1996 Buick Riviera Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1996 Buick Riviera 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

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

The mass air flow or crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to intermittently stall. It may be necessary for the engine to cool down before it will restart.

The spark plugs should be replaced every 100,000 miles. Our technicians recommend replacing the spark plug wires also at this time.

You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission system should be completely flushed.

The anti-lock brake (ABS) accumulator may fail causing loss of power brake assist. (The brake pedal will become very hard.)

The air conditioning system can be prone to refrigerant leaks and failure of one or more pressure sensors. The AC pressure sensors should be checked for proper operation when ever the AC system is serviced.

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart.

Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.
Our technicians recommend to replace the fuel system filter every 30,000 miles.

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.

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

The crankshaft position sensor, ignition module, and/or powertrain control module (PCM) may fail resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light with ignition system related fault codes stored in the PCM. Patience is necessary when dealing with this specific situation as normal diagnostic procedures are not effective. In many cases, the best option is to replace parts, one at a time until the fault is corrected.

The intake manifold gasket may develop external engine oil leak. The manifold gasket will need to be replaced to correct this issue.

An automatic transmission fluid leak may develop from the rubber section of a transmission cooler line. In some cases the rubber section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this type of leak.