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Car making a loud knocking noise
Hello. Unfortunately, without hearing the noise myself it is hard to make an accurate recommendation. The first thing that needs to be determined is the type of noise that is present and the possible sources. Rattling or knocking noises while...
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Key not turning the ignition cylinder.
Hi. A test that can be administered would be if you have a spare key, try to turn on the car with that key. If it turns on, then that would indicate you have a bad key and you should...
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Car is running slow, what could it be?
If you already replaced the sensor then now it will need that connector you've mentioned. Replacing it may fix the code P0502. The code P1406 is for the EGR valve position, you would need to have the valve tested to...
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Runs 10 or 15 minutes then shuts off
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. If you are loosing fuel pressure after it gets hot then you most likely have a fuel pump that is locking up when it gets hot. The connector to the...
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Front of car makes popping noise
This sounds like it could be a serious issue and should be looked at. Several items could cause a noise such as this when braking. A failing lower ball joint is one such possibility the other could be worn or...
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Windshield wiper clicks and engine revving heard on radio
Yes, corrosion on a ground terminal or splice point can cause various engine and electrical systems issues. Looking at the wiring diagrams I see nothing related between the entertainment and engine control systems that jump out at me as the...
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4-set switches on driver's door intermittently don't work
Generally, when there is intermittent operation, this is an indication of a loose or broken contact in the wiring. It is common on the Cutlass Cieras for a broken or loose connection between the driver's door harness and the body...
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Station wagon sputters and hesitates
It will depend on the the fault that is stored causing the service engine soon light to be illuminated. Based on the description, I would suspect either an input sensor to the engine management system, such as an oxygen sensor,...
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Horn, radio, interior lights, clock, mirrors, & locks all quit
There is a 20 amp courtesy fuse that is common to all of the electrical systems that you are experiencing problems with. The fuse is in the fuse block and is labeled "CTSY," and if it blows, then it can...
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New battery. Starter and alternator and car will not stay charged
Yes, this does sound like an electrical issue. Here's what you can do: With the vehicle running, use a multimeter to check voltage at the battery. It should read somewhere near 14 volts, give or take .5 volts, if...
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shifter wont engage
You may have to align the shift lever collar and lever correctly before you put the pin in. The shift color may have been broken. If you go under the dash by the brake pedal and look at the linkage...
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Car won't start after I changed the fuel pump. It was dying and back firing before I changed it. Could it just be low on gas now?
Hi, thanks for writing in. I recommend listening to hear if the fuel pump is running during cranking, and checking fuel pressure. Should be at least 10 psi. If the pump is not running, check the fuel pump fuse(s) and...
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Car just cranks and won't start
Hi there. It looks like you've replaced most of the usual suspects here, but it could be several other electrical or fuel related components that are causing your Cutlass Ciera to not fire-up including spark plug wires, spark plugs themselves,...
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I am having trouble locating the MAP sensor
Hi there. The MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor should be located on the firewall behind the right strut tower. Confirming the diagnosis before purchasing the MAP sensor is recommended. Assuming the Check Engine Light is on and has set a...

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