Question about 2000 Pontiac Firebird
First of all, even though it's a very common term for electrical problems, you probably are not looking for a short. A short is where a circuit is not following the intended path to where the power is intended to go, and is taking a short cut (short). A true short will cause blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers, smoke, melted wire insulation, etc. What you are probably looking for is an "open" where the path of flow is interrupted. It's like there is a bridge out on your normal drive to work, so you can't get through to your destination.
To find the problem, you need to dig for clues. Does the problem happen together? You mention radio and windows... do they both stop at the same time? The first place to look is the fuse box. It's probably under the dash, open the driver door and look somewhere near the hood latch just below the dash. If there is a cover to remove, there will usually be a chart showing the layout and which fuses go to which circuits. You can pull the power window fuse and also the radio fuse and visually check them. Also, the switches for the power windows are a common problem on these cars, so you can try to pop out a switch and short across the terminals to bypass the switch and see if the window rolls up, then you know you have a bad switch. You would short from the middle terminal out to one of the outer terminals at a time, one is for up, one is for down.
Posted on Oct 17, 2013
One of the solutions would be to check the BCM or body control module, which should be in the glove compartment. Usually, there is a blue wire that has become loose. This usually causes the issue. Had the same thing happen to my Trans Am. It could also be that your BCM is going bad. If so, you can get it sourced from the dealership (a little pricey). I believe if you get one from the salvage yard, it would have to be reprogrammed to your car.
Posted on Jul 01, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It is computer timed have you replaced the timing chain? and need how to set it up from the beginning? if your getting pinging you need to do a top engine clean to allow the knock sensor to be able to adjust the timeing.
Posted on Sep 13, 2009
The formula was just a body option. It has nothing to do with the performance of the car or what drive train is in it.
So the short answer to your question is YES.
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
This is how I did it and it worked perfectly. My car was finally purring again after weeks it was dead: http://newrockies.ca/vatsbypass - the typical resistor trick did not work.
Posted on Feb 10, 2010
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