Car won't start

Asked by Nov 05, 2013 at 12:08 PM about the 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue 4 Dr GL Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I replaced the starter and the battery in my
car still won't start.It rolls over and gets
stuck like its in a bind. I have a 1999
Oldsmobile Intrigue

8 Answers


Remove the spark plugs and retry cranking it over, you may have a blown head-gasket causing the engine to do what they call hydro-static lock up, this will relieve the pressure and will also tell you what cylinders are taking in coolant.


Does it just crank (spin) once really quick and stock or a few times and then slows down and stops? Most GM V6s from late 1990s to early 2000s have all had massive problems with head gaskets, especially if the original owner didn't take care of the car. The 3500 in the Intrigue is one of the better, less plagued engines of the stable however, but they still can have head gasket issues like the rest. I second Tennisshoes. checking to see if each spark plug is functioning and/or submerged in coolant should be your next step. Check the oil too for fun. If its sludged up that would prevent cranking sometimes. You would most likely have heard massive amounts of noise the last time you drove it though if that was the issue as the internals without out sound reallly terrible.


I have a 2002 Oldsmobile intrigue and it wont start. The dash lights come on, the head lights, and the dinger goes off when the door is opened, but thats it. When I try to start it all it does is click once and thats it. I got the starter replaced and got a new battery thinking that it was the battery. It did however start before i replaced the rack and pinion gear, power steering pump, and lines. It also started long enough to blleed the lines for the power steering pump. I also flushed the transmission and put a new filter on. I checked all the fuses as well. Does any one know what could be the cause of my car not wanting to start? Please help!!!!!

11 out of 11 people think this is helpful.

I just got done with that problem with mine was the ground wire from the batter to the car I took a wire from the the battery to the car and made a new ground try that if not work get back with me

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

I have a 1983 Oldsmobile but less ciera the battery is good and so is everything else but it still wort start and doesn't even try anyone know what the problem could be?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

I would try changing the coil pack? Because with these Oldsmobile's they had three problems Fuel, Coil Pack, and wires if the car does not start I would test the coil pack because unlike other cars the Oldsmobile's had two brains the coil pack was just the secondary brain for the car. the coils could be bad but brain good and or it could be spark plug wires, if its not their then I would check for compression and if you have compression then try checking the air box hose because if the air hose is not tight enough then the sensor see a mix of air from multiple directions so if you tighten those then that shouldn't be it and sensors rarely go bad I would then check the wireing harness oldsmobile from 88 and a half had problems with harnesses all the way through the 3rd and 4th gen v6


check Ground wire


Could be a bad fuel pump. Or the Crank position sensor

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Car won't start 3 answers

    Security light came on and it was steady not blinking, we managed to figure out how to work around the passlock and it went from steady to blinking then we managed to get the security to shut off ...

    2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car randomly won't start 1 answer

    I have an 02 intrigue and sometimes it won't start. I'll drive it. Let it sit and not even a couple hours it wouldn't start. Battery is good, alternator,and starter are both good, all my connections...

    2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue 4 Dr GL Sedan


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start 11 answers

    My 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue wont start or crank. It started doing this when the security freaked out and we replaced the ignition module and ignition cylinder and that fixed the security problem, b...

    2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue 4 Dr GL Sedan


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car wont start 1 answer

    I have a 1998 oldsmobile intrigue, I have a coolant leak so I changed the water pump now the car wont start, checked battery battery is good, it try to turn over but just makes a clicking noise ...

    1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue 4 Dr STD Sedan


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start 2 answers

    Everything on car is good but won't start doesn't even try to get run but lights and everything else is great



    Maintenance & Repair


Looking for a Used Intrigue in your area?

CarGurus has 258 nationwide Intrigue listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Oldsmobile Intrigue Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Oldsmobile Intrigue Experts

#1 Paul Washburn
Paul Washburn
Reputation 720
Reputation 220
#3 phantom440
Reputation 200
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
883 Great Deals out of 63,754 listings starting at $1,100
Used Chevrolet Impala
933 Great Deals out of 35,377 listings starting at $1,700
Used Oldsmobile Alero
613 listings starting at $1,900
Used Buick Park Avenue
502 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Camry
1,208 Great Deals out of 96,014 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Accord
981 Great Deals out of 75,076 listings starting at $899
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
19 Great Deals out of 1,684 listings starting at $2,900
Used Ford Focus
883 Great Deals out of 58,591 listings starting at $800
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,185 Great Deals out of 82,906 listings starting at $1,800
Used Hyundai Elantra
665 Great Deals out of 53,102 listings starting at $895
Used Chrysler Sebring
41 Great Deals out of 3,756 listings starting at $1,994
Used Dodge Durango
377 Great Deals out of 23,191 listings starting at $950