Having problems with your 1996 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight ?

My 1996 Oldsmobile 88 stopped running and everything shut down. I intially thought it was the alarm system, but I had it checked and that's working fine. I've been told it may be the ignition switch, but I don't know how to change it. Can you help me?

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 08-08-2022

Answers :


It's highly unlikely that it would be the ignition switch, unless your losing all the power to everything.

First thing I'd check, is to make sure you don't have loose, dirty or corroded battery terminals. The number one cause for sudden power loss, especially if you go over a rough bump in the road, like rail road tracks or potholes, and your battery terminals suddenly come loose.

If the terminals are dirty, clean with a battery terminal cleaning brush available at your local parts store, and tighten.

I'd have the ignition module checked. In my expertise I'm starting to learn that bad ignition modules are a common problem in the cars with the 3.8 liter V6 engine, that are 92 or later modules in the GM line.

It cuts out when the engine reaches full operating temperature, because the capacitors inside the module, short to ground, and you can't start the car until you let it cool off, for a few minutes.

If it is determined, that the ignition switch needs replacement, I strongly suggest having a professional mechanic do the job. The the ignition switch is located on the bottom of the steering column, where the average do it yourself-er can't get to. Because your car is probably equipped with an airbag in the steering, accidental airbag deployment is not a risk you want to take.
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