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When I turn on the headlights of my 1996 Oldsmobile 2.1 L Ciera, smoke pours out from under the dash. I'm told the wiring harness is junk and cannot be replaced. What do you think?

This electrical problem also seems to affect the antilock brakes and causes the rear wheels to slide whenever you use the brakes. In addition, the tilt-steering wheel is "loose" and I have been unable to pull the steering wheel to investigate what might be wrong. All suggestions and comments are welcome. Thanks!

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Hey buddy pull the wheel off because its loose it might have pinched some wires togather and I never seen a harness that could'nt be changed

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SOURCE: 1989 cutlass oldsmobile with tilt steering wheel ?

remove column trim, insert ket turn to on position, and push the pin in at the underside of the steering column pull straight out please rate -jeff

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SOURCE: 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera turn signal problem

the sswitch is in the steering wheel you must remove the steering wheel being carful to disconnect the airbags in the proper procedure so it wont go off and, the switch will be behind there it is part of the multifunction switch.

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SOURCE: I have an 88 olds 88 with tilt wheel, the column

I have seen this on many gm cars and trucks.dont remove the column,removal of steering wheel is necessary.if you have air bags this is tricky.there is a clock spring that tells comp. where the wheels are pointed.i dont recommend repair if air bag equipped.take it to a shop.I taped my clock spring and made sure i didnt move it or steering wheel.remove the lock plate and lock ring (tool sold at parts places)
and you will see the problem.dont remember if they are called pins or bushings but I used some type of epoxy after pushing these parts back in.columns vary somewhat but if you get past the lock plate and wiggle you will see the problem.hope this helps

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SOURCE: wobbly tilt wheel

Remove horn pad . After removing the large nut SCRIBE A LINE ON THE CENTER SHAFT and the STEERING WHEEL, Using a steering wheel puller, remove steering wheel. Now comes the tricky part. Remove signal stalk ( just pull out a couple of inches ),and 4-way flasher knob. Disconnect multiple connector of signal switch. Remove 3 screws holing switch down. Gently pull upward on switch to expose lower steering bowl. The large bolts are LOOSE that secure it, so the reason for the wobble. Tighten bolts, and reverse procedure.

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SOURCE: cannot unlock the steering wheel on oldsmobile intrigue 2001

is it the right key for that car? cause if not then that is the problem... if it is the right key, then you might have to replace the key cylinder cause you may have something broken in it...

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