Asked by Apr 16, 2016 at 06:54 AM about the 1997 Pontiac Firebird Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a 1997 Pontiac Firebird that was sitting
for 3 years I put a new battery in there in a fuel
filter it starts up fine idle is good but when I put it
in Drive if I press gas slow and slide it very smooth
it will go fine but when I am trying to accelerate
very fast it will buckle and go very slow and start
picking up speed as I press gas what can be the

3 Answers

Tom Demyan

Did you drain the fuel first before you started it? After 3 years it's not volatile anymore. You need fresh fuel first, then see what issues you have.


Clean carburetor with a can of spray carburetor cleaner use the whole can and also add carb cleaner to gas tank.

Paul Martin

Yeah what Tom said I would say drain the fuel tank and also change the fuel filter again and see what happens I would say also use seafoam and other cleaning fuel additives.

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