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#466 of 2541 RE: Bearings!!!!
Apr 16, 2003 (11:35 am)
philly88... I haven't had a wheel bearing problem since I owned a '65 Corvair (my first car that I bought used in 1972 while a senior in high school). But that was the last GM product that I bought since the 2002 Rendezvous, although my wife has owned a couple of Buicks.
I've owned a 1974 Dodge maxivan, 1976 Horizon TC3, 1984 Dodge Daytona, 1987 Dodge Dakota 4x4, 1996 Dodge Dakota club cab 4x4, and now a 2003 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 (man I'm getting old!).
Never had a wheel bearing problem. I wonder who makes the wheel bearings for GM ?
#467 of 2541 brake squeal
Apr 16, 2003 (3:37 pm)
So far we are pretty happy with our RDV. Like everyone else we could use more power.
Since delivery, we drove just over 2k miles without a single problem other than some brake squeal.
Am I alone or anyone out there has the same problem?
#468 of 2541 Brake squeal
Apr 16, 2003 (4:21 pm)
Yup, here too, Brake Squeal. My exhaust was out of line and was rattling against the drive shaft. After that was fixed I could now hear the brakes. Usually after about 5 minutes of driving the squeal leaves or at least becomes less noticeable.
I'm gonna live with it for a few thousand km, and then ask about it next time something more serious comes up.
#469 of 2541 A few things
Apr 18, 2003 (7:16 pm)
Since I've had my RDV for about three weeks now, I've noticed a few things and was wondering if others are the same.
1) When the vents are selected for heating, the air flow is very light. More air flows when set to defrost mode.
2) The ventilation system is generally a bit noisy. I find myself having to use the higher settings first thing in the morning because of the low airflow, and the high settings are very loud. My Blazer was so quite you would forget the heat was on.
3) My windshield fluid kinda dribbles out. I think there is something in the line blocking the flow because it takes about 8 or 10 seconds for fluid to even come out and then it dribbles, not sprays. How does your fluid come out?
Other than the above I am surprised by the maneuverability of such a large vehicle. The turning radius seems very good. With my Blazer I always had to turn, backup, and turn again to make u-turns in narrow roads.
I continue to be impressed with its smooooth ride. My brother took it for a spin today and aimed for every pothole. In northern Canada this time of year the potholes are huge and pletyfull. While I was in the passenger seat I barely noticed the rough road and never experienced the side to side whiplash effect on bumpy rods my jeep and blazer use to give me.
#470 of 2541 service engine light
Apr 19, 2003 (4:59 am)
the other day i had my service engine light come on my 2003 rdv. upon closer examination of my gas cap i found it completely off...now...on my 2000 buick century 3.1 i can retighten the cap and the light will come off...or i can take it to a place like checkers and they will 'test it' and remove the service engine light... however with the rdv i have tightened the cap and nothing has happened and furthermore the guys at checker auto store disagree as to whether they can remove the service light...one said only a dealer can shut it off...anybody had experience with this...
#471 of 2541 Service engine light steady
Apr 19, 2003 (7:48 am)
It's my guess from LeSabre 98 experience, that if the problem with fuel system seal is corrected by replacing gas cap, after several starting cycles and finding no leak the light will shut off.
I had a tube break off at the charcoal canister that gave a solid light (no flashing). I didn't realize it was a fuel system check causing it. I could have found the broken tube myself before I took it to the dealer for $44.
#472 of 2541 Brake Squeal
Apr 21, 2003 (6:19 pm)
Yes, I've had rear brake squeal too on my '03 RDV CXL with about 4,700 miles...
I took it into the dealer a week ago and he said my pads were cupped and chipped and that they needed to be replaced. Only problem was he didn't have the pads in stock (surprised by that!). Anyhow, he ordered them. Had them installed this past Friday. Was done by 9 am and had the same break squeal at about 9:10 am 5 miles down the road from the dealership. I'm planning on going back a third time now to see what else could be wrong.
Anyone have any suggestions???
#473 of 2541 Brake squeal
Apr 22, 2003 (8:39 am)
Try another dealer, a reputable one.
#474 of 2541 A Few Things
Apr 22, 2003 (8:45 am)
My ventilation system is also extremely noisy. I have had it in the dealer for them to look at a whiny noise when I run it and also the general noise level. The dealer assures me that both of these are normal. I continue to be more and more disappointed in this vehicle and have contacted GM directly to have an engineer look at the vehicle. Hopefully I will be able to rid myself of it within the next six months. I will never buy another GM.
#475 of 2541 Brakes and vents
Apr 22, 2003 (5:36 pm)
I don't think we can do much about the brakes and vent noise. A co-worker has a Venture van, and his ventilation is even louder, but similar in nature. It seems to be the design and not a "problem". I noticed it when I test drove the RDV and kinda ignored it cause I liked the RDV.
The brakes too may be due to the make of the brake pads. I've had brake pads never make a noise and others squeaked from installation. Depending on the composition and the quality of the brake pads will result in varying noise levels. Of course the better pads make no noise.
All and all, every vehicle has something that doesn't sit just the way you would like it. If we could only find the perfect vehicle
My fix for the vents is to use the defrost and floor outlets. They make less noise, have the most airflow, and I don't get air blasted right in my face. If you switch to just floor the noise level is very low.