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  • sweetsteve
    sweetsteve - 2002 Buick Regal - Brakes - 9/16/2012
    ABS light comes on while driving and you hear a buzzing noise like electrical when you press on the brake.
    Was wondering what this could if it doesnt come on or happen ever time you press the brake?
    • felplay auto repair.
      get the abs code, does the traction system light on ? that be a wheel speed sensor
      felplay auto repair.
      9/16/2012 sweetsteve
      It's just the abs light not the traction light
  • Holly
    Holly - 1999 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 9/16/2012
    How many brake lines are on my Buick Le Sabre?
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/16/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Please explain which brake lines you are referring, your question has no accompanying details. there are rubber hoses that go to each wheel and there are many steel lines. why do you ask?
  • laurajames
    laurajames - 2004 Buick Rendezvous - Brakes - 9/11/2012
    Antilock light
    My antilock light keeps coming on even after we have changed the brakes. Why is it doing this?
    • CVO
      9/11/2012 CVO
      After the brakes were changed, the ABS sensor wiring harness might not be secured back to their location, a banging could damage the harness and trigger the light.
      1. Check the sensor wiring harness and see if there is any of them had been loosed or damaged..
      2. Have a repair shop to scan and extract the fault codes.
  • ReallyRed
    ReallyRed - 1994 Buick Regal - Brakes - 9/7/2012
    Why is my car leaking brake fluid between front and rear wheels?
    After using parking brake last week I released the parking brake & the light went of.; THEN, pkg brake light came back on & stayed on & brakes started feeling funny, going all the way down, very hard to stop car. Checked mast. cyl. - empty. Refilled, discovered ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/6/2012 HouseCallAuto
      This is a very common auto repair. the steel brake line that runs to the rear wheels has rusted through and needs to be replaced. A new line has to be fabricated and fit to the car with double flare fitting connections. Typical cost runs anywhere from $150 to $400 depending on how extensive the replacement of the line is. Short piece is quicker and easier. Long piece is time consuming and more money. I do this repair all the time. Once a month I would say.
      9/7/2012 ReallyRed
      Thanks. Is this something that a layperson with 75 yrs of experience caring for his own & friends' cars could do? When you say "fabricate", do these pieces come in lengths specific to each vehicle model? Or is this basically a plumbing job where you buy a replacement pipe, cut it to size, and use compression fittings to put in place? If so, exactly what kind of pipe would we ask for? Would this be purchased at an auto parts, junk yard or home improvement store?
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/7/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You take a look and decide whether the steel line is 3/16" or 1/4" - usually 3/16". You decide where to cut the line. Try to find a location where the line appears to still look like new where there is no heavy rust. The line should be cut before and after the rusted section and the line you install cannot be attached with compression fittings as they will not pass inspection and they cannot handle the high pressures. The lines have to be double flared with a double flare tool and connected with flare unions and flare nuts. You can do it but it will suck. Trust me, you would rather replace and alternator or a water pump. Buy the line in a 25' roll or in straight piece lengths which can vary from 12 inches up to 72 inches. The straight piece lengths already have both ends flared and have flare nuts in place already. Often you can just cut one end off one of these pieces and then cut it to length and then reflare just the one end at the length you need. then of course you have to bend it carefully (this line will kink if you are not ever so careful) using a bending tool if available from the auto parts store, inexpensive. But, between the bending tool, the double flare kit and your materials and fittings you will likely spend at least $50 or more. Preformed custom made lines are not available for your car beyond like 2 years after the car is in production, so, a '94 model you cannot buy these parts direct. You have to "fabricate" it to fit. The flaring of the lines takes some practice and you will have errors. My greatest advice would be this one detail. Do not forget to slide the flare nut fitting on to the line BEFORE you begin the flaring operation or you will kick yourself after finishing your perfectly shaped double flare that took you 15 minutes or more to do and then you notice that you forgot to slide the fitting in place first. Still happens to me after yeasrs of this stuff. You may also find a YouTube video on double flaring if you look.
  • 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
    0 answer
  • 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 ...
    0 answer
    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 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.
  • bnard
    • 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; or 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.
    0 answer
  • 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.