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  • 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.
  • Datta Lane
    Datta Lane - 2002 Buick Rendezvous - Brakes - 6/28/2012
    AWD ENABLE LIGHT COMES ON ALSO THE ANTI LOCK LIGHT
    2002 Buick Rendezvous It has over a 120000. miles.-The AWD ENABLE LIGHT COMES ON ALSO AT THE SAME TIME THE ANTI LOCK LIGHT COMES ON. This happens sometimes when your just driving. Sometimes when your turning and braking, or backing and turning the wheel. Just once ...
     
    • Jason
      6/19/2012 Jason
      The system needs to be scanned for trouble codes.
    • Beverly
      6/28/2012 Beverly
      I have been having the same problem with mine for over two years now... Recently I was told that the Rotors need replacing and spee dee oil said they were going to put it on a lift to see more but could not that day... It was intermitten at first now the AWD lights come on every time and it's a blessing cause I don't get the growling noise when they're on...feels like it don't want to stop when it does that... scary they can't find the problem for almost 2 yrs now for me...If it is the front rotors that is and wheel barring on drivers side...I'm just dealing with it for now as I have been bc I can't afford to fix it! If you have a spee dee oil have them put it on a lift to check your rotors Good Luck
  • nunzio
    nunzio - 1991 Buick Century - Brakes - 6/17/2012
    Replaced leaking wheel cylinder bled brakes and still no brakes. Could it be master cylinder or power brake booster?
    The brakes stopped working suddenly so looked for leak when someone pushed brake pedal couldn't find any. Then took off brake drum and everything was saturated with fluid and wheel cylinder leaking. Replaced put back together bled brakes and when car not running ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/17/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Either you have a rusted through brake line which you would see dripping when pumping pedal or you are bleeding the brakes wrong. Your description of feeling like you have brakes with the car off - Do not let this confuse you, this is normal when the brake booster is not assisting with the pedal effort. the brake booster absolutely cannot cause this condition you have so do not replace it. Could be a master but my gut says no. Bleed all 4 wheels until each one emits a nice steady stream like a water fountain. I assume that you have the rear brake adjustment close.
      HouseCallAuto
      6/17/2012 nunzio
      Thank you. I'll try bleeding again.
  • Justin H
    Justin H - 2002 Buick Century - Brakes - 6/14/2012
    I pressed hard on brakes and heard a hissing sound. now the brake peddle goes all the way in but doesn't work. Help me!
    I was able to get home but it took some time because i had to push the brakes in all the way to slow down to a stop. The brake light on the dash board is on. please help me figure this out before I spend a lot of money for someone else to figure it out. Thanks
     
    • raoul_tiesto
      6/14/2012 raoul_tiesto
      First check the fluid level at the master cylinder.
      If brake pedal goes all the way down most likely u lost the brake fluid due to a leak.
      Check the brake lines from the master cylinder for leaks.
      Check at each wheel the brake lines and the flexible hoses to the calipers,if something leaks should be wet.
      Check under the car for leaks in the brake lines.
      If all that looks ok the leak may be from the master cylinder,brake fluid leaks past the master cylinder seals into the brake booster.
      Hissing sound upon pedal application may be caused by a faulty brake booster diaphragm.

      raoul_tiesto
      6/14/2012 Justin H
      Thanks we figured it out, it was the break lines.
  • Lou
    Lou - 2004 Buick Park Avenue - Brakes - 6/12/2012
    Why does my steering wheel still shake when I apply the brakes ?
    Just had rear brakes and calipers done, but my steering wheel still shakes when I apply the brakes going 40mph or more?
     
    • RC
      6/12/2012 RC
      Did you replace the front brakes? The front brake rotors need to be machined or replaced.
  • roadrider57
    roadrider57 - 1993 Buick Century - Brakes - 6/10/2012
    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.
     
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