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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 09-08-2007, 02:21 PM   #111
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Don't ever go back to that shop again. They're idiots.

Follow the directions on the Actron compression tester you buy. You'll need only one of the adapters that comes with it, and it'* not the same size hex as a spark plug.

Crank 3-4 revolutions per cylinder, then go write down the peak compression value for each cylinder number. You MUST report what each number cylinder is doing.

We'll be looking for trends from adjacent cylinders.
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Ditto on that. There are such things as bad shops. When you're unlucky enough to find one, make a note and don't go there again. Those types make a living doing oil changes, rotating tires, and replacing air filters, and don't know how to do anything else. (And I wouldn't trust them with any of those, either.) If you're unlucky enough to live somewhere where all the shops are idiots, you can generally get reasonably good service at a GM new-car dealership that has a service department. As always, word of mouth reputation is the best.

Follow the instructions on your compression tester. A compression test is certainly something you can do on your own, and it is an excellent diagnostic indicator of where an engine problem lies. Take your time, take good notes, and you'll likely get some information to point you towards the next logical troubleshooting step without wasting time and money on pure guesswork.
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this is weird, i have noticed smoking more and more now that i have started my new job, i wok far from my home and i have to get on 3 highways threw traffic, well like i said i noticed more and more smoke, well the other morning i woke up to move my car for my mom and i noticed that the check oil level light was on i checked the level and im way down on the stick as if there is not much oil in there at all, and i just did an oil change about 2 months ago, this seems to be alot of oil being burnt
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:18 AM   #114
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You already knew that from all the smoke....
Sorry to be rude, but if your looking for sympathy make a post in the lounge. If you're looking to find the problem, the first step diagnostics advice was given to you over a month ago.

How much more help do you think you'll get if your not even willing to unscrew a few spark plugs?

me? I'd follow the advice given here and learn new things. There are people out there paying big money to colleges to learn what you get here for free.
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maybe im looking for the wrong thing, but i went into the search to look for replacing the valve stem seals and guides, is there a tread on this that would be helpfull on doing this procdure, im looking on google but alot of whats coming up is ok but alot is on V8 and removing the heads. thanks
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maybe im looking for the wrong thing, but i went into the search to look for replacing the valve stem seals and guides, is there a tread on this that would be helpfull on doing this procdure, im looking on google but alot of whats coming up is ok but alot is on V8 and removing the heads. thanks
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Have you been reading?
You will have to pull off your intake manifold and change your gaskets at the very least.
If you are interested in doing your valve stem seals and guides, you will have to remove your heads
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Valve seals can be done on the car with the motor mostly together. However we'll need to get that compression test out of the way and find out if the issue is rings or seals.
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well i did do a compresson test, and when i did it it was all normal, then the testor that i rented from autozone decided it wanted to fail on me so i did not get to finish
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Sounds like you don't know if they are all "normal" if the tester broke.

Any luck getting another tester?
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