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Buick Park Avenue, Sedan
#444 of 519 Re: Window and Ashtray, Park Avenue, 1998 [gcraig]
Jul 19, 2008 (6:20 am)
I don't know about questions 1 & 2 but number 3 I know about. I have a 1997 Park and had the same problem with the driver's door. The inside of the door has to be taken apart to reach the problem. As repairs go these days, the entire latch showing outside has to be replaced and has to be painted to match your vehicle. Parts & labor $140. My Buick dealer did the work.
#445 of 519 Thank You
Jul 21, 2008 (2:45 pm)
Thank you for the great advice about my a/c and other questions. The PA is in the shop today. It turns out the condenser was leaking and they are fixing everything for 560.00. The owner is knocking that off the price so tomorrow I will be the proud owner of a 99 PA Ultra.
#446 of 519 Re: Thank You [dafraq]
Jul 21, 2008 (3:03 pm)
>condenser was leaking
Thanks for coming back to tell us what you found! Good luck with your new PA.
#447 of 519 Re: Buick PA front brakes [gcraig]
Jul 24, 2008 (9:22 am)
This was common on my last PA as well as the one I own now. I read in the service manual that when the rotors are put on, the have to be checked for lateral runout. They have an extensive installation technique that includes cleaning both mating surfaces and then checking the lateral runout with a dial indicator. The tolerance is .002".....two thousandths of an inch. Smaller than a human hair (or at least mine) which seems to be extremely tight. For such an easy thing to get on and off, I will bet you a million $$$ that NO mechanic at the shop has ever done that. But, if that is what it requires, you could in your own driveway, spend some time and do this. I replaced so many rotors on my last PA that I will probably look into this. I have the tools at home, so it wouldn't be a big deal other than the time.
#448 of 519 PA ABS/Trac Off lights
Jul 24, 2008 (9:28 am)
I recently had the dealer get the codes from my PA. It had it's TracOff and ABS lights on. They told me that it was the FL hub, which I then replaced at home. Now the lights still come on, but only after the car is put into Drive/Reverse. I thought at first it was when the car moved, but managed to coast all the way out my driveway without them coming on and then they only came on after I put it into drive. I know the old hub was bad, I checked for the resistance and found none (plus it was leaking) and this new hub doesn't immediately trip the light which the old one would do. Any ideas????
#449 of 519 Re: PA ABS/Trac Off lights [scoobyfndoo]
Jul 25, 2008 (5:27 am)
Today a garage has looked at it and looked for codes. They saw the LF hub in the history, but no codes are stored now and none are pending. Yet the lights for ABS and TracOff are still lighted. Sometimes from the start, sometimes if I roll but every time I put it into gear. I'm thinking a short somewhere maybe? Is there a fuse anyone knows about that I can pull to reset the BCM? I think that is the module for chassis? Anyone?
#450 of 519 98 PA left rear speed sensor cable (ABS)
Aug 01, 2008 (1:47 pm)
ABS light on. Chased problem to a resistance problem in the cable that runs from the speed sensors in the left rear hub to the main wiring harness. GM wants $250 for part. Anyone solved this problem other than new cable?
Aug 02, 2008 (10:20 am)
What is the best and cheapest way to get a ignition key made for a 2000 Park Avenue? I hear going to the dealer can be quite expensive. Thanks,
#452 of 519 Re: 2003 Park Avenue Ultra with bad vibration at highway speeds [imidazol97]
Aug 04, 2008 (6:16 am)
My 2003 buick ultra has 103000 miles. I have been experiencing vibration or shimmy problems between 45 and 65 miles per hour. I purchased new quality goodyear tires and had them balanced and rotated three times with no success. They actually rotated the tire on the rim to fine tune the wheel balance I just came back this morning from a 1500 mile road trip to the street rod nats in Louisville. It shimmied the entire trip. Towards the end of the trip it began a more aggressive vibration. Its seems the vibration is in the rear however it is also intermittent, sometimes a slight front end vibration. I have read the comments to the problem. Do you think that there could be a problem with the rear suspension? The car is almost undriveable at mid range speeds. Any more ideas? Thanks
#453 of 519 Re: 2003 Park Avenue Ultra with bad vibration at highway speeds [brucgraham]
Aug 04, 2008 (7:16 am)
Were they roadforce balanced at a good shop? Here's a link that lets you find who has Hunter Roadforce 9700 balancers in your area.
If it were my money, I'd take the car to an alignment guy who's been in business a long tire and preferably one with a Hunter. He can check for bearing and other part problems. He also can check those Goodyear tires. My bet will the tires #1, and wheel bearing #2, and alignment front and rear #3.
At 103,000 miles you could have a wheel bearing that is loosening and wearing out.
The one tire that's going to be more round under load while rolling and stay round through the life is Michelin. That's probably what came on your PA.