1992 Other Oldsmobile Models Starter

Tiny
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  • 1992 OLDSMOBILE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
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I have an oldsmobile 98 1992. Won't start. Starter doesn't make any sound, no clicking no nothing. I checked the wiring and the fuses. Did the starter die or could it be something else? Thanks
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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 AT 7:25 PM

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Tiny
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Check if you have security light on and or blinking
and if so then its your pass system
and if not
check the starter
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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 AT 7:41 PM
Tiny
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From: selrox
To: BMRFIXIT
Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:05 pm
Subject: 1992 Oldsmobile 98 starting problem
Hi,

I received your answer to my question about the starter not turning or making a sound at all.

I just checked and when I turn the ignition on the security light on the dash lights up and stays on.

So I'm guessing its not the starter

Could it be the chip in the ignition key or does it have anything to do with the system in the car itself?

We have an extra spare key with chip.

We only have to have it made.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
if you have the extra key try it
most common the a broken wire inside the steering column
try to clean the ignition
let me know if the other key work
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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 AT 9:17 PM
Tiny
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Heres an update on the problem :

I tested the starter while still in the car by connecting the big connection to one of the little ones on the solenoid with a screwdriver.
It made sparks but the starter turns and engages.
So my guess is the starter is ok.

So. I went on to checking the wiring to the VATS.
On the steering column the only double orange wire I could find that goes up the column seemed ok but. After cuttung and splitting it I measured the resistance going up with the key in the ignition and I got no reading at all. ( My key reads 11.52 and the spare 11.72 ) even when I connected the wires that go to the unit to the keys the security light stays on.

I went to radio shack and bougt the right amount of resistors( as close as I could get 11.56 ) and connected those to the wires going to the unit.
Nothing changed.

Here's the weird part though. When I had the wires cut I tried to start it and for some reason the starter turned once but only once and then it stopped again.
Could this mean I'm messing with the wrong wire?
This is the only double wire on the steering column though.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 AT 6:22 PM
Tiny
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Try to use the spare key to make the connection
instead of the resister that you have
check the Neutral safety switch

let me know
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 AT 6:37 PM
Tiny
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Neutral safety switch is located on the tranny
also I did nt get what u mean by the shifter
issue can you elaborate
good luck
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 AT 6:55 PM
Tiny
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Hi ROB
The shifter issue you need to step on brakes for it to shift
we will deal with this later 1st lets get the car started
my concern is the security light
lets try this
ask a helper to watch the light for you
turn key on
use the spare key connect the two small white wires to it
make sure that the wires tough only the resister on the key
also make sure the wires arent touching
while your doing that ask the helper to update you with the light status
when light out
start car
let me know
Jack
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 AT 7:34 PM
Tiny
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Turn key to start and hold it
check for power at the switch
if you have power then ask your helper to let go of the key the power should go away
and come back with an order from the key
let me know
jack
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 AT 7:58 PM
Tiny
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Yellow and prb/white
yellow from switch PRB/Wht
to starter
hope that help
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 AT 8:30 PM
Tiny
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Last HAPPY udate.

Tried to bypass the system again and this time made sure the connections were solid.

Car starts no problem.

Thanks to the help I received.

I'll keep this in mind for future problems :D

Rob
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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 AT 5:10 PM

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