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5W-30. These numbers on an oil container show its oils, viscosity, or thickness. Do not use other viscosity such as SAE 20W-50.


Use only engine oil with the American Petroleum Institute Certified For Gasoline Engines “Starburst” symbol. Failure to use the recommended oil can result in engine damage not covered by your warranty.

GM [email protected] oil meets all the requirements for your vehicle. Engine Oil Additives Don’t add anything to your oil. Your Pontiac dealer is ready to advise if you think something should be added.


What to Do with Used Oil Did you know that used engine oil contains certain elements that may be unhealthy -for your skin and could even cause cancer? Don’t let used oil stay on your skin for very long. Clean your skin and nails with soap and water, or a good hand cleaner. Wash or properly throw away clothing or rags containing used engine oil. (See the manufacturer’s warnings .about the use and disposal of oil products.) Used oil can be a real threat to the environment. If you change your own oil, be sure to drain all free-flowing oil of oil from the filter before disposal. Don’t ever dispose by putting it in the trash, pouring it on the ground, into sewers, or into streams or bodies of water. Instead, recycle it by taking it to a place that collects used oil. If you have a problem properly disposing of y o u used oil, ask your dealer, a service station or a local recycling center for help.

Most trips are less than 5 to 10 miles (8 to 16 km). This is particularly important when outside temperatures are below freezing. Most trips include extensive idling (such as frequent driving in stop-and-go traffic). Most trips are through dusty areas. You frequently tow a trailer or use a carrier on top of your vehicle. The vehicle is used for delivery service, police, taxi or other commercial application.


Driving under these conditions causes engine oil break down sooner. If any one of these is true for your vehicle, then you need to change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or ,3 months -- whichever occurs first. If none of them is true, change the oil and filter every 7,500 miles (12 500 km) or 12 months -- whichever occurs fiist. Driving a vehicle with a fully warmeld engine under highway conditions causes engine oil to break down slower.


Air Cleaner Before servicing the air cleaner, remove the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) cover by removing the two wing nuts. The PCM is located on the driver’s side front edge of the engine compartment.

1. Remove the two screws on the air cleaner

housing cover.

2. Remove the air intake hose that snaps over the

throttle body by pulling the hose upward and away from the throttle body. After detaching the hose from the throttle body, pull back the entire rear portion of the air cleaner by pulling upward and rearward.



Operating the engine with the air cleaner off can cause you or others to be burned. The air cleaner not only cleans the air, it stops flame if the engine backfires. If it isn’t there, and the engine backfires, you could be burned. Don’t drive with it off, and be careful working on the engine with the air cleaner off.


If the air cleaner is off, a backfire can cause a damaging engine fire. And, dirt can easily get into your engine, which will damage it. Always have the air cleaner in place when you’re driving.

3. Replace the air filter. 4. Re-install the rear section of the air cleaner. 5. Reattach the air intake hose. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to replace the air filter. See “Scheduled Maintenance Services” in the Index.

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Supercharger Oil

Unless you are technically qualified and have the proper tools, you should let your dealer or a qualified service center perform this maintenance.

How to Check and Add Oil Check oil only when the engine is cold. Allow the running. engine to cool two to three hours after

If you remove the supercharger oil fill plug while the engine is hot, pressure may cause hot oil to blow out of the oil fill hole. You may be burned. Do not remove the plug until the engine cools.

When to Check Check oil level every 30,000 miles (50 000 km) or every 36 months, whichever occurs ,first. What Kind of Oil to Use See “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index and use only the recommended oil.

1. Remove the wiring harness shield. 2. Clean the area around the oil fill plug before

removing it.

3. Remove the oil fill plug using a [email protected] drive. 4. The oil level is correct when it just reaches the

bottom of the threads of the inspection hole.

5. Replace the oil plug with the O-ring in place. Torque

to 88 lb-in (10 N-m).

6. Replace wiring harness shield.

Automatic Transaxle Fluid When to Check and Change A good time to check your automatic transaxle fluid level is when the engine oil is changed. Change both the fluid and filter every 50,000 miles (83 000 km) if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these conditions:

In .heavy eity.traffic where the 'outside temperature regularly reaches 90 O F (32 O C ) or higher.

0 In hilly or mountainous terrain. 0 When doing frequent trailer towing. 0 Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle under any of these conditions, the fluid and filter do not require changing. See "Scheduled Maintenance Services" in the Index.

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Because &is operation can be a little dBicult, you may choose to have this done at your P'ontiac 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 dipstick.


Too much or too little fluid can damage your transaxle. Too much can mean that some of the fluid could come out and fall on hot engine parts or exhaust system parts, starting a fire. Be sure to get an' accurate reading transaxle fluid.

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Wait at least 30 minutes before checking.& [email protected]: Je fluid level if you have been driving: 0 When outside temperatures are above 90°F (32°C). 0 At high speed for quite a while.

In heavy traffic -- especially in hot weather. While pulling a trailer.

To get the right reading, the fluid should be at normal operating temperature, which is 180°F to 200°F (82°C to 93°C). Get the vehicle warmed up by driving about 15 miles (24 km) when outside temperatures are above 50°F (10°C). If it's colder than 50°F (lO"C), you may have to drive longer.

Checking the Fluid Level

Park your vehicle on a level place. Keep the engine running.

0 With the parking brake applied, place the shift lever

in PARK (P).

2. Push it back in all the way, wait three seconds and

then pull it back out again.

0 With your foot on the brake pedal, move the shift

lever through each gear range, pausing three seconds in each range. Then, position the shift lever in PARK (P). Let the engine run at idle for three to five minutes.

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Then, without shutting off the engine, follow these steps:

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oil dipstick top is a round, red loop' and is next to the brake master cylinder behind the engine block. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel.



Check both sides of the dipstick, and read the lower level. The fluid level must be in the cross-hatched area. If the fluid level is in the acceptable range, push the dipstick back in all the way.


How to Add Fluid Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what bind of tmhsaxle fluid to use. See 6‘Recomended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index. If the fluid level is low, add only enough of the proper fluid to bring the level into the cross-hatched area on the dipstick.

