Repair Information for Celebrity, Century, Cutlass Ciera and 6000 cars is designed to teach you some of the operating principles of your car, and guide you through maintenance and repair operations. You can perform many repairs yourself, as long as you have the time, initiative, patience, and proper assortment of tools.
A secondary purpose of this book is a reference for owners who want to understand their car and/or their mechanics better. In this case, no tools at all are required.
Sections 1 and 2 will probably be the most frequently used in the book. The first section contains all the information that may be required at a moment's notice-information such as the location of the various serial numbers and the proper towing instructions. It also contains all the information on basic day-to-day maintenance that you will need to ensure good performance and long component life. Section 2 covers tune-up procedures which will assist you not only in keeping the engine running properly and at peak performance levels, but also in restoring some of the more delicate components to operating condition in the event of a failure. Sections 3 through 10 cover repairs (rather than maintenance) for various portions of the car, with each section covering either one system or two related systems. When repair of a component is not considered practical, we tell you how to remove the part and then how to install the new or rebuilt replacement. In this way, you at least save the labor costs.
In using the Table of Contents, refer to the bold listings for the beginning of the section. See the smaller listings or the index for information on a particular component or specifications.
Before removing any bolts, read through the entire procedure. This will give you the overall view of what tools and supplies will be required. There is nothing more frustrating than having to walk to the bus stop on Monday morning because you were short one bolt on Sunday afternoon. So read ahead and plan ahead. Each operation should be approached logically and all procedures thoroughly understood before attempting any work.
Cautions and notes will be provided where appropriate to help prevent you from injuring yourself or damaging your car. Therefore, you should read through the entire procedure before beginning the work, and make sure that you are aware of the warnings. Since no number of warnings could cover every possible situation, you should work slowly and try to envision what is going to happen in each operation ahead of time.
When it comes to tightening things, there is generally a slim area between too loose to properly seal or resist vibration and so tight as to risk damage or warping. When dealing with major engine parts, or with any aluminum component, it pays to procure a torque wrench and go by the recommended figures.
When reference is made in this book to the right side or left side of the car, it should be understood that the positions are always to be viewed from the front seat. Thus, the left side of the car is always the driver's side and the right side is always the passenger's side, even when facing the car, as when working on the engine.
We have attempted to eliminate the use of special tools whenever possible, substituting more readily available hand tools. However, in some cases the tools are necessary. These can be purchased from your General Motors dealer, or from an automotive parts store.
Always be conscious of the need for safety in your work. Never get under the car unless it is firmly supported by jackstands or ramps. Never smoke near or allow flame to get near the battery or the fuel system. Keep your clothing, hands and hair clear of the fan and pulleys when working near the engine, if it is running. Most importantly, try to be patient; even in the midst of an argument with a stubborn bolt, reaching for the largest hammer in the garage is usually a cause for later regret and more extensive repair. As you gain confidence and experience, working on your car can become a source of pride and satisfaction.