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Buick Century, Brakes, Sedan
#1 of 19 Help 2002 Buick Century Problems
Jun 08, 2002 (10:00 am)
This may be the first ever posting of Buick Century problems or concerns, the problems i've been experiencing is brakes and interior noise,
i've been to 3 dealerships and they can't duplicate the brake issue which is when the car has been driven for a long period of time (city Driving) the rear drum brakes start to squeak and squeal when you lightly depress them for a stop, if i make hard stops the noise is not there, has anyone else experienced this?
interior noise coming from the dash and right door panels, the dealer says they cannot duplicate or everything is operating to specs. any suggestions?
Jun 08, 2002 (7:09 pm)
Well there are only two possibilities here:
1. The dealer cannot hear these noises and therefore cannot fix them under warranty.
2. The dealer parks your car out back for the day and then tells you he heard nothing, saw nothing.
If we give the dealer the benefit of #1, about the only thing he could offer you is to clean the rear drums and lubricate all parts. As for the dash noises, you may have to hire a passenger to kneel down there with a stethoscope. The dealer is not going to send out two line mechanics to listen for a squeek, you can just forget it.
#3 of 19 reply to #2
Jun 09, 2002 (2:52 am)
I think i've been through both 1 & 2 it seems they'll tell me they've cleaned and adjusted the brakes and I should be all set however later in the day the squeal returns, is it possible that the brake shoes or the drums themselves could have a manufactor defect to cause such squeal? Should I have the dealer replace the brake shoes?
I was even told to do a few hard stops which I tried and that didn't even get rid of the squeal.
I've had other GM vehicles in the past and this is the first time i've come across such issues, has anyone else had any problems or related issues on the 2002 Buick Century?
#5 of 19 RE: 2002 Century Bbrinley
Jul 18, 2002 (1:45 am)
Are they saying whats wrong with your 2002 Buick Century? how did it die actually?
#7 of 19 RE: Bbrinley
Jul 20, 2002 (5:43 pm)
Now that sounds like a lemon Century, i'm beginning to think I may have a lemon as well with the dash noises
#8 of 19 absolutely, dash noises are a safety defect ;)
Jul 20, 2002 (8:10 pm)
you've got something very slightly munged in the dash, perhaps the assembler leaned real hard on a corner to get it into your car and a spring clip is sprung wide. if you can't get a real wiggle out of anything to go with the noise, stick a chunk of foam rubber weatherstripping material anyplace you think two parts might be rubbing that aren't supposed to.
unless it falls off, or sways two inches on curves, it's going to be REAL hard to get the dealer's interest on that one.
#9 of 19 Dealer can't duplicate
Jul 21, 2002 (3:21 pm)
I've been to a few dealerships and none of them can duplicate the dash board noise, I can hear it however they cannot, ive driven other buick century's and a regal that didn't have any dash board noise. I didn't want to put in a lot of time and effort to fix it myself.
#10 of 19 Where should I start?
Jul 30, 2002 (1:04 pm)
I bought my Century (2002 Limited Special Edition) last September 2001. I immediately had it in the shop for a new headliner and a new back window (the triangle shaped ones) that was scratched. More problems ensued...I came out one day to find my car dead. The cause? The passenger vanity mirror was not shutting properly to turn the light off. It had slowly drained the battery the life of the car. Then my CD player was skipping - that took a week to fix while I drove around with a hole in my dash. Then, I came out one to day to find my radio dead. I noticed that night my interior lights weren't working. I took it into the shop, and I forget what it was, but it was a device that controls your radio, windows (yes - those were apparently not working as well!!), and interior lights. They fixed it and before I got the car back, all of that went out again! They had to remove the headliner and replace a fuse. I've barely had the car a year, and it's been in the shop 5 times or more. I love the car...but the problems are a complete headache.