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1998 Oldsmobile 88 Problems

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Most Common 1998 Oldsmobile 88 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 loc...
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 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.
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1 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Brakes Problem

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

3 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Drive Train Problems

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 ...
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 com...
The transmission pressure control solenoid may fail causing erratic shifting. Our technicians tell us that partial dis-assembly of the transmission is necessary to replace a failed pressure contr...

1 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Electrical & Lights Problem

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 loc...

6 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Engine Problems

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 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.
The upper intake manifold may develop an internal coolant leak causing one or more cylinders to fill with coolant. This can cause the engine to "hydro-lock" and not turn over. Removing the spark pl...

3 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Exhaust & Emissions Problems

Failure of the crankshaft position sensor, ignition control module, or powertrain control module (PCM) may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.
The EGR tube may develop an engine vacuum leak causing the engine to run lean. The Check Engine Engine may or may not illuminate.

2 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

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

1 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Maintenance Problem

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

0 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Miscellaneous Problems

4 Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Suspension & Steering Problems

The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid; it should be replaced.
The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.
The steering rack may fail causing a loss of power steering fluid as a result the steering may become hard to turn.

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Known 1998 Oldsmobile 88 Problems & Complaints

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 loc...
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 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 chec...
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...
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.
The water pump may develop a coolant leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.
The transmission pressure control solenoid may fail causing erratic shifting. Our technicians tell us that partial dis-assembly of the transmission is necessary to replace a failed pressure contr...
The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.
Our technicians recommend flushing the brake fluid every 60,000 miles. Brake fluid that is dirty may cause problems in the brake system.
Failure of the crankshaft position sensor, ignition control module, or powertrain control module (PCM) may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
The EGR tube may develop an engine vacuum leak causing the engine to run lean. The Check Engine Engine may or may not illuminate.
A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.
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 ...
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.
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 com...
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