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

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.

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Average mileage: 131,413 (46,000–208,700)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
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1998 Oldsmobile 88 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.
1995 Oldsmobile 88 100,000 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.........
1994 Oldsmobile 88 98,000 mi,
Stalls when going low speeds. Able to start right back up after parking. Doesn't happen all the time but sometimes will happen 2 times in the same day.
1997 Oldsmobile 88 138,000 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.
1999 Oldsmobile 88 155,000 mi,
engine check lite comes on. Eng RPM SURGES AT idle. Occassionaly eng stalls Trouble shooting code 01/02
1992 Oldsmobile 88 121,000 mi,
car stalls usually under deceleration and braking. sometimes it takes 2 to 10 minutes for it to restart. much worse in hot weather
1996 Oldsmobile 88 153,000 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
1999 Oldsmobile 88 170,000 mi,
engine stalls no warning,but if air is on wont stall.will replace mass air flow & crankshift position sensor
1991 Olds Delta 88 cuts off while driving. Wait 20 min. and it will restart.
Intermittent engine killing while driving along, and sometimes rpms will rev up for a few seconds while sitting at a red light. I cleaned the mass air flow sensor with the spray specifically for that. I got at Autozone.
1999 Oldsmobile 88 65,000 mi,
wouldn't start when hot. check engine light never came on.
1997 Oldsmobile 88 147,000 mi,
Idle position sensor. How do you install it
1993 Oldsmobile 88 87,000 mi,
1991 Oldsmobile 88 118,254 mi,
it stalls. i pluged it into a computer and thats what it told me
car stalls out and fuel pump makes a funny nosie when diein
1999 Oldsmobile 88 200,153 mi,
After filling the gas tank, my engine light came on and my car started to stall while driving it.
Car stalls when braking but starts right back up
1998 Oldsmobile 88 198,000 mi,
stops at low idel
1999 Oldsmobile 88 154,000 mi,
car stalls when warm when stopping or at a traffic light or stop sign
1994 Oldsmobile 88 100,000 mi,
Engine stalls when I let up on accelerator after the engine has heated up.