1997 Pontiac Firebird Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Pontiac Firebird

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1997 Pontiac Firebird Problems

Windows Rattling and Scraping

The windows on the 1984-2002 Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am commonly lean in towards the cabin when they are rolled down, and a metal-on-glass rattle is heard with any vibration. As the problem advances, popping may be heard from the door as the window rolls up or down.

This issue is caused by failing window regulator rivets which no longer hold the window upright. This places undue strain on pads that prevent the window from contacting the metal door frame. After a short time, the pads inside the door wear out, allowing the window to rattle and become scratched in a vertical pattern.

To correct the rattling and popping noises, the window regulator rivets and pads must be replaced.

Roller on window guide may break

The roller on the window guide attached to the bottom of the window glass may break off and cause the window to come off track.

The Fuel Pump May Fail Causing the Engine to Stall or Crank Over But Not Start

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians recommend replacing the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to help prevent undue strain on the fuel pump.

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1997 Pontiac Firebird Questions

Security light/VATS system. Please help $$$ (1 answer)

Okay so I have done alot or research on this. So I went ahead I got a new lock cylinder and plug it in where the original one was plugged in. I have the new lock cylinder under the dash just plugged in. And my security light is still on and car will not start. I also , tried the resis...

Okay so my security light is on car will not start I bought a new lock cylinder (1 answer)

I disconnected the original ignition Titus in the steering column and plugged in my new lock with key van security light is still on please help

Were is fuel relay located so I can change it on my 97 pontiac firebird (1 answer)

It just cranks over and over like its not gettinggas

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1997 Pontiac Firebird Recalls

Recall 96V219000
THESE VEHICLES WERE MANUFACTURED WITH SEAT BELT RETRACTORS OUT OF DESIGN POSITION WHICH CAN CAUSE THE RETRACTOR TO LOCK-UP ON SLOPES LESS SEVERE THAN THE FMVSS REQUIREMENT. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS NO. 209, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES."

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1997 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

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based on 4 customer reviews
Bought used at 128,000. Window motors quit working, door hinges weak and need replacing, transmission slap-shifts into 2nd and needs a module, the intake manifold gasket leaks oil into the water---a VERY common problem on the 3.8s. The electrical system is a nightmare with different lights and guages turning off and on at strange times Clear coat came off nose cone and paint now looks a differe...
97 Formula WS6 6-speed. First of all, fix the headlights and replace the power windows. Then, love the car and drive it nice, don't race it around every time you drive it, and it will be dependable and last as long as any good car. You can average 30 highway mpg in these if you are careful. That makes it a practical 4-seat hatchback, only with super looks and super power and handling on tap...
I love my car! Bought it in 1996 and with over 225K miles on it, it's still running!

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