2002 Pontiac Firebird Owner's Manual

2002 Pontiac Firebird Manual

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    2002 Pontiac Firebird Owner's Manual Litho in U.S.A. Part Number 10312871 A First Edition ECopyright General Motors Corporation 2001 All Rights Reserved i
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    We support voluntary technician certification. GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, PONTIAC, the PONTIAC Emblem and the name FIREBIRD are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. This manual includes the latest information at the time it...
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    ... this Manual Many people read their owner's manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you do this,... about the features and controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you'll find that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly. CAUTION: These mean ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    ...vehicle, are shown along with the text describing the operation or information relating to a specific component, control, message,...help avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and ...€ “Audio Systems” Also see “Warning Lights and Gages” in the Index. Here are some ...
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    Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems Here you'll find information about the seats in your vehicle and how to use your safety belts properly. You can ... Systems for Children Older Children Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash 1- 1-1
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    ... and also about reclining front seatbacks, seatback latches and the folding rear seatback. Manual Front Seats CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver's seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and ...
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    Four-Way Manual Seats Six-Way Power Seat (If Equipped) There are two levers located on the front of the seat. The ...the seat into place. If your vehicle has this option, the driver's seat has three power seat controls located on the outboard side. A: Moving the front control up or ...
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    In addition to the power seat control, there are two other switches located on the outboard side of the... your seat. Reclining Front Seatbacks The front switch adjusts lumbar support for the lower back. Push the ...the side bolster which gives lateral support. Push the switch down to inflate and up to ...
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    CAUTION: Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts can't do their job when you're reclined like this. The shoulder belt can't do its job. In a crash you could go into it, receiving neck or other injuries. The lap ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    ... people get into the back seat. To fold a seatback forward, lift the latch located on the lower backside of the seatback. Head restraints are fixed on some models and adjustable on others. Slide an adjustable head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your ...
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    When you return the seatback to its original position, make sure the seatback is locked. The latch must be down for the seat to work properly. Folding Rear Seatback CAUTION: If the seatback isn't locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause injury to the person ...
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    Safety Belts: They're for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. And it explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), or air bag system. ...
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    Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. See "Safety Belt Reminder Light" in the Index. Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes. In most states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here's why: They work....
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    Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn't stop. 1-10
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    The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ... or the instrument panel ... 1-11
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    Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers Q: Won't I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I'm wearing a safety belt? A: You could be -- whether you're wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you're upside down. And...
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    ... are for everyone. How to Wear Safety Belts Properly Adults This part is only for people of adult size. Be aware that there are ... are different rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding in your vehicle, see the part of this manual called "Children." Follow those rules for ...
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    Driver Position This part describes the driver's restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here's how to...the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Don't let it get twisted. On convertible models, the shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very ...
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    ...belt quickly if you ever had to. 5. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle end of the... as you pull up on the shoulder belt. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on... go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining ...
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    Q: What's wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won't give nearly as much ...
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    Q: What's wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt...
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    Q: What's wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. Also, the belt would apply too much force to the ribs, which aren't as ...
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    Q: What's wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you wouldn't have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it. A: The belt is twisted across ...
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    Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they don't wear safety belts. To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you...
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    The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it's more likely that the fetus won't be hurt in a crash. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. Right Front Passenger Position To ...
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    Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) This part explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or air bag system. Your vehicle has air bags -- one air bag for the driver and another air bag for the right front passenger. Frontal air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of injury from the force ...
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    ... BAG or the air bag symbol. The system checks the air bag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See "Air Bag Readiness Light" in the Index for more information. 1-23
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    How the Air Bag System Works The right front passenger's air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger's side. Where are the air bags? The driver's air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel. 1-24
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    When should an air bag inflate? CAUTION: If something is between an occupant and an air bag, the bag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person causing severe injury or even death. The path of an inflating air bag must be kept clear. Don't put anything between an ...
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    ... inflates, there is dust in the air. This dust could cause breathing problems for people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. To avoid this, everyone in the vehicle ... is safe to do so. If you have breathing problems but can't get out of the vehicle after an air ...
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    ... inflate only once. After they inflate, you'll need some new parts for your air bag system. If you don't get... system will include air bag modules and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace other parts. D Your vehicle is equipped with a crash sensing ...
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    ...someone is working on your vehicle. Your dealer and the service manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. To... air bag system. Be sure to follow proper service procedures, and make sure the person performing work for you is qualified to do so. The air bag system does...
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    Lap-Shoulder Belt 1. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Don't let it get twisted. On convertible models, the shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more ...
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    ... down on the buckle end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just ... injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. 1-30
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    The safety belt locks if there's a sudden stop or a crash. On convertible models, the safety belt also locks if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor. CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could ...
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    Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! This includes infants and all other children. Neither the distance traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes the need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian ...
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    CAUTION: People should never hold a baby in their arms while riding in a vehicle. A baby doesn't weigh much -- until a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it. For example, in a crash at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12-lb. (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ... child restraint system can provide. What are the different types of add-on child restraints? Add-on child restraints, which are purchased ... meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. The restraint manufacturer's instructions that come with the restraint state the weight and height limitations ...
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    CAUTION: Newborn infants need complete support, including support for the head and neck. This is necessary because a newborn infant's neck... the restraint, so the crash forces can be distributed across the strongest part of an infant's body, the back and shoulders. Infants always should be secured...
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    Restraint Systems for Children An infant car bed (A), a special bed made for use in a motor vehicle, is an infant restraint system designed to restrain or position a child on a continuous flat surface. Make sure that the infant's head rests toward the center of the vehicle. A rear-facing infant...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    A forward-facing child seat (C-E) provides restraint for the child's body with the harness and also sometimes with surfaces such as T-shaped or shelf-like shields. A booster seat (F-G) is a child restraint designed to improve the fit of the vehicle's safety belt system. Some booster seats have...
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    ... to help reduce the chance of personal injury. When securing an add-on child restraint, refer to the instructions that come with the restraint which may be on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both, and to this manual. The child restraint instructions are important, so if they are not ...
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    Where to Put the Restraint Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. General Motors, therefore, recommends that child restraints be secured in the rear seat including an infant riding in a rear-facing infant seat, a child riding ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ... always to be anchored. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for your child restraint. If yours ... not have a top strap, one can be obtained, in kit form, for many child restraints. Ask the child restraint manufacturer whether or not a kit is available. In Canada, the law requires that forward-...
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    ... the top strap anchored, you'll be ready to secure the child restraint itself. Tighten the top strap when and as the child restraint manufacturer's instructions say. If your vehicle is not a convertible, two top strap anchors are already installed for the rear seating positions. You'll find ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ... a Rear Seat Position You'll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint when and as ...
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    3. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. 4. To tighten the belt, pull up on the shoulder belt while you push down on the child restraint. If you're using a forward-facing child restraint, you may ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ... the right front seat. You'll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint when and as ...
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    If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child's face or neck, put it behind the child restraint. 4. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. 1-45
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    5. To tighten the belt, pull up on the shoulder belt while you push down on the child restraint. You may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. 6. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. To remove the ...
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    Older Children Q: A: What is the proper way to wear safety belts? If possible, an older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face or neck. The lap belt should fit snugly below the hips, just ...
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    CAUTION: Never do this. Here two children are wearing the same belt. The belt can't properly spread the impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time. Q: A: What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder ...
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    CAUTION: Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt's force would then be applied right on the child's abdomen. That ...
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    ...more severe crash, then you need new parts. If belts are cut or damaged,...have safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts and repairs may ...then, make sure the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles,... loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see anything that might...
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    ...working properly -- and what to do if you have a problem. 2-2 2-4 2-6 2-8 2-13 2-16 2-17 2-27 2-29 2-29...If Equipped) PASS-KeyR II New Vehicle "Break-In" Ignition Positions Starting Your Engine ... Signal/Multifunction Lever Exterior Lamps Interior Lamps Mirrors Storage Compartments T-Top Roof Panels...
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    Windows CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. A child can be overcome by the extreme heat and can suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather. 2-2
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    .... To raise the window, press and hold the top of the switch. Switches on the driver's door control each window when the ignition is on or when Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is active. See "Retained Accessory Power (RAP)" in the Index. 2-3
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    Keys CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. Don't leave the keys in a vehicle with children. 2-4
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ...for the ignition only. However, the ignition keys don't have plugs. Instead, they have bar-coded key ... and all other locks. If you need a new ignition key, contact your dealer who can obtain the correct key code. In an emergency, call Pontiac Roadside Assistance. See "Roadside Assistance" in ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ... unlocking and opening a door this way will set off the alarm after eight seconds unless the ignition key is inserted into the ignition. See "Content Theft-Deterrent/Alarm System" in the Index. To lock the door from the inside, slide the lever located on ...
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    Power Door Locks Press the power door lock switch located on the driver's door to lock or unlock both doors at ... (if equipped) is programmed. The unlock switch only works when the ignition is in RUN, ACCESSORY or when Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is active. See "Retained Accessory Power (RAP...
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    Lockout Prevention To protect you from locking your keys in the vehicle, this feature stops the power door locks from locking when the keys are in the ignition and a door is open. If the power lock switch is pressed when a door is open, a chime will ...
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    ... Take a few steps to the left or right, hold the transmitter higher, and try again. necessary. See the instructions that follow. or a qualified technician for service. D Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be D Check to determine if ...
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    ... in PARK (P) for an automatic transmission, or if the parking brake is set on a manual transmission. The system will turn on the interior lamps for about 40 seconds (or until the ignition is turned to RUN), when you unlock the doors or hatch. The interior ...
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    ... transmitters to your vehicle, do the following: 1. Turn the ignition key to RUN, then to OFF. This will disarm ...Fuses and Circuit Breakers" in the Index. 3. Turn the ignition key from OFF to RUN three times ... is now ready to match the vehicle. Leave the ignition in RUN. 4. Press and hold the LOCK ...
