2000 Pontiac Firebird Owner's Manual

2000 Pontiac Firebird owners manual
Year:
2000
Make:
Pontiac
Model:
Firebird
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2.66 MB

Table of Contents

- 2000 Pontiac Firebird Owner's Manual
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24-hour Roadside Assistance
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Copyright General Motors Corp. 1999
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Table of Contents:
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1: Seats and Restraints
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2: Features and Controls
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3: Comfort Controls and Audio
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4: Your Driving and the Road
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5: Problems on the Road
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6: Service and Appearance Care
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7: Maintenance Schedule
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8: Customer Assistance Information
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For Canadian Owners Who Prefer a French Language Manual:
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How to Use this Manual
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Safety Warnings and Symbols
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Vehicle Damage Warnings
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Vehicle Symbols
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Service Station Guide
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Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems
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Seats and Seat Controls
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Manual Front Seats
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Way Manual Seats 6-Way Power Seat (If Equipped)
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Reclining Front Seatbacks
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Head Restraints
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Front Seatback Latches
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Folding Rear Seatback
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Safety Belts: They re for Everyone
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Why Safety Belts Work
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Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts and the Answers
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How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
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Adults
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Driver Position
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Lap-Shoulder Belt
25
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
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Right Front Passenger Position
33
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
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How the Air Bag System Works
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Where are the air bags?
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When should an air bag inflate? What makes an air bag inflate?
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How does an air bag restrain?
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What will you see after an air bag inflates?
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Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Vehicle
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Rear Seat Passengers
40
Lap-Shoulder Belt
40
Children
43
Smaller Children and Babies
43
Child Restraints
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Where to Put the Restraint
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Top Strap
51
Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat Position
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Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position
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Larger Children
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Safety Belt Extender
60
Checking Your Restraint Systems
60
Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
60
Section 2 Features and Controls
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Keys
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Door Locks
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Power Door Locks (If Equipped) Last Door Closed Locking (If Equipped)
65
Lockout Prevention (If Equipped)
66
Leaving Your Vehicle
66
Keyless Entry System (If Equipped)
66
Operation
68
Alarm/Panic Mode
68
Transmitter Verification (If Equipped)
68
Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle
69
Battery Replacement
70
Resynchronization
71
Hatch
71
Hatch Release
72
Remote Hatch Release
72
Theft
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Key in the Ignition
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Parking at Night
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Parking Lots
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Content Theft-Deterrent/Alarm System (Option)
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Arming the System
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Turning Off the Alarm
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Shock Sensor
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Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter Locking
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Power Door Lock Switch Locking
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Passive Arming
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Disarming the System
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PASS-Key II
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Feature Customization (If Equipped)
78
Entering Programming Mode Exit Lighting and Delayed Illumination
79
Programmable Modes
79
Last Door Closed Locking and Lockout Prevention
