Bought a 1996 Aurora in May 2010. It has 144000 miles on it. Took it today to get a tune up, oil change, get some fuses changed so the seats would work, low beam headlight bulb replaced, and check on a few things that still need estimates for to be fixed. When I went to pay for repairs and pick up my car, when I opened the passenger side door, the alarm system went off. I don't have a little alarm key chain, so not sure how the alarm system was engaged. I put my key in the engine and started the car, but the alarm still was going off. The mechanic took out the horn fuse. They are keeping it over night to look more into it tomorrow. Any ideas?
16th Sep 2010, 20:09... When they get the scan tool on it, that'll show what the trouble is, which could be a number of things.
The factory alarm system will do that sometimes if you don't turn the key all the way. You should have just reinserted the key and turned the lock again, and it would have went off. Has happened to me on a few occasions. As long as you have the ignition key, it will let you crank the car and the alarm will still go off. It tells you in the owner's manual about it, but then again, you may not have it.
Once again I am caught up with the problems of an "96" Oldsmobile. I have oil leaks, the car will occasionally have an electrical malfunction (battery dies from shortage & the info center will tick rapidly back and forth). Pretty much those are the only problems I have yet, but if there is a way you can help me or point me in the direction of a good mechanic that knows how to fix it, I will appreciate it very much.
Could be the ECM computer - do you have any other trouble codes? The computer operated the A/C compressor.
I purchased a 1996 Olds Cutlass Supreme about 5 years ago with about 60,000 miles on it. It now has 189,000 miles. I love this car. I fix it myself. However in all that time, it has only needed the standard repairs/upkeep; brakes, belts, muffler, etc.
For this car, it really pays to know when to spend real money to repair something, and when it pays to "clean it up". For example, about 70,000 miles ago, the check engine light came on and would not go off. After some diagnostics, I decided that some of the sensors must need "cleaning." I added some carb/fuel injector cleaner to the gas tank at each fill up. After a month, the light went off. Some times I forget to add the cleaner to the gas, and after a month or so, the check engine light comes on again. I use the cleaner, and off the light goes. I have told many of my friends of this "fix", and they find it works on their cars also. I buy the carb/fuel injector cleaner at the Dollar Store. As a side benefit, I also get great gas mileage.