1996 Oldsmobile LSS Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1996 Oldsmobile LSS 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

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

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.

General Motors recommends that the spark plugs should be replaced every 100,000 miles. Our technicians highly recommend the spark plug wires be replaced at the same time.

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.

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.

One or more heater & AC (HVAC) temperature and/or air delivery mode door actuator may fail, resulting in improper temperature or air delivery. If this occurs, fault code(s) should be stored in the HVAC control module which should assist in diagnoses.

The mode and temperature door actuators may fail causing improper air flow or temperature output from the heating and AC (HVAC) system.

Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.

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.

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 steering rack may fail causing a loss of power steering fluid as a result the steering may become hard to turn.

The water pump may develop a coolant leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.

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.

Our technicians recommend flushing the brake fluid every 60,000 miles.  Brake fluid that is dirty may cause problems in the brake system.

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