Pontiac Repair and Service

Your Ultimate Guide to Extending the Lifespan of Your Pontiac


Pontiac, a former division of General Motors, was well-regarded for its sporty, high-performance vehicles. While the brand may no longer be in production, many Pontiacs are still on the road today, beloved for their unique style and robust engineering. The key to keeping your Pontiac in tip-top shape is regular and comprehensive maintenance. Below is a specialized guide aimed at helping you extend the life of your Pontiac.

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Vital Ignition Parts

  • Spark Plugs: The spark plugs in your Pontiac should be examined every 30,000 miles. Worn or dirty plugs can result in reduced fuel efficiency and power.
  • Distributor Cap and Rotor: Though many newer models have distributor-less ignition systems, older Pontiacs will benefit from regular checks of the distributor cap and rotor for signs of wear or corrosion.

Filters to Keep Your Pontiac Healthy

  • Oil Filter: Routine oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles should include a new oil filter to keep the engine clean and prolong its lifespan.
  • Air Filter: Replacing the air filter every 15,000 miles ensures that your engine receives clean, unobstructed airflow, which is crucial for optimal performance.
  • Fuel Filter: A clean fuel filter contributes to a smooth-running engine. Aim for a replacement every 30,000 miles.

Additional Maintenance Items

  • Transmission Fluid and Filter: For an automatic transmission, consider replacing the fluid and filter every 40,000 miles.
  • Serpentine Belt: This belt, crucial for driving multiple peripherals like the alternator and power steering, should be replaced when you see signs of wear or according to your service manual.
  • Antifreeze/Coolant: A coolant flush and refill should be considered around the 40,000-mile mark to maintain optimal engine temperature.

Important Pontiac Maintenance Tips

  1. Specialized Service: Given that Pontiac is no longer in production, it’s essential to find mechanics skilled in servicing GM vehicles.
  2. OEM or High-Quality Parts: Always opt for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or equivalent quality aftermarket parts for the most reliable performance.
  3. Regular Inspections: Take some time every month to check the basics like fluid levels, tire condition, and brake health.
  4. Consult Your Owner’s Manual: Each Pontiac model may have specific maintenance requirements, so always consult your vehicle’s manual for guidance.

Pontiac Maintenance Parts Checklist

  • Spark Plugs
  • Distributor Cap and Rotor (for older models)
  • Oil Filter
  • Air Filter
  • Fuel Filter
  • Transmission Fluid and Filter
  • Serpentine Belt
  • Antifreeze/Coolant

By diligently following this maintenance guide, you can help ensure that your Pontiac stays on the road, performing at its best for years to come.

Pontiac Auto Repair and Service at P.B. Foreign and Domestic Car Repair

We specialize in the repair and service of Pontiac automobiles, understanding their unique mechanical and electrical nuances. Our technicians are trained to provide top-notch service that matches the high standards set by Pontiac car manufacturers. Keep your Pontiac vehicle running optimally. Contact us online to schedule an appointment or give us a call at 1-858-270-1142.

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Jack Kreile
August 8, 2023

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July 29, 2023

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June 6, 2023

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April 9, 2023

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Linda Gould
February 19, 2023

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Jonathan Grannick
November 18, 2022

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T. C.
May 3, 2022

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Mandy Anderson
Mandy Anderson
August 25, 2018

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