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    ... slot between the covers and twist. 2. Lift off the back cover. 3. Remove and replace the battery. Use one battery, type CR2032, or a similar type. Put the new battery in printed side down. 4. Put the back cover on. Make sure the cover is on tight so water won't get in. 5. Check the transmitter ...
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    .... 2. Press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the transmitter at the same time for about eight seconds. The door locks should cycle and the interior lamps should flash to confirm resynchronization. If this does not happen, you may need to replace the battery in your transmitter or match the ...
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    ...to use the remote hatch release. If you have a manual transmission and the ignition is in RUN, you must set the parking brake ... can use the remote hatch release. This button only works when the ignition is in RUN, ACCESSORY or when RAP is active. See "Retained Accessory Power (RAP)" in the Index....
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    ... release handle could damage it. There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release handle located on the inside wall of the trunk near the floor. The handle is on the passenger's side. This handle will glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle down to open the trunk from the inside. 2-15
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    ... But what if you have to leave your ignition key? Key in the Ignition If you leave your vehicle ... hear a chime reminding you to remove your key from the ignition and take it with you. Always do this. Your steering wheel will be locked, and so will your ignition. If you take the key with you, and you...
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    ... must either push that button again or turn the ignition to RUN to stop the alarm. If the alarm is ... opening, it can be turned off by either turning the ignition to RUN with a proper key or by pressing any ... only. If the alarm is sounding because an incorrect ignition key was used, press any button on...
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    ... or other natural events that may shake the vehicle. When your vehicle is new, there will be a label covering the adjustment knob. Remove the ... blasts and parking lamp flashes for non-threatening blows to D D D D D The ignition is on, the hatch is open, the alarm is disarmed, when customized to be ...
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    ...only chirp once. Passive Arming If the ignition was just turned off and a door ...get into the vehicle and put the key in the ignition. The parking lamps will flash when the system arms.... or the hatch was opened. D Turn the ignition key to RUN. For more information on customizing the features mentioned...
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    ... Equipped) Your vehicle's content theft-deterrent/alarm system, locks and lighting systems can be programmed with several different features. The features you ... be programmed. To determine which features your vehicle is equipped with, follow the steps listed for entering the programming mode. 2-20
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    ... section. Exit Lighting and Delayed Illumination With exit lighting, your interior lamps will come on for up to 25 seconds when the key is removed from the ignition. With delayed illumination, your interior lamps will come on and stay on for up to 25 seconds when ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    ... vehicle. Programmable Modes Mode 1: Both Off (Doors will lock/unlock when you press the power door lock switch.) Mode 2: Lockout Prevention Only (If you leave your keys in the ignition and leave through the driver's door, you won't be able to lock the ...
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    ... to a different mode, do the following: 1. Press the power door lock switch located on the door. 2. Count the number ... mode by following the instructions later in this section or program the next feature available on your vehicle.) 3. Press the power door lock switch again on the door until you hear ...
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    ...can either exit the programming mode by following the instructions later in this section or program the next feature ... either exit the programming mode by following the instructions later in this section or program the next feature.... If you use either the power door lock switch or passive arming, only...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ...using the remote keyless entry transmitter, the power door lock switch or by passive arming. Programmable ...button on the remote keyless entry transmitter or the power door lock switch to lock the doors, the system ...and Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter/Power Door Lock Switch Arming (The system will arm...
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    ... current mode, you can either exit the programming mode by following the instructions later in this section or program the next feature available on your ... set. You can either exit the programming mode by following the instructions later in this section or program the next feature available on your ...
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    ... available on your vehicle. Exiting Programming Mode When programming is complete, turn the ignition to OFF and reinstall the RADIO fuse. PASS-KeyR II Your ...-deterrent system. It works when you insert or remove the key from the ignition. PASS-Key II uses a resistor pellet in ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    ... to wait three minutes before trying another ignition key. See your dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key II to have ...locksmith who can service PASS-Key II to have a new key made. In an emergency, call the Pontiac Roadside Assistance Center. See "Roadside Assistance" in the Index for...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ... vehicle doesn't need an elaborate "break-in." But it will perform better in the long run if you ... for more information. Ignition Positions With the key in the ignition, you can turn the switch to five ... operate your electrical accessories. Push in the ignition switch as you turn it toward you....
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    ..., ignition and automatic transmission. If you have an automatic transmission, the ignition switch can't be turned to LOCK unless the shift lever is ...with your hand. Using a tool to force it could break the key or the ignition switch. If none of this works, then your vehicle needs service. C (OFF): ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ... on your vehicle to continue to work for up to 10 minutes after the ignition key is turned to OFF. Your convertible top, power windows, power mirrors and audio system will work when the ignition key is in RUN or ACCESSORY. Once the key is turned...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ...V6 Engine 1. With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn your ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The...could damage the transmission. Shift to PARK (P) only when your vehicle is stopped. Manual Transmission The gear selector should be in neutral and the parking brake ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ...1. With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of ... pedal all the way to the floor, while you hold the ignition key in START. When the engine starts, let go of ... with your dealer. If you don't, your engine might not perform properly. 2-33
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ...), do this: 1. With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to START and hold it there up to 15 seconds. When ...check with your dealer. If you don't, your engine might not perform properly. In very cold weather, 0_F (-18_C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can help. You'll ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ..., be sure to unplug and store the cord as it was before to keep it away from moving engine parts. If you don't, it could be damaged. How long should you keep the coolant heater plugged in? The answer depends on the outside temperature, the kind of oil you ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    Automatic Transmission Operation PARK (P): This position locks your rear wheels. It's the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can't move easily. CAUTION: It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition key is in RUN. If you cannot shift ...the shift lever button on floor shift console models as you maintain brake application. Then move ... moving the shift lever on floor shift console models.) See "Shifting Out of PARK (P)" in the Index. ...
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    ... is for normal driving. If you need more power for passing, and you’re: D Going less than about ...€™ll shift down to the next gear and have more power. THIRD (3): This position is also used for normal driving, however, it offers more power and lower fuel economy than AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (D). Here ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    SECOND (2): This position gives you more power but lower fuel economy. You can use SECOND ... on. If you have a 5.7L V8 engine and manually select SECOND (2) when you start the vehicle, the transmission ... This position (if equipped) gives you even more power (but lower fuel economy) than SECOND (2). You...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    Manual Transmission Operation Five-Speed This is the shift pattern for the five-speed manual transmission. Here's how to operate your transmission: FIRST (1): Press the clutch and shift into FIRST (1). Then, slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal. You can shift into ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    Six-Speed This is the shift pattern for the six-speed manual transmission. THIRD (3), FOURTH (4), FIFTH (5) and SIXTH (6):... to shifting into REVERSE (R). Your six-speed manual transmission has a feature that allows you to ... (8 km/h). If you have turned your ignition off and want to park your vehicle ...
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    ... to keep the engine running smoothly or for good performance. NOTICE: If you skip more ... damage the clutch or transmission. Skip Shift Light (5.7L V8 Engine) When the SKIP SHIFT light is on, the gearshift lever will require that you shift from FIRST (1) to FOURTH (4) instead of shifting from FIRST ...
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    ... throttle or less. Follow the shift speeds listed below when the SKIP SHIFT light is on. Computer-Aided Manual Transmission Shift Speeds D 1st to 4th @ 15 ... down and pull up on the parking brake lever. If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on. 2-43
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    NOTICE: Driving with the parking brake on can cause your parking brakes to overheat. You may have to replace them, and you could also damage other parts of your vehicle. If you are towing a trailer and are parking on any hill, see "Towing a Trailer" in the Index. That section shows what to do ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ... button on the lever and pushing the lever all the way toward the front of your vehicle. 3. Turn the ignition key to LOCK. 4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can leave the vehicle with the ignition key in your hand, your vehicle is in PARK (P). 2-45
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running (Automatic Transmission Only) Torque Lock (Automatic Transmission) If you are parking on a hill and you don't shift your transmission into PARK (P) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in the transmission. You...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ... brake before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition is in RUN. See "Automatic Transmission" in the Index. If... can't shift out of PARK (P), try this: 1. Turn the ignition key to OFF. 2. Apply and hold the ... clutch pedal pressed in, you can turn the ignition key to OFF, remove the key and ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ... any CO; and D Have your vehicle fixed immediately. CAUTION: Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Don't park over papers, leaves, dry grass or other things that can burn. 2-48
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    Running Your Engine While You're Parked (Automatic Transmission) It's better not to park with the engine running. But if you ever have to, here are some things to know. CAUTION: It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    Limited-Slip Rear Axle If your vehicle has this feature, your limited-slip rear axle can give you additional traction on snow, mud, ice, sand or gravel. It works like a standard axle most of the time, but when one of the rear wheels has no traction and the other does, this feature will allow the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever Turn and Lane-Change Signals The turn signal has two upward (for right) and two downward (for left) positions. These positions allow you to signal a turn or a lane change. To signal a turn, move the lever all the way up or down. When the turn is finished, the lever ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer When the high beams are on, this light located on the instrument panel cluster also will be...If your blades do become damaged, get new blades or blade inserts. Heavy snow or ... delay between wipes. This can be very useful in light rain or snow. Turn the band to choose the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ... is warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision. When you apply your brakes or push the clutch pedal (manual transmission), the cruise control shuts off. CAUTION: D Cruise control can be dangerous where you can't drive safely at a steady speed. So, ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    ... more, you can move the cruise control switch from ON to R/A (Resume/Accelerate) briefly. You'll go... go about 1 mph (1.6 km/h) faster. D Move the cruise switch from ON to R/A. Hold it there until you get up...use cruise control. 1. Move the cruise control switch to ON. 2. Get up to the speed you want....
