Pontiac joined the automotive world in 1926, but the beginning of the establishment of the company dated way back in 1893, when Edward M. Murphy established the Pontiac Buggy Company in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan. At first, the company produced horse-drawn carriages. But later, Edward M. Murphy decided to create motor car with Oakland Motor Car Company in 1907 and withdrew carriage production. The decision paid off. As was predicted, horses were replaced with motor cars by the turn of the century. Two years later, the General Motors bought half of Oakland in an exchange of stock and later bought the whole company. The next two decade tested the toughness of the company as it experiences major setbacks. The company finally recovered and in 1926, the first Pontiac, the Series 6-27 was presented to the public at the 1926 New York Auto Show which rode on a 110-inch wheelbase and featured a Fisher-designed body and a six-cylinder L-head engine.
Surprisingly, most of Pontiac models were a hit despite several company setbacks. The Series 6-27 produced 127,883 units, the 6-28, sold nearly 184,000 in its debut year; Pontiac built its 500,000th car in 1929, 1937 model year sold 217,001 cars in 1940.
Pontiac's good streak continued in over the next generation. It produces several good cars like the GTO, Firebird Trans Am, GTO, and Grand Prix. It also gave birth to the Pontiac Sunbird. This car was not a total sensation when it was released in 1982. It was not as special as the other Pontiac made car. But what made it different was its reasonable pricing and easy availability. The Pontiac Sunbird was GM's smallest American-built car, which shared chassis and powertrains with the Chevrolet Cavalier. Together, they were Canada and the U.S.'s top sellers for the better part of two decades.
In 1990, Sunbirds were available as a 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan. It came in three trims: LE, SE, and GT trim. The LE trim was offered in both the 4-door sedan and 2-door convertible models. The LE and SE Sunbirds came with a 96-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine as standard equipment. The GT model was powered by a 165-horsepower turbocharged version of the same engine. The turbo was also optional for the convertible.
The Pontiac retired its Sunbird in 1994 but was replaced by Sunfire. The reason could be that Pontiac avoid possible confusion to their another model, the Firebird.
I was on an out-of-town trip driving along the freeway when suddenly my Pontiac Sunbird's engine stalled. I had just recently checked the engine, conducted oil change, and filled up fluid levels before I left, but this still happened. Did I miss anything? What should have I done to prepare for the long drive?
If you are driving one of the older Pontiac Sunbird models, specifically those produced from 1990-1994, this issue is pretty common. It is not exactly an engine problem; your vehicle's torque converter clutch may have been stuck to "on" after the extended freeway driving, so it restarted and stalled when placed into gear. What you need to do is to let the engine and transmission rest for around twenty (20) minutes. Afterwards, try starting up the vehicle, and the engine should function properly. To fix the issue permanently, replace your car's torque converter clutch solenoid, transmission filter, and fluid.
I am trying to restore an old Pontiac Sunbird and the car would start but for some reason it doesn't continue running. I have already replaced the fuel pump twice as well as the following parts: wires, fuel filters, some vacuum lines, spark plugs, strainers, throttle position sensor, idle air controller, fuel pressure relay, maf sensor, and fuel pressure regulator. The car started running but then it stopped; and since then, I could not get it to work for over 10 seconds. Any tips?
If the fuel filter still gets clogged up despite replacing it, it's possible that your fuel tank needs cleaning. Drain and clean the fuel tank before installing the pump and filters. If this does not work, try spraying fluid into the throttle body to make the car run. If the car runs, then it shows that a couple of the key engine processes are working: compression and spark. Now you only need to figure out how to get the fuel to the engine because its failure to keep running is likely caused by the engine not receiving an ample amount of fuel. You can check the oil pump or the component that sends oil to the sensor in the engine by placing an in-line fuel pump outside the tank and then installing a hot wire and switch. If the pump is working, then it might be a fuel line blockage or an electrical wiring issue.
I keep hearing a loud ticking sound while driving my Pontiac Sunbird. Is this a problem that can still be fixed or do I need to replace the motor?
It depends. Several parts might be causing the ticking sound; it can be a stuck valve or rocker, a broken return valve spring, or camshaft lobes that only need replacing. If you were revving your car before the sound started, it's possible that you have bent the valve and it got stuck. Conduct a compression test to determine if the valves are really the issue. If this is the case, repairing it would cost you more, so it might be better to replace it.