A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. The engine may overheat as a result of the coolant loss. A leaking water pump should be replaced.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Pontiac Firebird Leaking Water Pump May Cause Coolant Loss and Overheating
Pontiac Firebird Problem
Engines Affected: 3.4L V6, 3.8L V6, 5.7L V8
Average Mileage: 145,288 mi (116,000 mi - 174,000 mi)
Visitor, 2000 Pontiac Firebird, 5.7L V8, 116,000 mi
Had overheat issues...not sure why .....seems to be more when I am driving in town. Or sitting in traffic. Car smells hot all the time.
Visitor, 1999 Pontiac Firebird, 5.7L V8, 149,000 mi
Water Pump failure.
Visitor, 2002 Pontiac Firebird, 3.8L V6, 142,440 mi
Coolant is leaking out of car, overheating is major and there is no pressure in the radiator hose while engine is running.