I have a 1999 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight and it has been acting real sluggish like it doesn't want to go it does fine on the highway but when you stop at a light or stop sign and then go it acts like it doesn't want to go. The spark plugs were changed in it and then it wouldn't start then we got a new battery and it started up then died and nothing works no lights anything. Does anyone know what could be the problem and how we could get it checked out with it not running?


Asked by Feb 08, 2014 at 12:23 AM about the 1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The car hasn't wanted to run very good it has been acting real sluggish like after you
stop then you go then it has a hard time wanting to go when out on the highway it does
fine then we changed the spark plugs and then it wouldn't start so we checked the
spark plugs and they were all fine then we had the battery checked and it was all out of
juice so we got a new battery and it started but then after a few minutes it died and
everything wouldn't work. No lights nothing will work on it. Does anyone have any ideas
what could be causing this problem and what we can do to get it checked? Without it
even starting. We were told it could be the mass air flow sensor, but would that drain
the battery? Does anyone have any ideas??  Thankyou Kim

2 Answers


Completely charge the battery and clean all the battery connections including the negative connections on the frame and motor. How long since major tune up(plug wires, air filter, fuel filter, dist cap and rotor(if applicable) ect)?

guess your sensors would be a good spot to start get you can of this and keep it on hand the air flow sensors are sensitive clean them the solenoids they're in the throttle body by the thermostat clean them then go to the exhaust side clean them cuz the air in has to match the air going out they have to balance went through this few years ago with my mass airflow but it would literally shut the car down at a stoplight running down the interstate now I make sure I clean them twice a year before winter before summer and then from there get a new fuel filter filters underneath the passenger side doors just follow your gas line will be down there probably by the passenger door rear check your injector see if they're getting fuel if there is a clog in there I told you could backtrack it from there to see where it's at so if you're not getting error code or check engine light it's going to be air fuel and probably not Spark cuz the spark when you set off your check engine light like a misfire in a cylinder it'll be a plug a wire or your coil pack you won't have a distributor or coil packs my number one send out an error code and it turned out it was a bad plug wire I just raced it back and then wire wasn't carrying current you got your fuel regulator up on the top side of the engine driver side you have your fuel relays I think those or underneath the passenger side Dash check those I know the fuel pump relays under there not sure about the other one but that's where I would start it sounds like a dirty filter good habit every time you change the oil get you a high-end system cleaner like Lucas or STP has them it makes a world of difference use a higher in stuff you know the 10 to 12 13 14 dollars a bottle it'll last you for 3000 miles if it is a fuel issue you're going to end up burning your pump up and mine went out on the road two weeks after I put a new filter in and it cost me $500 plus a full tank of gas I just have to put in it

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