Pull out the dipstick. Using a long-neck funnel, add enough M d at the dipstick hole to bring it to the proper level. It doesn’t take much fluid, generally less than a pint (0.5 L). Don’t overfiI2. We recommend you use only fluid labeled DEXRON*-III,, because fluid with that label is made especially for yo& automatic transax18e. Damage caused by fluid other than DEXRON’@-III is not covered by your new vehicle warranty. After adding fluid, recheck the fluid level as described under “How to Check.” When the correct fluid level is obtained, push the dipstick back in all the way.

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Engine Coolant The cooling system in your vehicle DEX-COOL (orange-colored, coolant. This coolant is designed to remain in your vehicle for 5 years or 100,000 miles (166 000 km), whichever occurs first. The following explains your cooling system and how to add coolant when it is low. If you have a problem with engine overheating, see “Engine Overheating” in the Index. A 50/50 mixture of water &d the proper coolant for your Pontiac will:

Give freezing protection down to -34°F (-37°C). Give boiling protection up to 265 O F (1 29 O C). Protect against rust and corrosion. Help keep the proper engine temperature. Let the warning lights and gages work as they should.


GM Engine Coolant Supplement (sealer) (GM Part No. 3634621) with any complete coolant change. If you use this mixture, you don’t need to add anything else.

When adding coolant it is important that you use DEX-COOL TM (orange-colored, silicate-free) coolant meeting GM Specification 6277M. If silicated coolant is added to the system, premature engine, heater core or radiator corrosion may result. In addition, the engine ’

-coolant will require change sooner -- at

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308,000 miles (50 000 km) or 24 months whichever occurs first.

What to Use Use a mixture of one-half clean water (preferably distilled) and one-half DEX-COOL silicate-free) antifreeze that meets GM Specification 6277M, which won’t damage aluminum parts. Use


Adding only plain water to your cooling system can be dangerous. Plain water, or some other liquid like alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mix will. Your vehicle’s coolant warning system is set for the proper coolant mix. With plain water or the wrong mix, your engine could get too hot but you wouldn’t get the overheat warning. Your engine could catch fire and you or others could be burned. Use a 5060 mix of clean water and DEX-COOL TM (orange-colored, silicate-free) antifreeze.

Checking Coolant


If you use an improper coolant mix, your engine could overheat and be badly damaged. The repair cost wouldn’t be covered by your warranty. Too much water in the mix can freeze and crack the engine, radiator, heater core and other parts.

If you have to add coolant more than four times a year, have your dealer check your cooling system.


If YOU use the proper coolant, you don’t have to add extra inhibitors or additives which claim to improve .the system. These can be harmful.

When your engine is cold, the coolant level should be at FULL COLD or a little higher. When your engine is warm, the level should be up to FULL HOT or a little higher.



If this light comes on, it means you're low on engine coolant.


lhrning the radiator pressure cap when the engine and radiator are hot can allow steam and scalding liquids to blow out and burn you badly. With the coolant recovery tank, you will almost never have to add coolant at the radiator. Never turn the radiator pressure cap

-- even a little -- when the engine and radiator are hot.

Adding Coolant If you need more coolant, add the proper mix at the coolant recovery tank.

Add. coolant mix at the recovery tank, but be careful not to spill it.

You 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.


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Power Steering Fluid


Your radiator cap is a 15 psi (105 kPa) pressure-type cap and must be tightly installed to prevent coolant loss and possible engine damage from overheating. Be sure the arrows on the cap line up with the overflow tube on the radiator filler neck.

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When to Check Power Steering Fluid It is not necessary to regularly check power steering fluid unless you suspect there is a leak in the system or you hear an unusual noise. A fluid loss in this system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired.

Adding Washer Fluid

How To Check Power Steering Fluid When the engine compartment is cool, unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick with a clean rag. Replace the cap and completely tighten it. Then remove the cap again and look at the fluid level on the dipstick. The level should be at the FULL COLD mark. If necessary, add only enough fluid to bring the level up to the mark. What to Use Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of fluid to use. See “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index. Always use the proper fluid. Failure to use the proper fluid can cause leaks and dam’age hoses and seals. Windshield Washer Fluid What to Use When you need windshield washer fluid, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before use. If you will be operating your vehicle in an area where the temperature may fall below freezing, use a fluid that has sufficient protection against freezing.

Open the cap labeled WASHER FLUID ONLY Add washer fluid until the tank is full.



Brakes Brake Fluid

When using concentrated washer fluid, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding water.

0 Don’t mix water with ready-to-use washer fluid. Water can cause the solution to freeze and damage yoqr washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. Also, water doesn’t clean as well as washer fluid.

0 Fill your washer fluid tank only 3/4 full

when it’s very cold. This allows for expansion, which could damage the tank if it is completely full.

0 Don’t use radiator antifreeze in your

windshield washer. It can damage your washer system and paint.


Your brake master cylinder reservoir is here. It is filled with DOT-3 brake fluid. There me only two reasons why the brake fluid level in the reservoir might go down. The first is that the brake fluid goes down to an acceptable level during normal brake lining wear. When new linings are put in, the fluid level goes back up. The other reason is that fluid is leaking out of the brake system. If it is, you should have

your brake system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or later your brakes won’t work well, or won’t work at all. So, it isn’t a good idea to “top off’ your brake fluid. Adding brake fluid won’t gorrect 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, as necessary, only when work done on the brake hydraulic system.


What to Add When you do need brake fluid, use only DOT-3 brake fluid -- such as Delco Supreme 11 No. 1052535). Use new brake fluid from a sealed container only, and always clean the brake reservoir cap before removing it.

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With the wrong kind of fluid in your brake system, your brakes may not work well, or they may not even work at all. This could cause a crash. Always use the proper brake fluid.

If you have too much brake fluid, it can spill on the engine. The fluid will burn if the engine is hot 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.

