Oldsmobile Calais

The Oldsmobile Calais was a compact car manufactured by General Motors between 1985 and 1991. It was produced as a 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan with 5-speed manual or 3-speed THM125 automatic transmission.
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it has something to do with the passcode security feature on the car. To fix it you leave the key in the run position for about 10 minutes unitl the securtiy light shuts off and then start the car normally. This could be one of 2 things either the key is worn or the passcode module is shot. Get a ne…
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Answer i had this same problem with my 85 and about 3 months later my fuel pump went out changed it, workds fine now
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On some cars low brake fluid can cause it to come on. GoodluckJoeIf your brakes are very worn, it will take much more fluid to depress the calipers. This will significantly lower the amount of brake fluid in the reservoir which will trigger the brake light to illuminate. This happened to me and when…
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%REPLIES% Answer Hey JohnMake sure the alternator belt is tight. GoodluckJoe Answer == A Bad Diode in the Alternator will cause the light 2 stay on & still charge the bttery.
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%REPLIES%%DETAILS% Answer To find out what is wrong with it you will have to take it to a repair shop or the ford dealer with a computer to hook it up, but the engine light being on something is wrong with the car, it kinda sounds like a ingition coil pack going out, if so it will only get wors…
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Answer Hey Ryan==Simply remove the neg battery cable then the ser belt then the wiring on the alternator then the bolts that hold it on. GoodluckJoe
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Answer I took a look at doing this myself and backed out. The shop had to remove a engine mount and dismantle the A/C to get the job done. I think shop time was 3-4 hours. This car does not leave enough room for big hands. Also to give you a heads up on another issue I had. Leaves and debris …
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%DETAILS% Answer sounds like the coilpack may be getting hot
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The lights are automatic for your daytime running lights AND your regular head lights. There is a light sensor on your dash that knows when it get dark. When it's dark your headlights will automatically come on, daytime lights turn off and your dashboard lights will dim as a result, since you no lon…
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Answer olds cutlass calias bolt removal. you must remove the air box, the radiator cooling fan and anything else that is in your way from accessing the alternator from the top, front of the car. a longer extension on a 3/8 drive ratchet and the proper size socket,13mm or 15mm should remove …
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Answer I am pretty sure this means "supplemetal restraint system" meaning airbag. ignore it at the peril of it not working when you may need it Answer I just paid the Honda Service Dept. $723.65 (12/02/05) for parts and labor to replace the SRS Control Unit of my 1997 Civic LX. When the …
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Was there a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais? I see them listed at 1988-1991. Assuming that you mean "wiper blade" (blade and frame) which are replaced often rather than "wiper arm" (piece from the spindle at the hood to the wiper blade) which are rarely ever replaced, ALL 1988-1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass…
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Answer There is no adjustment.It is computer controlled. If you are having problems, take the car to a tune-up shop for checks and repairs.
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Answer I have an 87 Calais automatic with a floor shifter. The console doesn't have to come out. The bezel around the radio snaps into the lower dash with 4 clips. Carefully pry out the bezel and then you'll be able to get to the mounts for the radio. I have pictures of the dash with the ra…
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I believe that has the DIS, distributerless ignition system, if so there is no timing adjustment. The timing is controlled by the ignition module, crankshaft sensor and the ECM (engine computer). Try having some run a test using and OSB tester. Sometimes if the sensor is going bad it will show.
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Answer Most new cars have headlight "modules" that are not supposed to be taken apart. Are you sure they are dirty on the inside? I detail headlights at used car lots and most of the time the dirt is on the Outside. I use the CrystaLenz Headlight Restoration Kit to clean them it works really we…
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The coolant temperature sensor is: under hood, driver side, upper engine area, above transmission housing, mounted in cylinder head. I changed mine not long ago. Just go to autozone.com to look for future component locations. I hope this was helpful!
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Answer If the alternator is working properly then it should go off onec the engine has started. If it does not then you probably have afaulty alternator.
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Do you mean the CO2 sensor? It is in the exhaust manifold where the pipes come together. The sensor looks like a spark plug with one wire coming out of it.
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The heater core is behind the center unit (behind the stereo, ac, etc.) hovering above the floorboard between the passenger and driver side. Take off the black heat shield. Open your hood. In the back of the engine cavity (the engine side of the heater core). You will see two identical pipes/stems…
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It could be the coolant sensor or the rotor sensor, both play a big part in the idle and gas mixture for the car. I found out the hard way. My calais kept shutting down on me.
