1997 Pontiac Sunfire Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Pontiac Sunfire as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

An automatic transmission fluid leak may develop from the rubber section of a transmission cooler line. In some cases the rubber section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this type of leak.

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

The turn signal switch in the steering column may fail causing the turn signals not to work on one or both sides.

The serpentine belt tensioner can fail; it may become noisy and/or the belt may jump off. Replacement of the failed tensioner will be necessary.

The spark plugs should be replaced every 100,000 miles. Our technicians recommend replacing the spark plug wires also at this time.

You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission system should be completely flushed.

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.

A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor will commonly correct this concern.

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.