1985 Firebird starts when it wants too.

Asked by Aug 02, 2015 at 07:26 PM about the Pontiac Firebird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My neighbor has a 1985 Pontiac Firebird V6 2.8L. Sometimes it wont start. He had it in the "mom and pop" garage and they hooked it up to an analyzer but it didn't show any codes and they said they couldn't find anything wrong. Of course it started right up for them after it was towed there. It has been starting for a couple of weeks but today he drove into town and when he got in to come home....wouldn't start again.

2 Answers

66,055

If this is happening when the engine is fully warmed up the first suspect is the ignition control module in the distributor. They can be sneaky and work fine when cold but as soon as they get warm/hot break down and fail causing a no spark condition. Same is true for the ignition coil. When it refuses to start check for spark. Try spraying some starting fluid down the throttle body. It should run a few seconds on the starting fluid. If not it's an ignition (no spark) problem. If it does, it's a fuel problem. HTH. -Jim

92,905

Js is right, those were notorious for ignition modules and distributor pickup coils going into thermal breakdown.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Pontiac Firebird Questions

Pontiac Firebird Experts

#1 Samuel Moore
Samuel Moore
Reputation 950
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 780
#3 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
226 Great Deals out of 30,943 listings starting at $1,217
Used Ford Mustang
472 Great Deals out of 45,735 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Corvette
120 Great Deals out of 20,753 listings starting at $3,000
Used Pontiac GTO
5 Great Deals out of 452 listings starting at $6,000
Used Dodge Challenger
184 Great Deals out of 24,169 listings starting at $8,800
Used Dodge Charger
407 Great Deals out of 28,172 listings starting at $1,988
Used Pontiac G8
24 Great Deals out of 370 listings starting at $6,500
Used Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
3 Great Deals out of 267 listings starting at $6,000
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
21 Great Deals out of 1,408 listings starting at $1,995
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
30 Great Deals out of 2,871 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Impala
521 Great Deals out of 31,726 listings starting at $1,450
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,716 Great Deals out of 175,751 listings starting at $1,250
Used Ford F-150
2,195 Great Deals out of 206,316 listings starting at $1,499
Used Jeep Wrangler
277 Great Deals out of 18,163 listings starting at $2,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.