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Programmable Modes
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Remote Keyless Entry Verification
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Programmable Modes
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Theft-Deterrent Arming Method
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Programmable Modes
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Theft-Deterrent Arming Verification
83
Programmable Modes
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Driver's Door Alarm Delay and Shock Sensor Enable
84
Programmable Modes
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Leaving Programming Mode
84
New Vehicle Break-In Ignition Positions
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Key Release Button
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Starting Your Engine
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Automatic Transmission
87
Manual Transmission
87
Starting Your 3800 Series II V6 Engine
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Starting Your 5.7L V8 Engine
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Engine Coolant Heater (Canada Only)
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To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
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Automatic Transmission Operation
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Manual Transmission Operation
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Speed
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Shift Speeds
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Skip Shift Light (5.7L V8 Engine)
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Computer- Aided Manual Transmission Shift Speeds
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Parking Brake
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Shifting Into PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission Only)
100
Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running (Automatic Transmission Only)
101
Torque Lock (Automatic Transmission)
102
Shifting Out of PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission)
102
Parking Your Vehicle (Manual Transmission)
102
Parking Over Things That Burn Engine Exhaust
103
Running Your Engine While You re Parked (Automatic Transmission)
104
Limited-Slip Rear Axle
104
Windows
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Manual Windows
105
Power Windows (If Equipped)
105
Horn
105
Tilt Wheel Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
106
Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
107
Windshield Wipers
107
Windshield Washer
108
Cruise Control
108
Setting Cruise Control
109
Resuming a Set Speed
110
Increasing Speed While Using Cruise Control
110
Reducing Speed While Using Cruise Control
110
Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control
110
Using Cruise Control on Hills
110
Ending Out of Cruise Control
111
Erasing Speed Memory
111
Exterior Lamps
111
Headlamps on Reminder
111
Headlamp Doors Daytime Running Lamps
112
Fog Lamps
113
Interior Lamps
114
Instrument Panel Brightness Control
114
Courtesy Lamps
114
Delayed Illumination
115
Exit Lighting
115
Front Map Lamps
115
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
115
Mirrors
116
Inside Day/Night Rearview Mirror
116
Outside Manual Adjustable Mirror
116
Manual Remote Control Mirror
116
Power Remote Control Mirrors (If Equipped)
116
Convex Outside Mirror
117
Storage Compartments
117
Glove Box
117
Front Console
117
Cassette and Compact Disc Storage
117
Map Pocket
117
Cargo Cover
118
Using the Cargo Cover
118
Removing the Cargo Cover
118
Ashtray and Cigarette Lighter
119
Sun Visors
120
Visor Vanity Mirror
120
Accessory Power Outlet
120
Floor Mats
120
T-Top Roof Panels (If Equipped)
121
Removing the T-Top Roof Panels
121
Storing the T-Top Roof Panels
122
Installing the T-Top Roof Panels
124
T-Top Sunshades
126
Convertible Top (If Equipped)
128
Lowering Your Convertible Top
128
Installing the Boot Cover
130
Removing Your Boot Cover
132
Raising Your Convertible Top
133
The Instrument Panel
136
Your Information System
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Instrument Panel Cluster
138
Speedometer and Odometer
139
Trip Odometer
139
Tachometer
140
Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators
140
Safety Belt Reminder Light
141
Air Bag Readiness Light
141
Voltmeter
142
Brake System Warning Light
143
Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light
144
Traction Control System Warning Light
144
Low Traction Light
145
Engine Coolant Temperature Gage
145
Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light in the United States or Check Engine Light in Canada)
146
If the Light Is Flashing
147
If the Light Is On Steady
148
Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs
149
Oil Pressure Gage
149
Low Oil Light
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Oil Change Light Service Vehicle Light
151
Check Gages Light
152
Hatch Ajar Light
152
Fuel Gage
152
Low Fuel Light
153
Reduced Engine Power Light (V6 Engine Only)
153
Fan Control Knob
155
Temperature Control Knob
155
Air Control Knob
155
Cooling
156
Heating
156
Bi- Level Heating
156
Defogging and Defrosting
157
Rear Window Defogger
157
Ventilation System
158
Ventilation Tips
158
Audio Systems
159
Setting the Clock
159
Monsoon
159
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette
159
Tape Player and Equalizer
159
Playing the Radio
160
Finding a Station
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Setting the Tone
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Adjusting the Speakers
160
Playing a Cassette Tape
160
CD Adapter Kits
162
AM-FM Stereo with Compact Disc Player and Equalizer (If Equipped)
163
Playing the Radio
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Finding a Station
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Setting the Tone
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Adjusting the Speakers
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Playing a Compact Disc
