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suspect cracked engine block or possibly head. This is a major repair.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Aug 22, 2010

Take the VIN # of the car by the windshield and take it to a chev dealer.They should be able to press u out a new one. Hope this helps.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Aug 11, 2010

Good question, however you need to be able to keep the rest of the engine from turning while removing the bolt. While you are sitting front of the crankshaft you will turn it counter-clockwise. I hope this assisted you.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Aug 05, 2010

have you tried to hot wire them to see if they work? If they do it's probably the sendor unit on the engine or radiator not giving the signal

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jul 21, 2010

Why not clean up the rust? You can't move plug wires around. Why not get a new cap? Your question is confusing.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jul 03, 2010

The security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars and it will get worse until the car won't start anymore. You can find a great write-up here: http://newrockies.ca , it was the only thing that saved my Park Avenue.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jun 26, 2010

Hello. most likely you have a loose or disconnected vacuum hose which is causing these symptoms. You could check it yourself by starting under the hood and making sure that all of the hoses are connected and not leaking; but eventually you may have to get under the dash to completely solve the problem. J.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jun 24, 2010

one of the common causes of this is a defective electric fuel pump.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jun 09, 2010


It's highly unlikely that it would be the ignition switch, unless your losing all the power to everything.

First thing I'd check, is to make sure you don't have loose, dirty or corroded battery terminals. The number one cause for sudden power loss, especially if you go over a rough bump in the road, like rail road tracks or potholes, and your battery terminals suddenly come loose.

If the terminals are dirty, clean with a battery terminal cleaning brush available at your local parts store, and tighten.

I'd have the ignition module checked. In my expertise I'm starting to learn that bad ignition modules are a common problem in the cars with the 3.8 liter V6 engine, that are 92 or later modules in the GM line.

It cuts out when the engine reaches full operating temperature, because the capacitors inside the module, short to ground, and you can't start the car until you let it cool off, for a few minutes.

If it is determined, that the ignition switch needs replacement, I strongly suggest having a professional mechanic do the job. The the ignition switch is located on the bottom of the steering column, where the average do it yourself-er can't get to. Because your car is probably equipped with an airbag in the steering, accidental airbag deployment is not a risk you want to take.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on May 24, 2010

It is typical after diconnecting the battery/ dead battery, most of the time it takes about 10 miles for the computer to reprogram, or the prom is not reading at the computer, go to a shop and this can be replaced without replacing the complete computer

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on May 21, 2010

the fuelpump relay for this 1996 olds 88 is located or the behind rightside of the dash located in the fuse panel,

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on May 15, 2010

if you mean the driver's side, that opening is where the radiator drain plug is located. The drain plug has a O ring that may have gone bad and will need to be replaced. Auto Zone or Napa will have the replacement part needed to stop the leak, and do not add any radiator stop leak. The stop leak will cause a restriction to your heater core and in the winter you may have heating issues.
Thank you for using fixya and good luck with the simple fix.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on May 11, 2010

Blown head gasket. you will either need to do all the work yourself, or it is recommened that you take it to a mechanic, you are going to have to bore the heads, remove the exhaust basically tear the whole engine down, also you are going to want to look at the water pump to make sure that is working properly, replace your sparks plugs, valves, springs and more.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on May 04, 2010

idle air control module

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Mar 29, 2010


1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Mar 27, 2010

There is a single center bolt that hold the belt tension assembly to the engine. I believe it's a 1/2" size socket, just remove the center bolt and the tension assembly comes right off and when placing the new tension assembly. Just line up the markings on the assembly to the markings on the engine, there is really only one way it will fit so no worries about not having it on right and use a little lock tight on the treads on the center bolt to ensure that it will not go loose on you.
Good luck and thank you for using Fixya.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Mar 09, 2010

with tools and knowledge, so you dont, that is unsafe

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Mar 05, 2010

takes a special gear puller

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Feb 20, 2010

How did you determine that the voltage is OK? Will it run the headlights, brakelights, and horn at the same time? It could have enough voltage without enough amperage(power). It could be a loose cable - that is what I would check first.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Feb 11, 2010

If it is getting fuel (with good fuel pressure) and spark (blue), then your problem is either timing related which could come from a snapped timing belt, or compression related which could be due to a blown head gasket. In which case you would replace the timing belt or replace the head gasket respectively.

1996 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jan 12, 2010

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