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#179 of 312 Best way to check which differential is going bad
Sep 21, 2011 (1:15 pm)
I have a 2004 Rainier and am having problems with the differentials "locking" when turning at low speeds. Is there a way to figure out which one is the problem? I have changed the center diff fluild twice in about a month and it is no better. I also had the rear diff fluid changed.
I was amazed when I went to the Buick dealership that they really did not have a clue and told me to change the fluid in the center diff again and "drive the car in figure eights". My rainier has the G80 rearend, the "government bomb" as it is known for blowing up but the mechanic said all looked fine.
Any way if I can get this fixed it will no doubt be my last GM vehicle unless it is a old classic, my last Buick regal was a better vehicle than this but it had lots of electical problems. I also have been having the dash problems, Shame on you GM for not recalling all these related vehicles instead of just the Trailblazer
#180 of 312 differential
Sep 22, 2011 (8:04 am)
My 2004 Ranier developed the same problem not long after I bought it. It was a transfer case l actuator roughly 500 $. I had an aftermarket warranty that paid for this and a subsequent speedometer failure after a 100 deductible. GM has gotten its last dollar from me. This model had several problems endemic to the design and GM cold shouldered the buyers. My Ranier had 42000 miles when I bought it. What makes them think I would buy another?
#181 of 312 AWD, ABS & gas gauge problems
Sep 22, 2011 (11:08 am)
Boy, whatever happened to GM making good vehicles??? We're all basically having the same problems with our Rainiers and...it sure sounds like they're all duds! I have a 2005. My gas gauge stopped working a few months ago. I had to write my mileage down each time I bought gas and then keep track of my mileage. Well, I just missed calculated and that cost me a new fuel system. It wouldn't start at all after that, so I had to get it towed to my local mechanic (the GM dealership cost alot more). Then, after I had it towed to our mechanic, I received a letter from GM that they're having problems with the fuel sensor and I can take it to a GM dealership and they'll pay 20% of the cost. Well, to late for that. I called GM and told them my problem and if the fuel sensor was working correctly, I wouldn't have ran out of gas in the 1st place. The customer service asked me to take it to the GM dealership, but I'm laid off work and couldn't afford a 2nd tow, so he said he would check with the GM dealership and see if my gas gauge was part of the gas sensor. He called me back within a couple of days and said they said it wasn't! What! I'm not a mechanic but....I'm not stupid! If the sensor was working correctly. I sure wouldn't have ran out of gas. OMG! I'm honestly thinking about taking them to court. Okay, so now I just got my car back and my ABS light is on. My mechanic says it mostlikely a front wheel bearing or the sensor and it's going to cost me atleast another $350! Plus, I've been having problems with my AWD since last summer. It has a problem when I'm backing up and turning sharp. I had it checked out by 3 different mechanics and they told me that's a common problem and not to worry about it well...I am worried about it. It drives like I'm on a skating rink when it snows. I've been driving for over 30 years and...I have never ditched a car until last year! Does any one have any ideas of what's going on with my AWD? I don't want to go thru another winter like last winter. You know we have always bought GM products and I really do hate the thought of not buying American mad but...this really makes us think twice now. Thanks for letting me vent and, any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
#182 of 312 Re: AWD, ABS & gas gauge problems [mstowers]
Sep 22, 2011 (6:41 pm)
I just went to a dealership today. Here is the rundown. I was told that my center transfer case is bad, I have the problem with the driveline binding when turning. Some people have had luck with changing the center diff fluid drive a few miles while doing tight turns and then change again. Only use GM AutoTrac II fluid. Not to hard to do yourself. This however did not fix mine and the replacement of the transfer case is $1500++.
The dash cluster is also bad in alot of these trucks, GM did a recall on the trailblazer but not its sister vehicles. Fix is around $700.
My ABS light has come on before and went off but forgot to ask about it today.
#184 of 312 2006 Ranier - will not turn
Oct 04, 2011 (1:44 pm)
I have a 2006 Rainier. Tried to back out of my driveway and the car would not let me turn (stopped completely). Same thing happened while trying to park (forward) into a parking space. It has been at my mechanic for 4 days. They have changed the differential fluid and had someone look at the transfer case(?). They are basically at a loss as to what the problem is. Anyone have any idea?
#185 of 312 Re: 2006 Ranier - will not turn [marcia1212]
Oct 04, 2011 (2:19 pm)
I apologize for the problems you are experiencing with your vehicle. Are you working with a GM dealership or an independent mechanic?
Caron, GM Customer Service
#186 of 312 Re: 2006 Ranier - will not turn [gmcustsvc]
Oct 05, 2011 (6:26 am)
Hi Caron, It is going to Star Buick in Leesburg, VA today. Is this a common problem with this car?
#187 of 312 Re: 2006 Ranier - will not turn [marcia1212]
Oct 05, 2011 (8:02 am)
Thank you for the update! Please keep me posted on any information.
Caron, GM Customer Service
#188 of 312 Re: AWD, ABS & gas gauge problems [johnhatebuick]
Oct 05, 2011 (1:56 pm)
Actually I decided to try another dealership and was told a different problem. The transfer case actuator was bad. fixed now