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Electrical short in car

Electrical shorts in vehicles are not an uncommon issue in modern cars. When a short is present, it can affect multiple systems, and wires will often short together. I would have a certified mechanic from YourMechanic come to your home...

Starter will not stay engaged long enough to start car ?

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a faulty starter solenoid or potentially a bad starter motor (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/starter-replacement). A faulty starter solenoid will generally produce a clicking sound when turning the key. The starter solenoid is located on the...

My blower switch only works on #2 speed & high speed could this be the blower resistor?

Hello there, a few common faults can cause your 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass to only work on the #2 speed air flow. You are correct, the blower motor resistor (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/cooling-fan-resistor-replacement) could cause this fault. Other likely causes would be the fan...

My dash board lights have been flashing on and off then my car turned off.

It sounds like you might be having an issue with your ignition switch. The ignition switch is responsible for sending power to different electronics depending on the position of the key. This fault appears to be intermittent because the vehicle...

Engine is slow and sluggish upon cranking

Hello there, a vehicle that dies and cannot be restarted could be one of many items. The most common would be the battery (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/battery-replacement), fuel pump (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/fuel-pump-replacement), battery cables (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/battery-cable-replacement), starter (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/starter-replacement), fuel filter (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/fuel-filter-replacement), or one of many sensors....

Car randomly feels like it loses power and jumps

Hello there. Many different items can cause a lack of power intermittently such as this. The most common would be the spark plugs (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/spark-plugs-replacement), wires (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/ignition-cable-spark-plug-wires-replacement), fuel pump (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/fuel-pump-replacement), fuel filter (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/fuel-filter-replacement), vacuum leak, exhaust leak or oxygen sensors (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/oxygen-sensor-replacement)....

Electric front seat not moving forward

Electric seats run on a track with motors that adjust it in the direction you choose. The gears in the motors are sometimes made of plastic. Under normal situations the plastic gears hold up fine, but if there is an...

Heavy oil leak when car is on

The first thing to check is the oil filter. Was the oil changed recently? Remove the filter and check the gasket. Did it push out of the groove? Are there two gaskets? Some other sources of pressurized leaks are a...

Fuel pump 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Hello - you are correct, there will not be an additional fuel pump in the gas tank, only the mechanical pump at the engine. Check first to see if the fuel pump is pulling fuel from the tank, and pushing...

Engine overheating, coolant is not circulating.

Hello. If coolant is not flowing through your cooling system I would try to determine if there is some sort of blockage, and where it may be. Draining the cooling system and removing the suspect radiator hose could determine if...

Car temperature gets hot and makes a thumping noise.

Hello. If the engine is using coolant like this then there is a serious issue. I usually do a pressure test of the cooling system first to make sure that there are no leaks. If there are no external leaks...

My car needs a new water pump but what else should be replaced?

If the car is overheating or the rate of coolant loss is so high that it will likely overheat (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/car-is-overheating-inspection), you should not drive it because overheating will damage the engine. The most common related services accompanying water pump replacement...

Brake pedal goes 3/4 way to floor

Hello there. This is a more unusual problem, especially given the amount of parts you have replaced. In most cases, the pedal travel is due to either the master cylinder or the brake booster, sometimes both. Given that these have...

Fuel gauge fluctuation

A fluctuating fuel gauge on your Oldsmobile is an indication that the fuel level sensor is failing. When this happens, you will notice that the fuel gauge is moving as you turn corners and the gas sloshes around inside your...

Antitheft light flashing on dashboard

It sounds like the ignition switch has gone amiss. There is an antenna built into it to detect the proper key. If that malfunctions, your Anti-Theft Light will come on. The key not turning is a different problem. It is...

Car air condition not working; smoke under hood; leaking coolant.

All three of these problems are probably unrelated and may need to be addressed separately. I would recommend having the vehicle thoroughly examined by a knowledgable technician, such as one from YourMechanic, since multiple repairs may be required. The smoking...

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