1998 Olds LSS, 3800 N/A
I swear, this bloody car fights me with EVERYTHING I do.
Long story short, I'm replacing the CV shafts. After finally finding a pair,
(UGH...) the passenger side slipped in pretty much without any
(insurmountable) problems. The driver's side... that's a problem. It's
almost as if the halfshaft is too long, the balljoint was a major PITA to
wrestle back into place and with the suspension unloaded the engine rocks
side to side as I spin the hub. The passenger side seemed loose in
comparison. So logically I loosened the three engine mounts (subframe sides,
and at the fender) to try and nudge the engine over with only minimal
success, and the shaft is still awfully tight. It's a lot better with the
suspension loaded but still, this can't be right.
I think I have ruled out a bad shaft as I have tried two different remanned
units and the engine mounts have been replaced in the last couple of months.
I haven't stuck the old one back in to compare but I'm wondering if this is
the source of the clunking-over-bumps I've had for the past year. What
should have been a three hour (or so) job has now taken over two weeks while
I fight with it and try to track down parts. If this wasn't my late father's
car it would have seen the lake long ago.
So, any suggestions before I go looking for a nice used Dodge Magnum?