When your brake fluid falls to a low level, your brake warning light will come on. A chime will sound if you try to drive with this warning light on. See “Brake System Warning Light” in the Index.


Using the wrong fluid can badly damage brake system parts. For example, just a few drops of mineral-based oil, such as engine oi1,’in your brake system can damage brake system parts so badly that they’ll have to be rep,laced. Don’t let someone put in the wrong kind of fluid. If you spill brake fluid on your vehicle’s painted surfaces, the paint finish can be damaged. Be careful not to spill brake fluid on your vehicle. If you do, wash it off immediately. See “Appearance Care” in the Index.


Brake Wear Your Pontiac has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Disc brake pads have built-in wear indicators that make a high-pitched warning sound when the brake pads are worn and new pads are needed. The sound may come and go or be heard all the time you vehicle is moving (except when you are pushing on the brake pedal firmly).


The brake wear warning sound means that sooner or later your brakes won’t work well. That could lead to an accident. When you hear the brake wear warning sound, have your vehicle serviced.


Continuing to drive with worn-out brake pads could result in costly brake repair.

Some driving conditions or climates may cause a brake squeal when the brakes are first applied or lightly applied. This does not mean something is wrong with your brakes. Free movement of brake calipers and properly torqued wheel nuts are necessary to help prevent brake pulsation. When tires are rotated, inspect brake calipers for movement, brake pads for wear, and evenly torque wheel nuts in the proper sequence to GM specifications. Your rear drum brakes don’t have wear indicators, but if you ever hear a rear brake, rubbing noise, have the rear brake linings inspected. Also, the rear brake drums should be removed and inspected each time the tires are removed for rotation or changing. When you have the front brakes replaced, have the rear brakes inspected, too. Brake linings should always be replaced as complete axle sets. Brake Pedal Travel See your dealer if the brake pedal does not return to normal height, or if there is a rapid increase in pedal travel. This could be a sign of brake trouble. Brake Adjustment Every time you apply the brakes, with or without the vehicle moving, your brakes adjust for wear.

Replacing Brake System Parts The braking system on a modern vehicle is complex. Its many parts have to be of top quality and work well together if the vehicle is to have really good braking. Vehicles we design and test have top-quality GM brake parts in them, as your Pontiac does when it When you replace parts of your braking system -- for example, when your brake linings wear down and you in -- be sure you get new have to have new ones put genuine GM replacement parts. If you don’t, your brakes may no longer work properly. For example, if someone puts in brake linings that are wrong for your vehicle, the balance between your front and rear brakes can change -- for the worse. The braking performance you’ve come to expect can change in many other ways if someone puts in the wrong replacement brake parts. Battery Every new Pontiac has a Delco [email protected] battery. You never have to add water to one of these. When it’s time for a new battery, we recommend a Delco Freedom battery. Get one that has the replacement number shown on the original battery’s label. Vehicle Storage If you’re not going to drive your vehicle for 25 days or more, take off the black, negative (-) cable from

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the battery. This will help keep your battery from

running down. A CAUTION:


Batteries have acid that can burn you and gas that can explode. You can be badly hurt if you aren’t careful. See “Jump Starting” in the’hclex for tips on working around a battery without getting b r t .

:ontact your deder to learn how to prepare your vehicle for longer storage periods. Also, for your audio system, see “Theft-Deterrent Feature” in the Index.

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Halogen bulbs have pressurized gas inside and can burst if you drop or scratch the bulb. You or others could be injured. Be sure to read and follow the instructions on the bulb package.

If you go through a high pressure car wash, or it is very humid, your headlamps may “fog up.” This is normal. The lenses should clear by themselves in time. Headlamps or bulb type, s,ee “Replacement Bulbs” in the Idex.

Driver's Side Replacement

Passenger's Side Replacement

1. Reach behind the headlamp assembly and turn the bulb assembly counterclockwise to remove the bulb assembly.

1. Remove the two bolts with a 10 mm socket.

2. Remove the bulb from the assembly. 3. Replace the bulb and reverse the steps to install the


new bulb assembly.


2. Slide the headlamp assembly outward (to the left)

and lift it out.

3. Tip the assembly and turn the bulb assembly

counterclockwise to remove it.


4. Replace the bulb and reverse the steps to install the

new bulb assembly.

Sidemarker Lamps 1. Remove headlamp assembly on both sides of the vehicle, using the passenger’s side headlamp in this removal procedure as described previously section.

2. Turn the sidemarker lamp bulb assembly

counterclockwise to remove.

3. ‘Replace the bulb by turning clockwise. 4. Install the headlamp assemblies using the procedure

for the-passenger’s side headlamp installation as described previously in this section.

Fog Lamps 1. Reach up under the front of the car to the fog

lamp connector.

!. Unplug the connector and twist the bulb

counterclockwise to remove. Notice: There are adjustment screws near the fog lamp assembly. Take care not to touch these screws.

3. Twist the replacement bulb clockwise to install. 4. Plug in the connector.

Rear Quarter Tail/Stop/Turn SignaUSidemarker Lamps For bulb type, see “Replacement Bulbs” in the Index.

1. Remove the plastic nut holding the c q h g in place. 2. Pull the carpeting away from the rear corner of

the trunk.


3. Turn the bulb assembly counterclockwise to remove it.

4. Replace the bulb and reverse the steps to insta

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new bulb assembly.

Runk Mounted Taillamps and Back-up Lamps For bulb type, see “Replacement Bulbs”

in the Index.

1. Push in on the center of the plastic push pin with a

pen. The push pin should eject.


2. Pull the pin with your fingers to remove it. (There are four pins altogether -- two on the driver’s side and two on the passenger’s side.)

3. Remove the five nuts that hold the assembly in place with a 10 mm socket. Pull carpet up and out of the way to remove center nut. (There are two nuts on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side and one in the middle.)

4. Lift up on both plastic side flaps at the same time (driver’s side shown) and lift the assembly out.

5. Carefully let go of the decklid and let it raise

completely. The assembly will still be connected to the wiring harness, but now you will have access to the bulbs.

