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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 09-02-2007, 04:53 PM   #11
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I'm not "The Man" when it comes to these things, but I'll take a shot at it.

With your volts gauge going low sometimes, it could be your alternator. Rather, it'* probably your alternator. Does it do this mostly when you're stopped at a light, idling with the lights on? That would be classic weak alternator.

Of course, you are right that killing a battery 5 times does it no favors either. I suspect that a new battery might be a good idea too, preferably the same time as you do the alternator (a bad one of either unit tends to take down the other).

It sounds like your engine is getting way too hot. You might have a stuck thermostat, clogged radiator, something along those lines. Or a bad temp sender, perhaps... if it'* reading right though, that'* really bad. Make that priority #1 to fix.

The ABS light is on because your wheel bearing got too sloppy, and finally took out the ABS sensor. Good news is that it'* all one unit. Replace the bearing/hub assembly, and the ABS should be okay again. Sounds like that bearing is pretty darned bad, so I'd make that priority #2.

Hope that helps.
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Yea that does help a lot. You're exactly right, when I'm stopped at a light is when the voltage begins to drop. Normally right after it drops my headlights go off and I have to cut them back on manually. I'll get a new alternator and battery this week and the wheel bearing/hub assembly after. SInce I'm not sure about the thermostat I'll let a mechanic look at that one. Thanks a lot.
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I almost forgot about this other problem I have. When I make turns or takeoff from a complete stop the car will hesitate before it finally goes. It'll kind of drag and then I can accelerate. A friend of mine says it sounds like my catalytic converter is clogged and I'm not getting any back pressure. Does this sound right to anyone?
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Can anyone chime in about my last post. I just came into some money and I want to be sure of everything I might need before it all goes away. Im already planning for a new battery, alternator, and wheel bearing/hub assembly. I want to know if I should look into getting a new cat 2. thanx
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