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  • Robert Mix Jr
    Robert Mix Jr - 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Engine - 10/21/2014
    My valves rattle terribly when I start my car
    happens when the car is cold, then calms down after about 10 minutes of driving. But doesn't completely go away. Why does it do this? Can any thing be done about it ?
     
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  • Robert Mix Jr
    Robert Mix Jr - 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Engine - 10/21/2014
    My valves rattle terribly when I start my car
    happens when the car is cold, then calms down after about 10 minutes of driving. But doesn't completely go away. Why does it do this? Can any thing be done about it ?
     
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  • kent
    kent - 1994 Oldsmobile 88 - Engine - 10/14/2014
    Car is running, then engine shuts off. Starter cranks, no engine start. Random. Few min, few days...
    Windows, locks, and cabin lights, I guess fuel pump or ignition will not work. Seems all else is working. Won't start. After some time, it will start and run again for an undetermined amount of time, all fore mentioned working again, widows....etc.
     
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  • aj
    aj - 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera - Engine - 10/10/2014
    Why does my car run great for little while then quit and not start back for couple hours
    i have already changed coil packs,ignition sensor,cam sensor, crank sensor,mass air flow sensor, and computer
     
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  • Charles Elliott
    Charles Elliott - 1995 Oldsmobile 88 - Engine - 10/4/2014
    Engine idles fine when running but runs rough at higher rpms then stalls.
    The mileage is 59311. All the sensors have been changed. The fuel system is all new. Also the car sat up for about three years.The check engine light does not come on so there are no trouble codes stored in the computer.
     
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  • Josh00
    Josh00 - 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue - Engine - 9/23/2014
    I Have a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue how much damage will the wrong antifreeze cause & what are possible parts I will need?
    It overheats and white smoke comes out the exhaust. Check engine light comes on after about 15 minute while running
     
    • Jimm
      9/22/2014 Jimm
      Not related to wrong antifreeze - based on the detail you have provided, the problem is a blown / faulty cylinder head gasket.

      To determine the extent of the damage - have an inexpensive compression test performed as the first step.
      Jimm
      9/22/2014 Josh00
      A mechanic told me I needed a crossmember gasket and a major tune up. Do u think he's tryna duke me
    • Jimm
      9/23/2014 Jimm
      Stick to the assistance offered...not related to wrong antifreeze - based on the detail you have provided, the problem is a blown / faulty cylinder head gasket.

      To determine the extent of the damage - have an inexpensive compression test performed as the first step.The problem is not tune-up or crossmember gasket (whatever that is...?) related.
      Jimm
      9/23/2014 Josh00
      Thanks a lot Jimm! Much appreciated
  • RHendricks
    RHendricks - 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Engine - 9/18/2014
    Problems starting-will click, then turn over, then die. Oftimes, clock will show reset to 1:00 a.m.
    The colder the car -- i.e., first thing in the morning, or after sitting for a long time -- the more it happens. You turn the key and it will simply click, then start to turn over. The engin will catch and when you release the key, it will die. You need up having ...
     
    • AutoMD Member
      8/21/2014 AutoMD Member
      I think I know what the issue might be.. Are there any lights on on your dash? this is a common gm thing it has to do with the security in the car..This happen to my buick and I took it in they wanted to charge me an arm and a leg. So I did some research and found this site.. it has a bypass and I did it myself... let me know if this helps! Good luck
      The security, antitheft or lock picture/icon is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterprets this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. This link explains it pretty well.

      http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/
    • Mike
      9/18/2014 Mike
      Might want to check the condition of the battery and cables. Sounds like it might be weak or cables loose or corroded
  • Shell
    Shell - 1999 Oldsmobile 88 - Engine - 9/17/2014
    My car cuts off while driving it. An then the power windows will not work or the interior lights. Bought new alternator
    Thought maybe I got a bad alternator, but car will occasionally cut off.
     
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  • kjousley
    kjousley - 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera - Engine - 9/10/2014
    What would cause oil to be in the radiator?
    I went to check my coolant level and when I removed the radiator cap I found the coolant to be yellow and oily feeling. The coolant was a nice green color a few days ago. I have been checking it often because I noticed a small dripping coolant leak coming from the ...
     