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on the 1994 CUTLASS SUPREME IT IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE DASH PANEL OPEN THE DOOR AND LOOK AT THE SIDE OF THE DASH THERE IS A PANEL THERE LABELED FUSES IT IS OBLONG LOOKING THERE YOU GO ALL OTHER ANSWERS ARE NONSENCE LIKE LOOK IN THE MANUAL YEA RIGHT
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Before getting into all of that, check your brake lights to make sure they are working. Since people rarely see their own brake lights most cars are designed to disable the dash lights if the brakes lights stop working (same circuit). Your dash lights only come on when you turn on the parking or h…
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on mine and had to take it to the shop to figure out where that button was. the power an winter mode switch gets corrosion an dirty.mostly from spilled drinks coffee cigerette ashes.causes a electrical short within the switch.just replace it with a new one
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Answer Timing belt has slipped or broken. This happened to my Cat just last week after having put a replacement engine in the month before. I am also being told that the engine is "short throw" and could mean that since the timing belt was thrown, the valves may be bent which means the heads …
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Answer to the CD player for the 85calaisi had the same problem....it took about 15 minutes to finally take it apart......first take off the silver covering on the front....obviously...then pull the little tray out from underneath of the CD player that already exists...and take the tray off from the …
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In the center console, ( if you have a computer readout system be carefull) gently pull the trim cover off, it just snaps in place, once removed, there will be 2 bolts at the bottom of the stereo, remove tham and the stereo slides out. If you plan to put in an after market radio, be sure it is the…
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Answer This MAY be caused by the fact the cam shaft was binding from no oil and put added stress on the timing belt causing it to break. The camshaft will be first to starve from a LOW OIL or NO OIL state. Hope this was helpful.
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Answer The most I can tell you is that if you have the actual cigarette lighter setup in there, but it doesn't work, then who you bought it from probably disconnected the wires like my dealer did. He said it was because it was shorting out or something, but I hooked it back up and never had a …
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Answer mine was a bad 4x4 module, located behind the glove box, it wont go into 4 low or high
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Answer Camshaft sensor? Not if you have a distributor. Losing spark on acceleration is easy though. On acceleration, you increase pressure in the cylinders and thus increase the resistance across the plug gap. This, in addition to the resistance is too much resistance for the maximum output vo…
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on the back of the tach. is a special clip to change it from 6cyl. to 8 cyl. and i believe it is something to do with that. Dave
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Answer !! I have an 89 Olds Cutlass Calais SL...and you add coolant, very slowly, to the reservoir on the passenger side of the engine compartment. A little coolant, a little water, a little more coolant, a little more water...you get the idea. mixing the antifreeze 50 / 50 to start with will cu…
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If it is a quad 4, the knock sensor is on the firewall side of the engine, at the transmission end of the engine, just below the exhaust manifold. It has a single lead and is about 2" in diameter and 1-1/2" high. Use a proper fitting socket or wrench to unscrew it.
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Answer If your engine turns but does not start, first check your interier fuel reset button located, inside under dash driver side on firewall between brake pedle and fuse box. If red button is up, push down to reset. This is there for the event of a colloison or need to do repairs on fuel sys…
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take your rear wheel and drum off on the back side of the dust shield there will be four torks bolts spray them good with pb blast and tap the torks bit with a hammer to make sure it is in the end of bolt ( so they don't strip) take them out and the rear axle will come out then just replace it and…
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Answer I have a 1990 Olds Calais, and the air filter is located near the driver side below the battery. there a clamp on top of the casing. Hard area to work in. You may need to work under the car.
