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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 05-24-2005, 12:45 AM   #1
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1. wheel bearings
2. stabilizer links/pins
3. ball joints
4. rear drums
5. tie rods
6. axles
7. rack and pinion
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1. wheel bearings
Take the tire off and see what moves.

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2. stabilizer links/pins
Also called sway bar endlinks. It'll lean real far in corners.

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3. ball joints
Take the tire off and see what moves.

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4. rear drums
If they're out of round or scored too badly to be turned.

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5. tie rods
Take the tire off and see what moves.

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6. axles
Usually clicking noises when turning.

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7. rack and pinion
If you have too much play in the steering wheel.
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do the rear axle have endlinks, tie rods, wheel bearings and ball joints?[/list]
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do the rear axle have endlinks, tie rods, wheel bearings and ball joints?
There is no rear axle. All of the other parts you named are on the rear of the car.
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i thought the rear wheels were called rear axles and the front were front axles. so when i check all of the following, i just pull the rear wheels off? i am not trying to be smart or anything, im just learning to do these things on my own.
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Yup, Just pull the wheels off.

There is no axle because an axle is a part that the engine turns to create force. As our cars are Front Wheel Drive, there are front axles but not rear. A Chevy pickup has a rear axle.
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1. wheel bearings
2. stabilizer links/pins
3. ball joints
4. rear drums
5. tie rods
6. axles
7. rack and pinion
1.) Also will make noise
2.) If the rubber is gone, or the link is broken (more common then you'd think)
3.) wheel can be shook in mid air, make sure these are lubed
4) braking going to hell could be caused by this, also unexpected wear of front brake equipment if the bias is thrown off.
5) steering wheel loose, or a dead spot (also can be caused by bad toe)
6) only real common issue with axles is the CV, good boot = happy axle. Bad/missing boot, or grease everywhere = sad axle.

What are your symptoms steve? Many of these can look like others, and someone wants you to fix them all to make sure it'* gone.
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i a, hearing a off and on quiet rub when i drive and it makes me wonder if those are my wheel nbearings going bad. i dont want to be one of those pppl that drive and the wheel cave in. i saw a stratus like that saturday. passenger side front wheel just went in and the car leaning. the rest i just wanted to know anyway.
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