Last post on Oct 28, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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Buick LeSabre, Steering, Suspension, Sedan
#45 of 51 Re: 2003 LeSabre Noise and Vibration [imidazol97]
Dec 06, 2012 (6:01 pm)
Yep, that's what I did the first two times. The pics showed up in the preview, but not in the final posts. Ended up just posting the links.
#46 of 51 Re: 2003 LeSabre Noise and Vibration [gifron]
Dec 07, 2012 (9:21 am)
It's hard to place where that is and what's above it for me. My thoughts are that the material looks gooey, not just oil leaking from the seal there? If it were, it would be fresher and liquid in appearance.
The coolant can leak from the bypass pipes for the heater on the side with the water pump. That coolant mixed with oil seeping down from the valve covers which can develope seeps may be mixing to give that gooey look.
You also can have oil coming from the oil pressure sensor above the oil filter. Some have trouble with that giving a 130 lb. reading as it fails and some get a seep through the plastic part of the unit.
You need to wipe everything clean and start over watching where the material comes from. Usually it's gravity bringing it from higher up.
I've read that there's a leak detection powder to spray on the area and then the new oil tracking down shows up really well. And there's an ultraviolet additive for the oil and with a cheap LED ultraviolet light, you can see where the new oil is coming from.
#47 of 51 Rear shocks on 2004 Lesabre Ltd
Oct 28, 2013 (6:16 am)
Getting ready to replace the rear shocks on my '04 Lesabre, and after doing some reading ordered the Monroe MA822 Max-Air shocks. The job looks relatively simple (even for a DIY such as yours truly), but I've read some conflicting info regarding whether my Lesabre has a threaded or clamp-on air hose connector for the air leveling system, and thus whether I need an adapter kit on hand before I start the job. My initial interpretation is that I *won't* need any adapter, but I'm just not sure. Can someone advise?
Figured I'd ask here before I get started and find out I'm short an essential part
Thanks in advance.
#48 of 51 Re: Rear shocks on 2004 Lesabre Ltd [soonerdew]
Oct 28, 2013 (7:02 am)
Just wiggle to loosen the old clampon plastic is what I had to do.
Also, do not let the left wheel drop completely. The rod for the height adjuster is on the suspension part; letting the arm fall free when taking the shock off overextends the sensor that it connects to.
#49 of 51 Re: Rear shocks on 2004 Lesabre Ltd [imidazol97]
Oct 28, 2013 (7:09 am)
Thank you, sir! That's great info and you essentially predicted my next question - whether I needed to support the wheel independently.
#50 of 51 Re: Rear shocks on 2004 Lesabre Ltd [soonerdew]
Oct 28, 2013 (7:28 am)
If I recall, I took off the tire and then supported the arm with a large block of wood. I lowered the car jack to take some tension off the top and bottom of the shock.
I recall something about the nuts used on the old shocks. They corroded to the bolt of something. I had to replace one of them with a corrosion plated
bolt from the local hardware store.
#51 of 51 Re: Rear shocks on 2004 Lesabre Ltd [imidazol97]
Oct 28, 2013 (7:46 am)
Perfect notion on the wood block support. Job is getting simpler as I read this
Re the bolts...as I was researching this project, definitely saw some cautionary info on the risk for breaking some of the bolts, and that it was a good idea to have a handful of M8x1.25 bolts on hand just in case.