Cutlass Ciera

The Engine May Stall After Extended Freeway Driving on Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 113,614 (21,000–185,000)
7 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996
35 people reported this problem
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after driving awile when you come to a stop the car will not go forward or backwards it just stalls and dies. it will restart but you can not put it in gear as it will stall and die. wait a while and it drives like there was nothing wrong
Car stoles when hot. It will restart in neutral but shuts off when put in gear. If I let cool it will operate normally. I am afraid to gamble and drive for long distances. Any opinion other than changing the transmission?
If I remove the four pronged wire leading to the converter under the hood the car runs normally however the "SERVICE ENGINE SOON' light on dashboard lights up at times. Still I am afraid to drive it long distances.
car will run fine on short runs but if i go 6 miles and slow for a stop at a light , car will stall out . when I take it out of gear car will start but stall when I put into gear . i find that if I press the gas and quickly let off of the brake whild sifting into gera it will run untill the next time I have to stop . After restin a while it will run like nothing was ver wrong . I will be flushing the trnay and changing the trany filter , wiil le you know how that works for me.
Haven't got it fixed yet, but after driving about 40 miles (either highway or city) the car stalls when coming to a stop. After you restart the car it works fine for a few more miles, then repeats its self.
My car does the same thing, after car get hot it stalls,and when I crank it up ,then put it in gear it stalls again. Wait about 10 min. then it will function right.
I'm on e of the writers above. The problem defeated me. I sold my daily driver to a crusher for $300. Got a nice low mileage Tarus, titled, reaired, fixed up about $2,100 in all. My first Ford. Has a rattle, of course.