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Oldsmobile Aurora Maintenance & Repair

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  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    Bought one from a junkyard off eBay for $30.

    Still haven't had time to install it, but will soon...

    --Robert
  • javidoggjavidogg Posts: 366
    I got mine covered under my GMPP Warranty, the only difference is that I went to a Cadillac dealer, so they replaced my antenna with a chrome tip on it, instead of the black one that my original had, which I don't mind at all, my guess is that they probably found the part that fitted on a Caddy STS onto my Aurora.

    Javs.
  • 2k1olds2k1olds Posts: 98
    I know there is a an ISS lube kit for the next generation Auroras, but my 97 now groans and shudders on low speed turns. Is there also a kit for this year, or do they just replace the shaft?
    Or, could this be suspension related?

    Thanks for any advice,

    John
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    The only recurring steering issue on Classics is a shudder (wheel shakes back and forth somewhat) on very low speed turns. The solution to this problem is a slightly longer power steering hose (TSB on this one). If this isn't it, I'd suspect the steering rack, which is a pretty expensive repair...
  • What does it take to clear the "service engine" lite"? I fixed the problem now I need to clear the lite. Thank you.

    paul
  • 2k1olds2k1olds Posts: 98
    Hammen, hopefully the longer hose is it. How expensive is the steering rack? I haven't bought extended warranty yet.

    Dr. Turbo-you can go to Auto Zone, they will clear it for you.

    John
  • Well thanks to all that responded. Replaced them yesterday, it went well but it was messy. I sure did save allot of money by doing it myself. Now I just have to clear the engine lite.
    Just want to let everyone know that it is not that bad to do it yourself. Thank you.

    paul
  • The previous owner did not use premium fuel so I was wondering what all the other owners use? I just got this car and realized it takes high test fuel. Is it really needed, with the price of gas and all?

    paul
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    If you don't have a code reader, disconnect the negative battery terminal for 30 minutes and that will do the trick.
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    My Olds dealer tried to tell me my steering rack was leaking - looking at around a $1k repair.

    I took it to another mechanic, who wiped off the box and told me to come back in 1k miles. Did so, no signs of leakage. So I haven't done anything. (Same dealer also tried to say I needed a new wheel bearing, since the front tire flexed when up on a lift. Second mechanic tightened the loose bolt, problem solved, $300 bill to the warranty company avoided).

    I've stopped using that dealership (now just a GMC one with the death of Olds) for service work...

    --Robert
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    I only use premium in my Aurora and in my GTO.

    The Classic (95-99) requires premium fuel. The 2001-2003 don't require it, but perform best with it (able to retard timing if there's knock) - same with my GTO.

    I'd strongly, strongly encourage it. Around here, most of the major "chain" gas stations (BP/Amoco, Mobil) charge 10c/gal between grades (regular, mid-grate + 10c, premium + 20c). I tend to frequent those stations (Citgo, Clark) which only charge 7c or less between grades.

    At 15 cents per gallon difference, figuring a 12 gallon fill-up, it's costing you $1.80 more per fill. If you fill up once a week like I do, that's under $100 per year. Is it worth messing up your engine to save that little? You'd be best suited to make sure your fuel filter and PCV valve are changed regularly, your injectors are cleaned, and check your tire pressure at each fill-up. Those things will help keep your mileage up (along with your driving/braking habits), which will save you more money than the difference you are paying for premium...

    Just my 15 cents,

    --Robert
  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    I always use high test. You can get away with "silver" but that is as low as I would go. However, you will notice a slight drop off in performance. I can live with the car's performance using mid-grade. On regular gas, why have an aROARa when a Taurus will do?
  • 2k1olds2k1olds Posts: 98
    Aurora know where the drain tubes are for the sunroof? It's raining like he#$ here in Cincinnati today and my wife has water leaking in by the front pillars, around the homelink control, and by the rear courtesy lights above the doors. Hers is a 2001. Or, maybe it's something totally different. Help!!!

    John
  • Has anyone replaced their driver door outside handle? Mine broke and I cannot open the door from outside. I have the replacement part (parts guy said it is a common problem).

    I have the door panel off. Access is extremely limited. I'm trying to follow the service manual directions, which tell me to remove the lock rod from the latch. I cannot figure out how to do that. Does anyone know?

    Les
  • I'm new to my '96 and I noticed when turning around in the street I get a shudder and low groan while turning. At first I thought it was a tire rubbing until I read this post, interesting.
    Where can I read about the TSB?
    What parts are required and is it an easy fix? Thanks for the help.

    paul
  • ramouramou Posts: 84
    My 95 temp gauge started climbing up very very slowly on the interstate yesterday doing about 85-90MPH for about 30 minutes, it crossed over slightly past the last notch before the red, but I didn't let it get to the red as I was due to get off the exit. Once I got off and drove normal, it came back down. My fans were on and there was no leak and my anti-freeze reservoir was full. The temp gauge never went over 220 on the interstate no matter what time of the year it was here in Florida. Could this be a dirty radiator problem..or could it be a thermostat problem. A mechanic told me that if it's getting hot on the highway then it's the radiator, because in slow traffic the thermostat and the fans kick in. Has anyone experienced this and if so how much did it run. The service engine soon light also has been coming on and off for the past 2 weeks but not consistent, but the car still drives the same, I guess I'll have it scanned maybe it's a related issue. Sometimes it doesn't come on at all in an entire drive.
  • javidoggjavidogg Posts: 366
    As a matter of fact I just got mine replaced a few weeks ago at the dealer under my Warranty, they had to replace the whole thing and repaint the outside handle and housing, since they used a new one.

    I did not want to mess around with it, so I went with my warranty for that and they covered it.

    Thank godness for the Warranty, that job is like trouble.

    Peace.
  • 1. I took in my 2001 3.5L V6 for a sort of roaring or grinding noise coming from somewhere in the front of the car last Saturday afternoon. The dealer called Monday to report that it was fixed. He installed a "Hub kit" on the left front wheel. If I understand correctly, the cause was a wheel bearing that can wear out sometime between 60k and 100k miles. Mine is at 75k miles. The repair was covered by the powertrain warranty, and instead of ~$500 the cost was $0.

    2.I took my 2003 4.0L V8 in for a slow coolant loss. The dealership found a leaking gasket at the water pump. They replaced the whole water pump assembly under the new car warranty (21k miles), again for $0. I was surprised at how quickly they accomplished the repair (Saturday morning drop off, Saturday afternoon pick up.) When I asked if they actually stocked Aurora water pumps, the service writer told me that the Cadillac 4.6L Northstar has the same pump, which they do stock, and that was how they could do the repair so quickly.

    3. Two good experiences at one dealership! I'm happy. I recommend Hendrick's Cadillac, Pontiac, GMC in Raleigh, NC.

    Ken
  • javidoggjavidogg Posts: 366
    That's why I get my warranty work done at Cadillac Dealers, they seem to have the parts to almost all Aurora's.
  • 2k1olds2k1olds Posts: 98
    anyone know a ballpark figure on a throttle body cleaning? My accelerator is sticking and now the car is idling at 1000 rpm, and it used to idle at 5-600. This is when the car is not in gear.

    Thanks,

    John
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