6. Turn the bulb assembly counterclockwise to remove it.

7. Pull out the taillamp bulb to remove it.

8. If you are replacing the back-up bulb, it must be

turned and pulled but to be removed.

9. Reverse the steps to install the new bulb assembly.


Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Replacement blades come in different types and are removed in different ways. Here’s how to remove the type with a release clip: 1. Pull the windshield wiper arm away fiom the windshield. 2. Push down on the release clip with a screwdriver and

pull the blade assembly off the wiper arm.

Tires We don’t make tires. Your new Pontiac comes with high-quality tires 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.


Poorly maintained and improperly used tires are dangerous.

Overloading your tires can cause overheating as a result of too much friction. You could have an air-out and a serious accident. See “Loading Your Vehicle” in the Index.

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3. Push the new wiper blade securely on the wiper arm. ’ For the correct windshield wiper blade replacement length and type, see “Capacities

and Specifications’’ in the Index.


Underinflated tires pose the same danger as overloaded tires. The resulting accident could cause serious injury. Check all tires frequently to maintain the recommended pressure. Tire pressure should be ch’ecked when your tires are cold. Overinflated tires are more likely to be cut, punctured or broken by a sudden

impact -- such as when you hit a pothole.

Keep tires at the recommended pressure. Worn, old tires can cause accidents. If your tread is badly worn, or if your tires have been damaged, replace them.

Inflation - Tire Pressure

The Tire-Loading Informkion label which is on the rear edge of the driver’s door shows the correct inflation pressur,es for yow tires when they’re cold. “Cold” means your vehicle has been sitting for at least three hours or driven no more than a mile.


Don’t let anyone tell you that underinflation or overinflation is all right. It’s not. If your tires don’t have enough air (underinflation), you can get the following:

Too much flexing

0 Too much heat 0 Tire overloading @ Badwear 0 Bad handling 0 Bad fuel economy. If your tires have too much air (overinflation), you can get the following:

Unusual wear 0 Bad handling

Rough ride

0 Needless damage from road hazards.

When to Check Check your tires once a month or more. Don’t forget your compact spare tire. It should be at 60 psi (420 kPa). How to Check Use a good quality pocket-type gage to check tire pressure. You can’t tell if your tires are properly inflated simply by looking at them. Radial tires may look properly inflated even when they’re underinflated. Be sure to put the valve caps back on the valve stems. They help prevent l & s by keeping out dirt and moisture. Tire Inspection and Rotation Tires should be inspected every 6,000 to 8,000 miles (10 000 to 13 000 km) for any signs of unusual wear. If unusual -wear is present, rotate your tires as soon as possible and check wheel alignment. Also check for damaged tires or wheels. See “When It’s Time for Ne,w Tires” and “Wheel Replacement” later in for more information.

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The purpose of regular rotation is to achieve more uniform wear for all tires on the vehicle. The first rotation is the most important. See “Scheduled Maintenance Services” in the Index for scheduled rotation intervals. When rotating your tires, always use the correct rotation pattern shown here. Don’t include the compact spare tire in your tire rotation.

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After the tires have been rotated, adjust the front and rear inflation pressures as shown on the Tire-Loading Infannation label. Make certain that all wheel nuts are properly tightened. See “Wheel Nut Torque” the Index.



Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the pads to which it is fastened, can make wheel nuts become loose after a time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, you can use a cloth or a paper towel to do this; but be sure to use a scraper or wire brush later, if you need to, to get all the rust or dirt off. (See “Changing a Flat Tire” in the Index.)

When It’s Time for New Tires

One way to tell when it’s time for new tires is to check the treadwear indicators, which will appear when your tires have only 1/16 inch (1.6 rnm) or less of tread remaining.

YOU need a new tire if any of the following statements are true: 0 YOU can see the indicators at three or more places

around the tire.

0 you can see cord or fabric showing through the

tire’s rubber. The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut or snagged deep enough to show cord or fabric. The tire has a bump, bulge OT split.


The tire has a puncture, cut or other damage that can’t be repaired well because of the size or location of the damage.


Buying New Tires To find out what kind and 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 with that same TPC Spec number. That way your vehicle will continue to have tires that are designed to give proper endurance, handling, speed rating, traction, ride and other things during normal service on your vehicle. If your tires have an all-season tread design, the TPC number will be followed by an “MS” (for mud and snow). If you ever replace your tires with those not having a TPC Spec number, make sure they are the same size, load range, speed rating and construction type (bias, bias-belted or radial) as your original tires.

Mixing tires could cause you to lose control while driving. If you mix tires of different sizes or types (radial and bias-belted tires), the vehicle may not handle properly, and you could have a crash. Using tires of different sizes may also cause damage to your vehicle. Be sure to use the same size and type tires on all four wheels. It’s all right to drive with your compact spare, though. It was developed for use on your vehicle.

Uniform Tire Quality Grading The following information relates to the system developed by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which grades tires by treadwear, traction and temperature performance. (Th.zs applies only to vehicles sold in the United States.) The grades are molded on the sidewalls of most passenger car tires. The Uniform Tire Quality Grading system does not apply to deep tread, winter-type snow tires, space-saver or temporary use spare tires, tires with nominal rim diameters of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm), or to some limited-production tires.


While the tires available on General Motors passenger . cars and light 'trucks may vary with respect to these grades, they must also conform to Federal safety requirements and additional General Motors Tire Perforrnance Criteria (TPC) standards.

Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire on braking (straightahead) traction tests and does not include cornering (turning) traction.

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Temperature - A, B, C

Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. -For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and a half (1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in in driving habits, service practices and differences road characteristics and climate.

Traction - A, B, C

The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B, and C, and they represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlid conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. - A tire'marked C may have poor traction performance.

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The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire's resistance to ,the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, andaxcessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established €or a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure.

