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  • grover
    grover - 1999 Buick Riviera - Brakes - 9/3/2012
    On the rear brake caliper do they have a right and left hand thread
    i was changing the brake pads on my 99 rivera was having trouble getting the caliper piston to turn back do the rear cliper pistons have a right a left thread on them
     
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  • linna
    linna - 1995 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 9/3/2012
    Brake system warning light and chime stay on during driving
    Milage:98000 miles Changed the whole braking system (front & rear brake, parking brake pedal) a week ago, light and chime gone for 2 days and came back . Auto shop adjusted the parking brake cable, symptom gone for 5 days, now both light and chime came back ...
     
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  • ERIC FITZ
    ERIC FITZ - 2005 Buick LaCrosse - Brakes - 9/2/2012
    How much does it cost to replace oxygen sensors?
    Service engine light is on.
     
  • tankrodz
    tankrodz - 2002 Buick Century - Brakes - 9/1/2012
    My buick century 2002 limited ABS lights coming on along with Trac off and brakes seem harder to stop.
    Specifically when pulling into parking space
     
    • felplay auto repair.
      you need to scan your car for to know what the code is, I can tell you have a bad wheel speed sensor..
  • vduesel
    vduesel - 1997 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 8/24/2012
    How to replace steel brake lines?
    One of my steel brake lines is rusted through and leaking and I have no brakes. Where can I get a diagram of where they run? Is there some new products out there that will not require bending?
     
    • mopar
      8/24/2012 mopar
      you can go to your friendly auto parts store...and they will have the oem parts on hand...with no bending or modifying required...unless you want to go at it on your own and bend things....it depends where it's at and going around....etc..suspension components....something that requires a little thought..about what might happen when this flexes or gets hot...see what iam saying?
  • Anne
    Anne - 2009 Buick Enclave - Brakes - 8/17/2012
    When would ALL 4 ROTORS ever need to be replaced on a regularly serviced vehicle?
    Took the vehicle in for regular servicing,. Less than a year ago, had all brake pads replaced. Recently, I was feeling a vibration when braking at higher speeds (not a grinding noise) and my service advisor said that all 4 rotors needed to be replaced. (Only 105,000 ...
     
    • RC
      8/17/2012 RC
      Rotors wear, become warped, and cause vibrations. They can be machined if they are thick enough or they can be replaced (rotors are often replaced). To answer your question, yes it is possible. Tell the shop to give you the thickness and runout specifications of all the rotors before they replace them.
  • marylea
    marylea - 2000 Buick Regal - Brakes - 8/16/2012
    Several Problems with ABS, Trac Control, Dash Panel Lights, Air Conditioning System, CD/Tape Errors, Sunroof Stuck.
    I've had problems with this car since the day I bought it about a month ago. The air conditioner will not blow cold air. We've added refregerant, with leak detector and leak stop, and it works for a few hours but that's it. Had to replace all brake pads, all the ...
     
    • Mark A.M.D
      8/16/2012 Mark A.M.D
      My only question for you is, Do you have a Match?
  • Max
    Max - 2007 Buick Rendezvous - Brakes - 8/14/2012
    My Anti-brake light stays on is it time to replace brakes?
     
    • Bill
      8/14/2012 Bill
      Many things could trip the light, example: ABS relay, ABS sensors, Fluid level, etc.
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    • Jimm
      8/12/2012 Jimm
      First step - remove the wheel(s) to inspect the brakes. Look for wear (grooves / damage) on the brake rotor inboard and outboard surfaces. Also, inspect the brake pad friction material thickness. Replace the brake pads and rotors as required - depending on the amount of wear and condition. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect and repair the brake system.

      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts.
      For example, they (Rock Auto) list the front brake rotor from around $14.50 (each) and the brake pads for around $6.50 (axle set) for your vehicle.
  • Carolyn
    Carolyn - 2005 Buick Rendezvous - Brakes - 8/7/2012
    Service Traction System
    10196 miles Brakes replaced in 2008 There is a dragging noise when I am braking at a slow pace. The ServiceTraction System light came about a week ago. I get Traction on and anti lock, Trac Off light every so often.
     
