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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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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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Occasional heavy vibration
Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by many things. If you are feeling a vibration when putting the vehicle into gear then it may be possible that there is a transmission or engine related issue. If the transmission...
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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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Car acts like it's starving of fuel.
Hi there. As you already know, replacing components without diagnoses can be expensive and time consuming without resolution. Assuming, the engine sputters upon quick acceleration could be, the spark plugs breaking down. It could be, a partially restricted exhaust, ie;...
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I have a 93 Cutlass Ciera with a th125c transmission that wont shift out of first, a solenoid inside causing the vehicle not to change.
Hi there. The issue with the transmission is either the downshift cable is out of adjustment or the governor is leaking. Check the downshift cable and see if its too tight. If its too tight, the cable will need to...
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Firewall
It will be difficult to go through the firewall and the passenger cabin to the trunk because of the number of obstructions. If you are simply trying to bring power from the battery to the trunk, the best thing to...
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I can not get my car to start. Please help!
It sounds like there is a short in the electrical side of your fuel system. Also, when an ecm gets replaced, often times there is a reprogramming service that is required to get the vehicle to start. This is especially...
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remove/replace starter
Hey Jake, thank you for writing in. The starter on your vehicle can be difficult to get to. You may be at a point where you need to remove the bolt on the engine's cross brace and use a pry...
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Radio Issues 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Hi there - your car radio is equipped with a security code mechanism to deter radio theft - a bigger problem in 1994 than today. The Owners Manual should have the code (4 or 5 digit number) written in it...
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Car ran out of gas now runs very rough and oil light stays on. I am stumped. Help?
Hello, It sounds like you may have a faulty oil pressure sensor. The oil pressure light will usually come on when a few things could be happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil, the oil pump could...
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There is a banging sound coming from the idler pulley and when it is put into reverse or drove it gets louder with a loss of power
A banging sound from the idler or it's vicinity would not be caused by the ecm. The ecm, or electronic control module, is the computer that control engine performance and is located behind the glove compartment. The belt tensioner itself...
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Revving noise in engine.
There are over 20 potential causes of surging but a mechanic would initially evaluate the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system, vacuum or air induction leaks, fuel supply and fuel pump control circuit, spark plug(s) and the ignition system, and fuel...

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