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I HAVE A '88 OLDS CALAIS WITH THE 2.3 4 CYL ENGINE. THE ENGINE WILL START TO SURGE AND WILL NOT IDLE AND EVEN CUT OFF WHEN SLOWING DOWN. AT THE SAME TIME THE SPEEDOMETER WILL STOP WORKING AND THE NEEDLE WILL JUMP BACK AND FORTH FROM 0 TO THE SPEED YOU ARE RUNNING. THE TACH NEEDLE ALSO GOES CRAZY.

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Check the motor ground wire it is a braided copper wire usually off the back of the motor to the frame of the car

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Here's some History on the Cutlass Calais.


March 1982 to replace Starfire, Lansing's version of the front-drive 101.2-inch-wheelbase corporate J-body subcompact failed to attract more than about 45,000 customers in most years -- except for 1984, when it garnered a credit­able 82,500 -- even though Olds tried most everything it could think of to sell it.

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There was a lot of J-car engineering under the "modern formal" styling, and initial engine choices were the Ciera's familiar Pontiac-built four and 3.0-liter Buick V-6. Even so, customers generally liked this new bottle of old wine, snapping up 100,000-plus in the first year and better than 150,000 of the '86s -- about midway between the similar Pontiac Grand Am and Buick Skylark/Somerset.
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Olds proved it by adding a tuned 180-bhp version for 1989. A more-useful option that year was a new 3.3-liter derivative of the 173-cid Chevrolet-sourced V-6. Replacing the Buick-built 3.0, it also produced 160 bhp -- and more torque than even the "High Output" Quad-4. To fill in for the departed Firenza, prosaically named Value Leader Calais models appeared for '89 with less standard equipment and restricted options but lower prices.
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Even a hallowed name on an honestly speedy little car couldn't convince many that Olds still specialized in high performance the way it had in the '50s and '60s.

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