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About Oldsmobile 98

As a flagship model of Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile 98 was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's brand Oldsmobile between 1940 and 1996 as a full-size luxury car. Originally introduced to replace the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 90, 98 was sometimes spelled Ninety-Eight after 1958 and also was Oldsmobile's top-of-the-line model. But still after being manufactured for twelve generations and the production of Ninety-Eight ended on May 31, 1996, and it was replaced by the Oldsmobile Aurora and Oldsmobile Regency/LSS.
Since most drivers show more interest in the latest Oldsmobile 98, then we will spare all efforts on talking about the more recent Ninety-Eight. The twelfth-generation Oldsmobile 98 was produced between 1991 and 1996 and debuted in a more distinctive appearance with added length, rear fender skirts, wide tail, low nose, and split-grille with wraparound headlights. It was offered in only one body style: 4-door sedan and it came in two main trim levels: the traditional luxury-oriented Regency (sub-models Regency Elite, Regency Special Edition, Regency Elite Series I and Regency Elite Series II) and the performance-oriented Touring as well as a 50th Anniversary Edition. Back then, Ninety-Eight was powered by a 3.8 L V6 rated at 350 hp and a 3.8 L supercharged V6 and both engines sent power through the 4-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.

Oldsmobile 98 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Boasting the most technologically advanced items such as the Hydramatic automatic transmission, the Autronic Eye and so on, it is not strange that Oldsmobile 98 became Oldsmobile's top-line model. But if you still have a Ninety-Eight, then it must be at least twenty-one years old and these common problems will be familiar to you:
First, issues on transmission, braking and suspension systems on Oldsmobile 98 are very serious that could lead to fatal accidents. But many drivers did not attach enough attention to them until they result in irreversible consequences. Transmission failure often manifests as the indicator not matching the gear, the vehicle not turning off, starting in another hear, or not going into gear at all, and the Ninety-Eight shift cable is the culprit. As for braking failure, you could attribute it to the Ninety-Eight brake booster and brake dust shields. If you could hear rattling or squeaking noises from underneath the vehicle, feel an intense vibration while driving and think a sluggish response in vehicle handling, it is high time for you to inspect the 98 leaf spring insulator, sway bar bushing, sway bar bracket and pitman arm.
Second, the worst issue but not that common than above issues for Oldsmobile 98 drivers would be the engine failure. As the soul of a vehicle, anything wrong happens to the engine, the vehicle is faced with breaking down. Therefore, these symptoms of this issue provided by experienced Ninety-Eight drivers should be borne in your mind. First of all, the engine may stay at a high operation temperature due to low coolant level and leaking coolant, oil may even get into the cooling system and cooling gets in the oil; then the engine operates terribly, it backfires, misfires, stalls and even loses power while acceleration. Finally, the vehicle will suffer from starting issues and excessive oil consumption. Thus, once the Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light are lit, please inspect the Ninety-Eight throttle cable, coolant reservoir, fuel pump, fan shroud, spark plug, ignition coil, crankshaft pulley, fuel filter, radiator cap, EGR valve gasket and oil filter immediately.
However, depending on solving common problems is not enough to make sure a safe and comfortable driving experience. You also need to perform routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts of Oldsmobile 98 to increase the possibility. Electrical parts such as Ninety-Eight door lock actuator, door jamb switch, door striker, power window switch, door lock cylinder, window regulator, speedometer cable and so on are exposed to repeated usages. Routine maintenance is essential for them. Other parts including washer reservoir, antenna, door handle, seat belt, windshield wiper and wiper blade should also be on routine maintenance list.
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