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I had the same issue so I took it to Lexus for repairs. It seems that light comes on everytime there is a fuel issue rather than a traction issue. You could take it to an Advance Auto and have them pull the code from the computer and it will tell you the problem before you take it to Lexus or your…
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Answer Check the following areas: Spark Plugs (gapped properly and good spark) Fuel pressure Bad Catalytic Converter Check for clogged air filter as well
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Answer stick a siphon hose down the filler neck and start sucking.just don't sollow any, and then wash your mouth out. they stopped making the calais in 1991.....tuner1978
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look in google images you should be able to find a diagram for you
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Answer it could be anything from a clogged fuel filter to a blocked fuel pump, or losing spark in the distributor cap. if your PONTIAC has the PASSLOCK security system in it. turn ignition to on position... but do not start... for (10) ten full min. then turn key OFF for (10) ten more FULL mins.…
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Answer Removing the radiator is a pain. Worse it trying to replace it. I bought three of them, sent two back, and saw that the third was almost right. The one that I kept I brought to a radiator shop and the core was a close enough match that they were able to use it to fix the old radiator an…
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The light is on because there is a problem with the ABS. Have it repaired and they will reset the light. As long as the problem is not repaired the light will just come back on unless the problem is fixed. You can usually have an autoparts (Autozone, Advance Auto, OReilly) store run a computer di…
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Answer The calais is not a very common car anymore (and yes, I do own one, but it a 4cyl). GM puts a few engines in many cars. Please specfiy the engine size (displacement) and you will get an answer.
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Is it digital dash or analog ???If digital remove the bottom cover below the dash on right side there's a 4 inche by 4 inche box that needs to be replace Nissan calls the boxes power packs.. if analog the instrument cluster is bad..If digital dash and you know how to solder remove the power supply f…
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Answer it is in the oil pan, under the filter hatch way. get a beaker bar, and 6point deep socket, as the door is hard to turn. the paper filter is behind the door at the bottom of the oil pan.
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Answer Its simple. Get your car up on ramps and look for an electrical wiring harness that goes into the tranny. Usually it is a two or three wire connector. Simply disconnect it and that should solve your shift problem "if" that "IS" the problem. In other words if your TCC is bad than disconn…
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look in a chiltons book.....tuner1978
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Not Turning Over Here are possible solutions: If the battery is good, it's most likely the starter. Bench test the starter, but keep in mind that it might work fine out of the car and still be worn out. Fuel problem. The coil electricity is blocking electric to relay.
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Answer The window handle does have a snap ring. It is shaped like an "ohm" symbol in electronics. You can easily remove it if you have a tool. The tool is flat and has a set of slots cut into it so that when you slide it behind the handle, it pops out the clip. If you lack the tool, you ca…
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There are electronic devices called voltage oscillators that can do this. Check out some electronics hobby magazines or books, or electronics suppliers or hobby shops for specifics. If you want to control the lights manually you can use a dimmer switch, as long as you are using incandescent lamps…
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Answer The can be caused by the sensor getting "gummed up" by the "Dexcool" (GM orange long life anti freeze) The sensor should be removed and cleaned or replaced. It is located on the radiator passenger side about 6 inches down from the top below a transmission cooler line. It can be acce…
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Answer Its too old and you'd most likely have to take it to a mechanic to have them drain the old freon, which is illegal to drain yourself due to bad fumes for the atmosphere and they'll replace it with I believe RA12 or something of the sort. If the pump/hose is bad they'll have to replace t…
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Answer There should be a knob somewhere on the dashboard which controls the panel lights. Try turning this knob clockwise. Your dash lights may be turned all the way down, and only come on when the doors have been opened.
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Answer If the battery's dead it could be the alternator or a bad battery. If not, the starter. Try jumping it. If it starts the starter's OK. Then investigate the alternator and battery.Does it turn over but not start..?? There is a difference. Doesn't turn over would most likely be the battery, wh…
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3 Choices Given If the Oldsmobile is anything like the Buick, (and it is) I'm assuming you have a midsize car like the Buick Century/ Cutlass, the heater fan is the round box on the back wall of the engine compartment up against the firewall, passenger side. Remove the three to five screws t…
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How do you change the heater core on a 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera? or where can I get the Info on replaceing it
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Answer The car does not have to be running for the horn to work. Horn button in steering wheelt can be making contact, the wire that goes thru the steering wheel and down the column is making contact, any point in the negative side of the horn can cause it to honk. Question. Does it by itself, wh…
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Answer Jumped time timing off.
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Answer They are supposed to dim try turning the wheel that brightens them up on the dash or the switch itself.
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It's on the passanger's side of the 3.8 engine, the biggest pully (crankshaft pully) on the towards the bottom, behind the tire. You'll have to take off the tire to get to the crankshaft pully, and you'll need a 15/16 and possibly a "pully puller", I'm working on the same problem right now and the p…
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Answer u need a new high/low switch
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Headlight Problems Check the fuse box for the headlight switch. Possibly a relay problem or a burnt connection. Easy to replace - part available at most auto stores (NAPA, Auto Parts, etc.), depending on the make and model of your vehicle. check the contacts inside your headlight,interior and da…
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you can check the catalytic converter it may be plugged and cause it to backfire through the carb
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Answer It should be inside the air cleaner housing.
