1994 Oldsmobile Achieva



August, 21, 2009 AT 7:10 PM

Electrical problem
1994 Oldsmobile Achieva 4 cyl All Wheel Drive Automatic 205506 miles

I want to thank you for responding. I haven't checked the spark yet with starter fluid. It reads 8-11 on the inside gauge. My battery was tested as good, where the loaner they gave was bad(checking to see if it was the battery). I am a female who is pretty good on fixing things and I am tired of going to my local service and being charged $500.00 every time I walk in the door. Since changing the fuel filter it seems less able to turn over. I am going to put it back on the charger until I try starting again. A general idea would give me a starting point. I have to share this story. A 27 yr old saw me at the auto parts store stuggling to fix my car and came to my house to try to find what was wrong. His time ran out and had to leave. But he gave his very best. Thank you Simon.I appreciated all you tried to do. He did not smell gas which he said I was not getting gas to my engine and that he could only concour it was electrical. I appreciate your response, God Bless and Thank you for all of your help: )


2 Answers



August, 21, 2009 AT 7:32 PM

It reads 8-11 on the inside gauge. This is too too low of an open battery voltage won't even tickle the starter-charge it up till it gets to about 12.4 or better then come back. I'll be waiting-Or go ahead and do below when the battery checkes out

Get a helper disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine -have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, cam and crank sensors- Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it



September, 11, 2009 AT 9:52 PM

I have a 94 achieva s and all sorts of electrical problems started showing up from ignition all the way to windows. I asked an old auto electric guy and he pointed me to a new alternator. 100 bucks and I installed it my self and all of the myriad of problems disappeared.

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