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Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance The wheels on your vehicle were aligned and balanced carefully at the factory to give you the longest tire life and best overall performance. In most cases, you will not need aligned again. However, if you notice unusual tire wear or your vehicle pulling one way or tlie other, the ahgnment may need to be reset. If you notice your' vehicle vibrating when driving on a smooth road, your wheels may need' to be rebalanced. Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel bent, cracked, or badly rusted or corroded. If wheel nuts keep coming loose, the wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts should be replaced. If the wheel leaks air, replace it (except some alumhum wheels, which can sometimes be repaired). See your Pontiac dealer if any of these conditions exist. Your dealer will know the kind of wheel you need.

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Each new wheel should have the same load-carrying capacity, diameter, width, offset and be mounted the same way as the one it replaces. If you need to replace any of your wheels, wheel bolts or wheel nuts, replace them only with new GM origipal equipment parts. This way, you will be sure to have the right wheel, wheel bolts and wheel 'nuts for your Pontiac model.


Using the wrong replacement wheels, wheel bolts or wheel nuts on your vehicle can be dangerous. It could affect the braking and handling of your vehicle, make your tires lose air and make you lose control. You could have a collision in which you or others could be injured. Always use the correct wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts for replacement.



The wrong wheel can also cause problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer/odometer calibration, headlamp aim, bumper height, vehicle ground clearance and tire or tire chain clearance to the body and chassis.

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Use tire chains only where legal and only when you must. Use only SAE Class 44S” type chains that are the proper size for your tires. Install them on the front tires and tighten them as tightly as possible with the ends securely fastened. Drive slowly and follow the chain manufacturer’s instructions. If you can hear the chains contacting your vehicle, stop and retighten them. If the contact continues, slow down until it stops. Driving too fast or spinning the wheels with chains on will damage your vehicle.

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can burst into flame

Appearance Care Remember, cleaning products can be hazardous. Some are toxic. Others match or get them on a hot part of the vehicle. Some are dangerous if you breathe their fumes in a closed space. When you use anything from a container Pontiac, be sure to follow the manufacturer's warnings and instructions. And always open your doors or windows when you're cleaning the inside. Never use these to clean your vehicle:

to clean your

if you strike a


Gasoline Benzene Naphtha Carbon Tetrachloride Acetone PaintThinner

0 Turpentine

Lacquer Thinner Nail Polish Remover

They can all be hazardous T- some more than others -- and they can all damage your vehicle, too.

Don't use any In many uses, these will damage your vehicle:

manual says you can.

of these unless this


0 Laundry Soap

Bleach Reducing Agents

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- . % :'; - : Cleaning the Inside of Your Pontiac ~: y 1.. . >, .. to get rid of dust and loose - . .: .. .'#'.-: Use a vacuum cleaner often dirt. Wipe vinyl or leather with a clean, damp cloth \..: ,.. i$,;--;;l . f , r :'.;.,.,- .*. .. .., , ..; .. Your Pontiac dealer has two GM cleaners, a solvent-type spot lifter and a foam-type powdered cleaner. They will clean normal spots and stains very well. Do not use them on vinyl or leather. Here are some cleaning tips:

Always read the instructions on the cleaner label. Clean up stains as soon as you can -- before they set. 0 Use a clean cloth or sponge, and change to a clean area often.. A soft brush may be used if stains are stubborn. Use solvent-type cleaners in a well-ventilated area only. If you use them, don't saturate the stained m a . 0 If a ring forms after spbt cleaning, clean the entire

Using Foam-Type Cleaner on Fabric

If you need to use a solvent:

dirt. Vacuum and brush the area to remove any loose Always clean a whole trim phel or section. Mask surrounding trim along stitch or welt lines. Mix’Multi-Purpose Powdered Cleaner following the directions on the container label. Use suds only and apply with a clean sponge. Don’t saturate the material. Don’t rub it roughly. As soon as you’ve cleaned the section, use a sponge to remove the suds. Rinse the section with a clean, wet sponge. Wipe off what’s left with .a slightly damp paper towel or cloth. Then dry it immediately with a blow dryer. Wipe with a clean cloth.

Using ,Solvent-Type Cleaner on Fabric First, see if you have to use solvent-type cleaner at all, Some spots and stains will clean off better with just water and mild soap.

Gently scrape excess soil from the trim material with a clean, dull knife or scrapex Use very little cleaner, light pressure and clean cloths (preferably cheesecloth). Cleaning should start at the outside of ‘the stain, “feathering” toward the center. Keep changing to a clean section of the cloth.

0 When you clean a stain from fabric, immediately dry the area with a blow dryer to help ‘prevent a cleaning ring.

Special Cleaning Problems Greasy or Oily - Stains Stains caused by grease, oil, butter, margarine, shoe polish, coffee with cream, chewing gum, cosmetic creams, vegetable oils, wax ,crayon, tar and asphalt can be removed as follows: 0 Carefully scrape off excess stain.

Follow the solvent-type instructions descriw earlier. ShOe.-pohh, wax crayon, tar and asphalt will stain if left on a-vehicle’s seat fabric. They should be removed as soon as possible. Be carefbl, because the cleaner will dissolve them and may cause them to spread.

Non-Greasy Stains Stains caused by catsup, coffee (black), egg, fruit, fruit juice, milk, soft drinks, wine, vomit, urine and blood can be removed as follows: 0 Carefully scrape off excess stain, then sponge the

soiled area with cool water.

0 If a stain remains, follow the foam-type instructions

described earlier. If an odor lingers after cleaning vomit or urine, treat the area with a waterbaking soda solution: 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking soda to 1 cup (250 ml) of lukewarm water. If needed, deanlightly with solvent-type cleaner.

Combination Stains Stains caused by candy, ice cream, mayonnaise, chili sauce and unknowri stains can be removed as follows:

Carefully scrape off excess st&, then clean with cool 'water and allow to dry.

0 If a stain remains, clean it with solvent-type cleaner.

Cleaning Vinyl Use warm water and a clean cloth. 0 Rub with a clean, damp cloth to remove dirt. You

may have to do it more than once.

0 Things like tar, asphalt and shoe polish will stain if

you don't get them off quickly. Use a clean cloth and a GM Vinylbeather Cleaner or equivalent product.