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Answer engine idleing to slow turn up your idle to 1500 rpm at idle drive safe
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UNPLUG IT! I DID & HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS YET & THAT WAS A YEAR AGO!!
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20" rims will fit on 1979 cutlass Yes you can fit 20" rims on you 1979 cutlass, if you wanted to you could fit 22" rims with low profile tires with the stock springs.
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Answer I know that my 1995 XLT has a brake interlock switch, that doesn"t allow my automatic transmission to shift out of park into gear unless the brake pedal is depressed - I don't know if that is what your problem is.
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if you're getting fuel to the throttle body it could be the ignition module if your getting fuel this is more than likely the problem, it could be coil pack if not getting any spark from any of your plug wires if your not getting fuel or spark at the same time i believe it may be your control module…
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Answer There are a few things to check. Conventional wisdom with a bad horn is to check the relay forst to divide the system in half. Considering that this is a GM, I think it makes more sense to start by removing the horn pad or button and check the the horn switch is plugged in. Often, the plu…
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Answer Use the lever that sticks out of the left side of the steering column - pull it towards you to turn the bright lights on and off (it's the same lever you use when signaling to turn).
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There are two possible causes. One is lack of spark and the other is lack of fuel. You will need to determine which one you don't have. To check spark all you really need to do is remove one of the spark plug wires from a spark plug and using a plastic pair of pliers or something equivalent, have …
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Answer Brake lights should NOT be effected by the headlights. Brake light function is completely independent of the headlights. Assuming you are not refering to the tail lights, or marker lights, which are supposed to come when the head lights are turned on. Not having brake lights when the he…
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Answer Rear end of the engine - front end of the transmission
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Answer Spray with penetrating oil and beat on it from the rear with a hammer
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this car in 1981 had a 4.4 litre which i think is a 267ci
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under the steering column above the brake pedal
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did you try a tune up.......tuner1978
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Answer That is an oil pressure issue. The faster your engine turns, the better the oil pressure, the slower the worse, for a temporary fix try switching to a heavier oil, but it will need some serious attention soon (replacing oil pump) check your oil presure sencor a lot of time when they go…
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6 x9 in the back and 3.5 inch round ones in the dash ........tuner1978
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Rust or corosion of some sort. Lots of WD-40 and a rubber mallet should fixt this. If that doesn't work, a sledge hammer can be used with care. Make sure that the car is held up properly because when you are pounding on the wheel, the car will move around alot. Hayden
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This happens when the metals bond from corrosion. Take a hammer, and give the back side of the rim a good wack, sping the rim a little bit, and give it another good wack, repeat until the rims comes loose from the hub.
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Hydra-matics http://www.gm.com/explore/technology/gmpowertrain/transmissions/hydra/hydra_transmissions.jsp
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4 1/2 quarts. Start with 4 thou. Sometimes those 2.5's retain a little oil.
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There is a tab in the ashtray that has to be held down with a long flathead screwdriver. This tab holds the ashtray in so the tab has to be forced down with a lever to get the ashtray out. Then disconnect the cigarette lighter and you will see the screws that hold the radio in place.
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if the car is a 95 and up, it under the exhaust crossover pipe
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the tcc solonoid is located under the side pan however I highly doubt the solonoid is the prob
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Depends on the engine. I believe they are different body styles so it's unlikely that the sheet metal would swap.
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If it has excessive wear in the rack & pinion then rebuilding or replacement may be necessary.
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I have a 1977 cutlass calais with t tops sadly the passenger side top shatered due to the car being trailered and catching a stone! Does anyone know where to get one iv looked endlessly!
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Yes, but dont do it as you can do substamtial damage
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Model Units Sports coupe 2475 Hardtop coupe 19587 Convertible 4295 Total 26357 These are total production figures from yearone for 1969 Olds 442
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that will depend on the typy of lining on the brakepads and how hard you stop and how often but you should see around 40,000 mile on the front even longer on the rear if everything is correct
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You have to remove all accessories from front of engine/belts. It will (should) be centered on block behind fan pulley. Just remove 2 bolts either side (usually) & it will come off. Gaskets will come with new one. Old one can exchange for core money back.. use silicone sealer on the gaskets. (Th…
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