Question about 1993 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight
Have to turn the key 2-3 to get it to start. never had this problem before last week. I heard some noise under the hood when I popped it a rat ran out. the clock in the car keeps changing also. could this all be electrical? Should I check the fuses under the hood? I can not afford a mechanic.
Start with this easy test:
Check the battery like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.
If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Check that the battery cable plus post, goes to the starter, Minus post to a good ground, like the engine.
If wiring is ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear or starting relay, Have someone bang on the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging the bendix gear..
Hope this helps.
Posted on Apr 05, 2015
You may have to use a mechanic. The first thing I would check is the fuses, but chances are that rat chewed into some wires in the harness. And that could be tough to find.
The fuel pump may not be getting power from the relay when you turn the key on, or it could be something else.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
check the fusable link at the starter solenoid by pulling on each on, if it fill rubbery and streches then it is bad. Check for voltage at starter to ground also. If you have power to your starter then I would suspect a fusable link. also next circuit to test woud be from switch to smal terminal on solenoid. You should get power when key is in start position. Hope this helps you
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
Sounds like carbon build up on the contacts inside the electrical ignition switch which is not the key cylinder. Its located on the lower steering coluum if coluum shift or if you have a floor shift it will be inside the console
Posted on May 29, 2009
sounds like the vats system try cleaning your key wait 3 min if that doesnt work take it to the dealer and let them reprogram the vats system and probally replace your key
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
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