Main IndexAuto Repair Home Search Posts SEARCH
Who's Online WHO'S
Log in LOG

92 Cutlass Supreme Starting Problems: Please Help!!

  Email This Post

New User

Jun 15, 2006, 11:40 AM

Post #1 of 3 (1402 views)
92 Cutlass Supreme Starting Problems: Please Help!! Sign In

my mom has a 92 olds cutlass supremem 6 cyl. Her car will start only when it wants too and that is not very often. When it doesnt start, nothing happens when you turn the key except for clicking under the hood on the drivers side by the engine somewhere, not the starter. I took the starter off and had it checked, it was fine. I put it back on and the car started perfectly. I turned it off and tried to restart and it would not turn over at all. I thought that maybe the starter was going bad so I bought a new one just to test it with. I hooked it up and it also did not turn over. I put a test light up to the wiring on the starter and the test light came on when the key was turned. I dont think that the car has a starter relay? I thought that it might be the neutral safety switch, I think that it is located where I hear the ticking when the key it turned. I dont know what else to check, please help.

Veteran / Moderator

Jun 15, 2006, 2:42 PM

Post #2 of 3 (1395 views)
Re: 92 Cutlass Supreme Starting Problems: Please Help!! [In reply to] Sign In

Here’s a few tests you could try; with a test light connected to ground and someone holding the key in the start position. The test light should light at the S terminal of the starter (purple wire). The way it sounds you’ve all ready did this and you have power getting to the solenoid. If so then the neutral safety switch is ok.
Next I would do voltage drop tests across the positive and negative cables.
Connect the voltmeter as I tried to show in the wiring diagram. The voltmeter will/should show zero volts; have someone turn the ignition to the start position and hold it there. You should see no more then .25 (decimal 25) of a volt. Any more then that you have an open in the cable or a bad connection.
For example, if you connect the voltmeter from battery positive to the starters main positive terminal, turn the ignition to the start position and have 4 volts showing. Look for corroded connections, if connections are clean and tight replace the cable. Same goes for the ground cable.

Canadian "EH"

Anonymous Poster

Dec 30, 2006, 4:25 PM

Post #3 of 3 (1272 views)
Re: 92 Cutlass Supreme Starting Problems: Please Help!! [In reply to] Sign In

In Reply To
a possibility: i have a 91 supreme 6 cyl, that also has an 'intermittent' starting problem that sounds a lot like yours--if your mom has a tilt-steering wheel, the wire connections in the column can become worn/frayed from the adjusting movement. try turning the steering wheel a little when you turn the key. [also, check her ignition key--could be time to replace it if edges are worn, not making good contact].

92 Cutlass Supreme Starting Problems: Please Help!!

  Email This Post

Latest Forum Post
2000 Nissan Maxima. Yesterday, the engine temp started shooting up quickly upon...
Hello, I have a great looking 1985 s10 pickup 4.3 carburated with 80,000 miles. ...
I am leasing a Jeep Liberty 2003 from a dealership pretty close to my home. I'...
Hi, I love my car but have a problem that I've been unable to fix and would lov...
had problem with break light staying on. tapped the switch on the master cylinde...
Hello all. I am going to take my car into the shop to see if they can help me di...

Feed Button

Used Car Search
Used Car Price Ranges:
Under $5,000

Over $45,000
Search used Cars By Manufacturers:
Used Acura
Used Audi
Used BMW
Used Buick
Used Cadillac
Used Chevrolet
Used Chrysler
Used Dodge
Used Ford
Used GMC

Used Honda
Used Hyundai
Used Infiniti
Used Jaguar
Used Jeep
Used Kia
Used Land Rover
Used Lexus
Used Lincoln
Used Mazda
Used Mercedes-Benz

Used Mitsubishi
Used Nissan
Used Porsche
Used Saab
Used Scion
Used Subaru
Used Suzuki
Used Toyota
Used Volkswagon
Used Volvo
2010 Honda Civic
2004 Jeep
2012 Mustang
1997 Honda Cr-V
2010 Toyota Prius
2010 BMW 328

Automotive Forum Categories
Automotive Repair
Auto Body Repair and Refinishing
AC Auto Repair Help Forum
Automotive Wiring and Electrical

Auto Insurance and Car Financing
Automotive World
Brake Systems
Car Stereo Repair Advice
Car Troubleshooting
Engine and Car Noises
Engine Fault Codes
Engine Troubleshooting
Exhaust System Repair

Steering and Suspension
Tricks of the Trade
General Discussions
Car Shows and Events
The Bargin Bin
Motor Vehicle Inspection
Car Care Tips
Traffic Ticket Help
Car Racing

Gasoline, Motor Oils, Concept Cars
Remote Control Cars and Vehicles
Truck Repair
Truck Repair Advice

Truck Engine Repair
Truck Suspension Repair
Motorcycle Repair
Motorcycle and ATV Repairs

Motorcycle Body Repair
Motorcycle Clutch Repair
Motorcycle Engine Repair
Motorcycle Seat Repair
Car Forum Posts - Sitemap

Search for (options) Privacy