1996 Buick Century Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1996 Buick Century as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems
Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.

Corrosion may develop at the connection between the ignition coil tower and spark plug wire resulting in an engine misfire. The Ignition coil and spark plug wire should both be replaced to correct this condition.

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

If the ABS light on the instrument panel illuminates, our technicians recommend checking the brake lamps first. It could indicate that a brake light is not working or has burned out.

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

An engine oil leak may develop from the rear of the engine. This is commonly caused by a failed oil pump drive o-ring seal. The leaking o-ring should be replaced to correct this concern.

Our technicians highly recommend that the engine coolant be replaced every 30,000 miles.

The torque converter clutch can stick "on" after extended freeway driving causing the engine to stall when coming to a stop. Our technicians tell us when this occurs, the engine usually will restart and stall when put into gear. After allowing about twenty minutes for the engine and transmission to cool down, the engine will start and the transmission will operate normally. Replacing the torque converter clutch solenoid, transmission filter, and fluid will generally correct this issue.