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#1358 of 1520 1995 Lesabre Custom Dynoride
Feb 09, 2007 (2:26 pm)
I have a 95 Buick Lesabre with over 100,000 miles on it, and i think the transmission is slipping!
If I step on the gas to hard it will rev up as if it is in neutral. If i let up just a little off the gas, It will then go back into gear. This happens while in (OD) We replaced the modulator, and it seems to be a little better, But will still do it at around 50-60MPH. I have read in other forums that the modulator has to be adjusted, That there is a small screw that you turn clockwise, or counter clockwise. However i'm not able to find it!!! Anyone have any idea's???
Also Dose that stuff called "Transmatic" For automatic trans really work???
#1359 of 1520 Re: 1995 Lesabre Custom Dynoride [dee41]
Feb 09, 2007 (3:25 pm)
How many times has the drain, change filter, and refill maintenance been done on this transmission?
When the modulator was changed (external job?) was the oil drained and filter replaced?
My first thought would be a filter not letting fluid pass through it because it's partly stopped up.
#1360 of 1520 Heating / Air Cond. puzzlement
Feb 20, 2007 (6:18 am)
My 2000 Le Sabre produces air that is only slightly cooler than room temp. from the 2 vents on drivers side, while producing air that is adequately cool from the 2 vents on the passenger side. In the winter time,the problem is similar, with the passenger side getting enough heat, but not so the driver's side. This problem became much more evident after I replaced the condenser last July. Service reps.at 2 different GM dealers seem as baffled as I am. I'm hoping some of you have encountered / cured this perplexing problem & can share some hot tips.
Feb 21, 2007 (6:27 am)
I have an '04 LeSabre. I believe a need a special brake tool to replace rear pads. Is it a simple job? I worked on cars years back buit not juch on rear discs. Do I have to buy the tool from GM? What specs is there on how far back caliper must go?
#1362 of 1520 Re: rear brakes [robert_o]
Feb 21, 2007 (6:58 am)
I haven't done rear pads on mine yet. I believe you're talking about a tool that catches the two spots on the piston to turn it to move it back in. The pistons don't compress like the front pistons do; they must be screwed back in to accomodate the thicker new pads.
I'd do some checking at the parts stores including walmart to see if they have something. It may be you can do it with two ends of a pair of pliers for all I know.
#1363 of 1520 Re: rear brakes [imidazol97]
Feb 21, 2007 (7:04 am)
Thanks. Saw a kit advertised on Amazon.com for about $60.00.
Did rear pads years ago on a Lincoln and was better w/a special tool that retracted the piston.
#1364 of 1520 Re: Any suggestion for a used car [leoli]
Feb 26, 2007 (5:18 pm)
I bought a 2001 LeSabre Custom at 84K about 7 months ago for $5000. Price was below fair mkt value, I think. First owner was a rental car company, second was a highway driver. Three months in, the rear window regulator (motor that moves the power windows up) broke. Will cost $200-600 to fix. I haven't fixed it yet, it's just stuck in the up position.
The window regulator was very poorly designed, if you stick around, I'm going to guess that a lot of people will tell you the same thing. Plan on replacing a couple of them for a car as old as this one.
Also I have some sort of leak that developed two months after I bought it. There's a pool of water, probably 4-5 gallons constantly sloshing about. I don't know how much to fix that.
Otherwise, it's a really solid car. No other major problems. Gas averages at 23-27MPG. Rides real real smooth, low noise, crap handling, but drives like a dream for normal city/long distance highway driving. It's a sub luxury car for a very low price.
#1365 of 1520 Re: Any suggestion for a used car [mailinator711]
Feb 26, 2007 (5:59 pm)
Where's the pool of water?
The window regulators are available from a Brooklyn company. He fixes them better than the original contractor design.
#1366 of 1520 Re: Any suggestion for a used car [imidazol97]
Feb 28, 2007 (2:41 pm)
The pool of water collects in the rear passenger side foot-well. I can see up to an inch deep pool of water that leaves a dirt ring around the carpeting within the foot well. The front passenger side footwell gets slightly damp with a less shallow puddle. The entire situation gets much much worse with heavy rain, and it isn't a problem when there's no rain. When I brake hard, I can sometimes hear sloshing water, so I'm guessing there's a lot more water also pooling in some metal undercarriage compartment.
I have no idea what it is, I don't think it's an open window since there are no stains under the window seals. I'm guessing its a failed front windshield gasket that's dripping water on the passenger side.
Thanks for the tip about out the Brooklyn company. Email me at mailinator711=at=yahoo=dot=com. I'm close enough to NYC that a trip there is possible if the price and reputation make doing so worthwhile. I've found some random internet supplier that sells the regulator for $100, and I'm thinking of replacing the thing myself. The dealer is charging $600+ for the parts and labor...
#1367 of 1520 Re: Any suggestion for a used car [mailinator711]
Feb 28, 2007 (3:05 pm)
Do you have a sun roof? Their drains come undone and are a major problem.
Next is the door. Front door. Rear door. The gasket around can shrink or let water through. But inside the door, under the plastic, carpet, and cardboard panel, is a layer of plastic that is caulked to the metal frame of the door. This plastic makes the water that comes into the door around the windows stay outside the car. If the caulk sticking has failed, the water can trickle into the car interior.
I'm just telling what I've learned from Bonneville dicussions. Try the garden hose around the doors and then look for trickles of water going into the car.
You'll need to take the carpet partly out to get the underlayer to dry.