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Oldsmobile Achieva Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Oldsmobile Achieva 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 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 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.

A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor will commonly correct this concern.

The heater core under the right side of the dashboard may leak engine coolant which can puddle on the passenger front floor. The loss of coolant may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us that removal of the dash board is necessary to replace the heater on these vehicles.

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

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.

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.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) can fail causing stalling, and engine and transmission drivability concerns.

Our technicians highly recommend that the engine coolant be replaced every 30,000 miles.

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.

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

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


The oxygen (O2) sensor may fail causing the engine to burn to much fuel and may cause the check engine (SES) light to illuminate.

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

The oxygen (O2) sensor may fail causing the engine to burn to much fuel and may cause the check engine (SES) light to illuminate.