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#107 of 312 Re: AIR CONDITIONER [mccray]
May 28, 2010 (8:30 pm)
I am having the exact same problem with my 2004 buick rainier at approximately 88,000 miles.. I took it to the dealer and they said the switch to unlock the vents is located under the steering wheel.
They quoted me a price over $3000 to fix it. I opted out of the fix last year and this year I heard a very strange noise coming out of the right side floor area of my car while driving it.
Strange I am getting some air (not like i did when I first purchased it) out of the fronts vents. I guess I'm hoping it will reset itself.
#108 of 312 2004 troubles
May 31, 2010 (12:39 pm)
I am the sole owner of this Rainier, which was suggested to me by my brother who was a GM dealer technician for a number of years. Overall, I have not had major problems with it. I took it in a number of times for the rear "kick" by the GM dealership admitted there wasn't a resolution to the issue yet. I recently had major work done to the front end, but that's another issue for another time. Now, however, I'm having a problem with part of the dashboard cluster. Speedometer and tachometer work fine, the rest - including the driver recognition and gear acknowledgement, are not working. I took it to an Auto Zone to have them use a diagnostic guage, but instead the guy replaced the fuse to the panel and everything worked fine. Next day I start the car and it fails again. What is blowing the fuse??? Due to the GM failure, I have no decent dealership anywhere nearby to take the vehicle to. Seriously. I need some answers and GM isn't responding. Any ideas???
#109 of 312 Re: 2004 troubles [mom0423]
Jun 01, 2010 (7:56 am)
Did you ever take the vehicle back to AutoZone and tell them about the fuse they put in? Can you please email me more information about your situation so I can look into it further? You can get my email by clicking on my name. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#110 of 312 A/C. Electrical, & hesitation
Jun 11, 2010 (5:46 pm)
I have a 2004 Buick Rainier that has numerous problems. I have read lots of posts about the electrical problems with speed odometer, mine is not working at all!! With all the problems, I can't understand why Buick does not have a recall in regards to this issue. In regards to the A/C unit, my front vents do not blow any air. It will only flow from the vents at my feet. Does anyone else have this problem, and what were the repair costs? Another ongoing problem is hesitation on acceleration. This has been going on for months. I have taken it to several auto repair places, one said to replace the fuel filter, I did, problem not solved. Another repair place suggested that I flush the transmission and get a tune up, no luck there either. I have had numerous problems with this car and have spent several thousand dollars on repairs. This is the worse car I have ever owned!!!! Any one else with similar problems, especially with the hesitation on acceleration, please let me know. I need suggestions!!! Thanks
#111 of 312 Re: A/C. Electrical, & hesitation [lisa1012]
Jun 27, 2010 (6:11 pm)
I have a 2004 Rainer with about 70,000 miles.
I have a very similar problem with the AC. It will not blow out of the chest level vents but will blow out of the floor and defrost vents. It also causes the engine RPM's to drop and nearly die when idling at a standstill.
Any idea what the problem is? I'd like to know if it is a simple fix.
#112 of 312 Re: A/C. Electrical, & hesitation [bootlegend]
Jun 28, 2010 (6:57 am)
I had one person look at it and told me I needed an actuator, apparently there are 4 on the car. I had a tune up done and after it was done the air was not blowing out of the front vents. They agreed to repair my car for free, because I feel they did something to the air, it was working fine when I took the car in. They replaced one actuator and told me it blew the other one out when they put the one in. So, they would not repair my car. I have no idea what it will cost to repair it.. I have noticed that the car idles, and it actually cut off on me one day when I had the air on and was sitting still.. So now I mostly ride around without the air on and its nearly 100 here in Columbia, SC. Yesterday my rear view mirror came loose and had to repair it myself. This car has been a constant problem over the last year and I wonder what will happen next. My neighbor has the same vehicle and her speedodometer does not work either..
#113 of 312 Re: A/C. Electrical, & hesitation [lisa1012]
Jun 28, 2010 (3:24 pm)
".....I have noticed that the car idles, and it actually cut off on me one day when I had the air on and was sitting still.. "
While no expert, I would have the actuator replaced. If it is blown, it may be causing a vaccuum leak which will cause the engine to run a little rough, and can cause it to stall.
As for the speedo, the entire instrument cluster is one unit. Check electronic shops in your area to see if the can repair them. I had this happen to a 1988 Regal. The dealer wanted $350 for a remanufactured unit, local boneyards wanted $250 for a used one w/ no guarantee. When I pulled the unit out myself (I was going to have a friend look at it) there was a sticker on it for a electronic company. I called them, they told me $149 to refurbish it. Another $20 to ship it to them, and problem solved. I posted the name on another post here for the Rainier, but not sure if it got removed as SPAM.
#114 of 312 A/C Doesn't Want To Cool Fast Enough
Jul 25, 2010 (11:31 am)
It's about 100 degrees here and getting into my 2005 Buick Rainier is not a pleasant experience. We turn the A/C on and it blows hot air. It has to run for quite a while to get it to cool, but once it does decide to cool, it's cold. I read in another post the following..." If it sits for less than 4 hours and the temperature increases by less than 20 degrees you have to run it at a steady speed for a few miles/minutes for it to recognize that the increase in temperature at the sensor is real and not caused by the sun shining on the vehicle." Sometimes this is over 5 minutes. So if my A/C temp wasn't managed by a computer, I would be cool. How do I override this?
#115 of 312 Re: Rough Idling, Stalling Out. Please Help [iceman]
Aug 11, 2010 (3:47 pm)
My 2004 Buick Rainier has rough idle sometimes.and cuts off at red lights.Any help with this problem..Thanks anybody.
#116 of 312 Re: Rough Idling, Stalling Out. Please Help [iceman]
Aug 11, 2010 (3:57 pm)
My 2004 Buick Rainier has rough idle and also cuts off at times.Any answers.Please help.