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#2470 of 2506 Re: 2006 Rendezvous AWD, Battery & Gas light problems [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 07, 2012 (10:34 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 2506 engine "missing" during acceleration
Sep 18, 2012 (7:39 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 2506 A/C Condenser and Air Bag Light
Sep 18, 2012 (7:58 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 2506 Re: engine "missing" during acceleration [caande]
Sep 18, 2012 (8:40 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 2506 Re: A/C Condenser and Air Bag Light [courtneycalu]
Sep 18, 2012 (8:44 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 2506 Re: engine "missing" during acceleration [ray80]
Sep 18, 2012 (9:44 am)
Thank you so much, Ray80! I'll check those things. C.
#2476 of 2506 Re: A/C Condenser and Air Bag Light [courtneycalu]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 18, 2012 (10:39 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.
#2477 of 2506 Re: A/C Condenser and Air Bag Light [ray80]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 18, 2012 (10:42 am)
The airbag light situation needs a computer scan to help locate the problem Could be as simple as a defective seat belt sensor.
#2478 of 2506 Re: engine "missing" during acceleration [caande]
Sep 19, 2012 (6:37 am)
I would say that your electric fuel pump is going bad or you need to change the fuel filters, I had this same problems.
Also i would find a different mechanic than the one that sold you that transmission part for $100, as i have never heard of a "due for replacement" trans part - If they just changed your trans filter that would be OK.
Sep 19, 2012 (6:39 am)
Please comment on what you feel should be done and when. Thanks