Question about 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

1 Answer

My 1995 olds cutlass cierra will not stay running.

I replaced the battery when I noticed the charge light on the dash was on. The car will fire up and idle just fine, but after about 15 minutes, will die. The battery is dead after it dies. I had the alternator checked by a professional, which he said was fine. I checked the voltage at the battery terminals while the car is idling and got 14 volts, so I'm sure it's not the alternator or it's wires. What else could it be?

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • efeske Feb 23, 2009

    Do I do the test from the negative or positive post?

  • efeske Feb 24, 2009

    It doesn't make sense that there would be a draw on the electrical system since the problem only arises when the car is running. Is it possible that one of the systems is drawing all the electricity the car can produce? And if so, how do you determine what system is drawing while the car is running?

  • efeske Feb 26, 2009

    Found the problem. There was a fried connector about 8" from the battery on the positive cable. It appears to be the positive lead from the alternator to the battery. Chances are, when I replaced the battery, the connector came loose and the electricity had to arc. Sure would explain the intermittent voltage at the battery and the fried connector! Thanks for helping trouble shoot!

  • c38hot May 11, 2010

    car should stay running with battery not connected , have charging system double checked and do a draw test for short in electrical system , are you near empty lots or large field , rats chew wire insulation , double check for wiring damage



1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 107 Answers

Negative is safer

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

  • c38hot Feb 25, 2009

    there has to be a short , maybe the starter is still engaged after starting , battery will have to be hot to drain in 15 minutes , unless it is a new defect

  • c38hot Feb 27, 2009

    thats great , drive happy



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


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



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Replace dash lights on a 1993 olds cutlass cierra

You would need to remove the instrument cluster to get to the back side where the bulbs are.

Dec 07, 2012 | 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

1 Answer

1995 oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra tail light blowing fuses

Never heard of any thing called that and I am a factory trained service tech on Olds cars. You likely have a shorted multifunction switch.

Jan 24, 2012 | Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

I need the wiring schematics for a 1995 oldsmobile cutlass cierra

wiring schematics for what? audio?

if so

1995-96 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Stereo Wiring
Constant 12V+ Orange
Switched 12V+ Yellow
Ground Black
Illumination Gray
Dimmer Brown
Antenna Trigger Pink
Antenna Right Front
Front Speakers 3 1/2" Dash
Left Front (+) Tan
Left Front (-) Gray
Right Front (+) Light Green
Right Front (-) Dark Green
Rear Speakers 6" x 9" Rear Deck
Left Rear (+) Brown
Left Rear (-) Yellow
Right Rear (+) Dark Blue
Right Rear (-) Light Blue

GM uses the same colors for all audio wires

I know a picture would have been better, but I think this could help

Aug 08, 2011 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

1 Answer

I have 1995 olds cutlass cierra s with 3300 v6, dies when warm, rest for about 15 min and starts up till warm. replaced ignition module, o2 sensor, fuel filter, fuel pump, air filter. i've worn out my...

the most common problem next is the crank sensor. use a heat light to warm up the sensor to see if it is that. by using a heat light you can narrow down what part has the temperature glitch. Don't forget to try the engine computer.

Jun 06, 2011 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

2 Answers

Where is the turn signal flasher located at on a 1995 cult cierra

Turn signal flashers are generally located either the underside dash of the drivers' side or on the fuse panel.

Jan 14, 2011 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

1 Answer

My daughters hand me down 1995 olds cutlass ciera has 103,000 miles. It was grandmas and well maintained. It has started shutting off while driving. No rhyme or reason....

One possibly/likely problem is that the ignition circuit is cutting out. I had this same issue on a car (malibu) and found it was an intermittent ignition switch connection. Replacing the ignition switch fixed it for good.
One thing that will really help you is to notice you dash lights when this happens. If the dash lights go out when the car stops, then this is it. If the dash lights (ignition) stay on, then you have another issue.

Nov 21, 2010 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

1 Answer

Ecm placement for 94 olds cutlass cierra

under dash on the passenger side.


Oct 21, 2010 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

2 Answers

I need the firing order for a 1995 cutlass cierra sl

You didn't mention the engine size, so I have attached both diagrams for 4 cyl and 6 cyl.



Apr 12, 2010 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

2 Answers

How do I change out headlight bulb on 91 olds cutlass cierra

Behind the headlight, you should see the nylon bulb holder. Turn it counter clockwise, about a 1/4 turn, and it should come out. Pull the old bulb straight out, and replace it with the new one. Don't touch the glass part of the new bulb with bare fingers, or you'll be replacing it again. Use cotton gloves or a paper towel. Put the holder back in the headlight, turn it clockwise until it locks.

Mar 09, 2009 | 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Not finding what you are looking for?
1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Logo

Related Topics:

288 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Oldsmobile Experts


Level 3 Expert

80531 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8841 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides