Question about Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
The most common cause for this problem is a bad connection to the battery. To check this, you should follow some basic safety precautions, and if you are not comfortable in doing it yourself, get a friend or family member familiar with working on cars to help. You should at minimum wear safety glasses when working around a car battery. You will need a battery post cleaning tool, available at any auto parts store for 2-3 dollars. You should also wear gloves, since the stuff that you will be cleaning off is corrosive, and can irritate your skin. A solution of baking soda and water will neutralize any acid that you come in contact with, so it is a good idea to have some nearby.
First, find the right size tools to remove the battery connections. Take off the negative (the black cable) first, being careful to not let your tools or the cable touch the positive (red) terminal or cable.
Next, remove the positive (red) cable. Use care to not let your tools touch anything else. Use the battery post cleaning tool to clean the posts of your battery, and then remove the cap from the other end of the tool, exposing a tree-shaped brush. Use this to clean the insides of the cable terminals. Once everything is cleaned, reattach the cables, positive (red) first, then negative (black). Make sure to get them good and tight.
If your battery still has a good charge in it, everything should be OK now. If your car still has the same problem, your battery has either lost its charge due to the bad connection, or it is dead and you need to replace it. The easiest way to find out at home without going to a shop is to try and charge the battery. If after charging you still have the same problem, you will need to replace your battery. A car battery will typically last about 3-6 years, depending on the "grade" of the battery, and how the car is driven. If your battery is over 6 years old, you should replace it, even if it seems OK, because it will probably fail at the worst possible time, either in extreme heat or extreme cold.
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