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Does the alternator have to be a Bosch?

No, it doesn't have to be a Bosch. In fact, it looks like the OEM alternator is made by Delphi. The website linked also lists the models that share this alternator (model 130D763): Make ...
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98 olds intrigue stalls while driving

Fuel, Air, Spark... those three things in the right amount are what makes the engine go. The good news is your car's fuel system is controlled by a computer which gives feedback on possible issues in ...
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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue - Takes fuel super slow

possible vent hose issue As you are filling your tank the displaced gasses in the tank need to go somewhere. If you have a pinched vent hose it could fill slower or be difficult to fill. Check the ...
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What would cause a solid turn signal indicator?

It sounds like you could have a faulty turn signal relay. A relay is a piece of electronics which flashes the light on demand. They are generally cheap and easy to replace, so I would start there. If ...
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

I agree with Gary's assessment about the Manifold gaskets. The Olds 3800 is a "workhorse" engine as is the 3.3, only you don't see much of the 3.3's on the shelf or in the shop. As this is an older ...
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98 Olds Intrigue headlights turn off when driving turn back on by using switch

The circuit is fairly complex. But you can probably narrow down your problem to the ambient light sensor on the dash. Or wiring from the body control module to the headlight switch. I'd assume that ...
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Easiest way to find a refrigerant leak on a 1999 Olds Intrigue

Depends on what you consider easy. It's possible to fill your system and then spray the entire ac system down with soapy water to watch for air bubbles escaping from the lines, but this is a tedious ...
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Oldsmobile Alero (2004) brake issue

I was driving this car around yesterday quite a bit with no problems, when I stopped to go into a store for a few minutes. If you really wanted to try to reproduce it, you could try doing that ...
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Temperature gauge between half and 3 quarters?

What stands out the most is that the coolant is brown. I have never heard of a coolant that is supposed to be brown. They are generally a yellowish green. It sounds like you need to replace the ...
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96 Olds Cutlass Supreme 3.1L Is it the alternator?

From the symptoms you describe, I would be certain that it is not your alternator. This sounds more like a fault in your ignition switch. It would appear that the switch is not keeping the power ...
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Removal and replacement of OEM ECU

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the Aurora but generally speaking, interrupting the power to an ECU will clear all fault codes and freeze frames so physically unplugging the unit will usually be ...
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99 Alero overheated due to low coolant, coolant light stays on after filling coolant

The air needs to be bled from the cooling system. There should be a bleeder valve on top of the thermostat housing. You'll want to loosen the screw on the valve and run the engine until air stops ...
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2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue disconnected coolant hose

If that hose is attached to the coolant reservoir for your radiator, the other hose that exits (enters) the coolant reservoir should be connected to your radiator at a point just above the sealing ...
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Ground cable from battery to motor can not find stud to attach cable. Where is it located?

On my 70 C20 with a 350, the ground wire goes to the A/C bracket. Any place unpainted on the head or block should be fine.
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Ground cable from battery to motor can not find stud to attach cable. Where is it located?

I don't know what year of Cutlass you have, but these can be attached to the bolt which goes through the case of the alternator (the one the alternator pivots on). This allows for a good ground to the ...
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Window regulator part build quality

Even if such a ranking does exist it would be of little practical use Consider the following: variations during manufacturing Due to things like different suppliers for the same part, different ...
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I have an 03 Alero that won't start

It sounds to me from your description as though either the relay is not telling the starter to energize or the ignition switch went bad. At this point I would not suspect the battery because you said ...
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What would cause a solid turn signal indicator?

Have you checked the bulbs in the turn signal lamps? Depending on the design of the flasher unit, one or more failed bulbs might mean there isn't enough current flowing to make the relay operate, and ...
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Front Brake Pads problem

From quora.com: Besides being an aesthetic thing, rust really isn't a problem on brake rotors. On the braking surface itself, the worst rust could do is slightly modify the friction coefficient for ...
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My 99 Aurora oldsmobile overheating

A water pump is only one component of an engine cooling system. You could have a partially clogged radiator, a thermostat that's not opening and closing properly, an air pocket in the system caused ...
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Does the alternator have to be a Bosch?

In @Chris's comment, he says it was the guy at the auto parts store who told him that the only alternator he could get was a Bosch brand. This leads me to believe that what has gotten lost in this ...
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

if you have an idle and stalling problem with a 3800 series 2, don't mess around with it. change the upper and lower intake manifold gaskets, and the upper plastic intake manifold plenum itself. and ...
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Truck overheating and affecting the heater blowing could air occasionally

Fix the coolant leak and see if that solves the other problems. If the coolant level is low, it won't circulate through the heater coil and the radiator fans won't go on. If it boils, the steam will ...
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Oldsmobile Stalling at Stop

The culprit is probably a sticky or malfunctioning Idle Air Control (IAC) valve. Lucky for you it is located right on top and connected to the throttle body. You can try taking it off and cleaning it, ...
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How much does it cost to fix headlights and window up/down button?

If both headlights cease to work at the same time, this leads us to the idea that the fault is probably not in the bulbs, but in some part that is on a common path between the electrical supply and ...
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New breaker points not working

Sounds like the wire is mounted incorrectly at the points. There is an insulator where the wire in connected. Make sure the wire is connected to the points spring arm, and not to the base or mounting ...
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New breaker points not working

I am assuming you removed the original condenser if it didn't have a uniset in it when you changed them. That being said, it sounds like the points are either not fully seated or adjusted way off. ...
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Intermitant Crank / No Start - 2002 Oldsmobile Alero

I'm thinking the problem may be your fuel pump. I've seen pumps behave the way you describe with it working on-again/off-again until it finally fails permanently. Plus, your descriptions of sustained ...
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battery and alternator problems, 2003 olds alero

If this is a rebuilt alternator from a nationwide parts store, it is not uncommon for these to fail. Take it back to where you bought it and get a replacement. I hate to say it, but it's one of those ...
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No power to instrument fuse

A search on "oldsmobile bravada wiring diagram" found a lot of images of wiring diagrams. You might be able to get started with one of those - what you'll be looking for is the schematic of the fuse ...
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