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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 12-07-2004, 02:46 PM   #1
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I have a 92 SE . How do you know when it'* time to replace the front or rear struts ? The car seems to nose dive too much under harder braking . Thanks
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1. Find a speed bump.
2. Drive over the speed bump.
3. If the car bounces more than twice you might have bad struts.


F41 Springs might be an option too.
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That'* enough of a reason, right there.

The standard method is to push down heavily on the corner of the car so you get the thing to bounce as deeply as you can, then let go at the low point and see how long it keeps bouncing. New struts will minimize the bouncing to the upstroke and maybe just a little bounce down and up following. When they are completely shot, they will give another up down up down up.

Visual inspection may reveal that the hydraulic fluid is leaking out of the struts.

Automatic air shocks may be pumping up all the time or running your battery dead overnight indicating a leak in the hoses or in the air bladder.

Abnormal tire wear can be an indicator for strut replacement.

Noise when you are turning can indicate that the strut bearing plates are going bad.
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