Car trouble of an electrical variety
June 6, 2014 3:39 PM Subscribe
I have a 1998 Oldsmobile 88 LS. She's got around 130K miles on her. She is old and has had a fair share of trouble. On the way home today it started giving random "misses" and I lost power to the car. Many Details inside. (Bonus question:credit approval)
posted by Twain Device to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total)
Disclaimer: I am not a car person. What I do know I gleaned from my dad growing up. That being said.
The "misfires" seemed to occurs when shifting from 2k RPMs and 3K. This was primarily on the interstate traveling at around 70mph. I call them misfires but they really felt like the car was losing power for just a second or two. This car has had misfires before(details below) and this felt different from the normal miss.
After about 10 minutes on the interstate I got off and traveled down the road at about 30 miles per hour. After about 5 minutes on the road (with a few more misses) the car missed slightly and I lost my power steering. I turned the car into a parking lot, tightened the positive/negative terminals on the battery with a wrench and started it back up.
After a 30seconds to a minute of driving I lost power steering again and all acceleration power. I pulled over into a stretch of parking again and topped off my oil(details on that below). Started car again and was able to drive with no issues for another 5-8 minutes to home.
A few notes on the car's past issues and my future plans.
Shes had regular misses before about 3 years ago. It got bad enough that she couldn't get up steep hills. We finally got some error codes to go by and found some of the spark plug.ignition system was bad. We replaced two of the three spark plug control nodes, the computer board underneath those and the spark plugs/spark plug wires. This cleared up the misses.
She has a slow oil leak and I top it off about every 3 weeks (hence the oil top off above). I realize that makes ZERO sense for the problem she has but what can I say, I was desperate.
Also there is a terminal connection issue on the battery, every few months I have to tighten the nuts on them or the car wont start at all.
I am prepared and ready to get rid of her. I've basically been riding it out (pun intended) until she needed major repair. (I've been driving coworkers nuts by continuing to tell them I was getting a new car soon. It's been 3 years)
I plan to replace the 3rd spark plug control module that was never replaced years ago. It is only a 30 dollar part and I can do the repair myself in less than 10 minutes.
However, if anyone can tell me what else might be the culprit? I'd like to keep the car running in at least acceptable condition for use if possible for cheap.
Bonus question: I have very crappy credit, but have about 3k as a down payment. For a moderately priced car, will they approve me? (imagine the worst credit possible)