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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 08-05-2006, 03:45 PM   #31
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EDIT: To pry the CA down you will have to remove the endlink assemblies. Yours look original. They will probably be a little PITA, but maybe you can upgrade now. ?
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My mechanic is an *******, I took out the "old" TRW ball joint and it was fine. Yea it "stutters" when I try to swivel it around but when i shake it, it doesnt rattle or anything. Not worn at all. Dad told me how the original set rattled when you shook it when he had the first set changed out, this one doesnt. In fact it looks new.

Im going to go ahead and replace that one side since its already out and let the other be. Im kinda pissed right now, wasted money on parts, wasted money on time, and I still have the problem of bumping/cracking/thudding noise when I steer. I can live with the noise, I just dont want my suspension to fall apart.
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How'* the top ball joint?
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How'* the top ball joint?
There is no top ball joints on the 87-05 Bonnevilles

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My mechanic is an A$$****, I took out the "old" TRW ball joint and it was fine. Yea it "stutters" when I try to swivel it around but when i shake it, it doesnt rattle or anything. Not worn at all. Dad told me how the original set rattled when you shook it when he had the first set changed out, this one doesnt. In fact it looks new.

Im going to go ahead and replace that one side since its already out and let the other be. Im kinda pissed right now, wasted money on parts, wasted money on time, and I still have the problem of bumping/cracking/thudding noise when I steer. I can live with the noise, I just dont want my suspension to fall apart.
Mine did not rattle when I replaced them... But they were still bad, and the new ones tightened up the aligment a good bit... Just messing with them out of the control arm does not put them under the loads exerted on them when they are installed on the car and in motion...

Id'* say if its hanging up its shot... A good fresh ball joint will be very tight

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Im going to do the other side later, I figure it will be for the better especially with end links that wont be brittle. Probably take it to the mechanic so he can doulbe check the torques and give it the alignment that it needs.
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How'* the top ball joint?
There is no top ball joints on the 87-05 Bonnevilles

You got me on that one! Actually I wasn't sure & looked it up on Advance'* website. They show a link for Upper Ball Joints but if I would have clicked on it all I would have found was a rear lower joint. :o
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When I changed mine I noticed the passenger side was great. Very tight and hard to move the joint by hand. The driver side was another story But replacing 12 year old parts will always result in an improvement. Luckily ball joints aren't that expensive, and lucky for you you didn't have to pound out rivets.
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When I changed mine I noticed the passenger side was great. Very tight and hard to move the joint by hand. The driver side was another story But replacing 12 year old parts will always result in an improvement. Luckily ball joints aren't that expensive, and lucky for you you didn't have to pound out rivets.
Now this is for sure the truth on all points

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