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ... control speed you set earlier. D Step lightly on the brake pedal or push the clutch pedal, if you have a manual transmission, or D move the cruise switch to OFF. Erasing Speed Memory When you turn off the cruise control or the ignition, your cruise control set speed memory is erased. 2-55...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ...Sidemarker Lamps Taillamps License Plate Lamps Instrument Panel Lights (Headlamps): Turning the control to this position turns on the headlamps, together with the previously listed lamps and lights. The control located on the instrument panel to the left of the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    Headlamps on Reminder If you turn the ignition off and leave the lamps on, you ... help clean the headlamps. To open the headlamp doors manually, do the following: 1. Open the hood. 2. Remove ...Reinstall the plastic cover on the retractor motor knob. To manually close the headlamp doors, turn the lamps ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ... will not activate if the parking brake is engaged prior to turning the ignition on. The DRL system will make your front turn signal lamps ..., you should turn on the regular headlamp system when you need it. D D D D The ignition is on, the exterior lamp control is off, the parking brake is released,...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ... fog lamp switch is located on your instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. Interior Lamps ... push the right side of the fog lamp switch and a light on the switch will come on indicating that the fog ... the thumbwheel up or down to brighten or dim the lights. If you move the thumbwheel all ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ...Delayed illumination will be shortened if the ignition is turned to RUN or if the power locks are activated. To turn ...Lighting With exit lighting, the interior lamps will come on when you remove the key from the ignition to help you... rearview mirror includes two map lamps. Each lamp has its own switch...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ...tab for daytime driving. To adjust either mirror, move the selector switch to L (left) or to R (right). The center... can see more from the driver's seat. Power Remote Control Mirrors CAUTION: A convex... your shoulder before changing lanes. The power mirror control is located on the driver's door...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    Storage Compartments Glove Box To open the glove box, lift up on the lever. Use your door key to lock or unlock it. The glove box has a lamp inside. Cargo Cover Using the Cargo Cover Front Console To use the storage area, push in the button and pull up on the console cover. It will open to the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    Removing the Cargo Cover CAUTION: An improperly stored cargo cover could be thrown about the vehicle during a collision or sudden maneuver. You or others could be injured. If you remove the cover, always store it outside the vehicle. When you put it back, always be sure that it is securely ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ...it, lift up on either side of the ashtray. If you have an automatic transmission, the ashtray is near the front of the console. If you have a manual transmission, the ashtray is in front of the cupholder. NOTICE: Don't hold a cigarette lighter in with your hand while it is heating. If you do, it ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    ... with the accessory power outlet and could result in blown vehicle or adapter fuses. If you experience a problem, see your dealer for additional information on the accessory power outlet. Visor Vanity Mirror Pull down the sun visor and lift ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ...your warranty. When adding electrical equipment, be sure to follow the installation instructions included with the equipment. We recommend that you see a qualified ... or your dealer for the proper installation of your equipment. NOTICE: Power outlets are designed for accessory plugs only. Do not hang...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    T-Top Roof Panels (If Equipped) Removing the T-Top Roof Panels CAUTION: Don't try to remove the T-top panel while the vehicle is moving. Trying to remove the T-top panel while the vehicle is moving could cause an accident. The panel could fall into the vehicle and cause you to lose control, or ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    Storing the T-Top Roof Panels CAUTION: If the T-top panel is not stored properly, it could be thrown about the vehicle in a crash or sudden maneuver. People in the vehicle could be injured. Whenever you store the T-top panel in the vehicle, always be sure that it is stored securely in the correct ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    2. Place the panel in the correct slot (DRIVER or PASSENGER) in the rear area of your vehicle. Make sure the handle is open and facing you when you put it in the storage slot. 3. Push the handle down to close and secure the panel in the slot. To lock each panel in the storage area, use your door ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    Installing the T-Top Roof Panels CAUTION: An improperly attached roof panel may fall into or fly off the vehicle. You or others could be injured. After installing the roof panel, always check that it is firmly attached by pushing up on the underside of the panel. Check now and then to be sure the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    NOTICE: Do not attempt to install the panels by sliding them horizontally toward the center roof rail. Doing so may cause the weatherstrips to be aligned improperly, which may result in leaks and possible damage to the weatherstrips. NOTICE: High pressure car washes may cause water to enter your ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    T-Top Sunshades To install the T-top sunshades do the following: 1. Start with the panel marked DRIVER FRONT. Unlatch the driver's side T-top, raise it halfway and close the latch handle. 2. With the top raised and resting on the center roof rail, slide the flat edge of the sunshade panel (with ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    5. Pull the sunshade back a little and remove the backing paper from the Velcro buttons. Push the sunshade back into place, sticking the Velcro to the glass. 6. Install the T-top, close the latch and lock the T-top. Repeat the previous steps for the passenger's-side sunshade. You can store the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    ...procedures explain the proper operation of your convertible top. 2. Turn the ignition to ACCESSORY or RUN. 3. Lower both of the sun visors. Lowering Your...the parking brake firmly. Shift an automatic transmission into PARK (P) or a manual transmission into REVERSE (R). NOTICE: Don't lower the top...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    ... top back glass to break. 4. Unlock the front of the convertible top by pushing on the smaller part of the latch, then pulling down on the larger part of the latch. Be sure the hook on the latch that attaches into the hole at the windshield releases. 2-75
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    ... covers and middle section from the storage bag. Make sure nothing or anyone is on or around the top. Push and hold the down arrow on the lower part of the convertible TOP switch. The top will automatically lower into the storage area. 2-76
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    3. Install the two side covers by inserting the tab into the front seatbelt cover. Lower the covers onto the vehicle. 4. Install the middle section of the cover by sliding the tabs into the slots on the right side cover. Lower the cover and insert the latch. 5. Close the hatch. 2-77
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    Removing the Boot Cover 1. Open the hatch. 3. Remove the two side pieces of the boot cover by lifting the rear cover and sliding them out of their slots. 2. Remove the middle piece of the cover by pushing in on the latch and lifting up on the cover. 2-78
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ... brake firmly. If you have an automatic transmission, shift into PARK (P). If you have a manual transmission, shift into REVERSE (R). 2. Turn the ignition to ACCESSORY or RUN (or RAP must be active). 3. Lower both sun visors and lower both ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    4. Push and hold the up arrow on the top part of the convertible TOP switch. 5. Pull down on the latches and align the top so the pins are aligned with the holes in the windshield header. Push forward on the larger part of the latch until it clicks. Do not force the latch. If ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... aligned before using any kind of force. If your vehicle has a power loss, such as a dead battery, you can still raise or lower ... and turn the valve clockwise to release the hydraulic pressure. 3. Make sure the ignition key is in LOCK. You can now raise or lower your top manually. Be sure to close ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    The Instrument Panel -- Your Information System 2-82
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ... your instrument panel are the following: A. Fog Lamp Switch B. Exterior Lamp Control C. Air Vents D.... Rear Window Defogger Button K. Convertible Top Switch (If Equipped) L. Traction Control System ...Console Q. Parking Brake Lever R. Cigarette Lighter S. Accessory Power Outlet T. Comfort Controls 2-83
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    Instrument Panel Cluster Your instrument panel cluster is designed to let you know at a glance how your vehicle is running. You'll know how fast you're going, your engine's rpms, about how much fuel you have left and many other things you'll need to know to drive safely and economically. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ...). You may wonder what happens if your vehicle needs a new odometer installed. If possible, the new one has to be set to the same reading the old one had. If it can't be, ...driver's door must show the old reading and when the new one was installed. Trip Odometer The trip odometer can...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    ... also save you or others from injury. Warning lights come on when there may be or is a problem with one of your vehicle's functions. As .... Often gages and warning lights work together to let you know when there's a problem with your vehicle. When one of the warning lights comes on and stays on ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ... electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. The system check includes... few seconds when you turn the ignition key to RUN. If the light doesn't come on then,...warn you if there is a problem. United States Canada This light will come on when you start ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ... parts working well. If the warning light comes on, there is a brake problem. Have your brake system ... while you are driving, you may have a problem with the electrical charging system. Have it checked. ... United States Canada This light should come on briefly when you turn the ignition key to RUN. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ...carefully, have the vehicle towed for service. When the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will also come ... a brake problem. United States Canada With the anti-lock brake system, the light will come ... on briefly when you turn the ignition key to RUN. If the light doesn't come on then,...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ... fixed so it will be ready to warn you if there's a problem. If it stays on, or comes on when you're driving, there may be a problem with your traction control system and your vehicle may need service. ... comes on briefly when you turn the ignition key to RUN. If the light doesn't come on then, ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ... Coolant Temperature Gage Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light in the United States or Check Engine Light in Canada) United States Canada United States Canada ... equipped with a computer which monitors operation of the fuel, ignition and emission control systems. 2-91
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    ... to produce a cleaner environment. The SERVICE ENGINE SOON or CHECK ENGINE light comes on to indicate that there is a problem and service is required. Malfunctions often will be indicated by the system before any problem is apparent. This may prevent ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    This light should come on, as a check to show you it is working, when the ignition is on and the engine is not running. If the light doesn't come on, have it ... and drive the vehicle to your dealer or qualified service center for service. If the Light Is On Steady You may be able to ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ... steps have made the light turn off, have your dealer or qualified service center check ...and diagnostic tools to fix any mechanical or electrical problems that may have developed. Emissions Inspection and... not pass this inspection if the SERVICE ENGINE SOON or CHECK ENGINE light is on or not working ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ... that you might have some other oil problem. See "Engine Oil" in the Index. CAUTION: United ... and have your vehicle serviced. This gage tells you if there could be a problem with your engine oil...kPa). NOTICE: Damage to your engine from neglected oil problems can be costly and is not covered by ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ... briefly while you are starting your engine. If the light doesn't come on, have it repaired. Oil Change ...the engine. If the OIL CHANGE light doesn't come on, have it serviced. If the OIL CHANGE light ... Reset the Oil Change Light" in the Index. If the light stays on after starting your engine, ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ...vehicle problems. These problems may not be obvious and may affect vehicle performance or durability. ... repairs to maintain top vehicle performance. Hatch Ajar Light This warning light should come on ... have it serviced. This light will stay on steady if your hatch is open or ajar and the ignition key...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    ... REDUCED ENG PWR warning light comes on, a noticeable reduction in the vehicle's performance may occur. ... light stays on, the vehicle should be taken to an authorized Pontiac dealer as soon as possible for diagnosis and ... gage may not indicate empty when the ignition Low Fuel Light If your fuel is ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ...CD Changer (Option) Theft-Deterrent Feature Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped) Understanding Radio Reception Tips About Your Audio System Care of Your Compact Discs Care of Your Compact Disc Player Power Antenna Mast Care 3- 3-1
