Question about 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
My '95 Cutlass Supreme is no spring chicken, with 182,000 miles on it I can readily admit that. It's a good solid car that's in great shape considering it's age and mileage. I'm just curious about a sound that surfaced a year ago that comes and goes, but when it resurfaces it seems to be worse each time. It started as a kind of creaking, exclusively in the rear end, whenever I hit a bump, etc. Nothing that a little WD40 or lithium grease couldn't solve. The problem went away in the winter, which leads me to believe that something was expanding and rubbing against something else, due to the hot humid weather. Now the problem has turned into a loud sort of pop, that blends into a kind of creaking when I'm going down the road, regardless of speed. It gets really bad, and then tends to disappear for a couple days, only to resurface again. Recently, it's been so loud that I can feel the sound in my feet, with each pop and creak. It's rather embarrassing, as I know it can be heard by people around me. No idea if this is a matter of replacing bushings, shocks, or what. I'm mainly concerned that it could end up being unsafe to drive or something.
My second problem is much more simple when it comes to describing. My engine just seems to sputter and nearly die at random moments going down the road, very brief and not too common. It does the same thing when I'm stopped, shifted into drive. The engine also sounds as if its about to die everytime I roll up my windows, turn on the air or heat, or turn my wheels as far as they can go either way, but again, only when I'm stopped while shifted in drive (at a stop light, drive through, etc). All I have to do is shift it into park, however, and there's no problem. Not sure if this is a matter of a battery, alternator, etc.
Like I said, my car is no spring chicken, but I do hope to hold on to it for a few months still. My biggest concern is making it last until then, and seeing if I can do anything about these two major problems (there are a few other small ones not worth dealing with such as turn signal problems, etc) in an affordable way so that I can sell without looking as if I'm passing off a total piece of junk. Appreciate any input,advice, or suggestions. Thanks!
I have the same car and love it, it is a solid car but has it's own set of problems. The sqeaking is from the one leaf spring that runs across the back of the car from each of the rear wheels. Under this spring (spring is probably not the right term) on each side of the car should be a rubber spacer but they wear out. The part kit from the dealer is around $100 dollars but I just put a jack under each side of the spring and added a thick piece of rubber. You need to fix this because it is actually a fiberglass spring even though it looks like steel, it can break or crack without the rubber spacers.
Posted on May 06, 2009
I had the same problem. It would squeak kinda bad when I pull in my driveway. My cv boots were good. I found the ball joints were getting wore out, as well as the shocks were over 10 yrs old. I replaced the ball joints and shocks. I know my squeaks stopped, I personally believe it was the shocks that fixed my squeaking.
Posted on May 20, 2009
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