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#2467 of 2539 Airbag light won't go off, other check engine lights are on for no reason
Sep 06, 2012 (8:43 pm)
Well, I love my 2002 Buick Rendezvous, have hardly had any problems with it - had the air conditioning fixed by a wonderful mechanic in June, moved to BC, Canada, cannot get it Passed on the provincial test - very annoying. The lights are on on the dash, will not go off. The airbag light is on - just happened a little while ago, thought it was because I had heavy stuff in the car, thought the car thought someone was sitting in the seat without a seat belt - thought it was a seat belt light . Tok it to canadian Tire to get the provincial test, cost me $302, then they said I have to take it to the dealer (always scary, because their prices are always so crazy compared to other mechanics), did that, today, they ran their own diagnostic test, even thoughI gave them a copy of the diagnostic test Canadian Tire did, yesterday... have to go back to the dealer, again, tomorrow - almost another thousand to do something to turn the red airbag light off. It would at least be better if I knew this was a wiring issue, or a code issue, which I feel like it is - I'm not getting nearly enough information, feels horrible. Wish I had a man to go in with me - shouldn't have to feel like a woman is treated so differently with cars - and frustrated because where else do you spend $1,500, nothing seems to be done, NO real information, minimal conversation, virtually no real explanation, you don't even get to go and see for yourself. Is horrible. But I love my car, have NO plans to be made to feel like I should just buy a new car, since I'm at the dealers, anyway - I hate when that happens...anyway, I hope to God this red airbag light goes off and they can pass my car, so I don't have to deal with this, anymore. No wonder so many people ride their bikes and take the bus in BC. Seems like too many cars from anywhere else fail their BC provincial test... link titlelink title
#2468 of 2539 Re: Airbag light won't go off, other check engine lights are on for no reason [ailsaforshaw]
Sep 07, 2012 (3:21 am)
I would not pay another PENNY. You are being taken. $1500 to run a diagnostic? I would go back in there and ask to speak to a manager. Have him explain what they did that earned $1500 in one day of work. Most shops do not have a $187 per hour shop rate!!! Assuming they have not put any parts into it and have only spent 1 day troubleshooting and have charged you $1500 -- I would very calmly but confidently STATE that you are being taken advantage of, that you have paid plenty already, and that you expect your Rendezvous repaired with no further bills. If he tells you they are throwing parts at it (we couldn't figure it out, so we started replacing things), I would get nervous. If he sounds like they still have no clue what's wrong, take the car elsewhere, a better dealer. Then seek a refund from the first dealer and if they turn you down, then hopefully you paid via credit card and can try to get your money back via charge back. Good luck!!
#2469 of 2539 Re: 2006 Rendezvous AWD, Battery & Gas light problems [tflanster]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 07, 2012 (7:24 am)
If the gasket sealer worked then probably your main seal was not leaking. Gasket sealer doesn't work on that type of seal. But good for you, hope it lasts.
#2470 of 2539 Re: 2006 Rendezvous AWD, Battery & Gas light problems [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 07, 2012 (9:34 am)
Thanks, so far so good. I'm beginning to feel like that old Greek Diogenes who went through life shining a lantern in peoples eyes looking for an honest man.
I have one local mechanic who I trust. I wouldn't trust a dealership garage if they were attached to lie detectors. I could give several instances of differences between dealers and indepents. Here's just a couple;
The radio volume control button on my RDV quit working. A dealer wanted $75.00 labor and $15.00 parts. I went to the indy guy. He ordered a button, $6.95. He used a thin-blade screwdriver, popped the old button out, put the new one in. No labor. Total price, $6.95 plus tax.
The left rear window fell into the window well. Dealer charged $910.00 and kept the car for a day. I complained to Buick and got a refund. Another window, left driver's side, fell in. Took the car to the local guy. He put a new unit in, $240.00, 30 minutes.
