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#421 of 482 '92 Century clacking noise under 20 mph
Jul 20, 2006 (7:27 pm)
My car, a 1992 Buick Century with a V6, is making this weird clacking noise from the front end as soon as I start it up. The car's acceleration and handling doesn't seem any different, but it almost sounds like something is rattling around in there. As soon as the car goes over 20 mph, though, the noise completely stops and everything seems fine. When I slow down again, it comes back. Any ideas as to what could be wrong? I think I might take it in to a shop tomorrow; any suggestions as to where to go? The car hasn't had any real problems; has 130,000 miles on it, and all of the fluids are checked and at the right level. I'd appreciate any help anyone would have...
#422 of 482 Re: '92 Century clacking noise under 20 mph [davisgra]
Jul 26, 2006 (7:53 pm)
Sounds like pebble in the hub cap syndrome to me. The good part is it doesn't cost anything to fix. Let us know what you find out.
#423 of 482 Re: 98 Century w/ 136,000 miles, maintenance [herrkaleu]
Aug 03, 2006 (3:01 pm)
I now replaced the motor air filter. The front driver blinker melts the lamp socket, so it loses contact. With little wiggling it works again. I just stopped at a buick dealer to buy a new socket for the lamp, but that department was already closed.
they quoted fuel filter change would be $45, and replacing spark plugs would be $155 including some intake manifold cleaning and platinum spark plugs. (considering how retarded the design is, I might them have do it)
I have to say, my Mazda 3 with a smaller hood makes maintenance easier than the buick with lots of room. Everything is designed to make maintenance as labor intensive as possible
for now I will leave the accessory belt the way it is, it looks good to me. I'm not sure if I should have the coolant flushed. I read the anti-corrosive wears out and it will make the frost plugs and other things corrode.
Is there a way to see the frost plugs in the engine, if they are rusty?
I know more should be done, but with driving only 3 miles to work I don't want to overdo it....
Aug 28, 2006 (10:01 am)
Is it true that there is a lifetime warranty on the engine belt [serpentine??? belt] through the buick dealership? And if so, how does one go about getting that changed?
#425 of 482 Re: Warranty question. [j9needshelp]
Aug 28, 2006 (9:44 pm)
The belt is a replacement item; early or late, but it always wears out.
However, when a new belt I replaced at Chevy dealership worn up after only 12k miles, they replaced the belt again for free. The service adviser called GM, and GM paid for it.
#426 of 482 Re: buick century'99. [baluba]
Nov 14, 2006 (1:53 pm)
the buick century is very reliabele i love it!
#427 of 482 Re: Considering Purchasing a Century [xfrost]
Dec 05, 2006 (11:14 am)
I have a 1999 Buick Century 3.1L V6. It has just over 120k miles on it.
I purchased it, and didnt even know it had a tick which would occur after the car was running for a minute... and it never goes away. It is harder to hear at higher RPM's (over 2,000) but it's still there.
I notice a lot of people have problems with engine tick at cold startup, but I have not seen any people post about engine tick AFTER a cold startup
What is wrong? Is it bad? Easy to fix? Expensive? Will my motor last? What should I do?
#428 of 482 Replace R headlight on 1998 Buick Century
Dec 12, 2006 (10:00 am)
I need to replace the right headlight on my 1998 Buick century. Actually I need to replace the bumper, right fender and a ton of other things too (car wreck ), but thats besides the point. My question is, what other Buicks can I get parts from? I've been looking on ebay for headlights and a lot of them say "Regal/Buick right headlight" etc. Specifically, I was wondering if I could use a 2003 LeSabre headlight. Also, if anyone knows of a website that lists parts that can be swapped out, that would be great as well. Thank you.
#430 of 482 Re: Replace R headlight on 1998 Buick Century [skeltonbm]
Dec 17, 2006 (10:56 am)
The headlights need to come from other Century/Regal models. I do not believe the LeSabre headlight would work. The good news is the Century/Regal headlights are easy to install and often readily available at reasonable prices on eBay.