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#206 of 288 PLEASE HELP cannot control my Rendezvous in the snow?
Feb 02, 2010 (8:24 am)
I am having a major problem with my 2002 Buick Rendezvous. I have already had a part on both sides of the rear replaced, the dealership said that this would fix the problem but to no avail. While other cars on the road can go 60 - 65 miles per hour in very mild snowy conditions, I cannot go more the 30 or I will spin out. I absolutely cannot control the vehicle on ice, snow, or loose gravel. The rear end just sways back and forth. I am at a complete loss, I have no other vehicle and three small children. It is just a matter of time before a disaster happens. I dont know what to do. This car is too dangerous to drive in the winter months but I got to get to work and I cannot afford a new car. If anyone has any insight, please repond.
#207 of 288 Re: PLEASE HELP cannot control my Rendezvous in the snow? [2002nightmare]
Feb 03, 2010 (4:42 am)
Number one on my list of thoughts is tires (those 4 little patchs of rubber on the road are the first thing to ensure control is maintained not matter what vehicle you are driving), do you have winter tires and are they in good shape? After that proper tire inflation, proper alignment could be a consideration. Is yours FWD or AWD and do you have traction control turned on if FWD. Any lights indicating problem with AWD or ABS?
#208 of 288 Re: PLEASE HELP cannot control my Rendezvous in the snow? [2002nightmare]
Feb 03, 2010 (7:44 am)
I had the same issue with my 02 Rendezvous, the issue was that the people who owned it before me had put the wrong size tires on it. I put all new tires on it this fall, which cost about $550.00, and I have had no problems this winter on the roads. The car is actually a dream in the snow, as for any car ice will always be an issue.
#209 of 288 Re: PLEASE HELP cannot control my Rendezvous in the snow? [ray80]
Feb 03, 2010 (7:59 am)
Yes, I got new tires two months ago. It is a FWD and there are no lights indicating any issues with the ABS The traction control is on. I truly am at a loss as to what is wrong, The dealershiip is not able to help. I bought the car in 2005 and did not have a problem with it until last winter. The rear tires were severly warn on the outsides and the dealer told me that the part they replaced was causing the tire wear and would also cause me to be unable to control the car in winter road conditions. Well.... it did take care of the tire wear but I still cannot control the car on snowy roads. It is more severe then just that the roads are bad. I have lived in Michigan my whole life so I am very experienced with winter roads. In very mild conditions I cannot go more then 25 - 30 miles per hour when everyone else is still going 60 or more. I can feel the back of the car just swaying back and fourth. It feels the same as bald tires on snow and ice. Does anyone know if there is a chance that the rear tires could be a different size then the fronts? I have never heard of that but maybe for this car that is the issue? They put the same size tires on all four wheels
Thanks and any more input is much appreciated
#210 of 288 Re: PLEASE HELP cannot control my Rendezvous in the snow? [2002nightmare]
Feb 05, 2010 (7:47 am)
My wife & I have 2003 FWD RDV and if driven with normal winter driving TLC, our vehicle holds the snow/icy roads well. Actually, our RDV holds my winter roads better then our "lighter weight" mini-van.
For your 2002 RDV, stock tire size should be: 215/70R16. During winter time, some folks upgrade to slightly wider 225/70R16 rubber (on all 4 tires on their own steel rims). Regardless of stock size or +1 wider rubber size (only for winter months), all rubber must be the exact same size (and same brand - if possible). With cloth and water/soap in hand, you may want to wash the outside of your RDV's tires. Each tire must have the same numbering. re: 215/70R16. And ask your local auto shop to insure each of your tires are inflated at the same air pressure as well. Even 5 lbs LESS air in one tire could make it sway.
As a test, drive down the paved road (while no others are around you) and let go of the steering wheel. Does your vehicle want to wonder to the left, wonder to the right? If so, your RDV needs an aligment. (or perhaps its wheel bearings is gone). With hands off the steering wheel and no one around, hit the brakes. Does your brakes pull your RDV to the left, or pull to the right? Does your steering wheel shimmer back and forth under hard dry braking condition? If so, you need the brakes looked after. If steering wheel shimmer while braking hard also means a warped rotor. If one rotor needs to be replaced, replace both at the same time.
