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How to Change the Oil in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am

    • 1). Run the engine of your Pontiac Grand Am for a few minutes to heat and thin the oil so that it drains easily. Raise the car with a jack and position a set of jack stands underneath.

    • 2). Position an oil drain pan beneath the oil pan. Release the drain plug on the oil pan using a wrench. Be careful because the oil may be hot.

    • 3). Allow the oil to drain from the oil pan. Once the pan has stopped draining, tighten the drain plug with a wrench. Locate the oil filter near the firewall in the engine compartment and move the drain pan beneath it. Loosen the oil filter with an oil filter wrench and remove the oil filter. Turn it upside down into the drain pan.

    • 4). Fill the new oil filter about three-quarters full with fresh oil. Rub a thin layer of fresh oil around the gasket area of the filter to help it seal properly. Carefully screw the filter into place by hand. Do not over-tighten the filter.

    • 5). Raise the vehicle with the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Fill the car with oil until the level is at the full mark. Read the oil level on the dipstick to be sure it is full.

    • 6). Reset the oil change indicator if your Grand Am is equipped with one. Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position but do not start the engine. Press the "Reset" button on the fuse block of the instrument panel on the driver's side of the car. Watch for the "Change Oil" indicator to flash and then press and hold the "Reset" button again. The system will chime and the "Change Oil" indicator will go out once it has successfully reset.

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