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  • myron
    myron - 1999 Buick Century - Brakes - 11/26/2011
    Abs light turns on during driving after I hit a bump in the road.
    • Jimm
      11/26/2011 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn ABS sensor, faulty ABS sensor wiring or connection.
  • Gerry
    Gerry - 1994 Buick Regal - Brakes - 11/10/2011
    Rear brakes dragging
    I have replaced both calipers, rotors and pads. The rear pads wear out in about three months and get very hot. I have lubed and backed off the emergency brake cable and have bled the lines.
    • Jimm
      11/10/2011 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / clogged rear brake hose to caliper, sticking caliper piston, dirty brake fluid, corroded brake lines to rear brakes.
  • Cindy
    Cindy - 2006 Buick Rendezvous - Brakes - 11/9/2011
    Probably needs front rotors. What's a reasonable price to turn vs. replacing? Dealer wanted $45 to just look!
    Pulsating brakes on front wheel drive 2006 Buick Rendezvous CXL.
  • loretta
    loretta - 2001 Buick Century - Brakes - 11/6/2011
    The car only starts in neutral it started last nite, is it safe to drive
    • CVO
      11/6/2011 CVO
      The linkage cable connected from the shifter to the transmission is probably out of adjustment and it caused the vehicle to move only in neutral. I do not know exactly the status and the condition of the cable links to the transmission, i wouldn't recommended.

      Note: have another person to look and re-adjust the trans. linkage cable prior to drive.
  • HmMech
    HmMech - 2004 Buick Regal - Brakes - 11/2/2011
    Should I use ceramic or semi-metallic brake pads when replacing brakes on Buick Regal
    I now have the the orignal dealer brake pads that is worn and need replacing
    • CVO
      11/2/2011 CVO
      Use the ceramic brake pads.
  • jake92
    jake92 - 1991 Buick Century - Brakes - 10/21/2011
    Why does my brakes "tug" when i come to a stop when i'm going faster than 35mph?
    when I first start my car when its cold outside and I first apply my brakes I feel like I drop my rear end of my car its like a sudden stop like I was hit or something but it only happens the first time I hit my brakes and also when I'm coming to a stop my car like ...
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  • Peter
    Peter - 2003 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 10/19/2011
    How do I install the drivers side brake light assembly?
    • Spoon Sports
      10/19/2011 Spoon Sports

      Open the trunk of the Buick LeSabre.

      Locate 7 nuts underneath the trunk lid (3 on each end of the trunk lid and 1 in the middle). Remove each one using a nut driver.

      Manipulate the trunk lid at chest level and gently pull the rear taillight assembly slightly away from the trunk lid.

      Locate the burned out bulb sockets and then remove the bulbs. Insert the new bulbs into the socket and test by turning on the lights before reassembling.

      Replace the tail light assembly by aligning the studs inside the predrilled holes in the trunk lid. Refasten the 7 nuts.

      Remove the cargo net if applicable to replace the brake and/or turn signal light.

      Unscrew the plastic wingnut that the cargo net is attached to. Pull back the trunk liner.

      Remove the 2 plastic wingnuts under the trunk liner.

      Pull the brake light assembly outward from the back of the LeSabre.

      Locate the socket of the burned out bulb and then turn counter clockwise 1/4-inch to release it from the assembly.

      Remove the old bulb from the socket and replace with a new one. Test the light before reassembling.
  • tonyauto
    tonyauto - 1996 Buick Roadmaster - Brakes - 10/18/2011
    My dashboard brake light is lit up showing the Exclamation mark and the P symbol together , there is no brake fluid leak
    leakage and the car seems to be stopping fine except I have noticed that it would seam that the pedal travel level is a bit lower but once the brakes are applied it would seam that the pedal is at full mast again could this be a vacume problem perhaps the assist ...
    • Spoon Sports
      10/18/2011 Spoon Sports
      "I have noticed that it would seam that the pedal travel level is a bit lower but once the brakes are applied it would seam that the pedal is at full mast again could this be a vacume problem perhaps the assist booster ? " - I believe what you are doing is double pumping the brakes to activate, i can visualize it based on your description. ABS module is probably dead. Maybe air in line, but my guess is the earlier. Could be the brake booster, but doubt master break cylinder.
      Spoon Sports
      10/18/2011 tonyauto
      Thanks I am thinking its not the ABS based on the fact the ABS light is out after startup diagnostics I am leaning towards the booster
  • mdk
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/16/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Are you saying that you want to "eliminate" the right rear brake line and the function of the right rear brake instead of repairing the leak? If that is what you are saying then you know I would never give that a thumbs up. If I am misunderstanding you please explain what you mean.
    STEVECB - 1987 Buick LeSabre - Brakes - 10/14/2011
    Brake problem Gasket under master cyl. cap was bad.
    Replaced gasket under cap on master. Had lost about half the fluid from the master so added fluid but brake pedal still goes right to floor. Bled brakes but no change in pedal. Any ideas?
    0 answer
  • James Kelleher
    James Kelleher - 1983 Buick Regal - Brakes - 9/30/2011
    I'm having problems with my front end (brakes) heating up on occasion, especially on steep grade of hill.
    Problem is intermintent. One side will be fine but other side will heat up then the other way around. Ive changed calipers ,pads, rear cylinders , bearings, booster , .master cylinder but it does what i said above overheats on steep grade of hill.
    • mopar
      9/22/2011 mopar
      if just front dude...check your rubber hoses or just replace..they will eventually clog up....if it doesn't solve your problem..proportioning valve.
    • James Kelleher
      9/30/2011 James Kelleher
      Proportional or combination valve was thought of but cant find part at auto parts houses.Hoses were change awhile back . I rebleed calipers with brake hand vacuum pump (cold brake fluid) and it did help. If you know of anyone who has proportiong valve I would like to update brake system jimmy
  • smith
    smith - 2000 Buick Regal - Brakes - 9/19/2011
    Abs warning light connector
    the connector is bad what do i do and how much should this cost. can i repair this myself and where is it located.
    0 answer
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    • walt
      9/5/2011 walt
      # 1 check level of break fluid in tank
      # 2 test switch
      # 3 cable corrosion not letting cable release enough
      hope this helps
  • Arnold
    Arnold - 1989 Buick Regal - Brakes - 8/27/2011
    Driver side rear brake light does not work
    • CVO
      8/27/2011 CVO
      1. Inspect the light bulb.
      2. Inspect the bulb socket, it could be rusted or contaminated and diminished the current flow to the bulb.
  • Jerry
    • Jimm
      8/18/2011 Jimm
      Short answer = yes. The brakes can fail suddenly for a number of reasons; loss of brake fluid (leak in the brake system), loss of engine vacuum = loss of power brake boost, faulty brake master cylinder, leaking power brake booster (failed diaphragm) - to name a few possibilities.
      8/18/2011 Jerry
      Thanks a lot for this information.