How can I find the right set of tires for my Oldsmobile 88? I'm shopping for a replacement, and I'm overwhelmed by the options.
There are more than a few options to consider, and it can be quite confusing. When shopping for new tires, it would be best to focus first on proper fit. Consider not just the size but also the load carrying capacity and other ratings. The replacement tires should match the specs of the original tires. Once you have these all figured out, you can move to other categories or sub-specialties. Think about what you want to get from your new set of tires, whether it's heavy-duty performance or longevity. Your options could also be narrowed down through your set budget or the price range. Your driving style and the road conditions should also be in mind. This will help you figure out if you need to get summer, all-season, or winter tires or if you'll invest in premium, high-performance tires.
I'm quite confused with all the numbers on the motor oil. What do they mean?
There are two sets of numbers on the motor oil specs. The first one (5W, i.e.) refers to the low temperature viscosity. This indicates the oil's ability to circulate or flow at certain temperatures. The lower number means that oil can flow more easily, especially when starting the car in cold weather, and can provide better protection. The second set of numbers is all about the thickness of the oil at operating temperatures. You can expect better lubrication from a higher number. When changing oil, check the manual for the recommendations and specs by the manufacturer.
How often should wiper blades be replaced? I want to change the blades on my Oldsmobile before they scratch the windshield or fail to effectively wipe away the stains and water spots?
If the vehicle is parked in a garage or where there's adequate shade, they should be replaced once a year, according to some experts. For vehicles that are kept outside, they are typically changed two or three times a year. This will depend on the use. If the wipers are used more often, they may be replaced sooner, as soon as they start streaking. The driving condition and location can also affect the wiper blades' condition.
My Oldsmobile won't start? What could be the problem here?
When a vehicle fails to start, the starting circuit could be at fault. The starter motor or battery may not be doing its job. The switches and wiring could also be causing the problem. Some would replace the battery right away, thinking that this would fix the problem. However, there are other problem areas to consider and parts to check first to find out the real cause. Changing the battery won't always fix the problem.
The engine would crank. However, it won't start or continue to run. Why is that?
The engine may not be getting enough spark or sufficient fuel. There could also be a problem with compression, ignition timing, or computer control. You should run an engine check and consider common causes of this problem to make proper diagnosis and to find the right solution.