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#2232 of 3508 Pulsing Brake Question
Mar 25, 2003 (1:21 pm)
We have a 1999 Regal LS with 50,000 miles. On a recent trip through the Great Smokey Mountains, the brakes exhibited a pulsation when heated up. When we got home, I pulled the wheels and looked at the brakes. All seemed normal for the mileage except the left front inner pad and rotor. At that location, it appeared that the lower half of the pad had never been in contact with the rotor. The top half of the swept area on the rotor was shiny as expected, the lower half was as rusted as the unswept area away from the pad. When I called my Buick dealer, he said it was normal as the brake pads can take a "set" and not be in full contact with the rotor. Does this sound correct? To me, it almost seems like something wasn't asembled right to begin with or perhaps there is a piece of the pad missing entirely. Thanks.
#2233 of 3508 Guy21: Pulsing brake question
Mar 25, 2003 (4:48 pm)
Our 1998 Regal LS also had a pulsing brake problem, but at 80,000 miles, not 50,000. Our local dealer replaced at my expense both front rotors, both sets of front pads, and replaced the brake fluid. The car is now better than new at 90,000 miles as far as braking performance goes. Hope this helps.
Mar 27, 2003 (12:45 pm)
Thanks so much Paul for your help and insight! I really appreciate it!
#2235 of 3508 bigunit67 RE: Extended Warranty
Mar 28, 2003 (9:40 am)
I bought the extended warranty from the dealer when I bought the car. The car was brand new and had the GM warranty but I went ahead and bought the extended to be safe. I will have to look and see what company it is from. It is a 7 year/100,000 and I'll have to look but I think it cost me about $1000. It has a $50 deductible. It has been great having it. The warranty company has had to lay out somewhere around $6000 or $7000 on the car while I have had to lay out about $400 plus the original warranty cost. I think it is a pretty good return on investment.
I will look and see who the warranty company is and let you know. I'll try to post it over the weekend.
I think I am going to try a Japanese car next time. Maybe a Honda. Can't be any worse than this.
#2236 of 3508 Aftermarket Sunroof
Mar 28, 2003 (12:05 pm)
I've been toying with the idea of having my Buick dealership install a sunroof on my '98 Regal GS. Has anyone else had an aftermarket sunroof installed on their Regal? I've read they may develop future leaks. The service manager said it will cost me $1100 (parts and labor). Does this sound like a lot?
#2237 of 3508 Aftermarket sunroof
Mar 29, 2003 (5:22 am)
My dad ordered his Regal with a sunroof, it arrived without one, and the dealer took it to ASC to have one installed. He has a 1997 GS and it doesn't leak at all. It actually has nicer controls than the factory one (you can set it to close when the car is turned off) and the buttons are backlit. If you want a sunroof, go for it. All the dealer is going to do is take it to a local place, so why not do it yourself and cut out the dealer? Plus, you get to choose who installs it and what they install... Just don't cheap out on it.
#2238 of 3508 To rjs 200240
Mar 31, 2003 (7:15 am)
Thanks for the tip on sunroofs. I called the nearest body shop that carries ASC products. They'll install a sunroof for $1195. I found the ASC website, in case anyone else is interested:
#2239 of 3508 lioness116 - Keep us posted!
Apr 05, 2003 (8:02 am)
If/when you go ahead and get the Regal painted let us know the outcome. In particular, the response from the dealer(s). This is a GM problem and not a Buick problem so you can shop dealers if they give you any grief. The Corsica, btw, was not repainted at the dealership where it was bought.
#2240 of 3508 Combination Switch
Apr 14, 2003 (2:40 pm)
Does anyone have info on this part in the str. column?? My right side front turn signal no longer works & my garage thinks the problem is in the switch. Is this an expensive part?
Anyone had to change this piece?
#2241 of 3508 Combination Switch
Apr 15, 2003 (8:28 am)
I had the combination switch replaced in my 1998 GS because the left turn signal quit working. I had it fixed at the dealer because I was under an extended warranty. I believe the repair cost $450 or right in that neighborhood.