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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 08-13-2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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Hello I hope one of you can help me... I have been having a challange with my 1995 Pontiac Bonneville. When the car warms up it starts running rough at different speeds and sometimes the battery guage fluctuates greatly. I have had the Altenater checked and it seems okay. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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check all grounds, make sure all are good and check the connections at the Battery for corosion
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thanks for the tip...I will try that...
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I cleaned the battery cables and checked the ground wires... everything was okay. I then took it for a ride and as soon as the car warmed up it started to act up again... any more ideas? I just had the computer module replaced... a mecanic thought that might of been the trouble... really hesitant to take it back to him since he couldn't fix it right the first time...
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First what computer module did he replace?

Did he replace the ICM also known as the Igntion Control Module or did he replace the PCM also known as the Powertrain Control Module.... Its important that we know what he replaced? also what did he chek and or look for as the culprit?

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Well the first garage I took it too... Replaced the harmonic Balancer ... then when I started to take it off the lot it was still running rough... they said they may have to replace a sensor... the looked at it and adjusted it and said it would be okay... On the way home it started to act up again... I didn't feel like the first garage did a good job and my wife suggested another place ... here is what they wrote down on bill
they found cylinder 1 and 4 misfiring Test for spark at spark plugs, found no spark at spark plugs and tips loose in plugs. replaced spark plugs, still no spark. Test coil, coil housing cracked coil not firing, replaced coil. Engine still misfiring. Test Ignition module. Module internally shorted replaced module, retest. good spark. road test. All good at this time.... However on the way home it started to act up again... after the car heated up... (Sorry about the long information just thought it may help)...By the way I really appreciate your help and patience...
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Sounds almost as if the Crank sensor may be going bad... I will make the assumption that this is the sensor they are talking about.... With age this becomes a very common failure on the 3800'*... Sometime after I get good air tools and a puller I will replace the crank sensor on both the 91 and 95...

I can't say that your crank sensor is the problem, but it may be the culprit...

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Thanks again for your quick response... Is there anyway that I can test to make sure it is the crank sensor that should be replaced?
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Your garage didn't mention if he tested the ignition wires. I wouldn't overlook them if its a spark problem. Are they original?
Also bad crank sensors do act up when they get hot.
A mechanics trick is to pour cold water on it, re start the car and see if the problem goes away temporarily. Then you would know for sure if its the crank sensor rather than throwing more money at the car needlessly.
Thats just my 2 cents worth.
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Rlilly, we have quite a few members in MI that may be able to help you out if need be.
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