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#57 of 312 Dingy towing behind a Motor Home
Feb 23, 2009 (7:07 pm)
I have two conflicting stories. One from the manufacturer who states that this vehicle can not be towed 4 wheels down, IE: dingy towing (behind a motor home). The second is from the Motor Home tow guide who advise that My 2004 Buick Rainier can be towed without modification. IE. Put the tow bar on, do the elctrical hook up, put the applicable brake buddy in, place the vehicle in neutral and tow away.
Can anybody advise me if I need to do any modification to the Buick or can I just tow away. I have gotten less than adequate response from Buick, but I do not wish to risk the tranny or the front differential. I have already installed the tow bar and brake buddy.
I need help. Maybe some one out there is already towing a dingy Rainier.
#58 of 312 2004 Rainier 2wd, strange vibration
Apr 08, 2009 (5:21 am)
I just bought a 2004 Rainier, one owner just turned over to 100K. When traveling on the freeway, upon reaching about 70mph I start to hear a vibration which increases with speed. The reason I say hear, is I hear it more than feel it. First thing I did was take it to Discount tire and they balanced and rotated the tires and said they were fine. It is more of a dull "hum" heard through the vehicle. I seem to remember my 2000 Silverado did the same thing and I think (it's been a while) that it was the driveshaft. Anyone else ever have this happen and if so was it indeed driveshaft related? It doesn't clunk or anything like that changing gears.
PS six cylinder engine.
#59 of 312 Re: 2004 Rainier 2wd, strange vibration [jonjonbear]
Apr 08, 2009 (5:30 am)
I had a similar experience with Michilen tires. I failed to have them rotated in a timely fashion and they became "cupped" and sounded like snow tires. Rotating them solved the problem, but only for a brief period.
#60 of 312 Re: 2004 Rainier 2wd, strange vibration [sandlapper1]
Apr 08, 2009 (6:54 am)
The tires were my first thought, although the vibration/hum seemed "faster" than it would be with tires, but wanted to eliminate that first. After discount re-balanced and rotated, it made no difference. This is a fairly high frequency hum and the odd thing is I can't really feel it in the car. Mostly audible. I even tried shifting into neutral and taking my foot off the gas but that didn't change the pitch/intensity at all.
#61 of 312 2004 Rainier A/C clutch bearing
Apr 16, 2009 (4:39 am)
Anyone had problems with there a/c clutch bearing making a whining noise? Any hints or tips welcome. I did replace the idler pulley, thinking it was the culprit, but the noise remained as loud as ever. I'm sure it's the a/c clutch bearing from what I can hear, and from everything I've read on the 'net'.
#62 of 312 Right Rear side sags.
Apr 18, 2009 (4:20 pm)
I have a 2004 Buick Rainier that I enjoy alot. The problem that I'm having is my right rear is sagging and the 2 dealerships that I have taken it to have told me that this is normal. I have expressed my concerns and I have pointed out that it was not like this when I first purchased the Buick. Both dealerships have told me that it is within GM specs. and that there is nothing else they can do. I have replaced both leveling sensors( the one on the right side and then the one on the left side). Please any advice would be greatly appreciated. Its not real bad but it is noticable. Thank you.
#63 of 312 Re: Right Rear side sags. [iceman]
Apr 19, 2009 (1:04 am)
How large is the sag?
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#64 of 312 Re: Right Rear side sags. [tidester]
Apr 19, 2009 (6:44 am)
It is about 1/2 inch to an inch lower on the right side even when the vehicle is running and the air compressor kicks on, it still sets about 1/2 inch lower on the right side. But the driver side never moves up or goes down, it stay's about the same.
#65 of 312 Re: Right Rear side sags. [iceman]
Apr 19, 2009 (9:17 am)
Could it be the suspensions????
#66 of 312 Re: Right Rear side sags. [richslums]
Apr 19, 2009 (9:20 am)
I have the same problem, try leaving the car in neutral when you start the car, for some reason thats when i hear the air thingy move up and down, also, try putting some weight on both sides so that the weight sensors tell the air thingy to adjust. Fixed my problem. People and auto parts people told me i might need new suspensions but uhhh yeah id rather not right now since i would have to change all four..Good Luck!
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