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#344 of 463 Re: cruise control on a 1997 Buick Park Avenue [mikekenny3]
Jul 21, 2010 (7:39 am)
>Hit the brake and it won't resume.
That could be the brake switch at the top of the travel of the brake pedal. It pushes the switch in to tell the computer that the brake is not being depressed.
Try lifting the pedal with your toe to make the connection. Without checking the schematic I believe there used to be a second path from brake disconnect and that was the third brake light in the rear window. Are those bulbs all lighted and working?
That sounds like a problem inside the stalk for the turn signals, wiper, and the cruise controls. The stalk just pulls out or twists and comes out. The wire for it either has a connector at the top or is through the column to the bottom and has a connector. If it disconnects at the bottom pull a string up through the column with the old switch wire and use that to pull the new wire down through.
#345 of 463 98 Park Ave gas and temp gague not working
Aug 11, 2010 (7:37 pm)
My sisters 98 Park Ave gas and temp gauge not working on her insturment panel. Readout for odometer, trip meter, gallons left are fine. Anyone have any ideas?
#346 of 463 1991 Buick Pa a/c programmer issues, ABS
Aug 21, 2010 (7:05 am)
Hi everyone, I would like to ask about my hvac programmer issue. When I first got this car about three years ago, the owner had wired the blower motor into the parklamps, which in turn shorted out the power module. I replaced the module as well as the programmer, which I took from a 92 pa.This caused my climate controls to work right I.E. turning the blower motor on and off. I replaced the a/c compressor also cause the old one was cracked and leaking. When I went to recharge the system in accordance to the label affixed to the drier, the clutch on the compressor would only engage for about one to three seconds. The only code that I was able to retrieve from the ALDL link by jumping the A, B terminals indicated a low circuit at pressure switch, or low charge. While I was adding the freon the popoff valve at the compressor vented. I,m not sure if I need a new cycling switch, but at another site someone suggested replacing the expansion valve, any input would be greatly appreciated. This is by far the best forum site I've yet seen in relation to the info and attitudes of its participants, thank you. AAJ73
#347 of 463 1991 pa hvac programmer
Aug 21, 2010 (2:16 pm)
Hi, I also wanted to ask anyone if they know how to get the trouble codes from a early model programmer on a 91 pa.Thanks.
#348 of 463 97 Park Ave driver seat
Sep 06, 2010 (11:18 am)
What are the plastic tracks under the powers seat ? How can I get them to retract with the seat.
#349 of 463 Re: 98 Park Ave gas and temp gague not working [jt3219]
Sep 27, 2010 (7:11 pm)
I have had this problem on my 98 park Ave when I bought it 1.5 years ago with the fuel gauge. I have also looked at other late 90's Parks with similar gauge issues. It is not uncommon.
For me the needle on the gauge was below the "0" (or far left position of the gauge). I tried a few ways on the Web to fix it with little luck including a strong magnet. The way I fixed it was to partially disassemble the dash to get to the instrument cluster. I am NOT a mechanic but will try things with a $3.6K purchase price.
I started dis assembly by pulling (by hand) on the wood trim on the dash to remove it (it popped off easily and exposed bolts to get to cluster) and went from there removing bolts/ screws as needed. When I got to the instrument cluster, I removed the clear plastic covering (Can't remember a few screws or bolts did it). Now I had access of the instrument cluster (which was still mounted in the dash).
I moved with one of my fingers the gauge needle that was stuck counter clockwise to be to the zero "0" and it was and has remained fixed for 9 months.
If you are not comfortable with this a mechanic should be able to do it easily since I am not a mechanic but like cars since a kid.
Took me about 25 min start-to-finish and took a variety of small-sized (metric I believe) sockets.
I assume all analog (circular) gauges can be fixed by this method.
#350 of 463 Re: 98 Park Ave gas and temp gague not working [56buickfan]
Sep 28, 2010 (6:10 am)
I believe some people have moved the needle back to position by using a magnet. I recall they said it had to be the right strength to be able to do that.
I also recall people drilling a small hole in the plastic and using a paperclip bent properly pushed through the hole to mechanically move the needle back to position.
#352 of 463 91 buick park ave...starting issues/battary issues?????
Nov 02, 2010 (4:05 pm)
#353 of 463 91 buick park ave...starting issues/battary issues?????
Nov 02, 2010 (4:05 pm)
Recently my buick park ave had broke down... i had altenator tested...came back good...had battary tested...came back good...had starter tested...bad...so had it rebuilt...put starter back on car...jump started it due to dead battary..it started fine after allowing to charge..... it has now been bout 3 hours... i went back out to my car tried to start it and it makes the same noise as before... the batt was dead n makes a clickin noise...like its tryin but just dont have the power to get goin... my battary is only 1 yr n bout 3 months old... i dont know what to do next... these problems came out of nowhere.. no signs or symptoms...jus stopped starting one day....if u can help me please respond...