    • CVO
      9/10/2014 CVO
      Intake manifold gaskets ????? They might be leaked, check them.

      See this Fig. 9: Intake manifold tightening sequence for 3.3L engines

      http://www.autozone.com/.../...rGuideContent.jsp

      Note: i do not have any investments nor interests for this party rather than use their instructions to help DIY. Hope this helps.
      CVO
      9/18/2014 kjousley
      Yes it is lower intake manifold leaking. Thank you for your response and the link, that helped out alot.
  • Dave
    Dave - 1997 Oldsmobile 88 - Engine - 8/30/2014
    How do i kill the anti theft system?
    the anti theft system is always causing issues. i really dont care if its the reader, the vats modual or the keys' resistors i just want the thing disabled. ive been told there's a wire somewhere that when cut will let me start the car or a code that can be ...
     
    • DangerRanger30
      8/26/2014 DangerRanger30
      I just did this on my 1998 Olds Cutlass. take you dash bezel off from around the ignition/stereo. At this point you should be able to see the top of your ignition. You will see a plug on the top of the ignition with 2 wires going to it... a black wire and a yellow wire. ***with the car running*** clip the yellow wire. Your "Theft System" light will come on and stay on. This basically just through your theft system into a "safe mode". The light will stay on every time you start the car, but it will start every time. I did this on my car about 3-4 weeks ago and have not had a problem out of it since. Good luck :)
    • AutoMD Member
      8/30/2014 AutoMD Member
      I had the same issue.. check out this site.hey have a way to bypass it. its not a quick fix its permanent. I did mine and have had no issues, hope this helps. if u have any questions let me know

      The security, antitheft or lock picture/icon is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterprets this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. This link explains it pretty well.

      http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/
  • Jimbo55
    Jimbo55 - 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette - Engine - 8/23/2014
    I just replaced a bad lower intake manifold gasket and, after reassembly, the engine won't start.
    I replaced the lower intake manifold gasket and reassembled the engine however, now it won't start. I need some guidance on how to diagnose the problem and correct it.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Oldsmobile Alero - Engine - 8/21/2014
    Why my car wont start? possibility it may be spark plugs?
    I went shopping one morning and when i was done and ready to head home, my car wouldnt start. The lights came on, radio came on, etc.. the car was turning over but not firing. We checked the fuel pump and fuel filter by a pressure gage. They were fine We checked the ...
     
    • AutoMD Member
      8/21/2014 AutoMD Member
      I don't think it is a spark plug issue... Are there any lights on on your dash?? if so check out this link.. I had a buick that this happened to... your car is also on the list for this malfunction..this site has a way to bypass it so your car will start again, I did it myself... let me know if this helps
      The security, antitheft or lock picture/icon is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterprets this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. This link explains it pretty well.

      http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/
  • Wayne
    Wayne - 2001 Oldsmobile Alero - Engine - 8/21/2014
    Wont start and the battery will not turn over
    while driving it just died, has new battery but while trying to get it restarted ran it down.
     
    • AutoMD Member
      8/21/2014 AutoMD Member
      Is there any light on on your dash??? I think I may know the issue... this happened to my buick.. I did some research and I guess its very common in the gm cars.. look over this page and see if this is what your think it is.. Let me know if this helps! Good luck!
      The security, antitheft or lock picture/icon is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterprets this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. This link explains it pretty well.

      http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/
  • RHendricks
    RHendricks - 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Engine - 8/20/2014
    Loud whining sound when the car is warmed up, especially on very hot days.
    On very warm/hot days, after the car is warmed up, you can hear a loud whine in the rear of the car. The hotter the day, the louder the whine. Doesn't happen when first starting the car; only when it's warmed up and on hot days. The fuel pump was replaced in ...
     
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  • Ken
    Ken - 2002 Oldsmobile Alero - Engine - 8/14/2014
    Where is the fuel cut-off relay located on this vehicle?
    Is the relay a part of the fuel pump assembly - or located elsewhere on the vehicle?
     
    • jdl
      8/14/2014 jdl
      The fuel pump relay is in the under hood fuse box. Engine cranking did you visually check for spark at the spark plugs? Did you use a gage and check proper fuel pressure? Do you have an injector pulse, engine cranking?

      When you first turn on the key, no crank, can you hear the fuel prime for a few seconds?