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#45 of 68 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse - noise in steering [dwight9]
Jan 01, 2011 (12:23 pm)
I had the "fix" done the week after Thanksgiving and to my delight my car now steers and rides as it should. I would add that it steers much better than it did, more road feedback is how I would describe it.
I would add that they also replaced the seat rack, everything but the actual seat, and it also behaves much better than the old one. I wonder if the seat issues mentioned elsewhere would be fixed by this very pricey fix (GM says it's a $500 part).
#46 of 68 Splash Guards
Jan 02, 2011 (8:26 pm)
Has anyone added splash guards to their LaCrosse wheel wells? Are they effective?
I see dirty water marks as high as the contour just below the side windows after driving on wet roads. Those 19" wheels sure throw up the muck. I wouldn't want to ruin the stylish looks of my CXS but if splash guards can be added without doing that and they are functional, I would consider them. I'm also concerned about the tires kicking up gravel that could chip away at the finish from mid-door down. Am I imagining a problem that doesn't need a solution?
#47 of 68 Re: Splash Guards [bobinor]
Jan 03, 2011 (5:36 am)
I've noticed how nasty my car gets having driven on salted roads. The pattern sounds quite similar to what you describe and suspect it is not because of tires but airflow around vehicle. The little factory flaps might be sufficient to stop any stone chips if that shows up as a problem.
Unfortunately a truck in adjacent lane already got my hood and I do not see galvanizing like I would have on the Aurora.
#48 of 68 CXS Exhaust stains
Jan 06, 2011 (7:41 am)
I've noticed the chrome port is getting nasty from exhaust. It pretty much makes me wonder why it does not have an extension. Other models exit under the vehicle with a bend at the end of the pipe.
If anyone tries an extention and find it works, please post back.
I think some nice chrome extentions might look nice.
Jan 06, 2011 (9:43 pm)
Not sure if wife did it or it happened while driving through some icey snow, but driver front wheel now has scratches, very shallow. Mostly it is removed finish and I am looking for ideas to repair it.
#50 of 68 Re: 19" Wheels [e_net_rider]
Jan 07, 2011 (11:30 am)
net rider, here are two posts that addresses your question:
Post #716 -- Aug 04, 2010 (10:57 am)
Replying to: bass21279 (Aug 04, 2010 6:47 am)
I did the same thign to my rim. Have you looke dinto any options to have it replaced? Would this be worth an insurance claim?
bass21279, The damage is minor, just a scratch really, and probably one would not notice it unless they were looking very closely. However, the so-called alloy wheel is covered with a plastic coating so I am not sure how the scratch will age.
Post #749 -- Aug 14, 2010 (7:11 am)
Replying to: bass21279 (Aug 04, 2010 6:47 am)
bass21279 --- What do you know, the dealer fixed the scratch on my 19" rims and it looks as good as new, so good in fact you cannot differentiate the repair from the other wheels. I don't know how they did it but essentially the body shop removed the rim from the tire, polished the rim and then applied the factory coating to make it look exactly like the other wheels. They said they had done the same thing for an elderly woman who had more extensive damage on both passenger side rims.
Cost? No charge. He said since they had not paired my cell phone or properly explained the operation of the memory seat when I took delivery then the wheel repair was complimentary and on the house. Hmm! pretty nice, even treating me like a Lexus customer. Heck, for the price I paid for this car I think I deserve it. Way to go Buick.
#51 of 68 Re: 19" Wheels [bwia]
Jan 07, 2011 (1:20 pm)
Thank you very much. I mention it next time vehicle goes in.
Mar 27, 2011 (5:40 am)
After my little rant about seat memory in the main topic I figured it was time to update this issue.
I have a habit of avoiding steering hard to limits so I don't strain components, but sooner or later you will find those limits. Then I would release wheel just enough to bounce back from that position.
Mine has started making the loud clunk when reaching limit. Others have posted of it and I presumed it was the sound of hitting the limiter. Not so in my case it seems. It sounds and feels like the joint is popping from its seat.
Many of these joints are a machined ball and socket and the ball is held seated by a spring. The spring maintains tightness of the joint as it wears and the spring has a lot of pressure. I've seen the naiive sold unnecessary ball joint and tie-rod jobs. Mechanic uses a very large pair of pliers and squeezes to overcome spring. The movement is used to sell an unnecessary repair. (I wonder how many of the new parts would act the same way.)
This case, the ball is popping from the socket from power steering force. At the least, the limiter is located in the wrong place it seems. It should be at the rack it seems. And if the rack pops it can enough road forces be generated to pop it? This could be a serious control problem under extreme dangerous conditions. And would certainly get worse with time as demonstrated by the fact it does not do new, but does start popping with low mileage.
Apr 15, 2011 (4:09 am)
I've probably noticed the slight gap before, the seal at the front edge of door. I just learned that it is not part of fender but attached to door. These seals are obviously not making full contact with fender.
Anyone else notice this?
#54 of 68 19" tire rotation and balance
Jun 04, 2011 (2:08 am)
I had previously posted about the large amounts of weight when the car was near new. As much as a dozen weights inside and outside on most wheels.
I can see no weights whatsoever since the rebalance at 8000 miles. Could there really have been that much change?