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  • Jeremy *auto tech*
    Jeremy *auto tech* - 1996 Buick Century - Brakes - 8/14/2014
    ABS/ traction control light and performance
    So at times when driving my Buick *whether in the winter, or on dry/wet roads*the ABS will act up. you will hear a grinding noise, accompanied with loss of pressure in the brakes. I have checked my brake lines, and the whole system, flushed the brake fluid, and all ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      8/14/2014 Chevy doctor
      Its caused by abs sensor malfunction or the wiring going to abs sensor.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Buick Rendezvous - Brakes - 8/2/2014
    Anti lock lite come on
    Anti lock and traction control lite come on
     
    • Chevy doctor
      8/2/2014 Chevy doctor
      The abs light is on usually from a wheel speed sensor issue in one of your hubs or the one of the harnesses that plug in your front sensors. The harnesses run along your front lower control arms.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Buick Rendezvous - Brakes - 8/1/2014
    Anti lock and traction control lite come on
    Show service engine light also
     
    0 answer
  • bob
    bob - 2003 Buick Park Avenue - Brakes - 7/26/2014
    2003 buick park ave problem. when in put in gear all gauges start fluctuating up and down. When car goes into park it qu
    2003 buick park ave problem. when in put in gear all gauges start fluctuating up and down. When car goes into park it quits. 2x when I turned to the right abs light went on and gauges were ok. only happened twice though. when abs light comes on the gauges start ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      7/26/2014 Chevy doctor
      More than likely there is a short in the IPC or known as the cluster. If you are not experiencing any voltage fluctuations such as lights flickering. Then your alternator should be charging. The park avenues have had cluster issues but its usually one gauge or 2 gauges that the needle flipped around. Make sure your battery doesn't have a bad cell or loose connections.
      Chevy doctor
      7/26/2014 bob
      I do side work repairing clusters. The problem is usually bad solder joints on the 150 ohm resistor. There so small they look like diodes. I go to radio shack and buy a 5 pack for $1.29. The resistors from RS are much larger so soldering is hard. You can take you finger and just lightly touch the resistors and they will fall off. Thanks for the answer any other suggestions are welcome.
  • bob
    bob - 2003 Buick Park Avenue - Brakes - 7/26/2014
    2003 buick park ave problem. when in put in gear all gauges start fluctuating up and down. When car goes into park it qu
    2003 buick park ave problem. when in put in gear all gauges start fluctuating up and down. When car goes into park it quits. 2x when I turned to the right abs light went on and gauges were ok. only happened twice though. when abs light comes on the gauges start ...
     
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  • darrell
    darrell - 2002 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 7/1/2014
    Break light, ABS light, and Tire pressure lights are on at the same time. what does that mean?
    the car drives fine with no signs of breaks not working. no sounds or grinding. can I fix this myself?
     
    • AutoMD Member
      7/1/2014 AutoMD Member
      I'm just gonna throw a guess out there, but it's probably an ABS sensor on one of your wheels. That could explain the brake light and ABS light. Not quite sure why the tire pressure light is on though.

      For a while, my ABS light was on, and it was because of a bad sensor and a bad wheel bearing. So it's probably one of those two. The only part that sucks, is there are four sensors on any given car with ABS brakes... So it'll be a pain to figure out which sensor it is, if the sensor is even the problem.

      If I were you, I'd use a code scanner to pinpoint what exactly the problem is.
      Good luck!!!
      AutoMD Member
      7/2/2014 darrell
      thank you.
  • darrell
    darrell - 2002 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 6/30/2014
    Break light, ABS Light, and Tire pressure lights are on at same time. What does this mean?
    The car drives great with no sign that anything is wrong. Can I fix this myself?
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 6/10/2014
    Why do i feel a bump when i put on brakes and let go
    i don't feel it if i stop easy and take off easy
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 6/10/2014
    Why do i feel a bump when i put on brakes and let go
    i don't feel it if i stop easy and take off easy
     
    0 answer
  • rob1macho
    rob1macho - 2002 Buick Century - Brakes - 5/31/2014
    Auto Doc estimates
    I see your estimates for auto shop work. Why are they way more $$$ when i go to the shops. Where are the savings @
     
    • Jimm
      5/31/2014 Jimm
      Keep in mind these are only estimates with no guaranteed savings - and they will have variance, just like if you went to any two or more repair shops in your location for the same work on the same vehicle. Each repair shop is free to charge labor repair rates based on the market conditions and competition - among other factors in order to make a profit and stay in business.
  • rob1macho
    rob1macho - 2002 Buick Century - Brakes - 5/13/2014
    AutMd diagnosis adapter stated codes & problem .However shops want another test done in there shop !! Why ???
    I attach my Auto MD and get a diagnosis when I take it to a mechanic they tell me they must do a diagnosis. "Confused
     
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  • rob1macho
    rob1macho - 2002 Buick Century - Brakes - 5/9/2014
    My ABS diag codes : C1226 & C1245.
    Diagnosis report says rt front excessive wheel speed sensor variation also master cylinder sensor pressure always high
     
    • Jimm
      5/9/2014 Jimm
      Check the connector on the LF wheel. It may be damaged, loose or the connection corroded. Removing the wheel would be best to see the wires and connector. The wires and the connector will be very obvious as they are the only things going toward the back of the spindle. The connector may be damaged, loose or the connection point could be corroded. Disconnect the connector and look at the contact surfaces. The same type of connector is at each wheel and senses the speed of the wheel to be fed back to the PCM.

      C1245 = Tire Pressure Monitor, simply reset the tire pressure monitor, once all four tires air pressures are adjusted to within the specified range.
      Jimm
      5/13/2014 rob1macho
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      Jimm
      5/23/2014 rob1macho
      Took it to mech and they changed the wheel hub $200. And and light just came back on the following day. They didn't do what you explained , what should do. I feel scammed ? Help
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Buick Century - Brakes - 3/21/2014
    Why does my car jerk, sputter, and sometimes go dead when i apply the brakes, but run ok the rest of the time?
    car has 196000 miles on it. runs ok up until i apply the brakes, then will jerk, sputter, and sometimes go dead. it will crank right back up after it does this. does not do it ALL the time, just sometimes. car runs ok except for this.
     
    • Jimm
      3/21/2014 Jimm
      Since the brakes have vacuum assist (vacuum booster) supplied and actuated by the engine vacuum - start with the power brake booster vacuum hose and hose connection - work backward towards the engine connection point.
      Look or cracks / damaged hose and inspect the hose connection at the booster. Replace as necessary.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Buick Century - Brakes - 3/20/2014
    Why does my car go dead when I put the brake on?
    It dont do it all the time but when I put the brakes on the car goes dead.I can put ii in neutral and it cranks right back up and go.But lately i have to crank it 2 or 3 times before it will go.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Hook up a fuel pressure gauge to the schrader valve on the fuel rail and watch the fuel pressure closely when you step on the brake pedal. if the pressure drops off as soon as you apply the brake then check the ground wire in the trunk behind the left wheel housing for a possible poor connection or corrosion. Repair as necessary.
  • jordanmtuten
    jordanmtuten - 2006 Buick LaCrosse - Brakes - 9/11/2013
    Rear brake sticking.
    I have been experiencing that the rear passenger side brakes smell warm/hot. Has anyone else experienced sticking brakes and if so any remedies?
     
    • CVO
      9/11/2013 CVO
      Check the hose brake from the rear passenger side, it must have plugged with residue and hold the return pressure back to the brake lines.