Question about 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva
I have a 1996 Olds Achieva with a 3.1L-V6 engine that has 95,000 miles
on it. I am experiencing an electrical problem where the engine, while
moving, suddenly stops.
Some background: This issue happened to me twice about 4 months ago. While at a stoplight, waiting to turn all of my warning lights flickered and suddenly my engine had stopped. I put the vehicle in park, turned of the switch and successfully restarted the car. About 30 minutes later, while driving on the hwy, the warning lights on the dash board flickered, the engine cut out and I was coasting to a stop without power steering. In both instances the radio remained on. The shop, which is trustworthy, could not replicate the problem and advised that I keep an eye on things.
One month later (Nov '08) my car had more problems. I left the seatbelt in the door, I think this caused the battery to run low (though I am not certain). The car jumped sucessfully, was driven about 10 minutes and then shut-off. Twenty minutes later it would not start and could not be jumped. Subseuently my shop spent several hours to hash out the problem and replaced a fusible link and the starter relay. No further problems for 3 months.
Current problem. A few days ago while in a turn lane, my dashboard warning lights flickered, the engine cut out, I lost power steering and coasted to a stop. After parking car and waiting a brief minute, the vehicle started sucessfully. I went an hour down the road and while on the highway, the engine cut out immediately after the dashboard lights flickered. I pulled over, stopped and restarted the car. In both instances the radio was still playing.
Today, I went to start the car, but the dashboard lights flickered, this time the radio made a clicking sound and it reset the clock. In the next couple attempts to start the car, the vehicle started but cut-out within a few seconds. I waited another minute, then all was fine.
From my reading, it sounds similiar to some problems dealing with the cluster or crank sensor, but I would like to hear the thoughts of others. Any advice and DIY instructions are welcome and will be greatly appreciated.
Ok; first your car probably has a "rollover switch" this is usally located in the trunk on the right side it can cause this problem but, in your case I think the ground cable that grounds your engine is the culprit check on the engine block for a bolt with a large braided cable that fastens to the frame or sheetmetal of your car remove the bolt(s) and scrape away the paint,grease etc. and, rebolt (the radio is grounded seperately) the gages, lights on dash and, the engine ignition MUST be grounded to the frame to work.
Posted on Apr 21, 2009
Take both cables of the battery and clean them with a wire brush, reinstall them making sure those little 5/16 hex bolts are nice and tight in the battery. Trace the battery ground cable back to where it bolts to the engine block, make sure it is very clean and tight. There should be a body ground somewhere, this is a conductor between the engine block and the metal body part of the engine compartment- clean and tight as well. If you can't find the body ground, make one.
Now get on your hands and knees and inspect behind both front kick panels and under the dashboard valence, inside the car. You are looking for single or clusters of brown or black wires that are bolted to the body inside the car. Clean and tight for these as well. I promise, this is where your problem lies, but I'm betting on loose battery terminals right now.
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
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