Well, from what i've heard, its a common problem.
I was driving behind a friend, and he was commenting on a noise the LeSabre was making. sounded like a bunch of chains. Didn't worry about it much, but kept an eye out, because I cannot hear those kind of noises.
Pulled into the shop to do work on my car. (canadian tire, i work in the shop). They asked me if I know my AC compressor clutch bearing is going out on me? They said it was making the most dreadfull noise, and i should re-route my belt to by-pass the compresor. Now, I, eagar to lear a bit about this stuff, inquired as to how to fix it. I got the nut in the middle out. Then I had to usea special puller to pull the clutch from the shaft. Then use snap-ring pliers to remove the snap rings from the pulley bearing. What a mess of metal shavings. There was alot of play in that pulley too!
Whacked the pulley off, and I can see that I could press the bearing out. So now, I gotta take it to a bearing shop, and see if I can get a new bearing on it. I should leave it alone, and put it back together. But I want to get the a/c working eventually, so i'm gonna fix it. I now know how to replace a bearing on the 3800 now! lol.
Had to buy a new belt that was shorter, and I had just bought a brand new belt a week ago!! Expensive too! Bummer..
Well yeah, that was my day. Put a new sway bar link on, found a penny sized hole in the subframe, and i am missing a metal bracket that holds a subframe donut in place. Its at the rear, so its not too bad. I might just replace the sub-frame al together anyways, its old and rusty,and a new one might feel stiffer.
One things for sure, new sway bar links feel MUCH better on a car!!