One more: My keyless remote quit. Dealer wanted $85.00 for a new one. I pried it open and replaced the button battery. $2.95. A second remote broke where the key ring went through the loop. It was under warranty so I got a new one. Dealer wanted $40 to program it. I took the chip out of the old one and put it in the new one. Dealer said it wouldn't work. It did.
If its at all possible, I stay away from dealer garages.
#2471 of 2539 engine "missing" during acceleration
Sep 18, 2012 (6:39 am)
My 2005 Rendezvous occasionally "misses" when I'm accelerating. It jolts, as if it's not getting gas for a second, or as if (and I know nothing about cars) maybe one cylinder (?) didn't fire. It doesn't happen all the time, just when it feels like it. I had the transmission checked, and although they managed to find a $100 part that was "due for replacement", they couldn't diagnose or fix it. Nothing shows up on the computer, and I haven't been able to find a mechanic that remembers how to look into the engine to find the problem. Anyone else have this happen?
#2472 of 2539 A/C Condenser and Air Bag Light
Sep 18, 2012 (6:58 am)
I have a 2002 Rendezvous and the air bag light is now on all the time. At first, it would come on and off periodically, but now it has been on all the time for the last couple of months. Anyone know how to fix this? It is a wiring issue? A faulty air bag? It seems like I am not the only one who has had this problem. Does GM pay for this repair since it seems to be common? Next question: My husband has a 2002 Rendezvous also (AWD). It seems that the A/C condenser may be leaking but we are not sure. Something is leaking inside his car and his carpet is wet. Anyone else have this problem? What was it and how was it fixed? I've read that there were issues with the condenser...does this sound like what's wrong? Did GM do anything to fix this? We are looking to get rid of this Rendezvous because we've had sooo many problems with it- the biggest thing was we had to replace the engine and there was only 87k miles on the car at the time!
#2473 of 2539 Re: engine "missing" during acceleration [caande]
Sep 18, 2012 (7:40 am)
I might wonder about the c305 connector, could cause issues like this. Google 'GM c305 connector' to find out more (fuel filter might not be a bad idea either if it hasn't been changed in a while)
#2474 of 2539 Re: A/C Condenser and Air Bag Light [courtneycalu]
Sep 18, 2012 (7:44 am)
For the AIRBAG light, I would not be surprised if it has to do with wiring connector under the driver or front passenger seat.
For the wet carpet on the other one, assuming it water (not coolant) the usual suspect would be clogged drain line but first I would check on the condition of the cabin filter(s) as they could create this type of thing if they are clogged up.
#2475 of 2539 Re: engine "missing" during acceleration [ray80]
Sep 18, 2012 (8:44 am)
Thank you so much, Ray80! I'll check those things. C.
#2476 of 2539 Re: A/C Condenser and Air Bag Light [courtneycalu]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 18, 2012 (9:39 am)
From the Buick Service Bulletin:
Some owners may comment that the carpet in the passenger foot well of the vehicle is wet and the interior of the vehicle has an odor.
This condition may be caused by a plugged evaporator case drain or a leaking evaporator case drain to cowl seal leak.
Make a simple tool to clean the evaporator case drain following these steps:
1. Obtain a fixed antenna mast (new or used).
2. Measure from the tip of the antenna a distance of 121 mm (4.75 in) and make a paint line or tape line completely around the antenna mast. This will be the depth stop reference.
This antenna tool is to be reused.
2001 Aztek and 2002 Rendezvous Vehicles Only:
1. Place the vehicle in the service stall over a hoist.
2. Open the hood.
3. With a light (a flashlight works best), look over the top of the engine between the back of the generator and the power brake vacuum hose attachment to the intake plenum. Look down to the base of the cowl to locate the evaporator case drain outlet.
4. Insert the antenna mast tool described above into the evaporator case drain to the depth stop reference line on the antenna mast. Some force may be required the last 6.35 mm (.25 in) as you break away the flashing on the inside of the HVAC case covering the drain tube.