Last post on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM
You are in the Buick LeSabre
What is this discussion about?
Buick LeSabre, Sedan
#1127 of 1520 repairing broken steering column
May 27, 2005 (7:11 pm)
ok here is the kicker, some Bleep Bleep Bleep broke into my 1995 buick lesabre, broke up the collumn trying to steel it but was to lame to be able to do that, thank god for small favors since we don't have comprehensive insurance at this time. So here the deal car won't even start with the key now, and low on cash. I was told we can't fix it our selves cuz of the stupid driver side air bag. Now is this the truth or is it a case of big time chicken? also have to replace that back driver side rear door lil triagle window, cuz the stupidlow lifes weren't even acomplished at the slim jim for peet sake . any help would be apreciated. thanks...
#1128 of 1520 Re: repairing broken steering column [kesh]
May 28, 2005 (3:09 am)
You didn't say if you get lights on the dash when the key is rotated... which would indicate a connection from the key cylinder parts to the switch lower on the column.
The airbag should be disconnected while working in the steering column, especially now that the internals have been damaged by the thief. And just think, if he'd been caught in most areas he wouldn't even be treated like a criminal and jailed. This is minor stuff. Just property damage...
The key cylinder activates the actual switch which is down near the floorboard on top of the steering column. If nothing happens when you rotate the key cylinder, they probably bent, broke, disconnected the small rod that goes from the cylinder down to the small box that is the actual contacts and switch.
You might look to see if you can identify that rod. It is possible you might be able to start the car by manipulating that rod up and down. Remember the key has to be in the switch and the wiring that reads the resistor chip in the key has to be intact in order for the security system to allow the starter to activate.
There is a procedure for disabling the airbag system. I do not know it. Perhaps Alcan in Ask a TEchnical Question
94camryv6, "Got a Quick, Technical Question?" #1456, 27 May 2005 10:20 am
#1129 of 1520 Re: repairing broken steering column [imidazol97]
May 28, 2005 (4:19 pm)
The Haynes repair manual states "To disable the drivers side airbag, remove the airbag fuse from the instrument panel fuse block, remove the negative battery cable, and unplug the yellow Connector Position Assurance connector located at the base of the steering column...
...possiblity of getting closer to fixing the nagging problem with the HVAC control buttons on my '94... Now that it's slightly warmer here in SW PA, I've noticed the buttons working 75% of the time as opposed to 25% of the time when it's colder outside.
#1130 of 1520 helpful tip- clean the air intake
May 29, 2005 (6:35 pm)
I just cleaned the throttle body intake on my 2000 and what a difference. It had a slightly sticky throttle, you had to push it a little harder to get it off of idle. I had to take off the honeycomb thing to get the cleaner up into the TB. You would not believe what kind of crud came out. I picked up 2 miles per gallon and quicker starts. It also does not have such a high fast cold idle now. Wish I would have done that every year or so instead of waiting five.
#1131 of 1520 Yet another cry for help with reprogramming a FOB
May 31, 2005 (5:01 pm)
I just purchased a 1997 Buick LeSabre Limited with one set of keys and one FOB. Dealer gave me another set of keys and a spare FOB (same make/model as the original one). I read posting #2764 on how to reprogram the FOB's for the Buick, however when I insert the key into to ignition switch 3 times while holding the "unlock" button, I never get the 3 chimes upon releasing the unlock switch.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
#1132 of 1520 Re: Yet another cry for help with reprogramming a FOB [lesabreguy]
May 31, 2005 (6:46 pm)
I've got a 98 and have a set of manuals. I'll check in them tomorrow. It's late for me tonight.
Maybe someone else has this on the tip of their fingers and can give you a quicker answer.
#1133 of 1520 Re: Yet another cry for help with reprogramming a FOB [imidazol97]
Jun 01, 2005 (6:11 am)
Thanks in advance for the help. ;^)
I have the owners manual for the '97, however it assumes that the "Panic" button works with the car, and shows you how to reprogram the door locks & trunk release. In my wanderings around this site and others, I noticed an occasional posting indicating that you needed to "short" a wire, is this the case for LeSabre's?
#1134 of 1520 Re: Yet another cry for help with reprogramming a FOB [lesabreguy]
Jun 01, 2005 (6:56 am)
If you have the 97 LeSabre service manuals from Helm it's on 8-821. Do the remotes work to lock and unlock the doors?
If no have you synchronized the remotes?
If so, The number 8 and number 4 terminals get jumpered with a link with a 20 amp fuse in it. The DLC block should have the numbers embossed at the ends of the rows.
Turn ignition off. Jumper. close alldoors. turn ignition on. the doors will lock. press and hold lock and unlock button on transmitter for 30 seconds and the doors will lock and unlock. Do not turn off ignition. repeated pressing the lock and unlock button for other transmitters and hold for 30 seconds for the lock unlock cycle to occur.
I assume turn off ignition. remove jumper. and go happily on your way.
#1135 of 1520 Re: Yet another cry for help with reprogramming a FOB [imidazol97]
Jun 01, 2005 (10:44 am)
I only have the original owners manual that came with the vehicle.
When I purchased the car last week, the dealer only had 1 set of keys and one FOB for it but promised to cut me another "chipped" ignition key and to give me another FOB. Dealer did give me another ignition key/trunk key that works fine, however the salesguy couldn't get the new FOB to reprogram. He gave me the FOB (unprogrammed)...
So, net result, I have two sets of keys that work fine, one FOB that works, and one FOB that doesn't work yet.
I'm a bit of a newbie with Buicks and programming FOB's in particular - Any additional help is appreciated, and is there is a link to the "Helms" manual, or
do I need to purchase it somewhere?
#1136 of 1520 Re: Yet another cry for help with reprogramming a FOB [lesabreguy]
Jun 01, 2005 (12:10 pm)
This is the service manuals, 3 volumes, about 5 inches thick total from helminc.com. I buy them each time I buy a new car. Probably $90 purchased from Helm.
I quoted the technique. The socket under the dash on driver's side the ADL. Check to see if the numbers 1, 9, 10, 18 are embossed, so you're sure that you have #4 and #8 correctly chosen. Otherwise the two "ears" are the top row with 1-9 and the left is #1. I believe mine were numbered. I think the ADL can be pulled down from the sound deadener panel.
Even though one fob has been programmed, they both have to be programmed in the same cycle as I outlined earlier.