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No easy way to do this - you need to remove the inside door panel from inside the truck and manually release the lock. You didn't say where the wiring was burnt, but when the door is open test for power at the lock solenoid - if not there when unlock is pressed, inspect the wiring (particularly at the two rubber wire casings connecting the door to the frame). If it is there, the lock solenoid is stuck and may have to be replaced.

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Oct 02, 2017

Hi,yes in some of this vehicles there are fuses at the engine compartment ,,it may said fuses on top of the box if not ,look for a black box that opens by two little latches at the side, good luck.......

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jul 28, 2017

Reinstalling the distributor can be tricky due to the worm gear. Did you verify that the rotor points to the #1 terminal when piston #1 is at tdc? Can you check the timing with a light?

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jun 30, 2017

There are TSB's for this issue. I chased this issue for months on mine. Go find the TSB's, there's troubleshooting pointing out the faulty part. It could be, the brake light switch, the hazzard light switch itself, the multi-function switch. I had replaced all of these and still had the problem. Wiring that goes from the brake switch to up near the fender was shorting against the fender. I replaced the pigtail, problem fixed. Best bet to help you, is find the TSB's for this problem.

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Jun 29, 2017

Yes, it is electrical alright. But probably not due to the fuel pump, I would bet the pump won't turn on as long as the dash won't, cause the ignition system is not on. It's probably either a blown fuse for the ignition or a bad ignition switch. So check all your underhood fuses.

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on May 14, 2017

Thermostat is sticking or heater core is blocked.do not keep running it or it is going to ruin the engine. It is running hot regardless if is blowing cool or hot air. Do not keep using the car.

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Apr 16, 2017

The best thing would be to order a whole new steering column and tell them you need one with a key. Or you can get your vin# and call a dealer to have one made but that will be more expensive.

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Apr 02, 2017

make sure all wires are plugged in and when it's dark out side open the hood and see if you see sparks around any of the wires but it has to be dark out side

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Dec 13, 2016

first indication of a vehicle that has not been service properly
keep well clear if a private sale

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Nov 24, 2016

first i would check your key and ignition switch for problem if key worn or ignition cylinder worn vehicle will have intermittent start --as to anti theft yes their is one

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Oct 23, 2016

First thing is check trans fluid level. Check with engine running, warmed up, on a level surface, in "PARK" (not a bad idea to perform a full range cycle of the shifter lever with engine running before checking fluid level, giving the vehicle a moment for each position of the shifter- ie shift from park to reverse, wait a moment, shift from reverse to neutral, wait a moment, neutral to drive, moment, etc down through first, then back up to park in the same fashion. Then do the dipstick check) Low fluid will affect transmission function so correct any deficiency.
Second thing is check for trouble codes. Engine light or trans light on or flashing indicates a diagnostic code is set. Pursue accordingly.
It is possible that your transmission may be in first stages of total failure.......
Before you resign yourself to that extreme, there is one more thing to try. There is a pattern on these vehicles where a component inside the ignition switch develops an issue which causes the car to start out in 2nd or 3rd gear when you try to drive it. Every thing else regarding the switches function works perfectly an it is apparently doing everything it is supposed to do. Feels like it should when you turn it, etc.
The only way to determine if this is the problem is to put a new switch in the car and see what happens. Note that we are not talking about the part you put the key into, sometimes called the lock cylinder. This is the electrical switch that has all the wires and electrical connectors. It is behind the lock cylinder and you have to "skin" off the covers on the steering column to get at it. Not the most expensive thing to replace, but they don't give them away either. Neighborhood of $75-$80 if I remember. One angle of approach on this would be to purchase from a parts store with a liberal return policy. If it doesn't fix the shift problem, take it back ("it's over my head and decided not to try it" excuse). There are some Youtubes and other forums that you can find details on the replacement procedure. It's kinda fiddley but do-able. There is one screw that may give you some trouble. It's a very tiny Torx socket head screw that holds part of the switch on the steering column. T-5 or T-3 Torx bit or something like that, and that proper bit can be a little hard to find. I have used a tiny hex bit (Allen wrench) in a pinch to turn these out but had to tap on it a little to set it into the screw. The screw is not normally tightened too much and will come out if you can get a little bit of bite onto it. Be mindful of that when assembling. Also it's probably a good idea to not crank down any of the fasteners until you've established that this did/n't fix the problem. Just set all fasteners lightly enough that things don't rattle around(much). Tightening beyond that point can leave marks on the part making it apparent that you installed it, and may complicate the return process if you go there. On that point it also helps to keep your hands clean so you don't smear up the new switch....and keep the box put up where you don't mess that up. If somebody says "looks like it was installed", reply that it was like that when you got it. Hopefully that won't be an issue and this fixes things. If that's the case, remember to tighten everything down to make the installation secure.

1997 Oldsmobile... | Answered on Aug 22, 2016

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