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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 09-11-2007, 10:32 AM   #11
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I don't think things would of been so bad if the car didn't have 219,000 when the LIM. started leaking. maybe I'm overreacting but every thing is boarder line with this many miles on her. she has good power, just makes a little to much racket for me to put any more money or TIME into her. I have seen newer motors on ebay for $350. but then the body is a little rough,IE; Rust around top of windshield ,rusty top frame of drivers door(leaking 1/4 window) rust on brake lines,trans lines, rusty rocker panel on driver side that go all the way back to rear wheel. I'm going to get it road worthy and sell it for $500. and find another one. That has a better body on it. I can do anything to a car i need to do BUT body work.
I don't know if the milky oil help quite the motor or what but it seems to make more noise then before i started the intake job, I did two oil changes after completing the intake just to get all the milky oil and crap from degunking the top of the heads and lower manifold and valley. nothing went down into the pan because I plug the oil drains in the valley and I used a wet/dry Vac. to pull all the gunk out. I have a little main bearing rumble on a cold start up, but that goes away once oil PSI. comes up, but it sounds like the balance rod bearings are making noise when the motor is revving down from 1,500 rpm to 1,000 rpm. I'm getting a small rumbling noise right under the intake. It'* not really a rumble or a tick it more like a thudder, lol, kinda like a playing card in your spokes on a bike. it hard to describe motor sounds.
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well that noise I hear seems to be the oil pump, It'* coming mostly from the timing chain cover area.
what I don't want to do is replace the oil pump and timing chain to lose the mains later.
the motor runs strong, hardly any cold knock on start up, it runs smooth till it warms up. but then it has a ruff idle, and low oil psi, not in the red but just above it, and it comes right up on rev up, and the noise goes away. but from what i read the mains are sure to go.
anyone in the *.E. michigan area have a good 3.8 II. z J Rogers
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Hey, neighbor!

Check with Tiger'* Auto Salvage on Bristol Rd. They're your best bet for a good, used replacement.

RPM up on Dort is also a safe-bet.
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