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Pontiac Aztek Problems

Engine -- Verified

The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Our technicians tell us that operating the engine  with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct these leaks.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid and should be replaced if this is the case.

Engine -- Verified

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. The engine may overheat as a result of the coolant loss. A leaking water pump should be replaced.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The Body Control Module may fail causing the power windows to stop working and other various electrical system faults.

Pontiac Aztek Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 20, 2003

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The owner's manual does not explain the child restraint anchor location symbols for the lower universal anchorage system. This does not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Owners were sent supplements to the owner's manual explaining the location symbols in the vehicle. The recall began August 18, 2003. The GM recall number is 03039.

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Drive Train, May 4, 2005

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Contamination of the ignition relay contacts may cause high resistance inside the relay. This can affect signals to the powertrain control module, resulting in intermittent vehicle stalling. The vehicle may not restart immediately, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the ignition relay to correct this concern. This recall is scheduled to begin during May 2005. The General Motors recall number is 05014.

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Engine, December 4, 2007

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Due to variations in the manufacturing process, or exposure to high heat may lead to a fracture in the tank inlet check valve. Fuel vapors may pass through the fracture and accumulate on the side of the fuel tank. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank. The recall began December 4, 2007. The GM recall number is 06230.

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Engine, November 4, 2003

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On 79 vehicles, a weld between the fuel tank inlet check valve and the fuel tank can fail. As a result, a fuel odor or leak could develop and/or the Check Engine Light could illuminate. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel tank by serial number and replace it if it's on the list of affected fuel tanks. The recall began during November 2003. The General Motors recall number is 03055.


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Suspension & Steering, February 7, 2003

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In some vehicles, the steering column intermediate shaft may be too small, which could allow it to spin inside the steering column coupling. This could result in a loss of steering control and a crash could result if it happens while driving. Dealers will inspect the steering column intermediate shaft and replace it if necessary. The recall began February 7, 2003. The GM recall number is 03009.

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Pontiac Aztek Questions and Answers

trontrontron, 2001 Pontiac Aztek, Salt Lake City, UT

Is there a replacement part number for the defective bushing inside of the knuckle? Is there a similar part in other GMC models which would work as a replacement?


DeborahT, 2001 Pontiac Aztek, Felda, FL

I have had my Aztek in several times to fix this problem to no avail.If I could not turn the ignition off all the way - the dealership said it was a broken wire. It worked for about two weeks this ...

titan, 2001 Pontiac Aztek, 6.8L V10, Memphis, MI

I went and had new tires put on my truck when i left the shop i had a very bad vibration that it vibrated my air intake hose off. Then all my bolts snaped at the transfercase. I had no problems pri...

jsg, 2001 Pontiac Aztek, Oklahoma City, OK

how do I change the cv half shaft? passeneger side.

Visitor, 2001 Pontiac Aztek, Mobile, AL

Key stuck in ignition.,everything else works. Have to disconnet battery when parked. Have I blown a fuse??

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Pontiac Aztek Reviews

I absolutely love my car. It gets great gas mileage, drives well even in the snow, and has never given me any problems. My only complaint is the spoiler on the back window that can create a visual problem, but you adjust to it.

Great car. Wouldn't trade it.

Three people in neighborhood having same problems with 2002 :key wont turn off without pushing manual button on bottom of steering column,tow leveling pump runs frequently because hoses have dry rotted, repairs on wheel bearings($600 each)before 50,000 miles,(mine were replaced 3 times before aftermarket bearing took care of it,ignition switch now failing causing dash lights to go out frequently, then come back on if you tap key and have had car die out, from same, resister pack has failed repeatedly on blower motor control and none of us have air conditioning, mine failed after 2 years.(soldered higher wattage resisters to board to keep them from burning out).

I love my Aztek! It just turned over 100,000 miles, and has been a great vehicle, never had any trouble with it. Camping in it is a blast!!I love the built in air generator in the rear and the rear stereo system!
I buy it again!

Just turned 92,000 miles and my baby still gets perfect smog readings, 20 MPG in the city, and is the best car I have ever had (been driving since 1968). If they were still making them, I would have bought another one last year, when we bought another new car. I still consider my 7+ year old car my #1 vehicle, have put less than 3000 miles on the new SUV. Those of who never bought one don't know what you are missing!

I own a 2004 Pontiac Aztec. I love the body and inside design. However!!, I have had the most electrical and ignition problems. I can not read the odometer, radio settings nor does the gear shift light works. I have been told that a new fuse will not fix the problem but that someone will have to go behinde the panel to fix the problem. The motor in the window stopped working and the window will not let down. Also, I have had the ignition switched replaced twice (2009 & 2012) and the stearing colume has been replaced once, with the first ignition replacement. The key sticks and the last time the ignition switch was replaced because the car would not turn off. Although, I have a new switch and key, the key still sticks!! And yeah, at times it is difficult to put the gear in reverse,OMG, not the transmission. How can I fix the lights and what may be the cause of the other problems?

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