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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 05-03-2009, 10:50 AM   #11
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Take a look at this first. Might be a good option that can save you some money.

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I reached down and tried turning the a/c compressor by hand yesterday while the motor was warm and I couldn't get a good grip on it without burning my arm and it wouldn't turn. This morning while it was still cold I tried again and it turned freely. I started it up and the compressor kicked on. It wasn't cooling very good so I added a little squirt of 134a and its working great now. So now the only mechanical things still needing attention is the trans pan gasket, the exhaust leak and maybe the SC coupler. Although the coupler noise doesn't seem as loud and noticable now. I got the fog lights working last night.
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Most of those issues are covered in the tech info area. When you change the trans pan gasket do the filter at the same time. The kits generally come with a filter and gasket. You will need about 7 quarts of fluid. make sure you get the right kind for you make of car.

The SC coupler is also covered in tech info. You can get the SC snout oil from ZZ performance or Intense racing. About $7 for 8oz, that'* what you will need. Or you can use Mobil1 synth.

You will need to locate the exhaust leak and then deal with it. Eight the manifold gasket, donut gasket, or flange gasket. These will all be hard to deal with as the studs will most likely break. Use lots of penetrating oil.
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I know how to do all that stuff. I'm a mechanic and I restore 60'* GM muscle cars. I'm just keeping others updated in case they have similar problems.
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Good to here. It also provides information to others.
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I got most of the mechanical stuff taken care of now and started on the interior yesterday. I found a donor car in a salvage yard and bought a bunch of interior plastic parts I was missing like switches, latches , trunk torsion rod....etc.This car also had the same color leather interior but the driver seat was just as bad as mine. However, the passenger seat was still in good condition and I can get it for $75. I think I will buy the passenger side and remove the leather from it and cut out the section I need and resew it on the drivers seat cover.
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