Oldsmobile Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Oldsmobile 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

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 intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Our technicians tell us that operating the engine  with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct these leaks.

The head light switch may fail causing erratic head light operation.

On vehicles equipped with rear air springs, the air compressor may fail causing the rear suspension to sit low.

The passlock sensor in the ignition lock cylinder may fail causing an anti-theft system fault and a no start condition. Our technicians tell us that the ignition lock cylinder should be replace to correct this condition.

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

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

The 2.3L 4 cylinder engine can be prone to head gasket failure. This can result in coolant loss and engine overheating.

A stalling issue may occur if the battery goes dead or is disconnected and the "idle learn" procedure is not performed. For more information on "relearning" the engine idle speed, please click here»

The Anti-lock brake system (ABS) control unit may fail internally causing the ABS warning light to illuminate.

The HVAC blower motor may stop working at one or more speeds due to a faulty blower motor resistor block. Our technicians recommend to confirm the resistor is at fault by first checking the operation of the switch.

The rear light socket plate may fail causing a brake light or other rear light to stop working.

The anti-lock brake (ABS) pressure modulator valve assembly may fail internally causing the ABS light to illuminate.