harness from the electric motor. Separate the adapter plug from the wiring harness. Using a counterclockwise movement, turn the motor mount bolts. Yank the motor from the window regulator gears. Change out the motor. Place it in the regulator gears. Now move the mount bolts clockwise. Put the adapter plugs together then connect the wiring harness.

  • Switch out the door panel. Tap each pop rivet to engage it into the metal then press the panel. Switch out the bolts of the arm rest. Do the same with the door handle screws. Turn them in a clockwise motion. Chage out the switches. Do this by pressing the adapter plug carefully into the switch module. Press on the switches to get them into the opening to engage with the tabs. Turn the positive terminal in a clockwise motion. Reconnect the battery.

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