Oldsmobile Silhouette:  Bad Timing Belt or Chain Symptoms

  A bad timing belt or timing chain can be a serious issue.  If it jumps a tooth, or breaks entirely it can lead to permanent engine damage.  It’s important to know the symptoms of a bad timing belt or chain, so this doesn’t happen to your Oldsmobile Silhouette. Timing belts are made out of … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette:  Bad Timing Belt or Chain Symptoms

Oldsmobile Silhouette: Key Stuck in Ignition → Diagnosis

There are a few easy to fix reasons why your Oldsmobile Silhouette’s key might get stuck in the ignition.  It’s often easy to unstick the key.  Whatever you do, don’t start trying to rip it out of the ignition.  That can cause bigger problems. This article is written with the assumption that your key is … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette: Key Stuck in Ignition → Diagnosis

Oldsmobile Silhouette: Steering Wheel Difficult to Turn

If your Oldsmobile Silhouette’s steering wheel is hard to turn, it’s almost always going to be caused by an issue with the power steering system. The power steering system is responsible for taking energy from the engine, converting it to hydraulic pressure, and using that pressure to decrease the amount of force that you need … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette: Steering Wheel Difficult to Turn

Oldsmobile Silhouette:  Blue Smoke → Causes & Diagnosis

  A very common problem that affects all vehicles (including the Oldsmobile Silhouette) is blue smoke coming from the exhaust.  Reasons for blue exhaust smoke include bad valve seals, valve train wear in general, the PCV valve, burning transmission fluid and more. Blue smoke indicates that your Silhouette’s engine is burning oil.  The question is … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette:  Blue Smoke → Causes & Diagnosis

Oldsmobile Silhouette:  Whining Noise → Diagnosis

If your Oldsmobile Silhouette is experiencing a whining noise, its is often going to be caused by something in the engine compartment.  The likely cause of whining noise will be determined by when you hear the noise, and under what conditions With that in mind, this page is divided by when you hear the whining … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette:  Whining Noise → Diagnosis

Oldsmobile Silhouette: Airbag Light Stays On Diagnosis

Every time you start your Oldsmobile Silhouette, the computer system runs a self diagnostic check on all major systems.  If any of these checks fail, you will see a diagnostic warning light on the dash for the corresponding system.  When the airbag system fails this check, you’ll see the airbag light. Depending on the model … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette: Airbag Light Stays On Diagnosis

Oldsmobile Silhouette Battery Draining Diagnosis

  If your Oldsmobile Silhouette’s battery is draining, it’s something that’ll need addressing right away.  If it is draining while your Silhouette is off, it’s usually caused by something that is drawing current that shouldn’t be.  If the battery is draining while you’re driving, that is probably going to be the alternator or battery.  There … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette Battery Draining Diagnosis

Oldsmobile Silhouette: Pulling to the Left

A vehicle that is pulling to the left can be dangerous to drive.  In the US, left is the direction of oncoming traffic.  This makes pulling to the left even more dangerous than pulling to the right.  Keeping straight when your Oldsmobile Silhouette wants to veer into traffic makes driving stressful.  If your Silhouette pulls … Read moreOldsmobile Silhouette: Pulling to the Left