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#468 of 592 1998 Buick Century Transmission
Jul 06, 2009 (4:03 pm)
Last week I decided to service my 1998 Buick Century, it has over 185k and never had a problem since buying it new. After researching a good mechanic, I got new tires, breaks and rotors, serpentine belt, oil change and had the transmission serviced.
Today I heard the transmission making noise. I checked the fluid and there was none! Also saw transmission fluid spots on the pavement under the car, but not very much.
I am wondering if the problem was caused by the mechanic not doing something right, or if new transmission fluid can destroy the seals. The transmission has been serviced before without problems.
#469 of 592 Re: 2000 Buick Century Code P0401 [edbeard]
Aug 16, 2009 (11:57 am)
Remove the O2 sensor before the catalytic converter. This will remove extra pressure off the catalytic converter and your engine should run smother if you have a "going bad catalytic converter" If your performance improves change catalytic converter and have all faults reset.
#470 of 592 1999 Buick Instrument Cluster
Aug 17, 2009 (6:13 pm)
All the instruments on my car(speedometer,fuel guage,shifting light, etc.) dont work all of a sudden.How do I remove my dashboard to get to it. Also can I buy a new one or who is good about rebuilding them? Any help is greatly appreciated. I am referring to the instrument cluster panel.I hear they short out across the wiring
Thanks in advance
#471 of 592 92 Century Suddenly Dies When Warm
Aug 21, 2009 (5:25 am)
I have a 92 Century that will run/drive fine, good idle, no power loss, no sputtering etc. for about a mile or so then it will just completely and suddenly die. Engine dies, all instrument lights go out, no radio, no power steering, no electrical at all...dead. When I turn the key there is no activity at all...no fans whirring, solenoids clicking, etc. After anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour it will start right up and run fine. Actually, I can sit and idle for at least an hour (haven't sat longer than that idling) but as soon as I drive away from home...about 1/2 a mile to a mile away and we are dead again.
I am going to take it into the shop but would love to hear what others think could be the culprit before I foolishly okay tons of tests and repairs that don't fix the problem.
I am adept enough with a multimeter to do some testing if pointed in the right direction...just not sure where to start with this.
Thanks so much....abbe
#472 of 592 Re: 92 Century Suddenly Dies When Warm [abbe23]
Aug 21, 2009 (12:20 pm)
Just wanted to add that this is a 3.3 L V6 with a 4 speed auto trans and about 120,000 miles on it.
#473 of 592 1994 Buick Century Transmission
Aug 27, 2009 (1:56 pm)
Hello! I own a 1994 Buick Century Special with the 3.1L V-6 engine! The car has been a great one for me & has 85,000 original miles! Here, just recently the motor has to warm up before it will go into any gear! Fluid has been changed once in its lifetime & is not low! After the warm up, the car still runs like a brand new one! Any ideas, hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as to what is causing this!
#474 of 592 water temp sendin g unit 1994 Century
Aug 28, 2009 (6:20 pm)
where is the water temp sending unit on the 1994 Century 3.1 v 6 engine, gauge not working need to check if wire came off?
#475 of 592 Re: power winodw problems [doggal]
Aug 28, 2009 (6:27 pm)
I have the same problem, its not the fuse and the hayes book is useless.
the windows go up very slowly and then stop and you have to wait 5 minutes until the motor cools before they work again, NO buick dealer could fix it.
I was told to try and replace the power motors and see if it fixes it?
Sep 25, 2009 (11:43 am)
Rebuilding a 2000 Century.
I've got 200k+ miles on the car, 8 years as a Pizza delivery at night and Real Estate Property Management during the day car. The exact mileage is in question as the PRNDL cluster went down a few years back.
There are wiring, relay, sensor and module issues throughout. I installed high intensity blue white head lights in '02 which caused wiring damage throughout and 9 years of rain into the passenger floor board from a bad seal at either the heater or in car cabin filter, possibly could be a blocked drain in or around the firewall. The water leak has led to a nice rusty fuse panel in the passenger side access panel.
She has the standard Century issues: Kicks into gear because of a bad solenoid in the tranny, oil in the radiator, already replaced one window register, body control module causes door locks and side mirrors to work only intermittently, A/C doesn't work, blown fan motor and blower control module, right side radiator fan only works off a direct jump from battery to white electric wire, left side radiator fan does not work at all even with direct power from battery, rear speakers work about 10 days out each year, need new headliner, carpet liner and arm rest console. Where to begin?
Recent repairs: new brakes, rotors, tires, tie rods, front wheel hubs, rear sway bar, drivers window register, plugs and plug wires, 1 & 4 cylinder coil, engine temp coolant sensor, serpentine belt
Seems like a money pit, should I trade her in on a good used Regal or keep dumping man hours and cash into her?
#477 of 592 Rocker Panel rust out
Nov 07, 2009 (10:19 pm)
I have a 2001 Buick Century with 46,000 miles who's rocker panels have rusted out.
Since the rocker panel is considered to be a structural member the whole side panel right up to the roof panel must be replaced.
??How in the world can GM sell a car that rusts out a structural member that quickly get past a recall??
My 96 Buick LeSabre has 178,000 + miles on it and it still is not rusted, much less rusted out. Fantastic car. Low maintenance costs, Great ride, Economical.
Granted I put on the best tires available, but that car handles slippery roads as if they were dry. ABS system still works perfectly in spite on Minnesota salted roads. Love that car.
??Anyone out there have another fix for those rusted out rocker panels??