Pontiac Sunbird Repair and Maintenance

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

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Pontiac Sunbird Problems

Engine Vacuum Leak Due to Cracked PCV Vacuum Hose

The PCV vacuum hose under the upper intake plenum may become brittle and crack causing an engine vacuum leak.

Serpentine Belt Tensioner May Fail

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.

Car Won't Start Due to Ignition Module/Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure

The ignition module or crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to die and not restart. Diagnoses will be necessary to determine if the module or crank sensor is causing the no start condition.

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Pontiac Sunbird Questions

1990 Sunbird Le engine stalls when under losd unless I pump the gas. (2 answers)

I'm trying to find out what might cause the fuel injector in the throttle body to not give enough fuel occasionally when the engine is under load. Feathering the gas will keep it going sometime so I think it's fuel-related. Is there a fuel filter in the throttle body under the fuel inject...

serpentene belt starts to squeal when you put car into gear after it is warmed (1 answer)

what is a PED 15 fuse for (1 answer)

found it on the fire wall but can't find out what it controlls

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Pontiac Sunbird Recalls

Recall 94V115000
THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT WITH OVERTORQUED DRIVE AXLE SPINDLE NUTS. THIS CONDITION CAN CAUSE EXCESSIVE LOADS ON THE SPINDLE NUT AND DRIVE AXLE RESULTING IN FAILURE OF THE DRIVE AXLE OR THE SPINDLE NUT. FAILURE OF EITHER OF THESE COMPONENTS CAN RESULT IN SEPARATION OF THE STEERING KNUCKLE TIRE-WHE...
Recall 93V190000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. DURING VERY COLD WEATHER, WATER THATN ENTERS THE ACCELERATOR CONTROL CABLE CONDUIT FREEZES AND CAUSES THE ACCELERATOR CABLE TO DEVELOP A HIGH EFFORT OR BINDING CONDITION.
Recall 93V121000
THE BRAKE HOSES WERE MANUFACTURED INCORRECTLY, AND DO NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS 106, "BRAKE HOSES."

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Pontiac Sunbird Reviews

This car is cheap and dependable, but VERY SLOW. It feels like a heavier car in hard cornering. Mine had a single overhead cam 2.0L I4, 3 speed automatic. I don't see how a V6 could improve this car at all.
works prety good
It's an older car. This is my 2nd one. I kind of got both of them by default. Definitely not my first choice of car. Watch out for major repairs such as: ABS dying, wheel bearings, power steering hose, and fuel injector problems.

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