28th Mar 2003, 11:34
I drive a 97 GA with a 6 and my wife has a 98 GA with the 4. I service my own vehicles and am in the process of replacing the heater core on the 98. The end tank that is clamped onto the radiator was not to par. Both of our cars have had the grinding noise from the front end, which seems to be a reoccurring problem on this review board. I would encourage the owners of the vehicles with this problem to check the clearance between the tires and the front strut assembly. Non-OEM size tires (larger OD and width) will rub against the bottom of the strut assembly where the spring is seated. Check for paint wearing off of the strut for verification of contact. If seen, I would suggest buying new tires that would increase the clearance to get rid of the grinding noise (other reviews stated new tires fixed the problem).
On an additional note, check the pins that allow the caliper to float against the rotor, both cars have had problems with uneven pad wear due to the calipers not floating. This will appear as soft brakes, or possibly as a drag/grinding sound going around corners. I simply was able to undo the pins and clean them off with brake cleaner and sprayed with WD-40 and remounted them to fix the problem. A service suggestion would be to remove the pins and clean off every other oil change to prevent this problem.
The cars have both run reliably, with the exception of needing new lower control arms on the front end of the 98 due to poor roads where we live.
24th May 2003, 12:11
Am having same problems with 99 Pontiac Grand Am-GT. rubbing noises from brakes. Front brakes replaced and rotors refaced, new Dunlop Sport A2 tires installed and the noise is still there. At this time the car has 37,500 miles. on it and the original brakes on the rear still have 80% while the new front pads are at 65% after 3800 miles. Mostly driven highway miles, little stop and go traffic.
19th Jul 2003, 17:39
Yea, if you are experiencing noises from the front end, like grinding when turning left or right, then the best bet is to replace the tires. I replaced my tires and rims with new tires and rims, and the noise went away. For further help, go to grandamgt.com. There everyone discusses just about everything. Hope this helps.
21st Jul 2003, 14:09
I have a 2000 Grand AM GT. It has 40,000 miles. I have problems with my headlights... they shine into the left lane and our not focused on the road. Also, when I am pulling into a driveway it will sometimes accelerate on its own, making me think I am going to run through the garage. Anyone have these problems?
21st Sep 2003, 08:03
All I have to say is I own a 97 grand Am gt nothing but a headache from day one never Pontiac again.
2nd Feb 2004, 07:28
I have a 99 grand Am Gt and the problem with it is that the traction control won't kick in. Is there anything you guys can tell me to check Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Nov 2004, 15:47
I own a 1999 Pontiac Grand AM GT and have had nothing, but problems with it. It a nice car to look at, but I've had to replace the brake pads 3 times in one year. Also whenever I come to a stop there is a scrubbing noise in the front. Another things is when I turn the steering wheel I always hear a squealing noise in the wheel. I took it to the shop and they replaced the steering wheel pump, but it still happens. I love my car, but these problems are very expensive to have.
18th Nov 2004, 10:58
I own a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am. After reading your comments, I had to say something. The grinding noise you hear in the front end when you turn and when you apply your brakes is your c joints. the c joints are the polls running from the transmission to the wheels. I took my car in to the shop and had them reaplaced after my dad told me what he thought the problem was. I did that 5 years ago and have not heard another sound from it. So just put your minds at rest because you don't have to buy new tires every two months just take your car in and have your c joints replaced.
31st Dec 2004, 00:43
I have a 1999 Grand Am Gt. 3.4ho ram air motor. It runs good and everything. it has 53,000 miles. Only problems is when I accelerate heavily.. the car likes to veer to the right. guy I bought it from said it was torque steer, never heard of it. and I have the same problems with the headlights veering to the left side of the road. and I have taken it to the shop for a rattle when you hit a bump and I thought it was the front end and the mechanic said nothing was wrong. other than that its fine.
7th Sep 2006, 21:56
I have 99 gagt with the same front end noise, replaced the rotors, pads, both front wheel bearings and the noise still persisted so I sprayed wd 40 on the rubber cv boots and the noise is gone! I'm not sure if its good for the rubber or not. I will see if I can get something that will not damage the rubber like petroleum products usually do.
29th Nov 2006, 18:27
I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT. When I first got it, it had 84000 miles on it. I started having the brake sound (hard noise) you guys have been talking about shortly after. I replaced my brake pads and that didn't solve anything. I though it was a bad rotor so I replaced the front rotors and cleaned the new ones with brake cleaner before putting them on. I clean the rotors every time I put new pads on and turn the rotors every other time. I haven't had a problem since. My sisters SE was the same way. Also the road noise inside the car if anybody has noticed is caused by the little windows in the back doors. They weren't installed right at the factory. Reinstalling them makes a huge difference.
21st Feb 2007, 18:30
I bought my 2002 Grand Am Gt in 2004 with only 36,000 miles on it at a great price. I test drove a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse same racy silver as the Grand Am and $2000 cheaper, but I decided to go with the Pontiac because I didn't want a foreign car and have trouble down the line getting parts, and I also wanted to stick with an American made vehicle.
Well I wish now I had bought the Mitsubishi. I have had the same problems as many others with the front brakes and I had to get new ones all around and a year later they went bad again. Now my transmission is gone bad and my car only has 80,000 on it. I regret getting this car!!!
24th May 2012, 11:16
I also have a 2002 Grand Am. Same problem, slammed on brakes to avoid a deer, and now I have noises in the front left, especially when turning. I have also replaced the brakes, rotors, ABS wires, etc. several times. Still the brake light is on. Totally disgusted with this Pontiac.