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Buick Century, Buick, Electrical, Engine, Sedan, SUV
#219 of 592 Re: oil in the coolant [canislupis]
Dec 09, 2006 (3:27 pm)
I have a 1998 Buick-Century. I discovered a water/coolant leak and the Shell gas station mechanic replaced my water pump after a pressure check. I thought all was well until my car died on the highway (about 2 months latter), towed back to same Shell gas station. Now (same mechanic) he says my engine needs to be replaced or rebuilt,a $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 repair job. He thinks the cause is the head gasket. Was this the problem from the beginning? Is this mechanic culpable for not noticing the leak was still there after he replaced my water pump?
The blue book value on my car is $2,300.00.
Trade in value is $500.00 which was an offer from one car dealership.
I don't know if I want to have the engine rebuilt, replaced with a new or used engine or just trade it in for whatever I can get for it.
#220 of 592 My mother-in-laws...
Dec 11, 2006 (1:56 pm)
1990 Buick Century Custom, 3.1v6 has 101,000mi. While driving the car and most noticably when turning a corner, you can hear a swoosh sound coming from behind the dash. It almost sounds as if the coolant is swishing from side-to-side. Does anyone know what this could be? I've never heard this before . Thanks!
#221 of 592 Re: My mother-in-laws... [kreuzer]
Dec 13, 2006 (7:04 pm)
I had the same problem with my chevy truck - the problem is the anti-freeze in the radiator is low - fill the radiator up completely and the "swooshing" sound will stop.
#222 of 592 Re: interior lights [lpen41]
Dec 13, 2006 (7:07 pm)
What does a short look like? will there be a bare wire somewhere? What could be wrong with a socket? Is there a meter or something that can test a wire for a short?
#223 of 592 Re: power winodw problems [redbird48]
Dec 14, 2006 (11:10 am)
I also have a power window problem. Looked in the fusebox in the glove compartment but there seems to be just 1(one) 30A fuse/circuit breaker for all 4 windows, Can't seem to find another fuse for the windows. The front windows suddenly do not work, but the back ones do work. Kinda silly 1 fuse for all windows, or is there a different kind of fuse somewhere else. I ordered the Hanes book for this car Century 1994, but haven't received it yet.
Any ideas what I can do or look for. I do appreciate any help I can get.
#224 of 592 Re: My mother-in-laws... [cstubbs]
Dec 14, 2006 (4:28 pm)
Thanks, cstubbs, I'll give that a try.
#225 of 592 Re: 1999 Buick Century wont start after engine install [tmartellc]
Dec 15, 2006 (11:53 pm)
have you tryed replacing the fuse? I discovered just yesterday that there is an ignition fuse, (a #10) without it your car will not make a sound.
#226 of 592 Re: oil in the coolant [pfendley]
Dec 21, 2006 (9:54 am)
Yes, it was the head gasket. Known problem in the the 3.1 liter engine and possibly the other v-6's. That mechanic should have known to advise you of that. The head gasket replacement would have ran to about $800.00 to repair. And GM wonders why they are in trouble!!! They knew of this problem for years and still don't own up to it.
#227 of 592 Re: interior lights [cstubbs]
Dec 21, 2006 (10:03 am)
A short can be a wire thats pinched by a screw or piece of metal, a dryrotted wire jacket touching ground, bad harness or light socket, frayed wire causing a bridge, anywhere hot is touching ground where it should not. You have to take the time and trace the wires back, never fun to find but sometimes you may get lucky.
#228 of 592 94 buick cetury 2.2l 4cyl
Dec 21, 2006 (2:06 pm)
it will some times idle til you give it gas it acts like it is starving for gas some time it will partially rev other times it just dies I changed the fuel filter, which it was clogged but that does not seem to have fixed my problem. any one have any suggestions?