Question about 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva
Hey there Beth. Welcome to FixYa. If you have a check engine light on, you need to take your car to Autozone or Advanced and have it scanned for error codes, if it is on. That light comes on when there is a problem with the vehicle, detected by the computer. You should change your spark plugs, coils, wires, coil pack, and distributor cap. I would suggest the whole package, get a tune up. The big thing is the check engine light though, if your is on. This can tell you what to change and where to look. So, if it is on, take it to get scanned. They do it for free and it only takes a minute or two. Your timing belt/chain may be slipping, causing the backfires. You may need many things done. The scan is step one. If your check engine light is not on, step one is the tune up. Make sure it is not overheating. Overheating can cause a car to shut off. Make sure there is coolant in the car. Check your air filter. Clean your battery wires, terminals, and post. Make sure all the hoses are hooked up correctly. What your doing is getting the car to run its best. This helps diagnose other problems.
Posted on May 20, 2011
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