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Pontiac Firebird Replace Fuel Filter Every 30,000 to Prevent Fuel Pump Failure

Pontiac Firebird Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Engines Affected: 3.8L V6, 5.0L V8, 5.7L V8

Average Mileage: 91,786 mi (10,000 mi - 170,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 96,507 mi

    Car was running fine down highway. When I slowed mdown to a stop the car started sputtering the stalled and i was unable to restart. I change the fuel filter then had to take to a shop to have the fuel pump replaced. I owned the car for 25 minutes when this happened.

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  • Visitor, , 5.0L V8, 68,000 mi

    engine starts runs awhile then feels like its running out of gas stalls cranks over wont start sits awhile then it will start again been in shop twice shop not able to fix problem

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  • Visitor, , 5.7L V8, 81,000 mi

    Car stalled, restarted but ran rough and wouldn't accept any attempt to accelerate. Chevy dealership towed in, diagnosised bad fuel pump.Repairs cost 1500.oo dollars . They dropped everything under the tank--heard later there was an access panel in trunk & all that was unnecessary. Have been unable to verify if that was true.

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6

    Pump was making squealing noises from 80,000 to 132,000 then quit.

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  • Visitor, , 5.7L V8, 80,000 mi

    Parked car in driveway. Had run out of gas, but added fuel. Car started fine for a couple of months (I was not driving car at the time-it was putt up for winter). Went out to start one day and it would crank and crank but would not start. SEFI fuel injection system. I tried starting fluid sprayed into air cleaner-then removed air cleaner and sprayed directly into throttle body. Replaced Fuel Filter-still no start. I can hea the fuel pump running but am wondering if inner screen on fuel pump is clogged? Doesn't seem to have enough fuel pressure but I have no diagnostic tools. Car Manual says that it can be read with OBD1 but that (for some stupid reason) the OBD1 Diagnostic Tool must have an OBD2 plug ?????

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