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#176 of 592 Re: sporadic problem 2000 buick century [chollay]
Jul 13, 2006 (3:32 pm)
I have the same thing on my Y2K Century. In surfing the net I found GM's poor design is at fault. The long and short, a piston in the valve body has worn the cylinder it travels in. It's called Pressure Control Solenoid Valve (PCS valve). There are retro kits to fix the problem but like you stated its 8 bills to get it installed. Mine started acting up around 36k miles. I have about 130k highway miles on it now. I'm just going to ride it out till it drops then I'll deal with it. Its sad that GM won't back up their own mistake and make things right.
#177 of 592 Re: Air Conditioning [crash313]
Jul 13, 2006 (4:21 pm)
When you turn your defroster on does cold air come out? When you turn on the A/C does the engine fan kick in? The way they're set up, the compressor won't engage if the charge is low. With the results from your trouble shooting, sounds like it should be producing cold air. Perhaps its something to do with the vacumme controls in the dash. More than once I've forgotten to push the A/C button at the bottom of the controls.
#178 of 592 2003 Century ticking sound
Jul 15, 2006 (9:53 pm)
I bought a 2003 Century a few months ago. Just recently it has begun making a ticking sound whenever I drive. The does not start upon starting the car, but once I've been driving it starts. I can hear it out the window while I'm driving and the ticking is very rapid. When I stop the car and turn off the ignition, the ticking continues, at a slower rate and then will stop about one minute after the ignition was turned off. The ticking is coming from somewhere underneath the car, but my knowledge of cars is limited... does anyone know what this could be?
#179 of 592 Re: power winodw problems [bobob5511]
Jul 23, 2006 (6:29 pm)
I also have a probem with the driver side window. It is posessed. It works fine for a few days, and then while i am driving it goes down on its own. I try to get the window up and it goes inch by inch. If it let it sit for a while it will finally go up. I have lived with this for a while, but it is a nusence with all the rain we have had. I have to hold the button while I am driving so it will not go down. Please, please help me. I read a few of the replies and where is the fuse block under the hood. I have a 2003 buick century.
#180 of 592 Re: power winodw problems [cyndsu]
Jul 26, 2006 (7:44 pm)
Last winter the driver's window on my 2000 Century wouldn't go up or down. I replaced the master window switch ($75). Remove and replacement of switch was fairly easy but didn't fix the problem. Went back and got rebuilt window motor and removed and replace ($100 approx). Fixed the problem, so far so good. Replacing window motor a little more involved compared to R&R of master switch but not too bad.
P.S. We'll take the rain. Haven't seen any for 3 weeks.
#181 of 592 Replace a Buick Century signal light
Jul 29, 2006 (9:30 am)
Where can I go to find directions on changing a front signal light on a 2000 Buick Century?
#182 of 592 Oxygen Sensor Defect
Aug 02, 2006 (7:31 am)
My SES light came on & Auto Zone scanned to find the Oxygen Sensor Defective.......how expensive is this repair?
#183 of 592 Re: Oxygen Sensor Defect [booboo8115]
Aug 10, 2006 (5:28 am)
Sensor and labor, $100-150 at the high end.
#184 of 592 Re: Replace a Buick Century signal light [stcornish]
Aug 10, 2006 (5:32 am)
Your local library probably has car service manuals, they are a great bet. There are clubs online to help, sorry can't link any. Finally - you may be able to figure it out yourself. Pop the hood and see if you can access the light assembly right behind the burnt bulb. If not (and typically you can't) you will find the light assembly is held in place with some screws. You undo those screws, slide the whole assembly forward a little, and then twist the base of that bulb and pull out. Although this bulb won't be a Halogen, it is still a good idea to never touch automotive light bulbs with your bare fingers, skin oils can shorten their lives. When assembling make sure you install it "level" as it was before.
#185 of 592 Re: 2003 Century ticking sound [paulster2700]
Aug 10, 2006 (5:35 am)
Sounds like something is expanding and then contracting, due to heat. Quite possibly a clogged Catalytic Converter. Next time you shut the car off, lay down next to the car and see if the thing that looks kind of like a muffler but is roughly in the middle of your car, on the underside, is where the ticking is coming from. CAUTION: VERY VERY HOT! Don't touch it, just look and listen. Could also be heat shields under the car, these are thin pieces of sheet metal designed to keep the heat from the exhaust out of the passenger cabin. You'll see those on the underside too.