1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Lateral shuddering while driving

Tiny
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  • 1993 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 154,000 MILES
Hi Guys!

I've had this problem for several years now where my car shudders and makes a dull sound while driving, especially when in a sweeping turn, as on the highway. It varies with steering angle where in the steering dead spot I typically hear/feel nothing wrong, but when I make a left or right turn I get a periodic "thumpthumpthumpthump" sound and vibration.

I also get a pronounced shudder as I brake. I thought this was just warped rotors but I've had them ground a few times to no avail.

A friend said it may be a funky CV joint, and my talents lie in electronics, not mechanical systems so I haven't the slightest idea. =P

My car runs swell, though lacking power currently and I want to see it reach 250k miles. What should I do to correct this problem? I'm donating to the website for this answer.

Thanks!
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 12:19 PM

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Tiny
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It sounds like your lower ball joints are bad, please inspect them ASAP. If a lower ball joint fails you can lose control of the car. Plus inspect the cv joints they can cause vibration while accelerating. Please let me know. :-)
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 3:18 PM
Tiny
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Hooooly cow!

Yeah man, I'll have it in the shop tomorrow, Thanks for the heads up!

Are there any repair facility chains that you would recommend?
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 3:30 PM
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Np, it is difficult to recommend a repair garage, but soon we will have a system in place that will help you find one, so check back soon!
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 3:38 PM
Tiny
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So I took my car to Precision Tune and they showed me that my balljoints and tierods on both sides were shot - there was grease piled up around them indicating, to their decree, that the seals were bad allowing grease to leak out and accumulate.

The parts cost slightly less than $400 with labor adding $280 more. I figure that this car has been so cheap to own thus far, it's worth abstaining from new car payments for another 6 months at least.

Do the repair guys seems like they're making a reasonable claim?

Thanks!
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 AT 2:18 PM
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Yes, car repair is getting more expensive all the time. Take the current garage estamate and call other garages in the area to compare charges.
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 AT 4:20 PM
Tiny
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I got my car back from Precision Tune and there is no more shuddering while applying power to the wheels or during a turn. Very smooth indeed! I still have to get an alignment and I do have warped rotors, however. =P

The steering seems tighter, too.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 AT 11:27 AM
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Good to hear!
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Sunday, April 20th, 2008 AT 12:35 PM

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