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#15 of 101 2001 Buick LeSabre transmission problem
Sep 09, 2007 (1:16 pm)
Vehicle has 54,000 miles, has had the transmission rebuilt this summer. Vehicle will not down shift into low from dead stop. Starts in 2nd or 3rd gear. Have had 2 solenoids replaced, transmission reprogrammed, battery regrounded. Problems still persists. This is a random problem occuring on a weekly basis. It will on a rare occasion lurch into gear. I can manually shift this into low gear when this occurs and then it will go normally. Looking for any advice. Local mechanics have no idea where to go with this.
#16 of 101 93 Lesabre trans problems
Dec 10, 2007 (5:30 am)
I have a 93 Lesabre with 169,000 miles on it. The trans starting jumping out of gear as you come to a stop about 4 weeks ago. It only does it in low gear as you stop. Not ever time, but pretty regular. (6 to 8 times a week) I ran a can of sea foam through it for about a week and then serviced it. The filter was pretty dirty. It did ok for a few days and then began to jump out of low gear as you stop again. It acts like it's loosing prime, especially if you make a quick stop. Sometimes it makes a difference when you stop gently and sometimes it doesn't make any difference at all. It still does it. Could this be caused by the control solenoid or do I have another problem? Other than this the trans does not slip and shifts perfectly. It has no hesitation when going into gear.
#17 of 101 2005 Buick Lesabre
Dec 30, 2007 (5:28 pm)
When coming to a stop and then starting again the car bucks until it goes into overdrive. Then is fine until another stop is made at which point it may buck one or even two times. The car has about 84K miles. Please help
#18 of 101 moving from parking to drive.
Mar 15, 2008 (2:42 am)
Hello,I have 1995 lesabre car starts but does not move from parking to drive .
#19 of 101 Re: moving from parking to drive. [parku]
Mar 15, 2008 (9:22 am)
Does it have fluid up to the low mark of the dipstick when cold (to the full mark when hot after being driven)? I realize this is probably an obvious check.
Does it go into reverse after a few minutes of idling? Sounds like it needs a major diagnosis by someone on the scene.
#20 of 101 Re: 2005 Buick Lesabre [barbara13]
Mar 15, 2008 (9:25 am)
I haven't heard that description for transmission problem. Is it an engine problem?
Miles on car? Plugs wires changed in the last 60-70K miles with AC plugs and OEM level wires? Possibly a coil problem reacting to heat. Check each coil tower for cracks or tracing of spark jumping. Check bottom of coil for poor contact to base to which they bolt.
Check connector at the end of the base for poor contacts.
#21 of 101 Transmission/Bearing
May 12, 2008 (5:17 am)
I have a 2005 LeSabre, 167,000 miles. I have a whining/mild roaring sound coming (sounds like) from the driver's side wheel well. Three mechanics have checked the bearing, they all say it is fine, but they also say they do not believe it is the transmission. None of them have any further suggestion except to continue driving the car until it gets worse. Any diagnostic ideas?
#22 of 101 Re: Transmission/Bearing [lbmcajun]
May 12, 2008 (6:28 am)
Can you describe more about the sound? How loud? Change with speed? Can you feel it in the steering wheel? In the floor? Does the sound change if you move the wheel for a left curve or a right curve. That can make a wheel bearing sound out more. But I have read some people with difficulty diagnosing a wheel bearing.
Check the wheel bearing for play, up/down, left/right with the wheel jacked up.
How are the tires? Worn unevenly? More than 5 years old? Tire tread hardens with age and can cause a sound from the knubs that is reminiscent of snow tires at a low volume in the old days.
Has anyone put the car on supports in front and driven the wheels with the motor through the transmission?
Number 1 would be wheel bearings if the tires are okay.
Number 2 would be the differential inside the transmission.
Frankly you might save yourself some trouble by going to a good Buick garage for a diagnosis, whether or not you intend to let them fix anything.
#23 of 101 Re: Transmission/Bearing [imidazol97]
May 12, 2008 (7:56 am)
The sound is difficult to describe. It is a mild whining/roar. Not a loud roar like you normally hear with a wheel bearing. Does not change sound when turning. However, it DOES change with speed. In fact, below 35 mph is only barely noticeable, and below 25, cannot even hear it. Tires are almost new. A mechanic did put it on supports. They said the sound was less pronounced with the wheels off the ground. ?????
What is the cost of the differential inside the transmission ? $2,000 or more ? If yes, I'll just trade it.
#24 of 101 Re: Transmission/Bearing [lbmcajun]
May 12, 2008 (8:08 am)
Was the sound there before the tires were put on?
What tires do you have? I'm curious about the tread causing a vibration.
But actually I believe it's a wheel bearing.
Jack it up. Rock the wheel around and compare one side to the other looking for looseness. Be sure you're not getting ball joint movement, though.
Have someone rotate the tire and put your hand on the solid frame of the car to feel for vibration from the bearing.
The description sounds like a wheel bearing I had. You're at 157K miles. A bearing is possible.