Coming home from my buddy's house in Grayslake Saturday night, a cop stopped me and told me my passengers' side headlight was burned out. (High beam, fine, low beam not working.) Fortunately, the Wal-Mart in Gurnee is open 24 hours a day, and I was able to buy one before I drove back to Chicago.
I replaced the old one Sunday afternoon. All those sounds you hear are people leaving the 10:45am service at the church down the street and arriving for the 12:45 service. Noisy, aren't they? :D
Changing a Fiero headlight is a little more difficult than changing the usual sealed-beam headlight unit, since the Fiero has retractable headlights, but only because the arm between the headlight motor and the headlight assembly can trap your hand if you don't follow the directions in the owner's manual. But it's no more difficult that changing one on Firebirds and Corvettes of that era, or any other car with hidden headlights, for that matter.
You people who have cars made since about 1986 and only have to replace a halogen bulb can recuse yourselves. But you do have to worry about not getting oils from your fingers on the bulb; it shortens the life of it. And there is that little matter of water condensation inside the lens. And yellowing and dulling that can only be gotten rid of by buffing compound and elbow grease.
The job on the Fiero takes about 20 minutes, during which time I found that the retaining spring that keeps the headlight unit from flopping around had rusted and fallen off. It can wait until I have another order from the Fiero Store;)
Factoid: The first car sold in the U.S. since 1939 to have non-sealed-beam headlights was the 1984 Lincoln Mark VII, which was all-new that year. The law lifting the ban on non-sealed-beams was passed by Congress in 1984, but because of engineering lead-times, they did not start appearing on other cars sold here, (including other Lincolns), until 1986. It cost Lincoln a pile of money, but they had two Mark VII headlight systems ready to go for the '84 model year, depending on how Congress' vote went, simply because they wanted the publicity value of being first out the gate.
85 Fiero GT Sleepy Eyes
The other day i was just playing with the switch for my headlights and
realized that the fiero is capable of doing sleepy eyes stock......
Step 1: Turn Headlights and Running lights on
Step 2: Once headlights Reach full Height Flip Switch back off
Step 3: When headlights reach desired level turn just the running lights
The right way to Seafoam a Fiero
Sea Foam treatment on an 86 Fiero SE 2.8.
Use about 5.5Oz of fluid through the brake Booster. Then add the same amount to both the
gas tank and engine oil for long term protection.
Oil Change in a Pontiac Fiero
The Pontiac Fiero is just like any other sports car (or any other car) when
it comes to oil changes. Warm up the car, lift up the end where the engine
is, take out the oil pan drain plug, let the oil drain out, put the drain
plug back in, change the oil filter, refill with fresh oil.
I've been doing it myself ever since the car was new. The hardest part of
the whole procedure, over the last nearly 30 years, was filming the whole
thing for this video. If you're thinking of changing your Fiero oil
yourself, hope it helps.
Drama at the 2008 Fiero Reunion
There were many stories at the 2008 Fiero Reunion at the Marriott
Centerpoint in Pontiac, Michigan. Here are two. The parking space standoff
ended peacefully; they settled it like gentlemen; we would expect no less
of Fiero owners. Now, those Corvette, Solstice, Miata and Viper
ruffians.... well, you know THEM;-)
How to Remove a 2.8 V6 Engine from a Pontiac FIero step-by-step (HD)
This is a video giving a visual step-by-step process on how to remove the
2.8 liter V6 engine from a Pontiac Fiero using basic tools. The only tools
that you may need to rent, borrow or buy is an engine hoist and some 4
wheel moving dolly's. I've attempted to make this video as visual as
possible so that anyone could see how to remove the engine using basic
This video can also be a useful guide when reinstalling the engine as is
shows how things were disconnected. Most of the disassembly steps can be
done in any order with the exception of a few parts.
Please comment and share with other Fiero enthusiasts.
If I do not know how to do something, I usually turn to YouTube FIRST to
see if there is a video on it. Since I use YouTube to teach me things I
figured I'd pay it forward and post videos of what I know.
Installing Front Speakers in My '84 Fiero
The radio installation project spawned this one. The old Delco front
speakers couldn't handle the added power.
Thanks to Best Buy, Helix Camera and Video (for having the replacement for
a burned-out video bulb).
And to the UPS guy: Could you bring a delivery in the morning for once? The
MORNING! A! M! And as I've told the people at your 1-800 number numerous
times over the years, my front door DOESN'T face the street! Okay. I've
vented. Breathe. Bre-e-eathe.