Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 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

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

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.

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

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.

The spark plug wire rubber boots may get soaked with oil, causing a misfire or rough idle.

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

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

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.

This engine may leak oil from the valve cover gasket.

An engine oil leak may develop from the rear of the engine. This is commonly caused by a failed oil pump drive o-ring seal. The leaking o-ring should be replaced to correct this concern.

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

Corrosion may develop at the connection between the ignition coil tower and spark plug wire resulting in an engine misfire. The Ignition coil and spark plug wire should both be replaced to correct this condition.

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.

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.