2004 Pontiac Grand Am Battery Replacement

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  • 2004 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 3.4L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES

Would replacing my battery on my 04 Grand Am GT shut my stereo down? My owners manual states it has a passlock system, and when the key is removed from the ignition a little red light starts flashing on it. The manual also states that the stereo uses part of the VIN to be set, but being I bought this car used, I don't know which numbers to use. I tried the last 4 numbers of the VIN with no luck. Does anyone know how to reset my stereo once the battery is replaced or should it reset itself? If the latter is the case, maybe I have another problem then. It's a Monsoon stereo if that makes a difference. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 AT 7:48 AM

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Tiny
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So its not a stock stereo?

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 AT 8:28 AM
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Yes it is. They put Monsoon stereos in the GT models. One of the perks of the GT.

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 AT 11:16 AM
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Sorry Saturntech9. I may have misspelled the stereo name, but I'm close. Louie, if this is you, hello my ole friend. It's been a while. You really helped me when I owned a Saturn. You really know your stuff. Thanks for your help then and any help in the future.

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 AT 11:21 AM
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The user name looks familar I have answered over 24,000 questions on here lol. You can get the radio unlock code if the radio locks from your dealer I used to unlock radios for people all the time for people when I worked for the saturn dealer.

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 AT 5:51 PM
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Ok and thanks. I was hoping I wouldn't need to go to a dealer. Here where I live, they don't do anything for free, and they charge way too much for doing small things such as this. Take care my friend and I hope you and yours are safe and well. Thanks again.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 AT 11:42 AM
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You could try a memory saver that runs off a 9 volt battery saves radio stations etc while you unhook the battery.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 AT 1:51 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion my friend. Never heard of that one. I was thinking of hooking my 12 volt jumper pack/hot box to the battery cables just till I put the new battery in and rehook the cables to the new battery. This way there would always be current to the car. I think that in a way is what a memory saver does, but I'm just guessing on that. I will look into a memory saver though if for no other reason then to broaden my knowledge. If you see any problems on my way with the hot box, please give me a shout. Thanks again and I will let you know how I make out. I guess a memory saver is what places like Advance Auto uses when they replace batteries at their stores.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 AT 3:29 PM
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You could use those little alligator jumper leads I would worry about the positive and negative leads touching each other. Iam sure amazon or eBay has them.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 AT 3:35 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will do just that. I was also worried about the ends touching each other and was going to wrap them well with electrical tape before trying my idea, but your suggestion makes more sense, and far more safer. A person can surely rely/count on your input. If my mind serves me well, I think you worked for Saturn for about 17 years. This as well as your other knowledge has always showed me that you really care about helping people. You have never steered me wrong. You will be rewarded one day for the good you do. Thanks again.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014 AT 7:22 AM
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Your welcome anytime I worked for saturn about 16.5yrs close enough lol.I enjoy helping people I help out at my church plus sometimes fix missionarys cars the pastor of my church car and the pastor of another churches car. Plus I help out the members of my church with there cars. It brings real blessings to me but to me the real joy is to help out someone and share my gift of fixing things with everyone.I would go with the memory saver and get good battery for it like a duracell. Also I would never try to steer you wrong.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014 AT 8:42 AM
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It seems as though you are already being rewarded for the good you do for others. Also, I didn't mean that you would ever steer me or anyone else wrong my friend. I have great respect for you cause in the time that we have talked, you always gave me fantastic advice and if you weren't sure about something, you would say so. I live in Pa, and I'm a shadetree person. It's cold as heck here, and now I have the flu. I had to put things on hold for now. I will keep you updated on the outcome. It seems as though I'm making more out of this then it should be. I'm only trying to change my battery. LOL. Take care and I will talk to you soon. Thanks again.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014 AT 3:22 PM
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I wasnt insinuating you were saying I was trying to steer you wrong. Better to ask a question about something then deal with the consequences of a wrong decision. Keep me posted your not the only one in the cold.I talk to a guy in Nebraska and he has been dealing with some cold weather.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014 AT 4:08 PM
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I will keep you updated on my situation. The flu is really kicking my butt. I did check out "memory savers" as you suggested. Auto Zone sells one for about $35.00. It looks as though it plugs into the lighter socket. I'm not sure how that works, but it must cause I also seen several other models elsewhere that does the same. They state they save radio programs as well as other items so you don't need to reprogram anything when replacing the battery. Thanks again.

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014 AT 10:58 AM
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They have them way cheaper on amazon and probably ebay as well.

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014 AT 1:44 PM
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Once again thanks. I found them on both sites you suggested a lot cheaper. One question though: do I use the one that plugs into the computer portal, or the one that plugs into the lighter portal? Some of the adds are saying that newer cars must use the computer one cause the lighter is on a different circuit, but I'm not seeing where the ones that plug into the computer gets it's power. I'm not seeing a plug for a 9 volt battery to use with this type. I do see a 9 volt plug on the lighter ones though. Sorry, I'm a bit lost here. Maybe its the flu I have. LOL. Thanks again

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014 AT 7:22 PM
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Alright let me clear this up the computer portal one you plug into a jumper box cig port to power it. Also the computer portal is powered thru the cig or aux port in the fuse box. Ether one will work if you have a jumper box I would go with the computer portal.

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014 AT 9:05 PM
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Thanks my friend. I understand it all now. I will use my jumper box being it has a cig type portal. I will keep you informed as soon as I get over this flu. Take care and thanks again.

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Monday, January 27th, 2014 AT 2:47 PM
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Keep me posted on what you find.

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Monday, January 27th, 2014 AT 3:14 PM
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I finally was able to change my battery. Over the flu and warm enough outside to do so. I followed your suggestion of using the jumper box and the computer portal. Everything went well. Once again Louie, you came through for me. Thanks and I will wish you and yours well. Oh, I almost forgot to ask you. If I ever need any more help with my autos, can I specifically ask for you? If so, how would I go about doing that? No disrespect to anyone else. It's just like when a person takes a car to a mechanic and they do exactly what is asked of them with no hidden surprises. A person tends to trust someone like that as I have grown to do with you over the years that you"ve helped me. If this can't be done, no problem. Thanks just the same.

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014 AT 7:41 AM
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Glad to hear you got it fixed I have other people that ask me to help them your not the only one lol. But if you would like to ask for me just start the subject and the question with this question is for saturntech9.

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