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ... is above freezing. When the air conditioner is on, you may sometimes notice slight changes in your vehicle's engine speed and power due to the operation of the compressor. With this system, you can control the heating, air conditioning and ventilation in your vehicle. Your vehicle also has the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ...setting. During initial start-up only, if your vehicle is equipped with an engine coolant heater, you can use it in cold weather (around +20_F/-8_C or lower) to improve heater performance on initial start up. See "Engine Coolant Heater" in the Index. Bi-Level You may want ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ...the defogger symbol to turn on the rear window warming grid. An indicator light will come on to remind you that the defogger is on. The defogger will turn off automatically ...You can turn the defogger off by pressing the button again. The indicator light will go off when the system is turned off. 3-4
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    .... Outside air will also enter the vehicle when the fan is running. fan knob clockwise for a few moments before driving off. This helps clear the intake ducts of snow and moisture, and reduces the chance of fogging the inside of your windows. objects. This helps air to circulate throughout your ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ... play your audio system even after the ignition is turned off. See "Retained Accessory Power (RAP)" in the Index. AM-FM Stereo ... Press and hold MIN until the correct minute appears. The clock may be set with the ignition on or off. Standard radio --- Monsoon not shown If your vehicle is equipped...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ... the clock. Pressing this button with the ignition off will display the clock. Finding a Station AM/FM: Press this button to switch between AM, FM1 and FM2... set up to 18 stations (six AM, six FM1 and six FM2) by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press AM/FM to select the band. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ...middle position balances the sound between the speakers. FADE: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn it to move the sound to the front or rear speakers. The middle position... disc symbol will appear on the display. If the ignition and the radio are on, the disc will begin playing. CD will...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ...PLAY: Press this button to play a CD when listening to the radio. EJECT: Press this button to stop a CD ...CD when it is not playing. The EJECT button will work with the radio off. Compact Disc Messages If... displays an error number, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    Trunk-Mounted CD Changer (Option) With the optional compact disc changer, you can play up to 12 discs continuously. Normal size discs may be played using the trays supplied in the magazine. The small discs (8 cm) can be played only with specially designed trays. NOTICE: Place large objects in the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    Once you have loaded the discs in the magazine, slide open the door of the compact disc (CD) changer. Push the magazine into the changer in the direction of the arrow marked on top of the magazine. Close the door by sliding it all the way to the left. If the door is left partially open, the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ... and a disc and track number will be displayed. The disc numbers are listed on the front of the magazine. All of the CD functions are controlled by the radio pushbuttons except for ejecting the magazine. Playing a Compact Disc If an error appears on the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ... loaded in the changer and the radio is playing. You can also press this button to switch between a... down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. Theft-Deterrent Feature D D D E30: Disc ... code to disable all radio functions whenever battery power is removed. The THEFTLOCK feature ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ... separate from the vehicle. 2. Turn the ignition to ACCESSORY or RUN. 3. Turn the radio off. 4. Press the 1 and ... to let you know that your radio is secure. With the ignition off, the THEFTLOCK LED indicator ..., indicating a secured radio. Unlocking the Theft-Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss Enter ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    ... times, INOP will appear on the display. You will have to wait an hour with the ignition on before you can try again. When you try again,... as follows; pause no more than 15 seconds between steps: 1. Turn the ignition to ACCESSORY or RUN. 2. Turn the radio off. 3. Press the 1 and 4 pushbuttons at the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    ...If a compact disc is playing, it will stop and the radio will play. If this button is pressed with a CD ...decrease volume. PLAY: Press this button to switch between listening to the radio and playing a compact ...up or down arrow to tune to the next or previous radio station. If a compact disc is playing...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    .... AM can pick up noise from things like storms and power lines. Try reducing the treble to reduce this noise if you.... NOTICE: Before you add any sound equipment to your vehicle -- like a tape player, CB radio, mobile telephone or two-way radio -- be sure you can add what you want. If you can, it's...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ...the radio or ignition off and on. 6. Repeat if necessary. NOTICE: Don't lubricate the power antenna. ... car wash, turn off your radio to make the power antenna go down. This will prevent the ...See your dealer for a replacement kit and follow the instructions in the kit. Power Antenna Mast Care Your ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    Section 4 Your Driving and the Road Here you'll find information about driving on different kinds of roads and in varying weather conditions. We've also included many other useful tips on driving. 4-2 4-3 4-6 4-6 4-9 4-11 4-13 4-13 4-15 4-16 Defensive Driving Drunken Driving Control of a Vehicle...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    Defensive driving really means "be ready for anything." On city streets, rural roads or freeways, it means "always expect the unexpected." Assume that pedestrians or other drivers are going to be careless and make mistakes. Anticipate what they might do. Be ready for their mistakes. Rear-...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    ... laws. The obvious way to solve the leading highway safety problem is for people never to drink alcohol and then drive. But... on each person and situation, here is some general information on the problem. The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of someone who is drinking depends upon four things: D D D...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    According to the American Medical Association, a 180-lb. (82 kg) person who drinks three 12-ounce (355 ml) bottles of beer in an hour will end up with a BAC of about 0.06 percent. The person would reach the same BAC by drinking three 4-ounce (120 ml) glasses of wine or three mixed drinks if each ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    But the ability to drive is affected well below a BAC of 0.10 percent. Research shows that the driving skills of many people are impaired at a BAC approaching 0.05 percent, and that the effects are worse at night. All drivers are impaired at BAC levels above 0.05 percent. Statistics show that the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... It might be less with one driver and as long as two or three seconds or more with another. Age, physical condition, alertness, coordination and eyesight all play a part. So do alcohol, drugs and frustration. But even in 3/4 of a second, a vehicle moving at 60 mph (100 km/h) travels 66 feet (20 m). ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ... your brake pedal moves or pulses a little. This is normal. United States Canada If there's a problem with the anti-lock brake system, this warning light will stay on. See "Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light" in the Index. 4-7
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    The anti-lock system can change the brake pressure faster than any driver could. The computer is programmed to make the most of available tire and road conditions. This can help you steer around the obstacle while braking hard. Let's say the road is wet and you're driving safely. Suddenly, an ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ...brake pressure to help avoid a braking skid, this light will come on. See "Low Traction Light"...V8 engine vehicles) to limit wheel spin. This light will come on when your traction control system .... This is normal and doesn't mean there's a problem with your vehicle. Examples of these conditions...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... you may re-engage the cruise control. See "Cruise Control" in the Index. When the system is on, this warning light will come on to let you know if there's a problem with your traction control system. See "Traction Control System Warning Light" in the...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    Steering Power Steering If you lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the system is not functioning, you can steer but it will take much more effort. Suppose you're steering through a sharp curve. Then you suddenly accelerate. Both control systems -- steering and acceleration -- ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ... time for evasive action -- steering around the problem. Your vehicle can perform very well in emergencies like these. First apply your brakes. ...as you can from a possible collision. Then steer around the problem, to the left or right depending on the space available. An emergency...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    Off-Road Recovery You may find that your right wheels have dropped off the edge of a road onto the shoulder while you're driving. Passing The driver of a vehicle about to pass another on a two-lane highway waits for just the right moment, accelerates, moves around the vehicle ahead, then goes ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    ... shoulder and check the blind spot. D Check your mirrors, glance over your shoulder, and D When... the passed vehicle to see its front in your inside mirror, activate your right lane change signal and... the right lane. (Remember that your right outside mirror is convex. The vehicle you just passed may ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ... the surface is slippery until your vehicle is skidding. Learn to recognize warning clues -- such as enough water, ice or packed snow on the road to make a "mirrored surface" -- and slow down when you have any doubt. Remember: Any anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps avoid only the braking skid. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... and drive. D Adjust your inside rearview mirror to reduce the glare from headlamps behind you. D...you and other vehicles. Your headlamps can light up only so much road ahead... reason is that some drivers are likely to be impaired -- by alcohol or drugs, with night vision problems, or by fatigue. 4-16
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ...your eyes contract repeatedly. Remember that your headlamps light up far less of a roadway when you are ...that way, it's easier to pick out dimly lighted objects. Just as your headlamps should be... suffer from night blindness -- the inability to see in dim light -- and aren't even aware of it. 4-17
