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#1116 of 1520 1995 Buick Lesabre Dashboard
May 17, 2005 (8:33 am)
I am attempting to replace my radio and heater control panel in my '95 Lesabre. I am having difficulty removing the plastic plate in front of the dashboard, which covers the bolts which fasten the radio and heater control panel, because I cannot find the the clips or bolts which keep this plastic plate attached. I don't need to remove the entire dashboard and I don't want to break this part. This part of the dashboard stretches across the entire width of the dashboard and also cover the periphery of the speedometer and gauges.
Any suggestions? Thanks
#1117 of 1520 Re: 2004 Buick Lesabre Vibration at Freeway Speeds [imidazol97]
May 17, 2005 (3:31 pm)
I did take it back to Michael Hohl Motors in Carson City, Nevada TWICE and they have balanced 2 times, rotated 1 time the tires with no success. The factory rep came out and said nothing was wrong with the vehicle so there is nothingto fix. She said it is the characteristics of the vehicle. I also filed a complaint with BBB.AUTOLINE with no success as I mentioned it could be a design problem which is not covered under thier program. The bottom line is the Vibration is still there. Any ideas on what I can do. Thanks rjh4
#1118 of 1520 Re: 2004 Buick Lesabre Vibration at Freeway Speeds [rjh4]
May 17, 2005 (3:32 pm)
What brand and which tire is on the car. What size are your wheels?
Have the tires been force-balanced on a Hunter 9700 balancer? The dealer should have one.
How many miles are on the car?
#1119 of 1520 Re: 1995 Buick Lesabre Dashboard [schmeagle]
May 18, 2005 (8:44 am)
If your ' 95 is similar to my ' 94, there is a trim plate that is about two inches high which runs from just to the left of the steering column to the right edge of the dashboard. Above that is the main dashboard panel. The lower trim plate has to be carefully pried off from the retaining clips; there are no bolts or screws holding the plate on. The main panel has bolts and screws and these also have to be removed to gain access to the heater controls and radio units. I have not gotten to the main panel yet; it looks like quite a job... the eight buttons that control air flow on my car are sticking and only switch when they feel like it, as if the car has a mind of it's own! Does anyone have a cure for the buttons? Could it be a vacuum problem? Or does the whole unit need replaced? Help!!
#1120 of 1520 Re: 1995 Buick Lesabre Dashboard [davco]
May 18, 2005 (10:23 am)
Just on a wild chance:
does anything else funny happen when the HVAC unit seems to lose its mind or change settings without reason? My 93 used to do default to defroster with air compresser on and the power door locks didn't work. After a few minutes they would work again.
IT was the ground connections next to driver's left hand under carpet between seat and door sill. It's covered in a plastic box. Someone else had a problem with it in the Bonneville discussion.
OTOH: it could be the programmer, a box that turns the vacuum on and off to each of the vacuum motors on the air handling box also under the dash.
#1121 of 1520 Re: 1995 Buick Lesabre Dashboard [davco]
May 18, 2005 (11:43 am)
Thanks Davco, I had already removed the trim plate you wrote about. That plate is plastic and in my interior, it is a natural wood color. After I had removed the trim plate, I removed 3 bolts from what you call the main panel. I am still having problems removing the main panel which is black in my car and stretches the width of the face of the dashboard. It covers the radio and the heater control panel mounting bolts and does not cover the passenger air bag unit rather it goes around it. There are clips that fasten the top of this panel underneath the top of the dashboard and I am able to carefully pry those away from the dashboard. Unfortunately, it appears that there might be screws, bolts or clips behind the vents on the dashboard because when I attempt to pry away the main panel, it does not move away from the area around the vents. I might have to remove the vents but I don't want to break anything as I am not sure how to remove them or the panel. My heat is on permanently and the service manager at local Buick dealer said that I had to replace the heater control panel which is over $300 at the their cost. My father has a 2002 Lesabre and it has the exact same heater control panel as my '95, so there must be plenty of these control panels available at salvage yards.
Any suggestions? Thanks
#1122 of 1520 Re: 2004 Buick Lesabre Vibration at Freeway Speeds [imidazol97]
May 19, 2005 (2:26 pm)
The tires on my 2004 Buick Lesabre are General Ameri*gs60 P215-70 R15.
The dealer has a Hunter 9700 balancer on which the tires were balance twice.
The vehicle has 6,800 miles on it.
Are there any techinal Bulletins out on this problem and if so how can I obtain them. Thanx rjh4
#1123 of 1520 Re: 2004 Buick Lesabre Vibration at Freeway Speeds [rjh4]
May 21, 2005 (6:00 pm)
Check the tie rods! My fronts both went out around 30,000 on my '02 Limited.
#1124 of 1520 Re: 1995 Buick Lesabre Dashboard [imidazol97]
May 23, 2005 (3:11 pm)
Thanks for the help, imidazo197... As a quick check, I pounded on the carpeting in the area you mentioned and the HVAC buttons began working again. I'll keep my fingers crossed that this is where the problem lies and then when there's time I'll pull up the carpet to hopefully fix this nagging problem for good. Again, my thanks.
#1125 of 1520 Re: 1995 Buick Lesabre Dashboard [davco]
May 23, 2005 (4:26 pm)
Glad I posted to try to help.
I was too lazy to take apart my LeSabre carpet there--my wife made me trade it before it became a problem I wanted to fix. 150K and still ran great, better than the 98 leSabre.
The moisture from getting in and out in cold climates and wet periods that's on your feet and drips on the carpet and spreads. And as you get in and out along moisture from rain in the open window and open door can keep that kind of moist. That's why the corrosion starts there.
There also is a connection in the left side next to the parking brake near the floor where grounds link up that someone else mentioned can cause troublesome connections.
I never though about just banging on the box in that area to force a better connection. Sledge hammer and duct tape can fix a lot of things!