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#18 of 37 Buick Regal ABS Light
Sep 29, 2007 (5:35 pm)
I have a 1995 Regal and the ABS light stays on. It started out just coming on sometimes. Now it stays on all the time. I have replaced all the pads on all four wheels. I did not see any sensors on the rotors. I flushed out the lines and put in new brake fluid and bled the lines. I did find two sensors on the master cylinder. How do you check the sensors? Does anyone know what is the most common problem with this brake system to cause the light to stay on?
#19 of 37 Re: Buick Regal ABS Light [mjm402001]
Oct 26, 2007 (5:36 pm)
I have been plagued by various sensors on my 95' Buick Regal for approximately 2 years now: camshaft sensor, crankshaft sensor, throttle position sensor, low coolant sensor and now I assume that this light from my dash is from a faulty abs sensor. My suggestion would be to either place a card or piece of tape on the dash to cover this annoying light or get rid of this planned obsolescence and buy a jap car.
Nov 26, 2007 (12:03 am)
hi, i recently purchased a 1991 buick regal ltd 3.8L. this is my first car and it only has 141,000kms on it, everything is in excellent condition the only thing that isnt is there is a very strange noise that is coming fom the dash area that i believe has something to do with the abs as the abs light is on aswel. the noise sounds almost like a motor it a loud kind of buzz or turning noise that comes on when i press on the breaks or sometimes when im not even pressing on the breaks. im really hopeing i did not waste my money on it as it is my first car and i am very happy with it other then that. the breaks still work but the noise is there and also a second issue is the break peddal will not stay up i am currently having to use a spritn top hold it up so the break lights dont stay on. if someone could give me some ideas as to wha this may be caused byu that would eb greatly appreciated. also if i jsut disable the abs completly will the breaks still operate correctly. thanks for your time on reading this and i hope someone can anwser my questions:)
#21 of 37 Re: 00 & 02 Rear brakes [jpstax1]
Dec 27, 2007 (8:20 am)
I have an 04 Regal, I have over 63K miles on it, and haven't touched the rear brakes or rotors once since i bought the car. The car was used, had 13K miles on it when I bought it, but it's been perfectly fine. I do use the Emergancy brake though quite a bit when parking on slight inclines and declines in parking lots that I have been to, maybe that is the reason, but I just looked at my rear pads on my car the other day and they still have 65% of the pads left and the rotors look great.
I have to change the rotors on the front brakes but the backs are still perfect. I would suggest using the parking brake more to help with the rear rotors and brakes.
#22 of 37 Re: Pads or Rotor? [imidazol97]
Apr 12, 2008 (5:41 am)
An update. It's been about 2 years since I had my rotors turned, thus far I have had no further problems with them. I had my brakes checked about 4 months ago by the dealership, they said everything was fine.
#23 of 37 rear disk brake calipers
Apr 23, 2008 (3:41 pm)
My son has a 96 regal with 4 wheel disks. Went to put new pads on all 4 wheels. Had no problems with the front. The caliper pistons easily retracted with a c-clamp. Got to the right rear and could not get the piston back at all. The parking brake was not engaged. Wouldn't of gotten the caliper off, if it was. Is there some trick to retract the piston or is it likely frozen? Should it press straight back like the front calipers? Or does it rotate as it retracts? Unfortunately, we didn't have the time to check the left rear for comparison as he had to go. Had a heck of a time getting it back on with the old pads as the rotor was a little worn and had to pry the caliper off with a screwdriver to start with. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#24 of 37 Re: rear disk brake calipers [oldwino]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 25, 2008 (10:27 am)
1. Remove 2/3 of brake fluid from master cylinder reservoir.
2. Raise and support vehicle.
3. Mark relationship of wheel to axle flange, then remove wheel and tire assembly.
4. Remove bolt and washer attaching cable support bracket to caliper body, Fig. 2.
5. Remove sleeve bolt and pivot caliper assembly up, Fig. 3. Do not completely remove caliper assembly body.
6. Remove outboard and inboard shoe and linings and two pad clips from caliper support.
7. Using a suitable spanner type tool in piston slots to turn piston assembly and thread it into caliper body assembly.
8. After bottoming piston, lift inner edge of boot next to piston assembly and press out any trapped air.
9. Ensure slots in end of piston are positioned as shown in Fig. 4 before pivoting caliper body assembly down over shoe and linings in caliper support. Use suitable spanner type tool to turn piston as necessary.
10. Install pad clips and outboard and inboard shoe and linings in caliper support. Ensure wear sensor is on outboard shoe positioned downward at leading edge of rotor during forward wheel rotation.
11. Pivot caliper body assembly down over shoe and lining assemblies being careful not to damage piston boot on inboard shoe.
12. After caliper body is in position, recheck installation of pad clips. If necessary, use a small screwdriver to reseat or center pad clips on support abutments.
13. Install sleeve bolt and torque to 20 ft. lbs.
14. Install cable support bracket and torque bolt to 32 ft. lbs.
15. Install wheels and tires aligning previous marks, then lower vehicle.
16. Apply approximately 175 lbs. of force to brake pedal three times to seat shoe and linings against rotor.
#25 of 37 Brake light problems with regal custom
Nov 23, 2008 (10:27 am)
I have the same problem. The brake light by the spoiler comes on but the lowers brake lights don't come on.
Can anyone help me?
#26 of 37 Re: Brake light problems with regal custom [petegreb]
Dec 12, 2008 (11:08 am)
It could be in the turn signal switch. On our '94 Regal, if you pull the turn signal toward you slightly (stopping short of switching to high beam headlights) as you press the brake pedal, the main brake lights come on. I can't offer any tips to disassemble the steering column to fix or replace the switch...haven't tried it yet.
#27 of 37 Regal Rear Brake Issues
Apr 27, 2009 (5:16 pm)
I have worked on several Regal ( 1996 ) which had premature wear and bad rotors on one or both sides. From what I have been able to determine, the problem lies with the design of the caliper slide system. All problems I discovered were related to the top caliper slide bolts. This is the one which is covered by the cap and is inset into the caliper.
Every vehicle which had problems had locked slides due to the top bolt being bent where the threads and shank of the bolt intersect. This bolt is too small to handle any lock up of the brakes and is even more fragile when the brakes are applied and the wheel hops on a rough road or pot hole. The sheer force of heavy brakeing appears to bend this top bolt which, once bent a little, becomes weaker with every braking and bends more until locking the slide.
I highly recommend replaceing all bolts when replaceing the rear pads.