Cleaning Leather Use a soft cloth with lukewarm water and a mild soap or saddle soap.

For stubborn stains, use a GM VinylLeather Cleaner or equivalent product.

0 Never use oils, varnishes, solvent-based or abrasive

cleaners, furniture polish or shoe polish on leather. Soiled leather should be cleaned immediately. If dirt is allowed to work into the finish, it can harm the leather.


Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel to clean the top surfaces Use only mild soap and water of the instrument panel. Sprays containing silicones or waxes may cause annoying reflections in the windshield and even make it difficult to see through the windshield under certain conditions. Care of Safety Belts Keep belts clean and dry.

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Do not bleach or dye safety belts. If you do, it may severely weaken them. In a crash they might not be able to provide adequate protection. Clean safety belts only with mild soap and lukewarm water.

Glass Glass should be cleaned often. GM Glass Cleaner (GM Part No. 1050427) or a liquid household glass cleaner will remove norha1 tobacco smoke and dust films.

Don't use abrasive cleaners on glass, because they may cause scratches. Avoid placing decals on the inside rear window, since they may have to be scraped off later. Ilf abrasive cleaners are used on the inside of the rear window, an electric defogger element may be damaged. the Any temporary license should not be attached across defogger grid. Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield' and Wiper Blades Lf the windshield is not clear after using the windshield washer, or if the wiper blade chatters when Npning, wax or other material m'ay be on the blade or windshield. Clean the outside of the wirmdshield with GM Windshield Cleaner, Bon-Ami [email protected] (GM Part No. lQS0011). The windshield is clean if beads do not form when you rinse it with water. Clean the blade by wiping vigorously with a cloth soaked in full-strength windshield washer solvent. Then rinse the blade with water. Wiper blades should be checked on a regular basis and replaced when worn.


Weatherstrips Silicone grease on weatherstrips will make them last longer, seal better, and not stick or squeak. Apply silicone grease with a clean cloth at least every six months. During very cold, damp weather more frequent application may be required. (See “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index.) Cleaning the Outside of Your Pontiac The paint finish on your vehicle provides beauty, depth of color, gloss retention and durability. Washing Your Vehicle The best way to preserve your vehicle’s finish is to keep it clean by washing it often with lukewarm or cold water. Don’t wash your vehicle in the direct rays of the sun. Don’t use strong soaps or chemical detergents. Use liquid hand, dish or car washing (mild detergent) soaps. Don’t use cleaning agents that are petroleum based, or that contain acid or abrasives. All cleaning agents should be flushed promptly and not allowed to dry on the surface, or they could stain. Dry the finish with a soft, clean chamois or a 100% cotton towel to avoid suyface scratches and water spotting. High pressure car washes may cause water to enter your vehicle.

Finish Care Occasional waxing or mild polishing of your Pontiac by hand may be necessary to remove residue from the paint finish. You can get GM-approved cleaning products from your dealer. (See “Appearance Care and Materials” in the Index.) Your Pontiac has a “basecoat/clearcoat” paint f ~ s h : The clearcoat gives more depth d gloss to the colored basecoat. Always use waxes and polishes that are non-abrasive and made for a basecoat/clearcoat paint finish.


Machine compounding or aggressive polishing on a basecoatklearcoat paint finish may dull the finish or leave swirl marks.

Foreign materials such as calcium chloride and other salts; ice melting agents, road oil and tar, tree sap, bird droppings, chemicals from industrial chimneys, etc. can damage your vehicle’s finish if they remain on painted surfaces. Wash the vehicle as soon as possible, If necessary, use non-abrasive cleaners that are marked safe for painted surfaces to remove foreign matter.


Exterior painted surfaces are subject to aging, weather and a pkriod of years. chemical fallout that can take their toll over You canhelp to keep the paint finish looking new by keeping your Pontiac garaged or covered whenever possible. Aluminum or Chrome Wheels (If So Equipped) Keep your wheels clean using a &oft clean cloth with mild soap and water. Rinse with clean water. After rinsing thoroughly, dry with a soft clean towel'. A wax may then be applied. The surface of'these wheels is similar to the painted surface of your vehicle. Don't use strong soaps, chemicals, abrasive polishes, abrasive cleaners or abrasive cleaning brushes on them because you could damage the surface. You may use chrome polish on chrome wheels, but avoid any painted surface of the wheel, and buff off immediately after application. Don't take your vehicle through an automatic car wash that has silicon carbide tire cleaning brushes. These brushes can also damage the surface of these wheels. Tires To clean your tires, use a stiff brush with a tire cleaner.


When applying a tire dressing always take care to wipe off any overspray or splash from all painted surfaces on the body or wheels of the vehicle. Petroleum-based products may damage the paint finish.


Sheet Metal Damage If your vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal repa3 or replacement, make sure the body repair shop applies anti-corrosion material to the parts repaired or replaced to' restore corrosion protection. Finish Damage Any stone chips, fractures or deep scratches in the finish should be repaired right away. Bare metal will corrode quickly and may develop into a major repair expense. Minor chips and scratches can be repaired with touch-up materials available from your dealer or other service outlets. Larger areas of finish damage can be corrected in your dealer's body and paint shop.

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Underbody Maintenance Chemicals used for ice and snow removal and dust control can collect on the underbody. If these are not removed, accelerated corrosion (rust) can occur on the underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame, floor pan, and exhaust system even though they have corrosion protection. At least every spring, flush these materials from the underbody with plain water. Clean any areas where mud and other debris can collect. Dirt packed in closed areas of the frame should be loosened before being flushed. Your dealer or an underbody vehicle washing system can do this for you.

Chemical Paint Spotting Some weather and atmospheric conditions can create a chemical fallout. Airborne pollutants can fall upon and attack painted surfaces on your vehicle. This damage can take two forms: blotchy, ringlet-shaped discolorations, and small irregular dark spots etched into the paint surface. job causes this, Pontiac Although no defect in the paint will repair, at no charge to the owner, the surfaces of new vehicles damaged by this fallout condition within 12 months or 12,000 miles (20 000 km) of purchase, whichever occurs first.

