1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

The torque converter clutch can stick "on" after extended freeway driving causing the engine to stall when coming to a stop. Our technicians tell us when this occurs, the engine usually will restart and stall when put into gear. After allowing about twenty minutes for the engine and transmission to cool down, the engine will start and the transmission will operate normally. Replacing the torque converter clutch solenoid, transmission filter, and fluid will generally correct this issue.

The steering rack may fail causing the steering to become hard to turn.

Fuel injectors can short-circuit electrically causing a rougher than normal idle and reduced performance.

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. The engine may overheat as a result of the coolant loss. A leaking water pump should be replaced.

The fuel pump may fail causing engine to stall and not restart.

The inside door handle may break causing the door not to open from the inside.

This engine may leak oil from the valve cover gasket.

The outer tie rod ends on the steering linkage may wear causing excessive free play in the steering and uneven tire wear. If the worn tie rod ends are replaced, the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted as necessary.

You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission system should be completely flushed.

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor will commonly correct this concern.

The rubber section of an automatic transmission cooler line may develop a fluid leak . In some cases the leaking section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this concern.

The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid; it should be replaced.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) can fail causing stalling, and engine and transmission drivability concerns.

A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a cracked exhaust manifold. Damaged exhaust manifolds will require replacement to correct this issue.