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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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, fuel pump, battery cables, starter, fuel filter, or one of many sensors. When a vehicle cranks sluggishly...
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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, wires, fuel pump, fuel filter, vacuum leak, exhaust leak or oxygen sensors. Since there are many potential...
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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...
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Headlights, lights, brakes, steering go out & car won't start
Hello there, thanks for writing in about your 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass. With this type of fault, many different components could potentially be the cause. The most common would be the battery, alternator, ignition switch, a wiring short, or a failing...
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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, you should not drive it because overheating will damage the engine. The most common related services accompanying water pump replacement are...
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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...
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Electrical short in car
Hello. More information for why you think you're having an electrical short would be needed for proper diagnosis. Do you have a fuse blowing? If so, a fuse replacement will be needed to repair the associated component. If you would...
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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...
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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...
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Where is the inlunefuse on my 1997 odsmobile cutlass
Which inline fuse are you looking for? Most of the fuse links on this engine are in the fuse boxes under the hood, or at the starter main connection. If the fuses are all good and you're still having a...
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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...
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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 could cause this fault. Other likely causes would be the fan control...

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