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.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Oldsmobile 98
1996 Oldsmobile 98
1996 Oldsmobile 98 Problems
The fuel pump can fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians highly recommend to replace your fuel filter every 30,000 miles to help prevent undue strain on the fuel pump.
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.
The water pump may develop a coolant leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.
The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid; it should be replaced.
1996 Oldsmobile 98 Recalls (Recent)
Summary: THESE VEHICLES WERE ASSEMBLED WITH A MALFUNCTION ALARM, LIGHTING AND LOCKING (MALL) MODULE THAT CAN CONTAIN A DAMAGED CAPACITOR. IF THE CAPACITOR IS DAMAGED, THE "KEY IN THE IGNITION" WARNING CHIME AND THE DRIVER SEAT BELT UNBUCKLED WARNING CHIME AND INDICATOR LAMP MAY NOT WORK. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 114, "THEFT PROTECTION" AND FMVSS NO. 208, "OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION." IN ADDITION, OTHER CHIME REMINDER FUNCTIONS, INTERIOR LIGHTING CONTROLS, AND POWER DOOR LOCKING FEATURES ARE ALSO AFFECTED.Learn more »
1996 Oldsmobile 98 Questions and Answers
My heater stopped working and I think the heater core is the problem.
I replaced trunk pulldown motor,but it only pulls down
and not up at all? could it be defective? or is there
somthing else to check? thank you jack
the heat does not come on and i seen a lil smoke from under the hood then it stopped and the muffler has white smoke coming what could all this be?
My olds 98 will blow warm air when the heater is on only on the driver side and on the passenger side it blows cold air. As the driver I stay warm but the passenger freezes.