Another common problems with RDVs is front wheel bearings wearing out. When front wheel bearings wear out, the vehicle gets way too much "over steeer" and "under steer". Lots of road wondering as well. Approx 2 years ago, my wife's RDV felt sloppy in the corners. After lots of tests, we got both its front wheel bearings replaced (with higher quality replacement parts). Today, its steering is now firm and tight. No more sloppiness on the corners. And, no more wondering down the straight road either. As a suggestion, get your RDV's front bearings inspected. If needed, replace with higher quality replacement parts. Glad I did this repair (upgrade) on my wife's RDV.
Also... If you lost faith in your current dealer, perhaps visting a specialist alignment shop is better? Especially if you feel the problem with your RDV is an alignment or perhaps a support/stablizer bar issue - not a core mechancial issue.
Hope these ideas help....
#211 of 288 Re: PLEASE HELP cannot control my Rendezvous in the snow? [spike99]
Feb 05, 2010 (8:58 am)
Thank you for your answers. We jacked the car up and looked at it ourselves and saw that both of the springs behind the wheels are broken right in half. I called a new mechanic and have it set up for service. How could they have not noticed this? In any case, I already placed a complaint with the dealer. They asked me to bring it back in and I said NO WAY!!! Taking my business elsewhere.
#212 of 288 Re: PLEASE HELP cannot control my Rendezvous in the snow? [2002nightmare]
Feb 05, 2010 (5:28 pm)
Good find. re: Broken coil springs in the rear of your RVD. Good eyes!!!! Yes. It amazes me that your dealer missed these broken rear coil springs as well. When replacing tires, you'd think they'd do a simple visual inspection (like you did) in that area as well. Definately look for a different auto mechanic. Your blind mechanic should NOT be working on any cars - especially on vehicles that transport kids around...
If you tow a trailer or tend to put lots of cargo in the rear of your RDV (like we do), you may want to investigate the addition of Timbren SES units as well. If wondering, Timbren SES units fit inside the coil springs and replace factory bump stops. When rear of vehicle is compressed down too much, they come in contact with the Timbren SES units. Vision air bags filled will soft rubber - instead of compressed air. If wondering, we have Timbren SES units on our vehicle and love them. They do NOT impact empty ride comfort or change "empty" vehicle stance. But when loaded down, the rear of our vehicle is much firmer - without worry of air shocks or air bags blowing. For more details, surf: http://www.timbren.com/timbren-application-guides/application-pdfs/GMRAZT.pdf
Hope this helps as well....
#213 of 288 Re: 2002 Buick Rendezvous Class Action??? [mambajambaa]
Jun 24, 2010 (1:34 pm)
Yes, include me in the '02 Class Action Suite. I bought my car new in 2002, and the ABS light comes on every time we go over a bump, called GM, and they said that this is the first time that they heard of this, so I went online, and I am not alone. So, please include me in. Thanks.
#214 of 288 Re: 2002 Buick Rendezvous Class Action??? [wifey2u]
Jun 27, 2010 (9:39 am)
Hello, do you have any information regarding the class action suit.
I just purchased a 2002 rendezvous and now the power to the windows and raio are locked can't roll them up on the radio it says locked. I took it to a mechanic he says take it back where you bought it from, but I purchased as is. I got a diagnostic it says I need body control module replaced, intake manifold gasket, air conditioner condenser, what is wrong with this vehicle, 2 days and now I am screwed. Does anyone have any advice.
#215 of 288 Severely Pissed Off
Jun 27, 2010 (9:40 am)
Hello, do you have any information regarding the class action suit.
I just purchased a 2002 rendezvous and now the power to the windows and radio are locked can't roll them up on the radio it says locked. I took it to a mechanic he says take it back where you bought it from, but I purchased as is. I got a diagnostic it says I need body control module replaced, intake manifold gasket, air conditioner condenser, what is wrong with this vehicle, 2 days and now I am screwed. Does anyone have any advice.