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads Rain and wet roads can mean driving trouble. On a wet road, you can't stop, accelerate or turn as well because your tire-to-road traction isn't as good as on dry roads. And, if your tires don't have much tread left, you'll get even less traction. It's ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    ... a large puddle of water or a car wash, apply your brake pedal lightly until your brakes work normally. Hydroplaning Hydroplaning is dangerous. So much ... large water puddles or even going through some car washes can cause problems, too. The water may affect your brakes. Try to avoid puddles. But if ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ... Driving Through Deep Standing Water NOTICE: If you drive too quickly through deep puddles or standing water, water can come in through your engine's air intake and badly damage your engine. Never drive through water that is slightly lower than the underbody of your vehicle. If you can't avoid...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ...ll save time and energy. See the next part, "Freeway Driving." D Treat a green light as a warning signal. A traffic ...that have not cleared the intersection or may be running the red light. One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount of traffic on them. You'll want to watch out...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ...determine where you expect to blend with the flow. Try to merge into the gap at close to the prevailing speed. Switch on your turn signal, check your mirrors and glance over your shoulder as often as necessary. Try to blend smoothly with the traffic ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ...day's work -- don't plan to make too many miles that first part of the journey. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can easily drive .... Of course, you'll find experienced and able service experts in Pontiac dealerships all across North America. They'll be ready and willing to help if you ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    ... sure your vehicle is well ventilated, with a comfortably cool interior. D Keep your eyes moving. Scan the road ahead and to the sides. Check your rearview mirrors and your instruments frequently. or parking area ... rolling terrain. D If you get sleepy, pull off the road into a rest, service 4-24
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ...more enjoyable. CAUTION: Coasting downhill in NEUTRAL (N) or with the ignition off is dangerous. Your brakes will have ...tires, cooling system and transmission. These parts can work hard on mountain roads..., like a stalled car or an accident. of special problems. Examples are long grades, passing or no...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    Winter Driving Here are some tips for winter driving: D Have your vehicle in good shape for winter. D You may want to put winter emergency supplies in your vehicle. Include an ice scraper, a small brush or broom, a supply of windshield washer fluid, a rag, some winter outer clothing, a small ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    .... What's the worst time for this? "Wet ice." Very cold snow or ice can be slick and hard to drive on. But wet ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the least traction of all. You can get wet ice when it's about freezing (32_F; 0_C) and freezing rain begins to fall. Try to avoid ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    Your anti-lock brakes improve your vehicle's stability when you make a hard stop on a slippery road. Even though you have the anti-lock braking system, you'll want to begin stopping sooner than you would on dry pavement. See "Anti-Lock" in the Index. If You're Caught in a Blizzard D ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    D Tie a red cloth to your vehicle to alert police that you've been stopped by the snow. D Put on extra clothing or wrap a blanket around you. CAUTION: Snow can trap exhaust gases under your vehicle. This can cause deadly CO (carbon monoxide) gas to get inside. CO could overcome you and kill you...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ... vehicle show how much weight it may properly carry. The Tire-Loading Information label found on the rear edge of the driver's door tells you the ... for the tires on your vehicle. It also gives you important information about the number of people that can be in your vehicle and the total weight that...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ... kg) in your rear area. CAUTION: Do not load your vehicle any heavier than the GVWR, or either the maximum front or rear GAWR. If you do, parts on your vehicle can break, and it can change the way your vehicle handles. These could cause you to lose control and crash. Also, overloading can shorten ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ... not be covered by your warranty. Pull a trailer only if you have followed all the steps in this section. Ask your dealer for advice and information about towing a trailer with your vehicle. CAUTION: Things you put inside your vehicle can strike and injure people in a sudden stop or turn, or in a ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ..., and it has to be used properly. That's the reason for this part. In it are many time-tested, important trailering tips ...(1 600 km) your new vehicle is driven. Your engine, axle or other parts could be...(90 km/h), to save wear on your vehicle's parts. D Obey speed limit restrictions when towing a...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ... information or advice, or you can write us at: Pontiac-GMC Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33172 ... if you tow a trailer, you must add the tongue load to the GVW because your vehicle .... See "Loading Your Vehicle" in the Index for more information about your vehicle's maximum load capacity. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ...on Your Vehicle's Tires Be sure your vehicle's tires are inflated to the upper limit for cold tires. You'll find these numbers on the Tire-Loading Information label at the rear edge of the driver's door or see "Loading Your Vehicle" in the Index. Then be sure you don't go over the GVW ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ...drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Instructions about safety chains may be provided by the hitch ..., electrical connector, lamps, tires and mirror adjustment. If the trailer has electric ... be adequate. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for the trailer brakes so you'll ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    ... you can return to your lane. Backing Up Hold the bottom of the steering wheel with one hand. Then, to move the trailer to the left, just move that hand to the left. To move the trailer to the right, move your hand to the right. Always back up slowly and, if possible, have someone guide you. 4-37
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ...AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (D) or, as you need to, a lower gear. Or, if you have a manual transmission with FIFTH (5) gear and you are towing a trailer, it's better...in FOURTH (4) or, as you need to, a lower gear. If you have a manual transmission with SIXTH (6) gear, drive in FIFTH (5) or, as you need to,...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    ... brakes, but don't shift into PARK (P) yet, or into gear for a manual transmission. 2. Have someone place chocks under the trailer wheels....Then apply your parking brake, and then shift to PARK (P), or REVERSE (R) for a manual transmission. 5. Release the regular brakes. CAUTION: You really should ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ...: Maintenance When Trailer Towing Your vehicle will need service more often when you're pulling a ...system and brake system. Each of these is covered in this manual, and the Index will help you find them ...you're trailering, it's a good idea to review this information before you start your trip. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    Section 5 Problems on the Road Here you'll find what to do about some problems that can occur on the road. 5-2 5-3 5-3 5-8 5-9 Hazard Warning Flashers Other Warning Devices Jump Starting Towing Your Vehicle Engine Overheating 5-12 5-22 5-22 5-33 5-34 Cooling System If a Tire Goes Flat Changing a ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ... and off. Pull out on the collar to turn the flashers off. Your hazard warning flashers let you warn others. They also let police know you have a problem. Your front and rear turn signal lamps will flash on and off. The hazard warning flasher button is located on the steering column. Your hazard ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ... start the battery if the hydrometer looks clear or light yellow. Replace the battery when there is a clear or light yellow hydrometer and a cranking complaint. Trying to start your vehicle by pushing ...you. D They contain gas that can explode or ignite. D They contain enough electricity to burn ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ...automatic transmission in PARK (P) or a manual transmission in NEUTRAL before setting the parking brake. 3. Turn off the ignition on both vehicles. Unplug unnecessary accessories plugged into the cigarette lighter or in the accessory power outlet. Turn off the radio and all lamps that...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ... hurt doing this, and some have been blinded. Use a flashlight if you need more light. Be sure the battery has enough water. You don't need to add water to the ACDelcoR battery installed in every new GM vehicle. But if a battery has filler caps, be ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    ... terminal if the vehicle has one. Don't let the other end touch anything until the next step. The other end of the negative (-) cable doesn't go to the dead battery. It goes to a heavy, unpainted metal engine part or to a remote negative (-) terminal on the vehicle with the dead battery. 5-6
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ...(45 cm) away from the dead battery, but not near engine parts that move. The electrical connection is just as good there, and the chance of sparks... battery. If it won't start after a few tries, it probably needs service. NOTICE: Damage to your vehicle may result from electrical shorting if jumper ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ... cable from the other vehicle. Jumper Cable Removal A. Heavy, Unpainted Metal Engine Part B. Good Battery C. Dead Battery Towing Your Vehicle Consult your dealer or a professional towing service if you need to have your disabled vehicle towed. See "Roadside ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ...alternates firing groups of cylinders helps prevent engine damage. In this mode, you will notice a significant loss in power and engine performance. The low coolant light may come on and the temperature gage will indicate an overheat condition exists. Driving ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    ...see or hear steam coming from it. Just turn it off and get everyone away from the vehicle until it cools down. Wait until there is no sign of steam or coolant before you open the hood. If you keep driving when your engine is overheated, the liquids in it can catch fire. You or others could be badly ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ... engine catches fire because you keep driving with no coolant, your vehicle can be badly damaged. The costly .... You may decide not to lift the hood but to get service help right away. If No Steam Is ... overheat warning but see or hear no steam, the problem may not be too serious. Sometimes the engine ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    ...any underhood electric fan. If the coolant inside the coolant recovery tank is boiling, don't...Electric Engine Cooling Fans B. Radiator Pressure Cap C. Coolant Recovery Tank When it is cool, remove ... and look at the dipstick. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be at the FULL COLD mark....
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 225
    ...: Engine damage from running your engine without coolant isn't covered by your warranty. See "Overheated... and radiator hoses, and other engine parts, can be very hot. Don't touch them....or radiator corrosion may result. In addition, the engine coolant will require change sooner -- at 30,000 miles...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Recovery Tank If you haven't found a problem yet, but the coolant level isn't at the FULL COLD mark, add a 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and DEX-COOLR engine coolant at the coolant recovery tank. See "...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    ... can be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough. Don't spill coolant on a hot engine. When ... thing you can try. You can add the proper coolant mixture directly to the radiator, but be sure ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    How to Add Coolant to the Radiator (3800 V6 Engine Only) NOTICE: Your engine has a specific radiator fill procedure. Failure to follow this procedure could cause your engine to overheat and be severely damaged. 1. You can remove the radiator pressure cap when the cooling system, ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ... be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough. Don't spill coolant on a hot engine. 4. .... See "Engine Coolant" in the Index for more information about the proper coolant mixture. If you see a ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    ... FULL COLD mark. 6. Put the cap back on the coolant recovery tank, but leave the radiator pressure ... Watch out for the engine cooling fans. 8. By this time, the coolant level inside the radiator filler neck may... lower. If the level is lower, add more of the proper DEX-COOLR coolant mixture through the...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    How to Add Coolant to the Radiator (V8 Engine Only) 9. Then replace the pressure cap. At any time during this procedure if coolant begins to flow out of the filler neck, reinstall the pressure cap. Be sure the arrows on the pressure ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    ... approximately four minutes. By this time, the coolant level inside the radiator will be lower. Add more of the proper mixture... burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol,...and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough. Don't spill coolant on a hot engine....
