The video above shows you how to replace the battery in your 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. We recommend changing the battery in Oldsmobiles every 4 years. Although some batteries last much longer, most batteries begin breaking down chemically after four years, so you could experience dimmer headlights and other negative effects before you have a dead battery in your Cutlass Ciera that you need to replace.
Replacing the battery in your Cutlass Ciera involves removing the terminals. When you reconnect the terminals, your radio presets are likely to be cleared out. In some Cutlass Cieras, you may need to re-enter a security code to get your radio to work again. Check for this code in your owners manual - it will usually be either a sticker or small card in the booklet. If you can't find it, call Oldsmobile and they will give you the code for free. In many Oldsmobiles, the transmission "learns" how you drive over time and makes adjustments, so you may experience altered driving dynamics as your car re-learns your driving style after changing the battery.
Checking the engine coolant (also known as antifreeze) level in your 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera is pretty easy. In order to get an accurate reading, your 3.1 liter engine should be cool to the touch when you check it. Engine coolant circulates through your engine to keep it cool in the summer but won't freeze in the winter. The video above shows you where the coolant reservoir in your Cutlass Ciera is located and how to check the coolant level. If you need to add anti-freeze, be sure to check your owners manual to determine the correct type of coolant to add - in Oldsmobiles, it usually located in a section titled Fluid Capacities towards the end of your manual. See our for tips on adding coolant to your Cutlass Ciera.
Always wear safety goggles when working on your Cutlass Ciera. Taking off the coolant reservoir cap on a warm engine could cause the cap to up explosively and fluid to spray out of the reservoir. If you notice an oily surface in your coolant, immediately have your mechanic inspect your Cutlass Ciera for head gasket leakage.
Watch the video above to see how to fix minor power steering fluid leaks in your 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. The power steering fluid helps make your Cutlass Ciera easier to turn, especially at lower speeds. If you aren't sure what type of fluid is leaking from your car, check our video to help determine the type of fluid leaking from your Cutlass Ciera. Power steering fluid is generally clear, pink or red and is oily to the touch. If the steering wheel is difficult to turn or you noticed power steering fluid leaking from your Cutlass Ciera, use the video above to see where the power steering fluid reservoir in your 1996 Cutlass Ciera is located and how to fix minor power steering fluid leaks.
A small power steering fluid leak can make your Cutlass Ciera difficult to turn. When you check your power steering fluid level, make sure your Cutlass Ciera is parked on a level surface with the 3.1 liter engine turned off. We recommend wearing safety glasses and gloves when dealing with any engine fluids.
The video above shows how to check for blown fuses in the engine bay of your 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera and where the fuse box diagram is located. If your map light, stereo, turn signals, heated seats, headlights or other electronic components suddenly stop working, chances are you have a fuse that has blown out. Fuses should always be the first thing you check if your Cutlass Ciera is experiencing electrical difficulties because they are relatively easy to check and inexpensive to change. The more electronics your Cutlass Ciera has, the more fuses it has. Some Oldsmobiles have multiple fuse boxes in the engine bay, so be sure to find the fuse(s) in question. Some components may have multiple fuses, so make sure you check all of the fuses that are linked to the component in question.
If you need to replace a blown fuse in your Cutlass Ciera, make sure you replace it with one that has the same amperage as the blown fuse. If checking and replacing the fuse for the component in question doesn't work, we recommend seeking assistance from a trusted professional mechanic. They should be able to figure out if the component needs to be replaced or if there is a short or some other problem with your Cutlass Ciera.