1997 Oldsmobile Aurora Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora 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
GM recommends replacing the engine coolant at 100,000 miles; however, our technicians recommend a complete cooling system flush every 60,000 to 70,000 miles.

It is common for the sending unit to read the fuel level incorrectly. This is due to a defective module. Our technicians recommend having the complete fuel pump and sending unit replaced because the module is currently not offered separately from the pump and sending unit.

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

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

To avoid illumination of the Check Engine Light due to random misfires, our technicians recommend replacing the spark plugs and wires at 80,000 miles instead of the GM recommendation of 100,000 miles.

The crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to stall intermittently, the Check Engine Light may or may not 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 line must be replaced to correct this type of leak.

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians recommend replacing the 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 completely flushed.

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

A failing crankshaft position sensor may cause the engine to stall intermittently.

A worn bushing in the transmission could cause a transmission fluid leak from the axle seal on the right side. To fix this problem, the transmission must be overhauled or disassembled to replace the worn bushing.

Overheating of the engine may cause the cylinder head to expand, severely straining the head bolts and damaging the threads in the engine block. This commonly results in a blown head gasket. Our technicians tell us the engine block threads must be repaired before the cylinder head is reinstalled.

If the ABS light on the instrument panel illuminates, our technicians recommend checking the brake lamps first. It could indicate that a brake light is not working or has burned out.

Damaged spark plug wires can cause the ignition coil to burn out.