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  • lindaj
    lindaj - 2003 Buick Century - Brakes - 8/1/2012
    ABS Sensors on brakes noise, lights coming on, and feels like we have no brakes, will Buick pay for this?
    It looks like there are several service bulletins stating there are problems with the ABS Sensors on the Buick Century 2003. Are these actual manufacture recalls? Will Buick pay for the repairs? We have had our car in and out of the shop for over a year with this ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/1/2012 HouseCallAuto
      The cause has to be diagnosed properly. This false ABS activation is not a difficult issue to diagnose if done by a competent mechanic. There are no recalls on the ABS that I can see for this vehicle. Buick will not pay for the repairs. There have been problems with wheel speed sensors and there have been even more problems with the wiring harnesses related to / connecting to the wheel speed sensors. Again, find a sharp tech that knows how to pin down a cause without replacing everything. Some "mechanics" just do not have a clue how to approach this.
  • alvin
    alvin - 1995 Buick Riviera - Brakes - 7/27/2012
    Brake lights not activating when brake pedal is applied.
    I own a 95 Supercharged Riviera and my brake lights are not being activated when appling the brake pedal. The light in the rear windshield does work. I have checked the fuse beneath the rear seat and its okay....
     
    • jlofwash
      7/9/2012 jlofwash
      check the brake light switch which under the dash just above the brake pedal arm, it has two wires on it might need adjustment or replacement , use a meter.
      jlofwash
      7/10/2012 alvin
      I replaced the brake light switch..however the brake lights continue not to work..
      jlofwash
      7/11/2012 CVO
      See this site http://bbbind.com/tech_database.html

      Wiring diagrams-Year:1995-Make:Buick -Model:Riviera-System: Lightings-Subsystem: Exterior lightings- 3 diagrams Found

      Use this as a reference to access in the wiring diagrams 1995\GC\GCWR95RIVI011c

      Check the turn hazard switch assembly, it connected to the "Tail- Stop-Turn Lamp".
      The stop lamp brake switch is connected directly to Center High Mounted Stop Lamp, so it was using different circuitry and it's still functional.
      Fuzzy w/ diagram
      jlofwash
      7/13/2012 alvin
      Thanks for both bits of information...I have taken the vehicle to the mechanic due mainly because I do not have all the necessay tools/equipment to check the problem. I will advise of the findings...
    • alvin
      7/27/2012 alvin
      Thanks to all that provided infromation toward resolving my problem...It turned out that the problem was the
      turn signal switch . Located one in the savage yard $14.00 vs. a new one $378.00-$450.00.
      alvin
      7/27/2012 CVO
      A thanks to Mr jlofwash, he was the one who helped the access to http://bbbind.com/tech_database.html
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/27/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You have a faulty turn signal switch in the column. The brake light in the rear window has a separate wired circuit that bypasses the TSS. That detail is the smoking gun here. The brake light switch is working just fine otherwise the light in the rear window would also be out like the rear brake lights. Replace the TSS and use ACDELCO brand only or you may wish you did. Do not shop this particular part by price. Probability here is 99.9999%
  • TMAC
    TMAC - 1998 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 7/19/2012
    What's length of brake lines will I need for my 98 Buick LeSabre?
    I don't have a double flaring kit so exact measurements would be best so I have to use the least amount of compression fittings.
     
    • Jimm
      7/19/2012 Jimm
      You'll need to apply the double-flare at the fitting for sake of safety. Try the local auto parts store for the flare kit or tool. Try thes auto parts sources for the rigid brake line - best to purchase in bulk lengths - such as 25'.
      http://www.jcwhitney.com/.../buick-lesabre-1998, www.rockauto.com - to name just two sources.
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/19/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You cannot use compression fittings. Completely illegal to repair brake lines with compression fittings. Requires double flares. There is no database that tells the length of brake lines. You have to remove the old one or cut the old one at the point where it is still usable and fabricate new lines from a 25 foot roll.
  • DOYLE MATTESON
    DOYLE MATTESON - 1998 Buick Century - Brakes - 7/11/2012
    THE ABS LIGHT COMES ON PERIODICALLY. WHAT IS PROBABLY THE CAUSE.
    MILEAGE: 125,OOO+ THE LIGHT COME ON WHEN CAR IS FIRST STARTED, BUT NOT ALWAYS. IT MAY STAY ON FOR A WHILE THEN GO OUT..AT THE NEXT STARTING IT MAY NOT COME ON BUT THEN IT MAY OR MAY NOT COME ON.
     
  • DOYLE MATTESON
    DOYLE MATTESON - 1998 Buick Century - Brakes - 7/11/2012
    THE ABS LIGHT COMES ON PERIODICALLY. WHAT IS PROBABLY THE CAUSE.
    MILEAGE: 125,OOO+ THE LIGHT COME ON WHEN CAR IS FIRST STARTED, BUT NOT ALWAYS. IT MAY STAY ON FOR A WHILE THEN GO OUT..AT THE NEXT STARTING IT MAY NOT COME ON BUT THEN IT MAY OR MAY NOT COME ON.
     
    • Jason
      7/11/2012 Jason
      There's a good chance it's a wheel speed sensor, but you should check the ABS trouble code.