Question about 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva

2 Answers

No power/key sticks in on position unless I tap neg battery post

Battery won't take charge. when negative post is tapped, dash lights & power return, but car won't crank. Now the negative post is giving off sparks when touched to remove connector

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

1996 Olds Achevia, sometimes the ignition key will not turn to the off position when i place the car in park. sometimes when i move the gears from P thru 1st a few times i can turn the switch to the off position and remove the key. not this time, its stuck any suggestions

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Oldsmobile Master
  • 21,949 Answers

Get a spanner and tighten it ,

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Testing neutral battery cable, crank and camshaft sensors for ground, wire connectivity, etc.?


Put it on the Ohms reading, lowest setting. Touch the leads from the negative side of the battery to the engine and also the body.. Should have less than 5 ohms. To test the positive side you have to go to the starter and battery. To test the sensors your meter has to be able to read hertz. Put the leads to the positive and signal return. Tap the end of the sensor with a piece of metal(screwdriver, wrench) rapidly. It it reads any numbers, it is good.

Sep 03, 2016 | 2002 Kia Optima

1 Answer

My 124xmax year 2014 won't start starter switch completely dead but turning on the key all dash light are working


Long story short I will give you the hows and not the whys.
  1. Remove the positive and negative battery cables
  2. wire brush the posts on the battery and the inside of the cables untal they are silver all the way around
  3. reconnect and MAKE SURE THEY ARE TIGHT.
  4. If possible remove caps and add tap water(it's OK) till all cells are 1/2 inch. from the top replace caps.
  5. You may try a start. If not
  6. check batt volts should be 12 or more volts. red to pos back to neg on volt meter. no volt tester
  7. charge battery and try start. If not
  8. follow the batt cables to there ends and clean and tighten them, Try start. should be ok, if not get back to me and we will continue
MDS

Mar 28, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

Its cold battery is charged dash lights come on and all bells and whistles are going off but no turn over of the engine


Possible starter problem or power supply to it. You can try tapping on the starter with a blunt object ( tire iron etc ) while holding the key in the crank position. If the vehicle starts, the starter will need replacement

Feb 15, 2016 | 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

1 Answer

I own a 1991 Ford F-150 Custom 4.9 L. I was trying to pound out a recent dent on the right front fender. After about 6 or 7 blows with the hammer, hitting only the fender, the starter suddenly engaged...


What has happened is the internal contacts on the selenoid have engaged ! Probably shook loses while you were tapping on the fender. Once you replace the selenoid you will be OK again. Once this gets stuck in the closed position it will keep power to the starter. try tapping on the selenoid while the battery cable is unplugged and see if it releases.

Jul 25, 2011 | Ford F-150 Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

My engine died. There in no power anywhere. I suspect a short circuit somewhere. No lights, no nothing. I disconnected the negative from battery and tested with a v-meter. There is continuity between...


Leave the battery disconnected and charge it for about 8-hours with a low-rate charger. Make sure all switches are off, then tap the battery cable back to the post--if you get bright flashes/sparks, you will need to isolate various sections of the wiring by removing fuses and remove the heavy wire going to the alternator. Once you get it to where there are no sparks, push the connector on to the post (but don't tighten yet), start replacing fuses and wire connections one at a time until you find one that sparks--that is the circuit that you need to trace out. If it is the alternator wire, have the alternator tested at an auto parts store. If you got no reaction when replacing the negative cable to the post after charging, a switch may have been left on thus draining the battery. Hope this helps!

Jan 22, 2011 | 1998 Honda Passport

1 Answer

Went out to start car,when I turned key lights dimmed, hooked to charge but no charge-battery is new.


make sure the negative post is grounded well.. check to ensure there is no corrosion on the post.. and follow the neg. wire off the battery to ensure it is connected to a good ground....

Feb 16, 2010 | 2003 Volvo S60

1 Answer

Will not start or come out of park. no lights and dash board dims when key is turned? battery has fully charge.


Using a voltmeter, check that voltage is identical to battery volts at the other end of cables. Check across the battery terminals, across connectors on battery, between negative post on battery and connection at starter, between positive post and end of negative cable then from postiive post and block. Wherever you find a variation, clean and re-check reading.If this does not help, there are sub system teststs you can do as well but I believe you will likely locate your problem before getting into that.

Apr 20, 2009 | 2003 Kia Spectra

1 Answer

Car will not turn over but dash lights will come on what could be the problem


Does it click or chatter when you turn the key?

Dash lights and headlights and horn take a lot less power (Amps) than starting. As an example from cold, your starter moter uses 180-400AMPS(!) when starting (or trying to start) the car.

You have an apparent GROUND and POSITIVE 12v off the battery, but when the starter kicks in it drawas so much power that if there is a loose connection at either terminal of the battery, it will arc and vaporize the metal at that point and all you will get is a click. Take off the battery connectors and clean the posts and insides of the connectors with sandpaper, then starting with the POS (Red +) side, push them on firmly, loosen the clamp bolts tap them several times around in a circle with a small hammer, block of wood or screwdriver handle so they seat all the way down, then tighten the bolts. If it wont go, remove the bolt, insert a flat-blade screwdriver in the **** and twist the screwdriver to expand a bit then tap some more. NOT HARD... just alot of little taps) Put the bolt back in and do the NEG (Black, -) the same way.

NOW it will start!

Mar 26, 2009 | 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue

1 Answer

My car will unlock and lock fine but but it wont start. if the car is left a few days it will start once but if the engine is turned off it wont start again.what is it please shed some light.


Does it click or chatter when you turn the key?

Dash lights and headlights and horn take a lot less power (Amps) than starting. As an example from cold, your starter moter uses 180-400AMPS(!) when starting (or trying to start) the car.

You have an apparent GROUND and POSITIVE 12v off the battery, but when the starter kicks in it drawas so much power that if there is a loose connection at either terminal of the battery, it will arc and vaporize the metal at that point and all you will get is a click. Take off the battery connectors and clean the posts and insides of the connectors with sandpaper, then starting with the POS (Red +) side, push them on firmly, loosen the clamp bolts tap them several times around in a circle with a small hammer, block of wood or screwdriver handle so they seat all the way down, then tighten the bolts. If it wont go, remove the bolt, insert a flat-blade screwdriver in the **** and twist the screwdriver to expand a bit then tap some more. NOT HARD... just alot of little taps) Put the bolt back in and do the NEG (Black, -) the same way.

NOW it will start!

Mar 21, 2009 | 2002 Volkswagen Golf

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Oldsmobile Achieva Logo

131 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Oldsmobile Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

61168 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21949 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

6812 Answers

Are you an Oldsmobile Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...