1990 Oldsmobile 88 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1990 Oldsmobile 88

1990 Oldsmobile 88 Problems

Car Won't Start Because of Anti-Theft System That Uses Raised-Chip Key

Problems with anti-theft systems using the raised-chip key can prevent the car from starting. The wires in the steering column to the ignition lock cylinder tend to break. The key and ignition lock cylinder should be replaced to correct this condition.

Engine Stalling Due to Mass Air Flow/Crankshift Position Sensor Failure

The mass air flow or crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to stall intermittently. Proper diagnoses will be necessary to determine the cause of any stalling condition.

Intake Manifold Gaskets Can Develop Engine Oil Leaks

The intake manifold gasket can develop external engine oil leaks. The intake manifold will need to be removed and the gaskets replaced to correct this issue.

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1990 Oldsmobile 88 Questions

Why is my car not starting? (1 answer)

I am getting spark and power to all my sensors. I am getting some fuel pressure up to the fuel rack, but am not sure if it is enough for the vehicle to start. I do not smell fuel like the vehicle is being flooded.
I have replaced cam shaft sensor, crank shaft sensor, ignition control module, fue...

What's wrong with my blinkers/indicators? (1 answer)

I was driving home from work the other day when my blinkers stopped working as well as the indicators. When I turn my emergency/hazard lights on the blinkers and indicators do turn on and flash repeatedly as they should, I read something online about it being the flashers that is the problem and ...

I have a 1988 olds 98 that I think needs a new fuel pump. Can I do this myself? (1 answer)

It's been extremely cold and I used a container of heet for the fuel line twice. Any other suggestions?

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1990 Oldsmobile 88 Recalls

Recall 91V034000
CARS WERE BUILT MISSING A WIRE BETWEEN THE DIGITAL CLUSTER AND THE DIMMER CONTROL, THEREBY FAILING TO PROVIDE AT LEAST TWO LEVELS OF LIGHTING.
Recall 90E043004
THREADED INFLATOR COMPONENTS MAY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED DURING ASSEMBLY WHICH MAY ALLOW COMPONENTS TO SEPARATE WHEN INFLATOR RECEIVES A SIGNAL TO DEPLOY THE AIR BAG.

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1990 Oldsmobile 88 Reviews

Okay--I had an '87 88, but I have to review the car anyway, as it was my first. Strong engine, and absolutely a Detroit tank of a car, but it was comfortable as hell and low-maintenance. Problems: the headliner will sag on you as only GM headliners can. You will develop timing chain and valve problems over time.
Somebody ran into the front of my car and the bumper and headlights are done. How much do you think it would cost to get fixed and where can I find the parts?

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