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#510 of 592 95 buick century airbag deployed -minimal damage to front
Sep 24, 2010 (1:30 pm)
I slid on a slick road and hit the car in front of me; airbag deployed on my 1995 buick cent. 3.1 v6, amazingly fast--bag expanded and contracted in a fraction of a second. No injuries for either party. Didn't even realize what happened until bag deflated. I can't tell how fast I was going but there was minimal damage to my front end, so little that when I showed it to my mechanic, he said if I could order an aftermarket front end panel, that's all it would need. I ended up buying the panel for $150 and installed it myself. That was 5,000 miles ago. No observable differences in the ride. First time I had an accident. Any idea what minimal speed on impact for air bag to deploy like that? Also, obviously airbag is no good. I cut it out with a mat knife, and driving only with seat belt. With 80,000 miles on it, I figure best thing would be to donate it when I'm ready to get rid of it. Will I get anything for it as a tax donation?
#511 of 592 Re: 95 buick century airbag deployed -minimal damage to front [tlon7]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 24, 2010 (2:53 pm)
At what speed the airbag deploys varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some went as low as 6-12 mph but now the premium cars seem to think 18 mph is about right.
Donation rules have changed so you might get very little for it. Could be better for you to sell it to someone who knows how to re-install an airbag. I'd sell it as a "parts car only" and write that in 3 foot letters on the Bill of Sale.
#512 of 592 Re: 99buick trouble [will_man]
Oct 12, 2010 (5:23 pm)
i think where your coming from with this is that your car has twilight sentinel automatic headlamp control in other words it turns your lights on and off automatically and when you shut the car off, and take the key out, the lights stay on for approximately a minute and a half (90 seconds) for this particular model. the chiming with already having the key out might be that you had your lights left on by accident or something else. it also chimes when you lock the car when you push the lock button on the drivers door. also for future advice if you want to shut your lights off right away after you shut the car off just pull the lights knob out once and push it back in and wella your lights are off. hope this is helpful to you.
#513 of 592 Re: 1999 Buick Century Relay location [mfranchuk]
Oct 12, 2010 (5:55 pm)
hey there, sounds like you meant the twilight sentinel option that turns the lights on automatically. The location of it is on the drivers side of the defroster vent/grille in the left front corner of the vent and it should look like a dome-shaped photocell. hope this helps!
#514 of 592 Where to buy a power window motor for century 95?
Oct 21, 2010 (5:27 am)
I was the victim of predatory towing; worse is that the guy messed up my driver's side door, so the power window won't work (buick century 1995 3.1 liter 6 cyl). It needs a new power window motor. How can I find the number to this part to order it? My mechanic said he'd install it for me if I got a replacement motor -- either used or new one. Can this be something that can be pulled at a junkyard? Thanks.
#515 of 592 Re: Where to buy a power window motor for century 95? [tlon7]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 21, 2010 (6:10 am)
Try this website for a used part:
#516 of 592 Odometer not working Century 95 V6 3.1
Nov 19, 2010 (2:02 pm)
I have two questions about my Buick Century. I'll ask one here and the other separately; they're two different issues. My odometer (and trip odometer) stopped working. Brought it to my mechanic--who's also a friend. He tried to tighten the contacts and clean in & around speed sensor. The fix lasted ten minutes. Odometer stopped working after the first bump in the road. Did this twice. Now we're shopping for a speed sensor plug. Is there a difference between the actually speed sensor and the plug, or do they come attached as one unit? He said he'd first replace the speed sensor plug to see what happens (so as to keep the price down). Then, if that doesn't work, go from there. Could the problem be coming from the dashboard end of the connection? Any advice is appreciated.
#517 of 592 Tie Rods for 2002 Century
Dec 31, 2010 (10:30 am)
#518 of 592 2002 Century Gas Guage
Jan 05, 2011 (5:41 pm)
My gas gauge started to act flukey and undependable. Had pump & gage assy replaced at
local garage. $500. Worked OK for about 2 months - now has stuck at 3/4 to full and I know it is about to run out of gas at 320 miles (thanks to ethanol). Took back to garage, they said
again that they replaced it but I have some serious questions because the story don't check
with what I can figure out just by commons sense and math. Anybody know is there any where that I can disconnect wires between tank and gauge and do a do an electrical or continuity test ?
#519 of 592 Re: drop in fuel efficiency [laspian]
Jan 05, 2011 (5:50 pm)
I have a 2002 century. Similar problem dropped from 26 to 22 MPG in
winter. I relate it to the additive, whether ethanol or some other
mandated concoction legislated by our know nothing but everything govmnt