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Hey Todd,
I'm thinking of replacing the rack in my 2001 G-A with the 3.4 V6.  There is little room on the back-side of the engine to do much of anything.  The W-body cars have removable engine mounts that allow the engine to pivot towards the front and yields 3 to 4 inches of extra clearance for service.  The Grand-Am doesn't have this arrangement.  What do the guys in the shop do to access the rack and/or other components on the back-side of the engine.  Christ, even changing the belt is a chore because of the motor mount passing through the center of the belt.

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Hi Colin:

Servicing a rack in the N body car is the same way but your right not much movement with the engine cradle. the trick is to loosen the 2 front engine cradle bolts to allow it to drop down just enough to sneak out the rack the rear transmission mount is a issue too trying to get the rack past that but it can be done with out removing that mound loosening the 2 front bolts allows it to drop just enough to get the rack out. Just as an FYI what ever you choose for a replacement part stay away from any one with a Cardone name on they are by far the worst rebuild parts you will every buy. so I would look at either NAPA or CARQUEST if there is one by where you live. Better choice By far aside from getting an AC Delco part. Good luck :-)  

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.

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Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician

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Education/Credentials:High school diploma,2 year vocational school degree 2 year college degree. Associates degree in applied sciences (auto technology)Awards and Honors: GMC master technician

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Master GMC truck technician Master ASE technician in 9 categories

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