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    7. Shut the engine off and replace the pressure cap. Be sure the arrows on the cap line up like this. 8. Then fill the coolant recovery tank to the proper level. 5-21
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    ...-- well off the road if possible. If a tire goes flat, the next part shows how to use your jacking equipment to change a flat tire safely.... firmly. 2. Put an automatic transmission shift lever in PARK (P), or shift a manual transmission to FIRST (1) or REVERSE (R). 3. Turn off the engine. To be even ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ... in the rear area behind the trim panel on the passenger's side. 1. First you must remove the cargo cover. See "Cargo Cover" in the Index. On convertible models, you must also remove the trunk access panel. It's at the upper back of the trunk. Turn the two wing fasteners under the trunk edge...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ... See "Compact Spare Tire" in the Index for more information about the compact spare. Turn the screw heads until... and remove the panel. If you have speakers in the trim panel, you may have to disconnect the wire from the speaker. The speaker wire may be long enough to remove the trim panel without...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    4. Remove the wing nut and adapter and pull out the compact spare tire. If your vehicle is a convertible, you will also need to remove the taillamp wing nut before removing the compact spare tire. The tools you'll be using include the jack (A) and wheel wrench (B). 5-25
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... the wheel wrench. Each wheel may have one locknut in place of the standard wheel nut. A special wheel lock key (removal tool) and instructions are located in the glove box. 2. Attach the wheel lock key to the socket of the wheel wrench. 3. Remove the locking wheel nut by turning counterclockwise. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    Place jack in notch (A). 2. Position the jack under the vehicle. There is a notch in the vehicle's rocker flange on the coupe model. Raise the jack head until it fits firmly into the notch nearest the flat tire. On convertible models, place the jack in a similar location. 5-27
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    ... when it is jacked up is dangerous. If the vehicle slips off the jack, you could be badly injured or killed. Never get under a vehicle when it is supported only by a jack. CAUTION: Stay away from moldings or fender flanges to avoid damaging them. Put the compact spare tire near you. Raising your ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    ... the compact spare tire to fit underneath the wheel well. 4. Remove all the wheel nuts and take off the flat tire. Rust or dirt on the wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, can make the wheel nuts become loose after a time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident. When you change a ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    CAUTION: Never use oil or grease on studs or nuts. If you do, the nuts might come loose. Your wheel could fall off, causing a serious accident. 7. Lower the vehicle by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise. Lower the jack completely. 6. Install the compact spare tire and put the wheel nuts ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ... the correct wheel nuts. If you have to replace them, be sure to get new GM original equipment wheel nuts. Stop somewhere as soon as you...place. Return the jack, wheel wrench and flat tire following the storage instructions. When you reinstall the trim panel, be sure to tuck it under the weatherstrip....
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    A. Knob B. Trunk Access Panel (Convertible Only) C. Jack D. Cover E. Bolt F. Trim Panel G. Wing Nut H. Adapter I. Compact Spare Tire J. Full-Size Tire K. Carpet Flap L. Tire Storage Bolt 5-32
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    ...the compact spare tire was fully inflated when your vehicle was new, it can lose air after a time. Check ... spare tire is correctly inflated. The compact spare is made to perform well at speeds up to 65 mph (105 ... the tire and wheel, and maybe other parts of your vehicle. Don't use your compact spare...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    ...NOTICE: Spinning your wheels can destroy parts of your vehicle as well as the tires. If ...others could be injured. And, the transmission or other parts of the vehicle can overheat. That could cause ... while you shift, and press lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transmission is in gear. By slowly...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ... Automatic Transmission Fluid Manual Transmission Fluid Hydraulic Clutch Rear Axle Engine Coolant Power Steering Fluid Windshield Washer Fluid Brakes ... Care/Appearance Materials Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Service Parts Identification Label Electrical System Replacement ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    ... go to your dealer for all your service needs. You'll get genuine GM parts and GM-trained and supported service people. We hope you'll ... should keep a record with all parts receipts and list the mileage and the date of any service work you perform. See "Maintenance Record" in the Index. 6-2
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ... uphill is considered normal. This does not indicate a problem exists or that a higher-octane fuel is necessary. If ... gasoline with a posted octane of 91 or higher for best performance. You may also use middle ... wind noise and affect windshield washer performance. Check with your dealer before adding ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    ...endorsed by the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association for better vehicle performance and engine protection. Gasolines meeting these specifications could ... fuels meeting federal specifications, but emission control system performance may be affected. The malfunction indicator lamp may turn on ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    ... MMT can reduce the life of spark plugs and the performance of the emission control system may be affected. The ...€™t use fuel containing methanol. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel system and also damage plastic and rubber parts. That damage wouldn’t be covered under your warranty. Gasoline ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    The fuel cap is located behind a hinged door on the driver's side of your vehicle. While refueling, allow the fuel cap to hang by the tether. To remove the fuel cap, turn it slowly to the left (counterclockwise). The fuel cap has a spring in it; if you let go of the cap too soon, it will spring ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    ...If you get gasoline on yourself and then something ignites it, you could be badly burned. Gasoline can spray ... Indicator Lamp" in the Index. NOTICE: If you need a new fuel cap, be sure to get the right type. ... This may cause your malfunction indicator lamp to light and may damage your fuel tank and...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    ... it is in your vehicle. Static electricity discharge from the container can ignite the gasoline vapor. You can be badly burned and your vehicle ... fan. CAUTION: Things that burn can get on hot engine parts and start a fire. These include liquids like gasoline, oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    Hood Release To open the hood, do the following: 1. Pull the handle located inside the vehicle below the instrument panel on the driver's side. 2. Go to the front of the vehicle and pull up on the hood release located at the center of your hood. 3. Lift the hood. 6-9
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ...the hood of the 3800 V6 engine, you'll see: A. B. C. D. E. Engine Coolant Reservoir Battery Radiator Pressure Cap Engine Oil Fill Cap Automatic ... Fluid Reservoir G. Engine Cooling Fans H. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter I. Power Steering Fluid Reservoir J. Engine Oil Dipstick K. Brake Fluid Reservoir ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    ...hood of the 5.7L V8 engine, you'll see: A. B. C. D. E. Engine Coolant Reservoir Battery Radiator Pressure Cap Engine Oil Dipstick Engine ... Transmission Fluid Dipstick (If Equipped) I. J. K. L. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Power Steering Fluid Reservoir Brake Fluid Reservoir Clutch Master Cylinder ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    Engine Oil If the LOW OIL light appears on the instrument cluster, it means you need to...your engine oil level right away. For more information, see "Low Oil Light" in the Index. You.... See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. Turn off the engine and give ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    ... again, keeping the tip down, and check the level. When to Add Engine Oil If the oil is at or below the .... But you must use the right kind. This part explains what kind of oil to use. For engine oil ... "Capacities and Specifications" in the Index. NOTICE: Don't add too much oil. If your engine ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    What Kind of Engine Oil to Use Oils recommended for your vehicle can be identified by looking for the starburst symbol. This symbol indicates that the oil has been certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API). Do not use any oil which does not carry this starburst symbol. If you change your ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    As in the chart shown previously, if you have the 5.7L V8 engine, SAE 5W-30 is best for your vehicle. However, you can use SAE 10W-30 if it's going to be 0_F (-18_C) or above. These numbers on an oil container show its viscosity, or thickness. Do not use other viscosity oils, such as SAE 20W-50. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    ...will indicate that an oil change is necessary. A OIL CHANGE light will come on. Change your oil as soon as ... low temperatures. Engine Oil Additives Don't add anything to your oil. The recommended oils with the starburst symbol are all you will need for good performance and engine protection. 6-16
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ... system. After changing the engine oil, the system must be reset. 1. Turn the ignition key to RUN with the engine turned off. 2. Press the TRIP/OIL...it to a place that collects used oil. If you have a problem properly disposing of your used oil, ask your dealer, a service station or a local recycling ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ... cleaner/filter is located at the front in the center of the engine compartment. See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to replace the air filter. See "Scheduled Maintenance Services" in the Index. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Replacement To remove the engine air cleaner/filter, do the following: 2. Lift the cover and remove the engine air cleaner/filter. 3. Replace the filter. See "Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts" in the Index for the type of filter to use. 1. Unlatch the two clamps ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    ... 90_F (32_C) or higher. D In hilly or mountainous terrain. D Uses such as high performance operation. D When doing frequent trailer towing. D Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle under any of these conditions, ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ... to have this done at the dealership service department. If you do it yourself, be sure to follow all the instructions here, or you could get a false reading on the ... fluid could come out and fall on hot engine parts or exhaust system parts, starting a fire. Too little fluid could ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    ... Dipstick 5.7L V8 Dipstick The red transmission dipstick handle is located near the back of the engine. See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. 1. Flip the handle up and then pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel. 2. Push it ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ... only as a reference.) If the fluid level is low, add only enough of the proper fluid to bring ...than DEXRONR-III is not covered by your new vehicle warranty. D After adding fluid,... the fluid level as described under "How to Check." How to Add Fluid Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    ... on the transmission case. How to Check Because this operation can be difficult, you may choose to have this done at your Pontiac dealership service department. If you do it yourself, be sure to follow all the instructions here, or you could get a false ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    Then, follow these steps: How to Add Fluid Here's how to add fluid. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule ... Fluids and Lubricants" in the Index. 1. Remove the filler plug. 2. Add fluid at the filler plug hole. ... fully seated. If the fluid level is low, add more fluid as described in the next steps. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ...a leak. A fluid loss in this system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired..... When to Check and What to Use How to Check and Add Fluid The proper fluid should be added if the level is below the plastic step on the reservoir. See the instructions on the reservoir cap. 6-26
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    ... is low, use SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lubricant (GM Part No. 12378261) or equivalent meeting GM Specification 9986115. To completely refill after draining, add 4 ounces (118 ml) of Limited-Slip Differential Lubricant Additive (GM Part No. 1052358) or equivalent. Then fill to the bottom of the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    ...COOLR extended life coolant. The following explains your cooling system and how to add coolant when it is low. If you have a problem with engine overheating or if you need to add coolant to your radiator, see "Engine Overheating" in the Index...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    ...half DEX-COOLR coolant which won't damage aluminum parts. If you use this coolant mixture, you don't need to add anything else. NOTICE:... engine, radiator, heater core and other parts. If you have to add coolant more than four times a year, have your dealer check your...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    ... tank is very low or empty, also add coolant to the radiator. See "Engine Overheating" in the Index for information. CAUTION: You can be...coolant on a hot engine. Occasionally check the coolant level in the radiator. For information on how to add coolant to the radiator, see "Cooling System" ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    ...battery. See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. Power Steering Fluid The power steering fluid reservoir is located toward the rear of the engine, on the driver's...cap and must be tightly installed to prevent coolant loss and possible engine damage ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 278
    ... Steering Fluid It is not necessary to regularly check power steering fluid unless you suspect ... noise. A fluid loss in this system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired. ... Overview" in the Index for reservoir location. How to Check Power Steering Fluid Turn the key off, ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    ... windshield washer fluid, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before use. If you will be operating ...using concentrated washer fluid, D follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding water. Don’t mix water ... washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. Also, water doesnମ.
