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#2610 of 3508 FYI to Regal/GS Owners re: repairs
May 22, 2004 (7:01 am)
Hi gang, I'm an infrequent contributer to this board and I wanted to advise you on some repairs i just had done on my 2002 Buick Regal GS with 30,000 mi. This is just an FYI if you experience similar problems.
1.) I was noticing a vibration when braking, not a warped rotor vibration but an uneven, subtle one. I thought my brake pads were going, too (due to long travel on the brake pedal). Brought it in to Buick mechanic and my rear rotors had surface rust (hence the vibration), they were resurfaced for free under factory warranty. The brakes were adjusted and they said I have 70% of my pads left, they feel brand new. They adjusted my parking brake too, for whatever reason.
2.)My driver's side fog lamp was collecting moisture. Seems there was a service bulletin about this and both fog lamps were replaced for free.
That's all, hope this helps some of you who own similar cars.
#2611 of 3508 FYI to Regal/GS Owners re: repairs by jbm
May 22, 2004 (8:52 am)
Just a follow up to your fog light info...Thanks...
...and a nice upgrade to fogs is replacing the stock ones with Sylvania Silverstars, 893ST's...This along with Headlight bulb replacements with Silverstars gives much improved lighting...
#2612 of 3508 fog light bulbs
May 25, 2004 (1:28 pm)
In regards to your comments about changing fog lights...Do you mean just upgrade the bulbs? How much difference does it make?
I have always thought the fogs did little more than look good and the regular headlights were weak and shadowy. I will look into your ideas. Thanks! Any ideas on how to clean the inside of headlight lenses? Mine are getting a film on the inside. I tried to get GM to replace under my extended warranty, but they wouldn't do it.
#2613 of 3508 Re: fog light bulbs [gary2 #2612]
May 25, 2004 (4:54 pm)
Hi Gary2. If you mean the inside of the lens has condensation, this is a fairly common problem. Often happens due to high pressure wands at do-it-yourself car washes. The entire headlamp assembly can be easily removed without any tools. Just slide out a couple of black plastic clips from the back. On the back of the assembly are 3 or 4 round rubber covers. You can remove them and direct warm air from a hair dryer inside the lens to remove the condensation. If the film is something else, you can buy a new assembly, but the dealer wants over $200 for it, then probably another $75 to install and aim it. An alternative is eBay. Search on 'Buick headlight'. The same unit fits 1997 - 2004 Buick Regal and Century models. You can generally pick one up for under $50 plus another $10 or so for S&H. For that price you should get the assembly and all bulbs. Don't pay more. If all that is available are over $50, check back in a day or two. Of course, you will need to adjust the new headlight for proper aim after installation.
#2614 of 3508 fog light bulbs by gary2
May 26, 2004 (8:41 am)
Re: Fog Light Upgrade......
1. They do look better...
2. They are far brighter than the "So Called Stock Fog Lights"...I live in a hilly forrested area with no light and I can turn off headlights and run just Fog Lights...Not that I do, but the illumination is really something...
#2615 of 3508 Fog Light cont...
May 26, 2004 (12:17 pm)
Thanks again, Wished I had known about the Silverstars the first time I replaced the fog bulbs. I will look into getting a set now or the next time they burn out. Can you buy them at any auto parts store? I expect they are pricey.
As far as the film on my headlight lenses... it is not condensation, just a film that would wipe off nicely if you could get at it. It is not bad enough to want to go through the trouble to replace the entire assembly...yet. My dealer wanted $350 ea to do the entire job.
Let me comment on something you said in your previous post....Normally you can't turn on the fogs without the headlights being on. And, if it is dark enough for the headlights to come on automatically, you can't turn them off....Unless you disable the auto system with a series of goofy steps I think is addressed in the owners manual.
#2616 of 3508 Fogs w/o headlights
May 26, 2004 (4:45 pm)
I think...if you turn on only your parking lamps (in other words, pull open the headlamp knob only to the first step), the fogs can stay on. This can be done with or without your headlights set to come on automatically as it gets dark.
#2617 of 3508 Nameplates
May 31, 2004 (1:02 pm)
What is the significance, if any, of the "Joseph Abboud" nameplate on Buick Regals? Relative just bought a 2001 used - has this tag on drivers door lower front (outside). Have noticed it on a couple other Regals in parking lots
#2618 of 3508 Re: Nameplates [jjb1 #2617]
May 31, 2004 (2:09 pm)
I drive an '02 LS Abboud. Besides the little badges, the package included the GT suspension, 16" wheels, sunroof, leather, Monsoon radio and a few other options. Same car, LS or GS, otherwise. I got it because it had what I wanted for less than the options ordered separately.
Jun 11, 2004 (11:11 am)
I started to think about installing transmission radiator in my 2000 Regal GS - if my wife let me. And/or installing bigger brakes, probably Impala ones (11.9").
Does anybody have experience with the mods? If yes, how much it costs? How long it takes? Where to do it: at dealer, performance shop, etc.?