164
Trunk-Mounted CD Changer (Option)
165
Compact Disc Errors
167
Playing a Compact Disc
168
Theft-Deterrent Feature
170
Activating the Theft- Deterrent Feature
170
Unlocking the Theft-Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss
171
Disabling the Theft- Deterrent Feature
171
Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped)
172
Understanding Radio Reception
173
AM
173
FM Stereo
173
Tips About Your Audio System
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Care of Your Cassette Tape Player
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Care of Your Compact Discs
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Care of Your Compact Disc Player
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Power Antenna Mast Care
176
Section 4 Your Driving and the Road
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Defensive Driving
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Drunken Driving
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Control of a Vehicle Braking
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Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
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Using Anti- Lock
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Braking in Emergencies
185
Traction Control System (Option)
185
Steering
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Power Steering
187
Steering Tips
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Driving on Curves
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Steering in Emergencies
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Off-Road Recovery Passing
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Loss of Control
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Skidding
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Driving at Night
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Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads
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Hydroplaning
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Driving Through Deep Standing Water
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Driving Through Flowing Water
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Some Other Rainy Weather Tips
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City Driving
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Freeway Driving
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Before Leaving on a Long Trip
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Highway Hypnosis Hill and Mountain Roads
200
Winter Driving
202
Driving on Snow or Ice
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If You re Caught in a Blizzard
204
Recreational Vehicle Towing
206
Loading Your Vehicle
206
Towing a Trailer
208
If You Do Decide To Pull A Trailer
209
Weight of the Trailer
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Weight of the Trailer Tongue
210
Total Weight on Your Vehicle s Tires
211
Hitches
211
Safety Chains
211
Trailer Brakes
211
Driving with a Trailer
212
Following Distance
212
Passing
212
Backing Up
212
Making Turns
212
Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer
213
Driving On Grades
213
Parking on Hills
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When You Are Ready to Leave After Parking on a Hill
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Maintenance When Trailer Towing
214
Engine Cooling When Trailer Towing
214
Section 5 Problems on the Road
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Hazard Warning Flashers
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Other Warning Devices
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Jump Starting
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Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
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If Steam Is Coming From Your Engine
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How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Recovery Tank
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How to Add Coolant to the Radiator (3800 V6 Engine Only)
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How to Add Coolant to the Radiator (V8 Engine Only)
234
Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
237
Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire
240
Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools
245
Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out
248
Section 6 Service and Appearance Care
249
Service
250
Doing Your Own Service Work
250
Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
251
Fuel
251
Fuels in Foreign Countries
253
Filling Your Tank
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Filling a Portable Fuel Container Checking Things Under the Hood
256
Hood Release
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Engine Oil
260
Checking Engine Oil
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When to Add Engine Oil
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What Kind of Engine Oil to Use
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Engine Oil Additives
265
When to Change Engine Oil
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How to Reset the Oil Change Light
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What to Do with Used Oil
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Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
266
Air Cleaner/Filter Replacement
267
Automatic Transmission Fluid
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When to Check and Change
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How to Check
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Checking Transmission Fluid Cold
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Checking the Fluid Level
270
How to Add Fluid
271
Manual Transmission Fluid
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When to Check
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How to Check
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How to Add Fluid
