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#203 of 232 Engine goes...CLUNK.
Sep 17, 2010 (4:08 pm)
1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, one-owner, kept in immaculate condition. The value right now, though, is lessened because of two things: Leaks in the right rear passenger section (maybe fixed...not sure...it hasn't rained in Indiana for 2 months since it was supposedly "fixed".). AND...the big CLUNK.
Fully loaded in Bloomington, IN, we took off on a trip first to Cincinnati, then New Orleans, then Florida, then home. 20 miles from home we stopped for coffee at McDonald's. I went inside, and my wife stayed in the car. She came in about 5 minutes after I left her. The car had been idling, then idled rough (new gas?), then quit. She tried to re-start it, and it started, with rough idling and a "horrible smell". It stopped again.
Never to re-start.
The tow truck picked it up and took it to an agreeable mechanic who, after his lunch, put it on the rack. He found a starter with a broken nose. Replaced it. Bill for towing, charging, the rack, and broken starter replacement was $396. (I think he saw a traveller in need.)
However, when he put it back on the ground, it wouldn't start. The mechanic turned it over with a torque bar, and it would only turn 1/4 clockwise or 1/2 counter-clockwise. His diagnosis: Engine is frozen. His solution: junk the engine and put in a used one.
Estimate from another shop (that I trust to do the work is $2895. I don't think it is worth it.
1. Would I get my money back if I put the $2900 work into it?
2. Would I have a car to still drive if I put the work into it?
3. Is it worth having the work done...or should I abandon this good looking vehicle to the salvage yard?
4. Finally...are there any ideas about WHY THE ENGINE DID THIS...and WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT?
Thanks for listening...
#204 of 232 Re: 2002 Olds Intrigue signal light [jwhahn]
Sep 20, 2010 (6:18 pm)
Before spending money on a new ignition switch, take a close look at the turn signal socket and see if there any black (burned) marks on the contacts. If you see the burned marks on the contacts, replace the socket. Any GM dealership should sell the part.
REgarding the ignition switch, you can use an aftermarket switch. I replaced my switch using one I bought at a local auto part store. I think I paid around $100 for the switch and replaced it myself.
#205 of 232 Heating/Lighting/Cruise Control Electrical problems
Jan 31, 2011 (11:25 am)
#206 of 232 Heating/Lighting/Cruise Control Electrical problems
Jan 31, 2011 (11:25 am)
I don't even know where to start this problem with...I have a 98 olds intrigue with the 3.8 motor
My heater does not work/my AC, but right now I'm more concernced with my heat not working.
My blower motor does work...what doesn't work all the time is the control module thing it will work sometimes, but at random times. And when my heat does come on, the heat isn't warm, and it doesn't just come out of the front defroster...is comes out little by little everywhere.
Because of this electrical problem I think, my radio doens't always work it comes on and then goes off, but works most of the time...and then my crusise control doesn't work all the time, It will work and then it won't, just like the rest of everything else.
Is there something electrically wrong with my middle consel? i just want to stop spending money on things that aren't fixing this...i have replaced everything on my radiator because thats what my mechanic said was wrong with it...he was wrong. if anyone has any answers that would be awesome, I hate the cold weather...
#207 of 232 Re: Blinker Issues [01intrigue]
Feb 22, 2011 (7:47 pm)
I just followed your directions to get that same part for my intrigue, I was wondering if you knew how long it would be to get the switch??
#208 of 232 98 Intrigue Problems...please help!
Mar 11, 2011 (7:33 am)
The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, with a 3.8 L V6 engine. In the last two years I have installed new heads from a Camaro due to an overheating issue because the radiator was leaking and as a result I replaced the cooling radiator and the heater exchanger. I also replaced the battery, the starter and installed new tires all around. I replaced the window control box in the drivers door and installed a serviceable R/H rear window motor and control system.
The problems I have found and trying to rectify are:
The A/C is working really good but it has a leak and it seems like its coming from the compressor.
The brights on the head lights stay on until the turn signal is used then they go off and when the turn signal is flashing they flash really fast and only blink at the rear of the car.
#210 of 232 Ignition Switch
May 27, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Can anyone point me in the direction of the step by step instructions of replacing an ignition switch on a 99 Oldsmobile Intrigue?
I KNOW I read it on here, and every time I think I've found the threadthrough a search, I click the link and it takes me back too the main page?
Not sure if this is a glitch, or what, but I really need the instructions, as I'm HOPING that the ignition switch is what is causing my car too misbehave. lol
ETA: If anyone would like too add any insight into what exactly this could be, if not the ignition switch, it would be greatly appreciated.
It's a 1999, Intrigue 3.5, the problems started with it, while driving the RPM's would drop and the car would feel like it was dying/shifting hard? It was never while it was actually shifting though. It then began not wanting too start, and then would die sometimes while braking. All the interior lights would stay on, the engine would just die.
Then the starting issue got worse, at first you could just hit the gas and it would usually start. It now SOUNDS like it's started, the engine is reving, but the RPM gauge doesn't move, sometimes it will kick on, and other times you have too repeat over and over again.
Took it too a garage, they said crankshaft sensor....pulled the CSS out of my old Intrigue and had machanic put that and fuel filter in.....now the weird RPM drop has dissappeared but it still doesn't want too start, and stalled on me again today......so am I right too think it's the Ignition Switch?? We're going too pull it out of my old car, and try too install ourselves once we have the instructions.
#211 of 232 2000 oldsmobile intrigue cranks over with key out
Jun 26, 2011 (8:54 am)
I have a 2000 oldsmobile intrigue GL and after flushing the coolant system the engine just cranks itself over with the key out of the ignition. Cleaned fuse box with electrical cleaner and compressed air. Found that the leg on the crank relay that engages the relay is getting voltage from some were the test light is really dim so its some sort of stray voltage. Shorted it to a ground through a 5amp fuse and it will not blow the fuse. Removed Ignition switch and the stupid thing still cranks over. I think it may be the body or ignition module wich ever one has the srank circut ran through it. "Can anyone help or have you heard of this also which module has the crank circuit ran through it?" Also if you start the car after you shut it off there a 5 to 10 second period every time to the second before it starts cranking over. And if you put the key in the run position with the engine off it doesnt do it. Also the starter acts normal when the engine is running thats why I think its a control module.
#212 of 232 Re: 2000 oldsmobile intrigue cranks over with key out [johneastwood]
Jun 26, 2011 (12:23 pm)
..after flushing the coolant system the engine just cranks itself over with the key out of the ignition.
.... Also if you start the car after you shut it off there a 5 to 10 second period every time to the second before it starts cranking over. And if you put the key in the run position with the engine off it doesn't do it. Also the starter acts normal when the engine is running that's why I think its a control module.
I'm confused...does this mean you hook up the battery and it cranks over and the car starts, idles normally and the starter stops cranking. You then shut the car off and after 5 seconds it starts cranking again and repeats?
If you hadn't said you unplug the key switch I would say its the key switches.
Removed Ignition switch and the stupid thing still cranks over
Does this mean you unpluged the electrical connectors (there are two of them) or just removed the mechanical key tumblers/cylinder assembly?
The under hood relay contact controls the solenoid. The relay gets 12 volts through fuses and the key switch when turned and the relay is grounded thru the neutral park switch and a contact in the PCM.
If the grounding contact in the PCM is stuck then it would only crank if you had the key turned.
Normally, So key switch or the starter relay is stuck or shorted.
But something weird is going on
1. Did you get coolant all over the place with this coolant flush?
2. This problem only occurred after flushing the coolant?
3. Did you disconnect any wiring 'plugs or get coolant in/on wiring harness or fuse block???