Olds 88 Royal LS Issues - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Oldsmobile When starting new posts, please specify YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, ENGINE type, and whatever modifications you have made.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-15-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Posts: 251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
WeaD is on a distinguished road
Default Olds 88 Royal LS Issues

First off, The site is looking pretty nice so far. The inclusion of all the new areas for different vehicles is sweeet!
My olds 88 has a shudder in the steering wheel while driving at any speed. It just increases in intensity as you increase speed. It also feels very sloppy in corners.
I have checked tire pressure, and most of the "easy" things to do. It seems fine at the moment. I have time today, and I am planning to go out and see what I can see once I get the car lifted.
Just seeing what you guys might think is the cause, because, lets face it, your usually right lol.

Have a great day
WeaD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 05:13 PM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
raptor660's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Eaton Rapids MI
Posts: 2,964
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
raptor660 is on a distinguished road
Default

Well i would start by checking the tie rods. sounds like the culprit. jack up the front of the car and try to turn the front wheel left to right. If there is any play with the use of your strenth just imagine the forces while turning and at high speeds. also try to pull the wheel in and out. if there is play in that direction your wheel bearing and cv shaft could use replacing. also check your front sway bar and end links.

the two problems could also be separate of eachother. the shutter at high speeds could be a need of a front end alignment, tie rods or out of balance tires. and the crappy cornering manners could be bad struts, sway bar, or a broken spring

Hope this helps
raptor660 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 05:20 PM   #3
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Posts: 251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
WeaD is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the opinions man.
This car was my grandparents, and its full of old people stuffs on the bumpers and stuff. So a front alignment may be in order lol. I assume if they were out bumper grazing things that a few curb encounters may have happened. The tires don't show any scuffing on the sidewalls though, and the rims are in good shape.
When I got the car, it had a few issues, many juts like my bonne. Seepy power steering lines. Seepy tranny lines( in front to the rad).
Also the tires were all about 8lbs low, and one (front passenger I believe) was almost 15 LBs light.
Could it be a damaged tire stemming from the lack of air pressure?
WeaD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 05:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
raptor660's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Eaton Rapids MI
Posts: 2,964
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
raptor660 is on a distinguished road
Default

sure could be a belt in the tire letting go. but that would be more of a hop than a shutter
raptor660 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2010, 12:23 PM   #5
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
xtremerevolution's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Lenox, IL
Posts: 2,478
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
xtremerevolution is on a distinguished road
Default

Tie rods by nature don't cause the steering wheel to shudder, *especially* when the shuddering increases as speed increases. But if you want to check the tie rods, jack up the car, get a firm grip on the tire with your hands at the 3:00 and 9:00 position, and wiggle it by pulling with one arm and pushing on the other. If there'* any amount of play, your tie rods could be bad. Next, put your hands in the 12:00 and 6:00 positions and do the same. If there'* any play there, your wheel hub is bad. It is possible that both a wheel hub and a tie rod can be bad. It all depends in the amount of play.

This will happen if the tires are out of balance for sure, or if your tires have other issues. Have a shop balance them to check, and go from there. Check the wheel hubs first though.
xtremerevolution is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2010, 03:19 PM   #6
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Posts: 251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
WeaD is on a distinguished road
Default

Sorry it took so long to reply.
My tires all looked decent, but when I jacked up the front passenger side and grabbed the tire, I was greeted by many sharp wires. The tire had this very odd bald patch on the inside (motor side) of the tire. This was bulging out, causing all my weird vibration issues.
I think the car needs a wheel alignment badly, because since I have changed that tire out, it feels like my car is pigeon toed.
I have been saving loot to fix an addition to my house, and everything that isn't my house cant wait to get a piece of it lol.
My bonne needs suspension work (shocks struts), the olds needs an alignment, and the woman'* cavalier is starting to need a slap too.
Thanks for the opinions guys.
Have a good one!
WeaD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2010, 03:24 PM   #7
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
xtremerevolution's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Lenox, IL
Posts: 2,478
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
xtremerevolution is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WeaD View Post
Sorry it took so long to reply.
My tires all looked decent, but when I jacked up the front passenger side and grabbed the tire, I was greeted by many sharp wires. The tire had this very odd bald patch on the inside (motor side) of the tire. This was bulging out, causing all my weird vibration issues.
I think the car needs a wheel alignment badly, because since I have changed that tire out, it feels like my car is pigeon toed.
I have been saving loot to fix an addition to my house, and everything that isn't my house cant wait to get a piece of it lol.
My bonne needs suspension work (shocks struts), the olds needs an alignment, and the woman'* cavalier is starting to need a slap too.
Thanks for the opinions guys.
Have a good one!
Camber that bad may need more than just an alignment.

The way I look at it, my cars ALWAYS deserve #1 priority when it comes time to spending my money. Why? Because without my car, I couldn't get to work, and then I wouldn't have money for anything else.
xtremerevolution is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2010, 06:40 PM   #8
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Posts: 251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
WeaD is on a distinguished road
Default

This is the truth. As a commuter I know having a car is top priority. I was just looking very forward to having some money to fix my house is all. I was just taking a moment to grouch about my personal misfortune lol.

Could you outline what "more than an alignment" might encompass?
Winces for the bad news >_<
WeaD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2010, 07:12 PM   #9
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
xtremerevolution's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Lenox, IL
Posts: 2,478
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
xtremerevolution is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WeaD View Post
This is the truth. As a commuter I know having a car is top priority. I was just looking very forward to having some money to fix my house is all. I was just taking a moment to grouch about my personal misfortune lol.

Could you outline what "more than an alignment" might encompass?
Winces for the bad news >_<
Worn or blown shocks, sway bar bushings, control arm bushings (very big one here), worn outer tie rods, worn inner tie rods (not so likely, but possible), and I've even seen my fair share of bent control arms. It can happen if you drive into a curb on accident, or hit a very big pothole. I would start with control arm bushings, check the outer tie rods, and then an alignment.
xtremerevolution is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2010, 08:28 PM   #10
J_C
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Near Cincinnati
Posts: 40
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
J_C is on a distinguished road
Default

Some '88s (all?) don't even have a rear sway bar, making them a real whale in cornering.

See if you can dig up receipts, while you probably have an alignment issue it would be good to know when the struts were last replaced, then replace those before the alignment instead of paying for an alignment twice.

Also, if there is a chance those are the original struts you might have a MAJOR safety issue. I didn't realize how old the struts were on my '88, thought it was just a sloppy handling car, then one day shortly after I got it I realized just how bad they were when the front strut rusted through on the spring seat and the front end rode on the tire. I was really lucky I wasn't taking a curve or on the interstate when it happened.

Last edited by J_C; 05-23-2010 at 08:32 PM.
J_C is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
anyoneelse think cleaning under the spoiler is a royal pain? NERV Detailing & Appearance 5 09-18-2005 06:05 PM
Royal Purple Twister97 Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 20 10-02-2004 11:47 AM
Royal Purple???? Baileyjack Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 8 10-02-2004 01:03 AM
royal flush in euchre John Deere Boy Lounge 7 08-27-2004 09:35 AM
Royal Purple BigAych18 Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 6 07-25-2004 11:53 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:36 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.