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#3451 of 3508 Re: Free oil change [buickregal12]
Nov 24, 2009 (11:34 pm)
I have 1996 Buick regal. Ok look at GM bullitin, GM has issue with coolent system because 3800 series engine and heating issue. Since engine heats, it start effecting cooling system too. By brother had hydrolock, when coolent went leaking into the engine head gasket and engine locked up.
My car had issue where one of plastic elbow for coolent circuation cracked and lost lots of coolent, cost me 500.00 to fix the issue.
Then like your problem, coolent sensor was showing low coolent and GM deler was not able to disnose the issue. Got tired of, I changed the sensor my self and also changed the radiator cap also. Buy GM part, do not buy after market part. That revolved the issue for two years and now the low coolent sensor light is back on.
Engine light On, yes I have the same issue. I changed the Vaccume switch and the solonoid 5 years ago and now I have the same issue.
I took it ot the dealer the tech say that it is vaccume switch, then I called the service manager to ask why the switch failed again. He said it could be solonoid too.
So bottom line is, the dealer technician does not know 100% if the issue is Vaccume swicth or teh solonoid. I have scanner at home, the code I get for the faul is P0441.
So I have given up for the incompinent GM dealer tech. I will change then both and see if that fixes the problem.
That is all I have to say. Good luck.
#3452 of 3508 Re: Free oil change [paresh1]
Nov 25, 2009 (6:43 am)
>My car had issue where one of plastic elbow for coolent circuation cracked and lost lots of coolent, cost me 500.00 to fix the issue.
Sounds like you got taken if this actually happened. The coolant elbows are available from Dorman, often on the HELP rack at auto stores, for $5 or less for both along with the o-rings. About 1 hour labor to remove the tensioner and its bracket: $80. So $85 should have fixed it!!! Take a look at your bill to see what else they hosed you for!!!
>By brother had hydrolock, when coolent went leaking into the engine head gasket and engine locked up.
If the motor had hydrolock due to coolant leaking into cylinder (happens on lots of cars especially with head gasket leaks), that meant he wasn't checking his coolant level regularly, say weekly. The gaskets don't start leaking overnight!!! So this was preventable by checking your car for proper fluid levels, both in the coolant reservoir and inside the radiator.
This sounds to me like blaming the car for owner neglect and the problems it can cause.
#3453 of 3508 Re: Free oil change [paresh1]
Nov 25, 2009 (8:24 am)
Then like your problem, coolent sensor was showing low coolent and GM deler was not able to disnose the issue. Got tired of, I changed the sensor my self
How do you change the sensor? If it is cheap and easy I'll do it myself, otherwise I'll just live with it.
Dec 12, 2009 (5:19 pm)
I am in desperate need of a diagram for a 92 buick regal steering column or instructions on how to take it apart. It is my daughters car and she needs it running ASAP in order to get back and forth to work and to get her five year old back and forth to school. The key would not turn in the ignition stranding the vehicle 150 miles from home. Thus a "friend" tried to "disengage" the ignition but it seems that something may be broken off inside. We have no manual and have tried to locate one to no avail. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#3455 of 3508 window goes down by its self
Dec 28, 2009 (7:57 pm)
My 2002 Buick regal driver window goes down ignition is turned on.
#3456 of 3508 Re: window goes down by its self [havens]
Dec 29, 2009 (6:04 am)
Without an exact diagram of the electrical wiring for that model, one of two things may be happening. The power windows may be controlled by a small control that operates the windows at all 4 doors and operates the door locks as well. Do the others all respond correctly?
If not, the problem may be that actual control box has failed. On leSabres and other H-body cars, it's inside the driver's door. Requires removing the door panel covering the interior.
The other possibility is a stuck window switch. Does the window go up and down in response to the window switch, once it has done that down cycle when key is turned on? Does it do the same thing in ACC as it does in the ON position?
The contacts inside the window switch may have corroded or the wires below that tell the control box what you are requesting may be shorted under the switch. Try moving the switch a lot both directions to make the contacts rub and clean.
A cure would be to remove the breaker or the fuse for the power windows to keep it from cycling down until you can repair it.
#3457 of 3508 Re: Reliablity [jbeanz986]
Jan 02, 2010 (11:47 pm)
The problems on my 1991 started around 30K. The alternators go out, The brake calipers have a defective bolt. After about 70 K the planned obselence things start to give you door lock, electric window, electric auntenna, heater core hose failures. They there is the fun with gasket leaks. Get ready for the transmission to have to be replaced. Yep after 105K about $8000 has been spent on repairs.
#3458 of 3508 Re: Reliablity [ezing]
Feb 11, 2010 (12:25 am)
Hmm- I must be so lucky...
Two Centurys- an '89 and a '93. Both had the 3300 motors.
New alternators at about 100k, water pump at 120k.
Brakes from time to time- rear drums didn't hold up all that well, front disks did pretty well.
Never had problems with calipers (slides or bolts)
Never had probs with power windows, seats, or trans. (except vacuum modulator on '94). A/C compressor died on the 89 at 150k or so. Paint peeling, CV joints were getting rough, I sold it. It ran for years after that, to my knowledge. I sold the 93 cheap with 150-160k when I got my 03 Regal. It was a retired rentacar with 22k miles.
The 03 now has 190k miles with original almost everything. (changed cat converter and O2 sensor, and headlight high beam switch)
Am on second set of rear brake pads, about fourth set of front pads. Nest brake job I'll replace the factory rotors, they're getting pretty worn.
Planned obsolescence? I don't think so.
#3459 of 3508 Re: window goes down by its self [havens]
Mar 01, 2010 (6:36 am)
I have the same problem with my '03. Replaced the module (switch) twice. Covered under warranty the first time, don't remember the cost the second time. GM is aware of this and ignition problems, but won't stand behind their product.
#3460 of 3508 Re: 2000 Buick Regal intermittently not starting [bobakamarv]
Mar 31, 2010 (8:29 am)
bobakamarv, I would replace the starter cable.