Earlier this week I received an unsolicited letter from pontiac that likely explains the problem that I am suffering. The following is a brief synopsis of the letter.
Gm will soon announce a safety recall to correct an issue that may cause a fire in your 2002 model year pontiac grand prix w/ the 3.8L supercharged engine.
The purpose of this letter is to explain the issue, waht gm is doing to correct it, and what you can do to immediately reduce the potential for injury.
We believe that the fires may be caused by drops of engine oil being deposited on the exhaust manifold through had braking. If the manifold is hot enough and the oil runs below the heat shield, it may ignite into a small flame and in some instances the fire may spread to the plastic spark plug wire channel. This may have occurred in about 1 in 1000 vehicles.
We are currently working w/ our supplieers to obtain sufficient parts so we can launch a full recall to address the situation
please know that we understand the concern this may cause nad the need to correct it quickly as we can. Until we are able to do so, there are three very important precautions you should take:
- we strongly recommend you not park your vehicle in a garage, car port, or other structure
- if you notice a burning odor, you should have your pontiac dealer inspect your vehicle. The dealer will inspect your vehicle w/o charge
- use premium fuel (91 octane or higher) in your vehicle, as recommended in the owners manual
if you have any?'S or need any assistance, please call the pontiac customer assistance center between the hours of 8am-8pm EST, Monday-Friday. It can be reached at 800.620.7668.
Since I am still experiencing the problem I will be taking my vehicle into local dealer for further assessment. I will post the results once they are available. Hope this helps any other pontiac GTP owners.
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 AT 3:19 PM