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 280
    ... an acceptable level during normal brake lining wear. When new linings are put in, the fluid level goes back up.... brake fluid won't correct a leak. If you add fluid when your linings are worn, then you'll have too much fluid when you get new brake linings. You should add (or remove) brake fluid, ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 281
    ...enough. You or others could be burned, and your vehicle could be damaged. Add brake fluid only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system. See ... section. When your brake fluid falls to a low level, your brake warning light will come on. See "Brake System Warning Light" in the Index. You can...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 282
    ... to Add When you do need brake fluid, use only DOT-3 brake fluid. Use new brake fluid from a sealed container only. See...wrong fluid can badly damage brake system parts. For example, just a few drops of mineral-based ...your brake system can damage brake system parts so badly that they'll have to ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    ... sound when the brake pads are worn and new pads are needed. The sound may come ... a brake squeal when the brakes are first applied or lightly applied. This does not mean something ... "Brake System Inspection" in Section 7 of this manual under Part C "Periodic Maintenance Inspections." CAUTION:...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    ...ones put in -- be sure you get new approved GM replacement parts. If you don't, your...and rear brakes can change -- for the worse. The braking performance you've come to expect can change ...if someone puts in the wrong replacement brake parts. Battery Your new vehicle comes with a maintenance free ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ... see "Replacement Bulbs" in the Index. For any bulb changing procedure not listed in this section, contact your dealer. CAUTION: Batteries have acid that can burn ...you drop or scratch the bulb. You or others could be injured. Be sure to read and follow the instructions on the bulb package. 6-39
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 286
    Headlamps Before replacing a headlamp bulb that does not light, check to make sure that the wiring connector is securely ... 1. Open the headlamp door by turning the headlamps on, then turning the switch back to the parking lamps position. See "Headlamp Doors" in the Index for more information. 2. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 287
    3. Remove the headlamp plate that holds the bulb to the housing by removing the two screws above and the two screws below the bulb. 4. Pull out the bulb and disconnect the electrical connector. 5. Reverse the steps with a new bulb. 6-41
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 288
    Center High-Mounted Stoplamp 1. Remove the two screws in the stoplamp lens. 2. Gently pull the assembly out, turn the bulb counterclockwise and remove it from the back of the assembly. 3. Reverse the steps with a new bulb. 6-42
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 289
    ... out from the outside of the vehicle. 5. To remove a socket with a tab, press the tab and turn the socket counterclockwise. To remove a socket without a tab, turn the socket counterclockwise. 6. Pull out the bulb from the socket. 7. Reverse the steps with a new bulb. 3. Remove the wing nuts. 6-43
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 290
    ... “Wiper Blade Check” in the Index for more information. Replacement blades come in different types ... in different ways. For the proper type and length, see “Normal Maintenance Replacement Partsମ. toward the driver’s side of the vehicle. 3. Install a new blade by reversing Steps 1 and 2. 6-44
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 291
    ... the wiper blade assembly on the wiper arm. For information on wiper blade replacement length and type, see "Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts" in the .... NOTICE: Never open your hood with the wiper arms in the "service up position" (wiper arms pulled away from the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 292
    ... made by a leading tire manufacturer. If you ever have questions about your tire warranty and where to obtain service, see your Pontiac Warranty booklet for details. CAUTION: (Continued) D Underinflated tires pose the same danger as overloaded tires. The ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 293
    Inflation -- Tire Pressure The Tire-Loading Information label, which is on the rear edge of the driver's door, shows the correct inflation ...-speed driving, return to the cold inflation pressure shown on the Tire-Loading Information label. Example: You'll find maximum load and inflation pressure ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 294
    ... possible and check wheel alignment. Also check for damaged tires or wheels. See "When It's Time for New Tires" and "Wheel Replacement" later in this section for more information. The purpose of regular rotation is to achieve more uniform wear ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 295
    ... "Wheel Nut Torque" in the Index. CAUTION: Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, can make wheel nuts become loose...tires, they must roll in a certain direction for the best overall performance. The direction is shown by an arrow on the sidewall. Because these tires are...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 296
    ...size of tires you need, look at the Tire-Loading Information label. The tires installed on your vehicle when it was new had a Tire Performance Criteria Specification (TPC Spec) number on each tire's sidewall. When you get new tires, get ones ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 297
    ... grades tires by treadwear, traction and temperature performance. (This applies only to vehicles sold in the United States...available on General Motors passenger cars and light trucks may vary with respect to these ... and additional General Motors Tire Performance Criteria (TPC) standards. CAUTION: If ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 298
    ... course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions ...tire marked C may have poor traction performance. Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire .... Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 299
    ...factory to give you the longest tire life and best overall performance. Scheduled wheel alignment and wheel balancing are not needed. ... wheel bolts or wheel nuts, replace them only with new GM original equipment parts. This way, you will be sure to have the right wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts for...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 300
    NOTICE: The wrong wheel can also cause problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer ...cause damage to the brakes, suspension or other vehicle parts. The area damaged by the tire chains could ... and road conditions. Follow that manufacturer's instructions. To help avoid damage to your vehicle...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 301
    ... Drive slowly and follow the chain manufacturer's instructions. If you can hear the chains contacting... you strike a match or get them on a hot part of the vehicle. Some are dangerous if you breathe...vehicle, be sure to follow the manufacturer's warnings and instructions. And always open your doors ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 302
    Don't use any of these unless this manual says you can. In many uses, these will damage your vehicle: D D D ... "Appearance Care and Materials" in the Index. Here are some cleaning tips: D Always read the instructions on the cleaner label. D Clean up stains as soon as you can -- before they set...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 303
    Special Fabric Cleaning Problems Stains caused by such things as catsup, coffee (black), ... water. 2. If a stain remains, follow the cleaner instructions described earlier. 3. If an odor lingers ... completely. 3. If a stain remains, follow the cleaner instructions described earlier. Cleaning Vinyl Use ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 304
    ...or a liquid household glass cleaner will remove normal tobacco smoke and dust films on interior glass. See "Appearance Care and Materials" in the Index. Cleaning Interior Plastic Components Use only a mild soap and water solution on a soft cloth or ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 305
    ...clean if beads do not form when you rinse it with water. Grime from the windshield will stick to the wiper blades and affect their performance. Clean the blade by wiping vigorously with a cloth soaked in full-strength windshield washer solvent. Then rinse the blade with water. Check the wiper blades...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 306
    ...Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses Use only lukewarm or cold water, a soft cloth and a car washing soap to clean exterior lamps and lenses. Follow instructions under "Washing Your Vehicle." Washing Your Vehicle The best way to preserve your vehicle's finish is to keep it clean by washing it often...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 307
    ... years. You can help to keep the paint finish looking new by keeping your vehicle garaged or covered whenever possible. ... cleaner. Your dealer has Convertible Top Cleaner (GM Part No. 12378520) and Water Repellent (GM Part No. 12378519). Thoroughly rinse the entire vehicle, then let the top dry in ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 308
    ..., make sure the body repair shop applies anti-corrosion material to the parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection. Original manufacturer replacement parts will provide the corrosion protection while maintaining the warranty. 6-62
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 309
    ...paint surface. Although no defect in the paint job causes this, Pontiac will repair, at no charge to the owner, the surfaces of new vehicles damaged by this fallout...not removed, accelerated corrosion (rust) can occur on the underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame, floor pan and exhaust...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 310
    GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials 6-64
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 311
    Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Service Parts Identification Label You'll find this label located on... vehicle. The VIN also appears on the Vehicle Certification and Service Parts labels and the certificates of title and registration. D D D D your VIN, the model designation, paint information...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 312
    ... stop until the motor cools. If the overload is caused by some electrical problem and not snow or ice, etc., be sure to get it fixed. Power Windows and Other Power ... heavy, the circuit breaker opens and closes, protecting the circuit until the problem is fixed or goes away. 6-66
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 313
    ... This greatly reduces the chance of fire caused by electrical problems. There are three fuse centers on your vehicle....€™s side of the vehicle. If you ever have a problem on the road and don’t have a spare fuse,... you can get along without -- like the radio or cigarette lighter -- and use its fuse, if...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 314
    Instrument Panel Fuse Block Fuse Usage STG Steering Wheel Controls WHEEL CNTRL RADIO ACCY Delco Monsoon Radio Amplifier, Power Antenna, Remote CD Player (Hatch) Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) Module, Headlamp Switch HVAC Selector Switch, Rear ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 315
    ... Accessory Wire Rear Defogger Switch/Timer, Rear Defogger Timer/Relay, Power Seats Aftermarket Use ... PRNDL Illumination Lamp, Ashtray Lamp, Radio, Rear Window Defogger Switch/Timer, Traction Control Switch (...Washer Switch Aftermarket Use Only Power Windows Switch (Right-Hand, Left-Hand), Express-Down ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 316
    Engine Compartment Fuse Block Fuse AIR PUMP LH HDLP DR RH HDLP DR HORN ABS BAT-1 H/L DR HORN ABS BAT-2 COOL FAN Usage A.I.R. Pump Relay and Bleed Valve Left Headlamp Door Module Right Headlamp Door Module Horn Relay Anti-Lock Brake System Module Horn and Headlamp Doors Anti-Lock Brake and ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 317
    ... Control Module (PCM) Electronic Throttle Control (V6 Only) Ignition Module (V6 Only), Automatic Transmission, Charcoal Canister Purge ... (Not used for V6) (LH Injectors for V8 and Ignition Module) Fuel Injectors (All for V6) (RH Injectors for V8 and Ignition Module) A/C CRUISE INJ-1 ENG CTRL 6-71
