NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,763 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 312008

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette. The contact stated that the vehicle made a loud banging noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the noise was coming from the brakes. Repairs were made to the entire braking system, but the noise continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they determined that the fuel system was the cause of the failure. The dealer stated that it was not a safety concern because the issue was common in some fuel tanks. The failure and current mileages were less than 70,000. Updated 01/07/09. Updated 01/08/09.

- Salem, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 282005

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,053 miles
As I was accelerating into the fast lane on a freeway in diamond bar ca the accelerator cable broke and the motor did not slow down. The brakes were not working properly and it was like stepping on a brick. They barely responded. I made it to an off-ramp, shifted into neutral. The van slowed down but would not stop. I went up on the curb to try and slow it down more and to get around the cars waiting at the light at the bottom of the off-ramp. By going up on the curb I was able to maneuver around the cars without hitting anyone and missing light poles. I kept shifting from neutral to drive to get the van to the side street and into the parking lot of a car repair. When I was safely in the parking lot I shifted into park and turned off the motor. The mechanics at the repair shop suggested I report the incident since the accelerator didn't react in the way it should have. It was only my presence of mind and the angel on my shoulder that kept me from injuring others and being injured. Everyone I have spoken to that knows anything about the accelerator cable has told me that it shouldn't happen the way it did. A safety mechanism should have taken over to keep the motor from idling at such a high rate. I am fortunate to be alive and don't want this to happen to anyone else. Please look into this matter before someone gets killed. Marylin lewis 909-595-1275.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 052005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was leaking gasoline. A mechanic looked at vehicle and confirmed it was a gas leak. Contacted Oldsmobile customer service center, but it had not responded to me. Had a recall for the door but not for the gas leak. Gas leak occurred on August 5, 2005.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 282001

(reported on)


  • miles
The fuel system was faulty and the fuel filter had to be replaced, the emmision system also had to be serviced. Nlm

- West Chester, OH, USA

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