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Buick LeSabre, Electrical, Sedan
#24 of 61 Re: Battery Life [hagrawal]
Aug 20, 2005 (3:54 am)
Battery life is not forever. It depends on the car and how the car is used as well as temperatures and so on. When a battery hits 3 years I consider it toast. Any more is borrowed time.
Did you check the battery hydrometer indicator every few months to see if it was showing green? That usually will give an early warning of some failures. Otherwise the battery can just simply have a cell short out as a conductive path between anode and cathode is built when the battery is recharging and then you've lost a cell.
I would have replaced with a Walmart Maxx battery with 960 cranking amps and long total replacement free guarantee and a 7 year or 8 year prorated replacement. Interstate seems to have an aura about it from advertising that didn't mean quality in the battery based on some coworkers who bought them in the past.
#25 of 61 Battery won't charge
Nov 11, 2005 (5:02 pm)
The battery light comes on and motor runs on battery. Changed Alt twice and it has plently of charge. Checked all battery connections. Battery not getting charge.
#26 of 61 Re: Battery won't charge [crankin]
Nov 14, 2005 (2:22 am)
sounds to me that the battery is bad. Have you had the battery checked?
#27 of 61 Re: Battery won't charge [spindel]
Nov 14, 2005 (3:50 pm)
Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough. I thought a car could run off the alternator. When the battery dies the car dies.
#28 of 61 replacement battery for 2000 Lesabre
Jul 31, 2006 (4:57 am)
This may have been discussed before, so forgive me, but has anyone put a replacement battery in their 2000+ car? If so, what kind? I will probably keep the car one to two more years and since mom drives it, I don't want to take a chance on the battery going bad. It has a vent system attached to it. Should I get an optima, OEM, or just go to Wal Mart and get one of their best batteries?
I think the location under the back seat is great, but I don't want to put the wrong type of battery in it. I was thinking about putting in an Optima battery, storing the one in it now, and switching them at trade in time and using the Optima in another vehicle.
#29 of 61 Re: replacement battery for 2000 Lesabre [kcwolfpack59]
Jul 31, 2006 (7:35 am)
I had looked at Wallymart and they didn't have one for the number listed in their lookup book.
If you come up with a good replacement let me know. I've seen people on other groups mention making the vent tubes fit the vents on batteries so they'd vent the hydrogen under the car.
Since it's on its sixth year, you're wise to start looking. If you don't get any symptoms of weak battery you're probably sitting with some time. Usually batteries fail in the heat and in the cold of winter. We've already had the heat here. The original Delco batteries on GMs are good batteries in my experience. They last long times.
#30 of 61 Re: replacement battery for 2000 Lesabre [imidazol97]
Jul 31, 2006 (10:10 am)
Thanks for the Walmart tip. I will check around and post my findings. Mom replaced the original in 2001 or 2002 at the dealer when I was out of town. She had a bad habit of turning the car off and leaving the key in the accessory position. It would drain the battery and we would not know why. This happened several times. The car would be towed to the dealer and they would find nothing wrong. How I figured it out was when I noticed the radio was on when I was outside of the car and she had driven it last. Until we discovered it was her and not the battery, she felt better having a new one installed by the dealer. End of problem. To this day, she will not admit what they charged her for the battery. I do like the idea of the battery under the seat. I think it is better for a crash when you need onstar activation. Also a much less hostile environment than under the hood. Maybe even slightly better weight distribution. I like to keep less than 4 year old batteries in her car just for peace of mind, even if she does drive it one more year until she gets a Lucerne.
Looks like the host was kind enough to make a separate Lesabre electrical issues topic for us.
#31 of 61 Re: replacement battery for 2000 Lesabre [kcwolfpack59]
Aug 03, 2006 (7:52 pm)
Found one at O'Reilly's, a chain store throughout most of the midwest based here in Springfield, MO. $69 for 880CCA, 72 month warranty, 2 year free replacement. I'm happy.
#32 of 61 why all the smoke?
Sep 04, 2006 (9:00 pm)
i have a 1992 lasabre and smoke started coming out of the steering colum. removed the steering wheel and found the wire that seems to be causing the problem however i cant seem to find a wiring diagram online for the steering colum for under $19.95. is there a web site where i can download a wiring diagram of the steering colum?
#33 of 61 Car Cuts Off While Driving
Sep 18, 2006 (7:39 am)
I have a 2001 Lesabre and it will cut off while I am driving. This may happen 2 or 3 times a week not everyday.
The volt light will come on and I have to pull to the side and the car will cut complete off sometimes it will start right back up other times I have to wait maybe 30 minutes before it starts.
Do anybody have an idea to what maybe causing this problem.
When I take it to the dealer it will not do it and they did to duplicate the problem in order to find out what codes may show up.