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 318
    ...AIR PUMP A/C COMP FUEL PUMP STARTER IGN Usage HVAC Blower Control and Relay Ignition Switch, Relay and Starter Enable Relay Instrument Panel ... V6 ...8.8 quarts (8.3 L) 5.7L V8 ...10.8 quarts (10.2 L) Manual Transmission Five-Speed ...3.4 quarts (3.2 L) Six-Speed ...4.0 quarts ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 319
    ... Air Conditioning Refrigerant Capacity If you do your own service work, you’ll need the proper service manual. See ...€ in the Index for additional information. It is recommended that service work on your air conditioning system be performed by a qualified technician. Air Conditioning R-134a ...1.5...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 320
    ... required for your vehicle. Your vehicle needs these services to retain its safety, dependability and emission control performance. 7-2 7-4 7-17 Introduction Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services Part B: Owner Checks and Services 7-21 7-23 7-25 ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 321
    ... Have you purchased the GM Protection Plan? The Plan supplements your new vehicle warranties. See your Warranty and Owner Assistance booklet or ..., checks, inspections and recommended fluids and lubricants as prescribed in this manual are necessary to keep your vehicle in good working condition. Any ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 322
    ...€ explains important inspections that your dealer’s service department or another qualified service center should perform. “Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” lists some recommended products necessary to help keep your vehicle ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 323
    ... If you go to your dealer for your service needs, you'll know that GM-trained and supported service people will perform the work using genuine GM parts. The proper fluids and lubricants to use are listed in Part D. Make sure whoever ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 324
    ... or the California Air Resources Board has determined that the failure to perform this maintenance item will not nullify the emission warranty or limit ... useful life. We, however, urge that all recommended maintenance services be performed at the indicated intervals and the maintenance be recorded. +...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 325
    ... that an oil change is necessary. A OIL CHANGE light will come on. Change your oil as soon ... Life System" in the Index for information on resetting the system. An Emission Control Service. t Your vehicle... on engine revolutions and engine temperature, and not on mileage. Based on driving conditions...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 326
    Scheduled Maintenance 7-7
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 327
    Scheduled Maintenance 7-8
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 328
    ... for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 15,000 Miles (25 000 km) j Inspect... Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-9
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 329
    ... the Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 30,000 Miles (50 000 km) j Change ... +.) j Replace engine air cleaner filter. An Emission Control Service. DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-10
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 330
    ... for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 45,000 Miles (75 000 km) j Inspect...Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-11
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 331
    ..., change both the fluid and filter. Manual transmission fluid doesn't require change. DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 52,500 Miles (87... Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 60,000 Miles (100 000 km) j Change automatic ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 332
    ... for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 75,000 Miles (125 000 km) j Inspect... the outside temperature regularly reaches 90_F (32_C) or higher. (Continued) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-13
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 333
    ... doing frequent trailer towing. - Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle under any of these ... Inspection and Rotation" in the Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-14
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 334
    ... for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 97,500 Miles (162 500 km) j Rotate...Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-15
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 335
    ... under severe service conditions listed 100,000 Miles (166 000 km) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: previously and, therefore, haven't changed your automatic ... test the cooling system and pressure cap. An Emission Control Service. DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-16
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 336
    ... B: Owner Checks and Services Listed in this part are owner checks and services which should be performed at the intervals specified to help ensure the safety.... At Each Fuel Fill It is important for you or a service station attendant to perform these underhood checks at each fuel...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 337
    ... Fluid" in the Index. A fluid loss may indicate a problem. Check the system and repair if ... Index. A fluid loss in this system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired at ... key lock cylinders with the lubricant specified in Part D. Body Lubrication Service Lubricate all body ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 338
    Starter Switch Check Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check CAUTION: When...in any other position, your vehicle needs service. On manual transmission vehicles, put the shift lever ... all the way down, your vehicle needs service. CAUTION: When you are doing this check, the vehicle could...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 339
    ... Lock Check While parked, and with the parking brake set, try to turn the ignition key to LOCK in each shift lever position. Park on a ... shift lever is in PARK (P). D To check the parking brake's holding ability: D With a manual transmission, the key should turn to LOCK only when you press the ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 340
    Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections Listed in this part are inspections and services which should be performed at least twice a year (for instance, each spring and fall). You should let your dealer's service department or other qualified service ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 341
    ...year. Rear Axle Service Check the gear lubricant level in the rear axle and add if needed....Rear Axle" in the Index. A fluid loss may indicate a problem. Check the axle and repair it if needed....and rotors for surface condition. Inspect other brake parts, including calipers, parking brake, etc. Check...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 342
    ... Brake System Windshield Washer Solvent Hydraulic Clutch System Power Steering System Manual Transmission Automatic Transmission FLUID/LUBRICANT Delco .... Hydraulic Clutch Fluid (GM Part No. 12345347 or equivalent DOT-3 brake fluid). GM Power Steering Fluid (GM Part No. 1052884 - 1 pint, 1050017 - 1...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 343
    ... refill add 4 ounces (118 ml) of Limited-Slip Axle Lubricant Additive (GM Part No...Axle" in the Index. LubriplateR Lubricant Aerosol (GM Part No. 12346293 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting ...Differential) Multi-Purpose Lubricant, SuperlubeR (GM Part No. 12346241 or equivalent). Dielectric Silicone ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 344
    Part E: Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading and who performed the service in the boxes provided after the maintenance interval. Any additional information from "Owner Checks and Services" or...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 345
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-26
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 346
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-27
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 347
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-28
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 348
    Section 8 Customer Assistance Information Here you will find out how to contact Pontiac if you need assistance. This section also tells you how to obtain service publications and how to report any safety defects. 8-2 8-2 8-3 8-5 8-5 8-6 8-6 Pontiac Cares What Makes Up Pontiac ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 349
    ...and elements are designed to make you realize that Pontiac recognizes you as a valuable customer, appreciates ..., comfort and convenience. What Makes Up Pontiac Cares? D A 3 year/36,000 mile ...and are discussed in greater detail in your owner's manual. Pontiac is focusing on the changing needs of our...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 350
    ... Procedure Your satisfaction and goodwill are important to your dealer and to Pontiac. Normally, any concerns with the sales transaction or the operation of...concern cannot be resolved by the dealership without further help, contact the Pontiac Customer Assistance Center by calling 1-800-762-2737. In...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 351
    ... D Vehicle delivery date and present mileage When contacting Pontiac, please remember that your concern will likely be resolved at a dealer's facility. That is why we suggest ... to making sure you are completely satisfied with your new vehicle. However, if you continue to remain ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 352
    ... and who use Text Telephones (TTYs), Pontiac has TTY equipment available at its Customer ...800-268-6800 Customer Assistance Offices Pontiac encourages customers to call the toll-free ... for assistance. If a U.S. customer wishes to write to Pontiac, the letter should be addressed to Pontiac's Customer...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 353
    ... 1-800-263-3830. Security While You Travel 1-800-ROADSIDE (1-800-762-3743) As the proud owner of a new Pontiac vehicle, you are automatically enrolled in the Pontiac Roadside Assistance program. This value-added service is intended to provide you with peace of mind ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 354
    ... over the phone or making arrangements to tow your vehicle to the nearest Pontiac dealer. We will provide the following services for 3 years/36,000 miles (...vehicle Telephone number of your location Vehicle model, year and color Mileage of vehicle Vehicle Identification Number (VIN...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 355
    Pontiac reserves the right to limit services or reimbursement to an owner or driver when, in Pontiac's judgement, the claims ... we're only a phone call away. Pontiac Roadside Assistance -- 1-800-ROADSIDE or 1-800-... 1-888-889-2438. Courtesy Transportation Pontiac has always exemplified quality and ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 356
    ... wait. However, if you are unable to wait Pontiac helps minimize your inconvenience by providing ... warranty coverage period, but it is not part of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. A separate ... Assistance Information" furnished with each new vehicle provides detailed warranty coverage information. ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 357
    ... and all program options, such as shuttle service, may not be available at every dealer. ... Vehicle Coverage period of the General Motors of Canada New Vehicle Limited Warranty, alternative transportation ...However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer or General ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 358
    ... notifying NHTSA (or Transport Canada) in a situation like this, we certainly hope you'll notify us. Please call us at 1-800-762-2737, or write: Pontiac-GMC Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33172 Detroit, MI 48232-5172 In Canada, please call us at 1-800-263-3777 (English) or 1-800-263-7854 ...
  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird | Owner's Manual - Page 359
    SERVICE PUBLICATIONS ORDERING INFORMATION Service Manuals Service Manuals have the diagnosis and repair information on ... for all models. Transmission, Transaxle, Transfer Case Unit Repair Manual This manual provides information on unit repair service procedures, adjustments and specifications for GM...



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