My 1997 Buick Skylark is nearing the end of its natural life, I think,
but I'm trying to determine if I can squeeze a little more life out of
it before I buy my next car, a Toyota or Honda (yeah, another intake
manifold = no more GM cars ever victim).
Anyway, the steering is showing signs of wear, especially when I turn
to the left - the right wheel starts to vibrate. Not violently, but now
it's starting to become noticeable. I can feel it in the steering wheel.
I can also feel, when I turn the wheel all the way in one direction (I
can't remember which way, sorry)and make a circle in reverse (idling)
it feels like I'm going over a huge bump or something.
I'm curious to know what's failing - any ideas from my admittedly vague
description? Something's obviously worn out after 130,000 miles on the
nation's worst roads (Missouri).
Although there are small failures everywhere in this car (locks,
windows, broken knobs, the usual), I mostly kid - it's been a real good
car, it's done nothing but run, and its 3800 is still cranking out
25/30 mpg, and if I can get 18 more months out of it for $500 I might
just go ahead and do it.