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Hydraulic Clutch
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When to Check and What to Use
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How to Check and Add Fluid
273
Rear Axle
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When to Check and Change Lubricant
274
How to Check Lubricant
274
What to Use
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Standard Differential
274
Limited- Slip Differential
274
Engine Coolant
274
What to Use
275
Checking Coolant
276
Adding Coolant to the Recovery Tank
277
Radiator Pressure Cap
277
Power Steering Fluid
278
When to Check Power Steering Fluid
278
How to Check Power Steering Fluid
278
What to Use
278
Windshield Washer Fluid
279
What to Use
279
Adding Washer Fluid
279
Brakes
280
Brake Fluid
280
Checking Brake Fluid
281
What to Add
281
Brake Wear
282
Brake Pedal Travel
283
Brake Adjustment
283
Replacing Brake System Parts
283
Battery
283
Vehicle Storage
284
Bulb Replacement
284
Halogen Bulbs
284
Headlamps
285
Center High-Mounted Stoplamp
287
Rear Lamps
288
Sidemarker
289
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
290
Wiper Blade Element Replacement
291
Tires
292
Inflation -- Tire Pressure
293
When to Check
294
How to Check
294
Tire Inspection and Rotation
294
When It s Time for New Tires
296
Buying New Tires
296
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
297
Treadwear
298
Traction -- AA, A, B, C
298
Temperature --A, B, C
298
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
299
Wheel Replacement
299
Used Replacement Wheels
300
Tire Chains
300
Appearance Care
301
Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle
301
Cleaning of Fabric/Carpet
301
Using Multi-Purpose Interior Cleaner on Fabric
302
Special Fabric Cleaning Problems
302
Cleaning Vinyl
303
Cleaning Leather
303
Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel
303
Cleaning Interior Plastic Components
303
Care of Safety Belts
303
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
304
Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield and Wiper Blades
304
Weatherstrips
304
Cleaning a Removable Roof Panel
304
Cleaning the Outside of Your Vehicle
305
Washing Your Vehicle
305
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
305
Finish Care
305
Cleaning Your Convertible Top
306
Cleaning Aluminum or Chrome- Plated Wheels (If Equipped)
307
Cleaning Tires
307
Sheet Metal Damage
307
Finish Damage
308
Underbody Maintenance
308
Chemical Paint Spotting
308
GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
309
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
310
Engine Identification
310
Service Parts Identification Label
310
Electrical System
311
Add-On Electrical Equipment
311
Headlamps
311
Windshield Wipers
311
Power Windows and Other Power Options
311
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
312
Main Fuse Block
313
Underhood Electrical Center
315
Replacement Bulbs
317
Capacities and Specifications
317
Engine Specifications
318
Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
319
Vehicle Dimensions
319
Section 7 Maintenance Schedule
320
Introduction
321
Your Vehicle and the Environment
321
Maintenance Requirements
321
How This Section is Organized
322
Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services
323
Using Your Maintenance Schedule
323
Scheduled Maintenance
324
Engine Oil Scheduled Maintenance
325
Scheduled Maintenance
326
Part B: Owner Checks and Services
336
At Each Fuel Fill
336
Engine Oil Level Check
336
Engine Coolant Level Check
336
Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check
336
At Least Once a Month
336
Tire Inflation Check
336
Cassette Deck Service
336
At Least Twice a Year
336
Restraint System Check
336
Wiper Blade Check
337
Weatherstrip Lubrication
337
Manual Transmission Check
337
Automatic Transmission Check
337
Hydraulic Clutch System Check
337
At Least Once a Year
337
Key Lock Cylinders Service
337
Body Lubrication Service
337
Starter Switch Check Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check
338
Ignition Transmission Lock Check
339
Parking Brake and Automatic Transmission PARK (P) Mechanism Check
339
Underbody Flushing Service
339
Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections
340
Steering and Suspension Inspection
340
Exhaust System Inspection
340
Engine Cooling System Inspection
340
Throttle System Inspection (Except 3800 Series V6 Engine)
341
Rear Axle Service
341
Brake System Inspection
341
Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
342
Part E: Maintenance Record
344
What Makes Up Pontiac Cares?
348
Customer Satisfaction Procedure
348
United States
350
Canada
351
All Overseas Locations
351
Caribbean Numbers
351
Security While You Travel
353
Plan Ahead When Possible
355
Transportation Options
355
Shuttle Service
355
Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement
355
Courtesy Rental Vehicle
356
Additional Program Information
356
Warranty Information
356
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
357
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO GENERAL MOTORS Ordering Service and Owner Publications in Canada
358

FAQ about the 2000 Pontiac Firebird Manual

What contains the 2000 Firebird manual?

The Pontiac Firebird owner's manual is a comprehensive guide provided by Pontiac to assist owners in understanding and operating their specific model of the Pontiac Firebird. It contains important information about the vehicle's features, functions, and maintenance requirements. A general overview of what you might find in a Pontiac Firebird 2000 owner's manual:

  • Maintenance for your Pontiac Firebird, such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and fluid checks
  • Instrument Panel and Controls, including dashboard indicators, warning lights, and controls
  • Customer Assistance, with contact information for customer support
  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues
  • Technical Information, like engine specifications, tire sizes, and recommendations

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