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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 02-09-2006, 07:10 PM   #21
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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.
Bent rims?
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OK, Here is the scoop, Left side tire no play at 12 & 6 o'clock, some play at 3 & 9 o'clock, no play with breaker bar. Right side tire a little play at 12 & 6 , some play at 3 & 9, and no play with breaker bar. OK, what is considered the allowable movement? on some of the 3 & 9 o'clock movement the strut had a small amount of twist. Were do I go?
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OK, Here is the scoop, Left side tire no play at 12 & 6 o'clock, some play at 3 & 9 o'clock, no play with breaker bar. Right side tire a little play at 12 & 6 , some play at 3 & 9, and no play with breaker bar. OK, what is considered the allowable movement? on some of the 3 & 9 o'clock movement the strut had a small amount of twist. Were do I go?
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3 and 9 is tie rod ends. have to look/feel if it'* inner or outer. More than likely inner. Not a hard fix, but you will need a new alignment afterwards.
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I've never done front end work before. How much trouble is it to change out tie rods. Should I do inner & outer while I'm at it? how about lower ball joints? Are they hard to change? If I need to pay for a alignment I might as well knock out everything if its not to much work.
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Okay, worked to midnight last night changing out inner & outer tie rods both sides. Going on test drive this morning. I bought Ball joints also but couldn't find any 12 o'clock& 6o'clock play. Should I install them anyway? How much work is it?
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Went to Sears and had bought alignment. The Tech said the rear ball joints were worn. Still have some vibration. Everything I do seems to help some, but can't seem to achive perfection.
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