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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 02-06-2006, 09:01 PM   #11
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I'm not sure about the motor mounts, however they are easy to check with a helper.
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I haven't had a chance to check the front wheels out or motor mounts, but I drove on the Interstate today and noticed I lot of vibration at any speed over 65mph. Hopefully this weekend I can look closer.
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Sounds like you need to check the wheels and tires. They may have balanced them but they may not be right. A way to check is to move fronts to back.

You also may have tires that need to be force balanced to actually balance them when they're rolling with weight on the tire.
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Hate to say it, but it sure sounds like rotors. I know you put new on. DId you torque down the lug nuts in the correct order and torque?
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On both my 95 and 97 I had brutal vibrations at highway speeds..had the tires balanced and it helped...but not 100%. When I dumped the crappy tires and got real ones.. all my problems are fixed.
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Thanks for the reply sonoma_zr2
No, I didn't use a torque wrench, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express(Just Kidding)
I really don't think its Rotors since I've been chasing this problem even after new rubber,
new rotors, and new pads. I might wind up getting professonial help
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Thanks for the reply sonoma_zr2
No, I didn't use a torque wrench, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express(Just Kidding)
I really don't think its Rotors since I've been chasing this problem even after new rubber,
new rotors, and new pads. I might wind up getting professonial help
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If that'* the case..I'm thinking bearing or ball joint.
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Something I forgot to mention is that the last owner bought it with 22,000 miles and drove it to 140,000 miles, and lived on a fairly long dirt road. I'm sure the car has seen a
few bumps along that road.
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Thanks for the reply sonoma_zr2
No, I didn't use a torque wrench, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express(Just Kidding)
I really don't think its Rotors since I've been chasing this problem even after new rubber,
new rotors, and new pads. I might wind up getting professonial help
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It may not be your problem, but get a torque wrench and re-do them. Clean the studs and lugnuts, lightly oil the threads on the studs, and Torque in the correct criss-cross pattern to 75, then again to 100 ft/lbs.

Your new rotors won't last if you don't.
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Something I forgot to mention is that the last owner bought it with 22,000 miles and drove it to 140,000 miles, and lived on a fairly long dirt road. I'm sure the car has seen a
few bumps along that road.
did you check for wheel play. with weight off the front wheels, grab a tire at 3 and 9 o'clock and push one arm and pull the other, then back vice versa. Do the same thing at 12 and 6 o'clock. there should be no "play". Another thing to test is then put a breaker bar, or long 2x4 under the tire, and lift the bar. There should also be no "play"
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