Appearance Care Materials Chart


I 12 oz. (0.354 L)

Silicone Tire Shine

See your General Mators Parts Department for these products. See “Fluids and Lubric’ants”

in the Index. **Not recommended


* Not recornmended for pigskin suede leather.

Shines tires

for use on instrument panel vinyl.


Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) fi 1l111111111l1 11111111111111 11111111111111111111111111111111

Service Parts Identification Label You’ll find this label on your spare tire cover. It’s very helpful if you ever need to order parts. On this label is:

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111 111111 II. lll~~lII1111111~1111111..1111II~ 0 bl SAMPLE4UXTM072675 E N G I N E A 9 6 7 \ ASSEMBLY MODEL CODE



your VIN, the model designation, paint information, and a list of all production options and special equipment.

Be sure that this label

is not removed from the vehicle.

This is the legal identifier for your Pontiac. It appears on a plate in the front corner of the instrument panel, on the driver’s side. You can see it if you look through the windshield from outside your vehicle. The VIN also appears on the Vehicle Certification and Service Parts labels and the certificates of title and registration. Engine Identification The eighth character in your VIN is the engine code. This code will help you identify your engine, specifications, and replacement parts.


Electrical System Add-on Electrical Equipment


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Don’t add anything electrical to your Pontiac .- i; unless you check with your dealer first. Some r -‘ ‘i ’-’ t electrical equipment can damage your vehicle .. b.., and the damage wouldn’t be covered by your . + , warranty. Some add-on electrical equipment can keep other components from working as they should.

Youfvehicle has an air bag system. Before attempting to add anything electrical to your Pontiac, see “Servicing Ysur Air Bag-Equipped Pontiac” in the Index. Headlamp Wiring The headlamp wiring is protected by an internal circuit breaker. An electrical overload will cause the lamps to go on .and off, or in mrne cases to re& off. . I f this happens, have your headlamp system checked right away.


Windshield Wipers The windshield wiper motor is protected by an internal circuit breaker and a fuse. If the motor overheats due to heavy snow, etc., the wiper will stop until the motor cools. If tbe overload is .caused by some electrical problem, be sure to have it fixed. Power Windows and Other Power Options Circuit breakers in the fuse panel protect the power windows other power accessories. When the current load is too’heavy, the circ,uit breaker opens and closes, protecting the circuit until the problem is fixed or goes away. MaxifusedRelay Center To check the fuses in this underhood fuse center, turn the two knobs one-quarter turn counterclockwise and loosen the metal wing nut on the passenger side of the cover. Then remov’e the cover. The inside of the cover has a chart that explahs the features and controls governed by each fuse and relay.

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Fuses and Circuit Breakers The wiring circuits in your vehicle are protected from short circuits by a combination of fuses, circuit breakers and fusible thermal links. This greatly reduces the chance of damage caused by electrical problems. Look at the silver-colored band inside the fuse. If the band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure you replace a bad fuse with a new one and rating. If you ever have a problem on the road and don’t have a spare fuse, you can borrow one that has the same amperage. Just pick some feature of your vehicle that you can get along without -- like the radio or cigarette lighter -- and use its fuse, if it is the eomect amperage. Replace it as soon as you can. There are two fuse blocks in your vehicle: the driver’s side and passenger’s side fuse blocks.

of the identical size

The driver’s side fuse block is to the left of the steering wheel, under the instrument panel. Snap off the cover to reveal the fuses. You’ll find a fuse puller clipped to the inside of the cover. Place the wide end of the fuse puller over the plastic end of the fuse. Squeeze the ends over the fuse and pull on Spare fuses are located in the slots labeled “Spare” the following chart. When finished, replace the cover by snapping into place.

it back up

it out.

Fuse 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A

6A 7A 8A 9A 1B

2B 3B 4B

Usage Circuit Breaker-Power Sunroof Not Used Power Seats Not Used Not Used PASS-Key Spare Not Used Not Used Ignition (Run), Automatic AJC Control, Base Cluster, Cruise Control Courtesy Lamps, Power Mirrors Not Used Not Used Cigarette Lighter Turn Signal, Back-up Lamps, Brake-Transaxle Shift Interlock Spare Not Used Not Used


Fuse 5B

6B 7B 8B 9B 1c 2c 3c 4,c 5c

6C 7c 8C 9c 1D

2D 3D 4D

Usage Anti-Lock Brake System, Computer Command Ride, Electronic Level Control Brake and Hazard Lamps Not Used Interior I Lighting Electronic Level Control Air Bag System Spare Not Used Not Used Cooling Fans, Trmsmle Parking Lamps Not Used Not Used (Battery), Radio, Cluster Ignition (Run/Crank), Chime, Cluster Spare Not Used Not Used

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Usage Base A/C Fog Lamps Not Used Radio Not Used Not Used Air Bag System, PASS-Key Not Used Not Used Rear Defog Not Used Not Used Wipers, Washer Not

Fuse 5D 6D 7D 8D 9D 1E 2E 3E 4E 5E 6E 7E 8E Used 9E Passenger% Side Fuse Block Additional fuses are located in the relay center, on the passenger's side, below the instrument panel. You must remove the sound insulator on the right side of the passenger foot well to replace these Since replacing these fuses is difficult. We recommend that you see your dealer if you need m e replaced.


