Modern-day cars are expanding their offerings to include more than just sports cars. Pontiac, the car manufacturer, emphasizes this with its grand new addition – the Grand Am. The Grand Am offers a roomy interior and has plenty of space for everyday life. It’s not just a sports car, with practicality in mind.
This article will discuss the oil capacity and suitable oils for the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am.
2004 Pontiac Grand Am Oil Capacity
2004 Pontiac Grand Am oil capacity is 4.5 quarts, including changing the filter.
I usually put in 4 – 4.5 quarters on my own. I think 5 is too much, and an overfull engine can be harmful. I usually run on running on 4 quarters, and it looks fine. The dipstick is hard to tell because the new oil is clear. Don’t wanna mess up the engine with too little either.
Although the OM says run with 4.5 quarters, both of the GA’s I’ve had have always taken a bit more than 4.5. If I drained the tank, a full fill-up would be 4 3/4 or even sometimes more.
I don’t know where I ever heard that, but I have had 3 Grand Am’s and have done the same thing every 3-4000 miles for the last 100,000 miles.
I have always used 4.5. I drain my oil and then take the filter off. After you take the filter off (if the front end is raised), you will see more oil come from the oil pan itself. Then fill the oil filter with as much as possible (usually takes a few pours) and then reattach. According to the dipstick, I always use 4.5 and am right on the money.
Nothing wrong with filling up the filter at all. Just a form of priming the engine. Not needed on the LA1, though. BMW recommends it. Used a lot also with turbocharged applications. Sometimes tapping the ignition is needed too. Most GM v6’s take 4 1/2 quarts except for a select few.
Is frequent oil change helpful for the longevity of a vehicle?
Regular oil changes are suitable for the health of your vehicle. Oil is a lubricant that helps the engine run smoothly and prevents wear and tear on its moving parts. When oil gets dirty, it becomes thicker and restricts the movement of the oil through the engine, causing friction and damage to the internal parts of your car or truck. It is also important to change your oil at regular intervals to prevent
One disadvantage of changing your vehicle’s oil more than necessary is that it can inadvertently harm the environment. If you put in excessive oil, it can leak out and pollute the ground, water, air, and other places. Additionally, putting in too much oil wastes money, while not putting in enough means that you may be breaking the law.
It’s easy to forget that oil changes are an important maintenance item for your vehicle. It’s also easy to forget how much it costs when you take your car in for service. If you follow the recommended change interval of every 3,000 miles, you’ll end up paying a fortune in oil changes.
Contact the experts if you’re unsure how often you should be changing your oil. Save you time and money and offer the same experience that you’d find at the dealership, but without the cost.
Oils for 2004 Pontiac Grand Am
Let’s keep aside the popular myths about oils and brand names and discuss what everyone is honestly using for their daily run.
Many people voted that they use Mobil 1 5w30 all year around. I’ve been rocking with Mobil 1 Extended Performance synthetic. Says it’s good for up to 15,000 miles, but I usually change it after 5k. Also been using Mobil 1 filter. Good results all around, and the oil stays clean much longer. I did the second oil change sooner (2k) to clean out the crankcase and start fresh.
Other than that, you can go with Royal Purple 5w30. Thanks to its good quality, some people have been using Castrol GTX for more than 15 years. Pennzoil Platinum 5w30 is also a good choice.
If you are more considerate about the budget, go for any synthetic on sale. Pennzoil Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic – every 6,000 mi. 2009 2.4L / Auto. Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5W20 goes with everything along with Purolator PurOne oil filters. It only costs $2.35/quarters and $5.00/filter back then.
Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5W20 in everything and Purolator PurOne oil filters $2.35/quarters and $5.00/filter. Just so 09+ Vibe owners know, the Motorcraft oil is excellent; however, it does NOT meet the GM spec called out for warranty in a Vibe. It might be a slight chance, but I wouldn’t want to get in a major engine warranty dispute and only have receipts for oil that didn’t meet their spec 6094M.
What is the engine in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am GT?
The 2004 Pontiac’s base Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 140 horsepower and can be changed to a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. It generates 147-foot pounds of torque at 3,500 rpm and produces 166 pounds per hour of tire turning force at 3,300 rpm.
The SE2 features a 170-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 engine with a six-speed transmission and standard rear-wheel drive. It is available in the SE1 with a 175-hp Ram Air V-6 that uses cold air induction and has a lower restriction exhaust system. The GT and GT1 feature a 4.7L V8 engine that makes 175 hp.
As for the engine will also fit with custom work, but it’s not easy to get it to work.
The Grand Am, and Grand Prix. PCM’s are similar but have different pin-outs, and different programming. The Grand Prix PCM won’t run the Grand Am factory gauge cluster. You have to run two PCM’s in tandem, a custom gauge cluster retrofit or a stand-alone engine computer.
You need custom wiring and a harness to cut it. It takes more work and money than its actual worth for the small power gain. You can beef up the stock trans and put a turbo on your 3400 for less, which will be faster.
The Grand Am, and Grand Prix are different chassis with different uni-body and sub-frame and did not use the same engines and transmissions. The mounts are different. So you have to make custom mounts to put a 3800 and 4T65E-HD in the engine bay and custom hybrid axles. GM used a 4T65E-HD in one of the SC/T concept cars, but it was with a 3400 engine, and it was a custom install. The tranny does not require just a bolt-in to the chassis.