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Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera based on complaints from 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 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 Engine Control Module (ECM) can fail causing stalling, and engine and transmission drivability concerns.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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