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#82 of 312 Re: Buick Rainier AWD working? [a_mac]
Feb 19, 2010 (4:51 pm)
I own a 2004 Rainier myself and live in Michigan as well!! Worst place to not have your AWD.
You'll know when your AWD is responding because your steering will feel "tighter", and the Rainier feels likes it's "stiff". I just got mine back from the shop b/c it needed the TCCM replaced (440.00 repair) Mine wasn't reading correctly so there for it was stuck in AWD. If I were you I'd take it in and have it looked at. Generaly you know when it's in AWD and if it does do it there could be lots of problems. Supposedly they have issues with the DIFFS leaking and ultimately burning it up...................Good Luck
#83 of 312 Re: Speed Indicator [jodicz]
Feb 19, 2010 (5:16 pm)
I don't know about the speed indicator but the fuel gage being gone usually means your fuel pump is getting ready to dump on you!!! This will leave you stranded when ever it finally finishes.
Happens to moct GM pumps
#84 of 312 Engine Check Light
Feb 20, 2010 (6:02 pm)
My 2005 Buick Rainier V6 has a check engine light SU176 Secondary Air Injection Solenoid engine sensor error. I was told the solenoid is bad and needs to be replaced. Do I need to have this replaced? Is this going to affect my vehicle's performance? Will I be able to drive the car? Does this only impact emissions? Is this a necessary element of the engine?
Additionally, I had the panel gauge issues as mentioned and had to have my speed odom panel replaced. So yes, this is a Buick defect that should be a recall.
I also have the thumping feeling when I am at a stop light. Like someone tapped my bumper from behind. I guess that is another Buick defect that should be recalled. Wow, wish I would have known these things before deciding to by it.
#85 of 312 Re: 2006 Low Beam Headlights [hmiller2]
Feb 26, 2010 (3:44 pm)
How did your Rainier act when it was locked in four wheel drive. I was told mine is locked in and it shudders and shakes when I turn slow left and right turns. Engine runs rough too. It goes fine straight down the road.
#86 of 312 Re: 2006 Low Beam Headlights [tm2408]
Feb 27, 2010 (7:32 am)
I didn't have an issue with it being locked in four wheel drive. My issue is when I am at a stop light, I get a "bang" action that feels like someone tapped into my bumper even though nobody did. It is a quick jerking action. No engine issues or loss of power.
#87 of 312 2004 Buick Rainier All Wheel Drive Problem
Mar 25, 2010 (11:50 am)
My 2004 Rainier has 55k and has been a good vehicle. The problem is a grinding/clunking noise from the front end and vibration in the steering wheel when turning left. It does not make the noise until the vehicle has been driven for about 5 minutes. It has been doing this for the last year and nobody has been able to fix it. Since my extended warranty ends soon, I brought it to my local Buick dealer. They proceeded to replace the front differential with a used unit, but it did not fix the problem. If anything, it is moderately worse.
Now the dealer says the issue is inherent to the all wheel drive system and is not uncommon. Has anyone experienced this issue? They are saying the system is performing as it should. It did not make the noise for the first 50k miles, so I am still concerned.
#88 of 312 Re: 2004 Buick Rainier All Wheel Drive Problem [toastsd]
Mar 25, 2010 (2:34 pm)
I had a similar problem but the clunk vibration was eventually occured both when tturning sharp left or right. It felt like it was binding up. I finally took it in and it was the transfer case, middle box, that went bad. It locks into four wheel drive all tme. You only notice it when turning. Cost was 2300.00. It definetly solved the problem.
#89 of 312 Re: 2004 Buick Rainier All Wheel Drive Problem [toastsd]
Mar 26, 2010 (10:13 am)
Im having the same issue. Its a thump sound on my right passenger floor it seems like. It happens every 10 to 15 seconds or so. Its louder when i turn on the car for the first time in the day, during the day it get lower but still noticeable. I think it could be a rat or something up there lol jk i dont know much about cars, but i do know i need new tie rods and something for my axel which makes noise in the back, maybe these could be the problem?? i have a buick rainier 2004 70,000 awd v8 5.3 L...about the 4x4 or awd going into gear, i live in the city where theres a bunch of pot holes, i was told my truck would switch to awd due to the many bumpy roads, could be the problem for the thump or any other tugs or sounds,.
I just hope i dont have to get a new transfer case like the post many before me he paid 2,300 for it, oh hellz no lol
#90 of 312 Re: 2004 Buick Rainier All Wheel Drive Problem [richslums]
Mar 26, 2010 (10:15 am)
Also for those that had problems turning etc and hearing noise i had the same problem, i went for an oil change and they changed my power steering , put some kind of kit, changed or added some fluid to my transmission oil, and now i dont have turning noises, might be able to fix some of your guys problems i have read above...
#91 of 312 Re: Buick Ranier [operator61]
Mar 26, 2010 (10:18 am)
hey how do you change the o2 sensor? where is it located?