Fuse 10 11 12

Usage Door Locks Trunk Release, RAC Horns Not Used Miscellaneous Engines Controls Fuel Pump Injectors Powertrain Control Module Not Used ' Not Used AJC Programmer Not Used



Replacement Bulbs Outside Lamps Front Parking/Tum Lamps ....................... Halogen Headlamps Low-Beam ............................... High-Beam ............................... Sidemarker Lamps ........................... FogLamps ................................ Rear Taillamps ................................. 194 Back-up Lamps ............................ 1156 License Plate Lamp ......................... 194 Center High-Mounted S toplamp ................ 1 156 Sidemarker ................................ 194 Stoplamps ................................ 2057 T ~ r n ...................................... 1156 Trunk Lamp .............................. 21 1-2

3157NA 9006 .. 9005 194 880

Lamp Monitor Message





Redacement Bulbs Inside Lamps Front Visor Vanity Mirror L a p s ......................................................... Rear Visor Vanity Mirror Lamps ................................... DoorLamps ........................................................................... -Front Courtesy/Reading Lamps Rear Courtesy/JXeading Lamps ....................................... Instrument Panel ............................................ IP Sound

Insulator GloveCompartmentLamp ............................................................. .................... Ashtray Lamp

Bulb 564 ... 12 V 8W Festoon (A3 1733) 74 563 12 V 8W Festoon (A3173B)



Panel (Lower Floor 168


194 161


Capacities and Specifications Automatic Transaxle AT (Overdrive) Pan Removal and Replacement .... '. ...................................... After Complete Overhaul ................................................ When draining or replacing torque converter, more fluid may be needed. CoolingSystem ....................................................... Enginecrankcase ..................................................... Oil change with filter change FuelTank ......................................... Windshield Wiper Blades Type .............................................. Length ............................................................ Tire Pressures See Tire-Loading Information label on driver's door WheelNutTorque ......................................... Refrigerant (R=l34a), Air Conditioning ....................

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6.5 quarts (6.1 L) 11 quarts (10.4 L)

13 quarts (12.3 L) 4.5 quarts (4.3 L) ............ 18 gallons (68 L) .......................

Pin 22 inches (565 mm)

;........ lOOlb-ft(140N~m)

See refrigerant charge label under the hood.


Air Conditioning Refrigerants' , ;Not all air conditioning refrigerants are the

If the air conditioning system in your vehicle needs refrigerant, be sure the proper refrigerant is used. If you're not sure, ask your Pontiac dealer.


Engine Specifications 3800 Series 11 Engine (L36) VIN Engine Code ........................... Q p e ..................................... V6 Displacement ......................... 3.8 Liters Horsepower .......................... ,205-hp Firing Order ........... I ........... 1-6-5-4-3-2 Thermostat Temperature ........... 195°F (91°C) 3800 Supercharged Engine (L67) VIN Engine Code .......... '. ................ 1 Type .................................... V6 Displacement ........................ 3.8 Liters Horsepower .......................... .240-hp Firing Order ...................... 1-6-5-4-3-2 Thermostat Temperature .... ; ...... 195°F (91°C)

Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts' Air Cleaner Filter ............. AC Type A- 1096C Engine Oil Filter ................ AC Type PF-47 Transaxle Filter ............ GM Part No. 8651909 Sparkplugs ......... ; .......... AC Type 41-921 Gap: 0.060 inch (1.52 mm)

Vehicle Dimensions Wheelbase ............ 110.8 inches (2 814.3 mm) Tread Width Front ................ 60.4 inches (1 534.2 mm) Rear ........... i ...... 60.3 inches (1 531.6 mm) Length .............. 201.9 inches (5 124.0 mm) Width ................. 74.6 inches (1 893.2 mm) Height ................. 55.7 inches (1 414.8 mm)

L36 Engine Accessory Belt

The L36 engine uses an engine accessory belt. This diagram shows the features connected and the routing. See “Maintenance Schedule” in the Index for when to check the belt. A. B. C. D. E.

Power Steering Alternator Air Conditioning Idle Crank Coolant Pump


L67 Engine Accessory Belt

The Supercharged 3800 (L67) engine uses two accessory drive belts. The inner belt drives the alternator, power

steering pump, coolant pump and air conditioning. The outer belt drives the supercharger, Each belt has its own tensioner and idler pulley. See “Maintenance Schedule” in the Index for when to check the accessory drive belts and the supercharger oil level. Have your dealer check the oil level in the supercharger. 1. Front Belt 2. Back Belt A. Alternator B. Power Steering Pump C . Crank D. Supercharger E. Coolant Pump E Air Conditioning





Section 7 Maintenance Schedule




I This section covers the maintenance required for your Pontiac. Your vehicle needs these services to retain its safety, dependability and emission control performance.


Introduction Your Vehicle and the Enviro,nment Proper vehicle maintenance not only helps to keep your vehicle in good working condition, but also helps the environment. All recommended maintenance procedures are important. Improper vehicle maintenance can even affect the quality of the air we breathe. Improper fluid levels or the wrong tire inflation can increase the level of emissions from your vehicle. To help protect our environment, and to keep your vehicle condition, please maintain your vehicle properly.

in good

Have you purchased the GM Protection Plan? The Plan supplements your new vehicle warranties. See your Warranty and Owner Assistance booklet, or your Pontiac dealer for details.


How This Section is Organized The remainder of this section is divided into five parts: “Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services” shows what to have done and how often. Some of these services can be complex, so unless you are technically qualified and have the necessary equipment, you should let your dealer’s service department or another qualified service center do these jobs.


Performing maintenance work on a vehicle can be dangerous. In trying to do some jobs, you can be seriously injured. Do your own maintenance work only if you have the required know-how and the proper tools and equipment for the job. If you have any doubt, have a qualified technician do the work.

If you are skilled enough to do some work on your vehicle, you will probably want to get the service information GM publishes. See “Service and Owner Publications” in the Index.


“Part B: Owner Checks and Services” tells you what should be checked whenever you stop for fuel. It also explains what you can easily do to help keep your vehicle in good condition. “Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections” explains important inspections that your Pontiac dealer’s service department or another qualified service center should perform. “Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” lists some products GM recommends to help keep your vehicle properly maintained. These products, or their equivalents, should be used whether you do the work yourself or have it done. “Part E: Maintenance Record” provides a place for you to record the maintenance performed on your vehicle. Whenever any maintenance is performed, be sure to write it down in this part. This will help you determine when your next maintenance should be done. In addition, it is a good idea to keep your maintenance receipts. They may be needed to qualify your vehicle for warranty repairs,