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#2145 of 2335 Re: Problems with new LaCrosse [62vetteefp]
Sep 30, 2006 (7:24 am)
Update on the water leak in my 2005 LaCrosse CXS: the dealer recently did work on the "A" column. apparently there was a noticeable gap in the seam which was allowing water to leak into the passenger foot well area. The dealer also replaced all of the carpeting which had alternately become soaked, then dried, on both front and back passenger sides. However, when they took the seats out to replace the carpet, they mangled the Buick name plates and scratched the paint on the bottom of the door(s) area. And one of the workers left his/her greasy black finger prints on several places on the interior leather! Took it back to the dealer, showed him the damage/mess; they took it back in and did a good detail job/paint/plate repair and we now have the car back in good repair. It has withstood one continuous 5 hour rain without leaking. Although it took them 4 tries to get it right, I think they actually fixed the leak this time!
#2146 of 2335 Re: LaCrosse CXS 2005--Thumping ! [bxd]
Sep 30, 2006 (7:32 am)
I think you are correct...just a self-check mechanism..thanks for the info
#2150 of 2335 Front end noise
Dec 13, 2006 (2:10 am)
There appears to be some sort of noise coming from the front end of my 2005 Allure (Canadian version of the La Crosse) It's most often heard making a turn (right and left) from a dead stop or a slow roll. It sounds like steering but there is no shimmy in the wheel or highway noise at all. Has anyone experienced this problem?
#2151 of 2335 Re: Front end noise [nkairns]
Dec 13, 2006 (10:27 am)
I have noticed this too. It does it once in a blue moon, so it falls off my "take it to the dealer" radar.
I did have a problem with the serpentine belt squealing. The dealer fixed it (replaced the belt), said that there was a service bulleting.
#2152 of 2335 Re: Front end noise [nkairns]
Dec 13, 2006 (3:33 pm)
Have you checked the level of your power steering fluid? Just a thought from a non-mechanic type....Let me know what the problem turns out to be. After the dealer finally (4 tries) fixed the water leak on our '05 LaCrosse, it has been a great car, but I like to know what may be on the horizon !
#2153 of 2335 Re: Front end noise [nkairns]
Dec 14, 2006 (1:14 pm)
I had the same problem with my front end after 11 months. The dealership diagnosed the problem as a faulty intermediate steering shaft. I had the steering shaft replaced in Jan 2006 and the problem has come back again in the beginning of Dec. I am beginning to think this is a common problem with some of the Gm cars. I did not have this problem with my 2002 Impala.
#2154 of 2335 RE: Front End Noise
Dec 14, 2006 (4:47 pm)
The noise you are hearing may be "insufficient pinion bearing pre-load" in the rack and pinion. The rack and pinion are helical and when the steering wheel is turned from left to right the pinion shaft moves up or down, if the bearings have insufficient pre-load, resulting in a clunking noise. This condition can be check with the car standing still with the engine on or off by turning the steering wheel from left to right. The condition is not harmful just annoying. I have not heard of this problem with any other GM cars, only W platform vehicls.
I have noticed this problem on the following cars I have owned:
1982 Century - moderate.
1983 Century - severe.
1998 Regal - moderate.
2000 Regal - none.
2003 Regal - moderate.
2005 Allure - mild.
The last time I checked there was not an easy way to adjust the bearings other than to remove the rack and pinion and tighten the retaining nut on the bench.