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Oldsmobile 88 Engine Stalling Due to Mass Air Flow/Crankshift Position Sensor Failure

Oldsmobile 88 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Average Mileage: 133,360 mi (87,000 mi - 200,153 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Engine dies while in traffic. Must wait over 5 hours for restart. Replace crank position sensor, engine control computer, ignition control module, mass airflow sensor, fuel pump relay.........

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  • Visitor, , 155,000 mi

    engine check lite comes on. Eng RPM SURGES AT idle. Occassionaly eng stalls Trouble shooting code 01/02

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  • Visitor, , 138,000 mi

    A few times lately, with no check engine lights coming on or any other warning, my 88 would stall, sometimes while traveling as fast as 50 mph. This means no power steering or power brakes, kiddos. Fortunately, I was able to restart by shifting into neutral, but its not very fun or safe!!!
    However, changing the MAF sensor has seemed to fix the problem, and it wasn't really that difficult.

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  • Visitor, , 92,000 mi

    3.8 mtr. Started six months ago. Engine would shut off while driving. Wait a few minutes and it could be restarted. The situation is random and there was no pattern. Most times it would go 2-3 weeks without a problem or longer. Replaced TPS and cleaned MAF sensor no change. Now the problem comes up as soon as the engine warms up. Idle starts to stumble and gets rougher and rougher until the engine shuts down. After that it will not restart until engine is stone cold. It was a great driving vehicle, handles very nice but it may be destined for the scrap heap as I cannot seem to identify the problem. At one point it started up cold and ran for 30 minutes. I shut it off and restarted several times. I dropped the throttle hard on it a couple times,shut it off went to restart it and it would not start.

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  • Visitor, , 153,000 mi

    car stalls out 2-3 times a month will driving, i have to shift into nuetral to continue driving. having this problem for 7 months. Finally it has shut down on me,wont start. Fires up for 3 seconds,and stalls out. Changed the MAF sensor, still doing the same thing. will change the crankshift position sensor next

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  • Visitor, , 170,000 mi

    engine stalls no warning,but if air is on wont stall.will replace mass air flow & crankshift position sensor

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  • Visitor, , 121,000 mi

    car stalls usually under deceleration and braking. sometimes it takes 2 to 10 minutes for it to restart. much worse in hot weather

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  • Visitor, , 87,000 mi


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  • car stalls out and fuel pump makes a funny nosie when diein

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  • Visitor, , 200,153 mi

    After filling the gas tank, my engine light came on and my car started to stall while driving it.

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