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Pontiac Sunfire, AM General, Sedan
Oct 22, 2008 (1:22 pm)
I have had a 2000 pontiac sunfire coupe for nearly a year now. It began giving me trouble from the time I bought it, which was all anticipated since it had over 150K. The panel cluster and for that matter ALL lights were not working within the car. I had to get the pontiac dealer to reprogram the computer and now the lights have been working ever since. However, not two months later, the transmission died-- not surprisingly, the auto place notified me that it was nothing but broken parts. 2 G's and perhaps 2 months later, I felt that there was still something wrong w/ the transmission but when I sent it to get fixed, they told me that the brake pads and spark plugs were bad so that they couldn't even check out the transmission until they were fixed. After this, I was getting thoroughly irritated and felt I'd just live with the grinding I experience from time to time. Since then, I've also had to get the heater core bypassed as it was leaking coolant some time over summer. The head gasket is leaking oil but not too bad that I'm losing any-- I just check it once or twice a week. Too, way too many issues to deal with. Now that is care and maintenance for ya.
#33 of 53 lost brakes!!!
Nov 14, 2008 (8:46 pm)
hi all ive got a 98 sun fire : with 164000 miles today i went to stop amd no brakes just a clicking sound i pumped the pedal a few times and they were back then my abs light cam on for a while then went out any ideas what i need to fix before this happens agin?????
#34 of 53 Re: 2005 sunfire [tee1954]
Dec 24, 2008 (9:55 pm)
There isn't the trans dip stick on a sunfire. You only have a oil dip stick.
Oil is 5W-30, when you take a oil dip stick out- you will see in on the bottom.
I put 10W-30 synthetic.
Try Ebay for the owners manual.
#35 of 53 Re: how do you change the oil on the 4.2L? [bronx72]
Feb 13, 2009 (9:36 am)
If your sunfire is anything like mine (05), the oil pin is a nut underneath the car and you need a wrench to loosen it. The oil filter is in the most half assed place, between the radiator and the engine buried kinda far down in it. You'll need a 1" socket to get it off with many extentions, or hand held vice grips. Good luck!
#36 of 53 Re: sunfire coolant problems [lglick]
Feb 13, 2009 (9:37 am)
Is the car actually overheating? Because my temp gauge is just straight broken.. it says my car is overheating, but I know better.. it's just the gauge reading stupidly
#37 of 53 1997 pontiac sunfire 2.2 with 70,000 miles please help
Mar 03, 2009 (3:18 pm)
hi i hope to god someone can help me........ i have a 97 sunfire with a 2.2 and 70,000 miles on it ....its a great car....im having a problem with overheating....i replaced the thermostat then i had flushed the block and radiator with water getting all the old dex cool out...... still overheating....... so then i had replaced tempature sending unit........still reading hot about 225-230 on the gauge.........so then the only thing left would be the water pump so i replaced that also............when im driving it seems to overheat.....but if im at idle it dont wanna heat up to quick???? so i hard wired the fan directly to the battery .......still says its over heating.....i turn the heater on in the car and its not blowing super hot (like its overheating) but its warm so i open the overflow res. and the waters hot but not super hot like it be overheating???? can anyone please give me any info???? im thinking it maybe the actual temp gauge in the car .....can these go bad??????PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
#38 of 53 Re: sunfire coolant problems [dawnyadiesel]
Mar 05, 2009 (7:07 pm)
no the car dont over heat....i hooked a buddys snap on scanner on and drove around and the hottest it got was 223 degrees??? i dont know the nor temp range....... but its pissin me off something fierce....idk what else to do ....today i replaced the thermostat and temp sendin unit again and still the same......im ready to put a aftermarket gauge in it and see if thats the problem????does anyone know how to get all the air out of the block when you do a coolant change??whats the easiest way to bleed it?? thank you bunches......
#39 of 53 96 sunfire water pump
Mar 21, 2009 (9:58 pm)
my water pump went out, i think ! is this going to be difficult and costly to replace?
Apr 24, 2009 (10:18 am)
I have a 98 sunfire convertible 2.4l, and i recently replaced the spark plugs, only now it idles 1500 rpm instead of the previous 1000 rpm. is this normal? if not How do i adjust the idle
#41 of 53 Re: 96 sunfire water pump [kkatgirl]
Apr 24, 2009 (10:18 am)
is it 2.2l or 2.4l?