my transmission will not shift into second when the intrument cluster is acting up also the headlights go out

Asked by Feb 19, 2016 at 06:31 PM about the 2005 Pontiac Montana

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

why is it that my headlights go out and the transmission wont shift into second when the instrument cluster is acting up

4 Answers

3,685

It sounds like you have an electrical problem, unfortunately something that Pontiacs are notorious for having. I had a 2 year old Pontiac Grand Prix in High School and it did the same thing as you are mentioning in your post. Have you had a mechanic do a diagnostic on it yet? Any "dummy" lights on? Any aftermarket wiring (new stereo, dvd, or nav systems) done?

3,685

Electrical problems can be some of the most expensive problems to fix because of the labor hours involved in tracking down the issue. I would recommend only taking the van to a REPUTABLE mechanic, or someone that you trust. This will ensure that you are not taken advantage of.

5,165

assure the battery has 12.5 volts at least...can pull at least 50 amps...is free of corrosion, and the Battery cables are NEW...and the black cable connecting to the block is solid~ use a wirebrush to get to the 50 amp capacity~

5,165

the new lead free batteries (tin-anitmony alloy) are designed to last 10 years only...reduced capacity is unacceptable...get a new one every few years~

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Montana

Looking for a Used Montana in your area?

CarGurus has 33 nationwide Montana listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Postal Code:

Search Pontiac Montana Questions

Pontiac Montana Experts

#1 Countrygal77
Countrygal77
Reputation 1,960
#2 Robert Reed
Robert Reed
Reputation 1,390
#3 Jim Space
Jim Space
Reputation 730
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Pontiac Montana SV6
126 listings starting at $4,990
Used Dodge Grand Caravan
186 Great Deals out of 11,658 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chrysler Town & Country
74 Great Deals out of 931 listings starting at $4,700
Used Chevrolet Uplander
130 listings starting at $2,995
Used Honda Odyssey
11 Great Deals out of 785 listings starting at $3,500
Used Ford Escape
186 Great Deals out of 4,185 listings starting at $428
Used Chevrolet Impala
54 Great Deals out of 880 listings starting at $799
Used Dodge Caravan
106 listings starting at $1,250
Used Chevrolet Malibu
100 Great Deals out of 2,351 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Sienna
12 Great Deals out of 859 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
107 Great Deals out of 6,417 listings starting at $2,339
Used Saturn VUE
5 Great Deals out of 43 listings starting at $2,900