Car Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems 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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The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with you local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

The inside door handle may break causing the door not to open from the inside.

It's very common for the turbo return line seal to leak oil. When they leak it can be minor seepage that may be hardly noticeable to a very large oil leak that can cover the entire underside of the vehicle. The part is very inexpensive but the job takes at least an hour due to the AWD differential that is in the way.

The dash mounted trunk release button may not function when the vehicle is locked. Our technicians tell us that updated software for the cabin compartment node (instrument cluster) is available to correct this concern.

The dash mounted trunk release button may not function when the vehicle is locked. Our technicians tell us that updated software for the cabin compartment node (instrument cluster) is available to correct this concern.

A delayed upshift condition may be experienced for about 1/4 mile in cold weather (32 degrees F and below) and is most noticeable after the vehicle has been parked for 8 or more hours. Our technicians tell us the repair involves replacing teflon governor drive seal rings with cast iron seal rings.

There are a number of checks to perform if the windows do not move smoothly through their travel. It may be interference between parts, the window regulator, or the window run channel.

Sulfur deposits on the fuel sending unit can cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately. Replacing the sending unit will repair this issue.

The left foot rest pedal may become loose or fall off completely. Replacement of the pedal may be required if this occurs.

An internal transmission problem can cause difficulty engaging or downshifting from second gear. Improved parts are available as of the 1997 model year.

The GPS screen may intermittently "lock up" and the faulty can be corrected by turning off the ignition for several minutes. Our technicians tell us that updating the GPS software should correct this concern.

The third (high) brake light housing may melt, resulting in a loss of electrical contact for the light, which stops working. A complete housing (contacts and lens) is needed to repair the problem. On certain vehicles, if this happens, the anti-lock brake system will not function. The brakes will work in normal mode, but not provide the ABS control.

Cup holders break easily, especially if sticky liquids are spilled into the cup holder mechanism.

Often misdiagnosed as a transmission oil pan gasket leak, the electrical connector on the automatic transmission may leak.

Hard shifting or wrong gear selection may be corrected by reprogramming the automatic transmission ECU.

The speedometer or other instrument panel gauge may begin to work erratically at times. Our technicians tell us that the instrument cluster must be sent to a repair facility to correct this fault. The warranty has been extended on some of these units to 7 years or 70,000 miles.

The rear sliding glass window may stop working, or binds in motion. The power slider cable binds causing slow, or no operation. The glass assembly will need to be replaced, the cable is included in the assembly.

The intake manifold can leak coolant externally, however it is not typically due to a gasket failure. The intake manifold bolts tend to come loose and need to be replaced/updated.

If the Rear Anti-lock Brake System (RABS) light illuminates with no noticeable driving and stopping issues present, complete complex diagnosis must be performed, but most often the RABS control module has an internal fault and must be replaced. Replace the RABS module and recheck for proper operation.

A defective key-in warning chime switch can cause the ignition cylinder to bind from run to start and / or start to run movements. The key-in warning chime switch will need to be replaced.

Common sources of rear axle leaks are the rear differential cover seal, and / or the pinion seal. Reseal the rear differential cover with the appropriate sealant and / or replace pinion seal for leakage.

If the Rear Anti-lock Brake System (RABS) light illuminates with no noticeable driving and stopping issues present, complete complex diagnosis must be performed, but most often the RABS control module has an internal fault and must be replaced. Replace the RABS module and recheck for proper operation.

Common sources of rear axle leaks are the rear differential cover seal, and / or the pinion seal. Reseal the rear differential cover with the appropriate sealant and / or replace pinion seal for leakage.

A defective key-in warning chime switch can cause the ignition cylinder to bind from run to start and / or start to run movements. The key-in warning chime switch will need to be replaced.

A squeak type noise may be noted from the steering column when turning. This is commonly due to lack of lubrication of the steering column joint. Removing and re-lubing the joint should correct this concern.

Poor fitment of the headliner, which may or may not develop into a rattle noise around the sunroof area is generally caused buy foam isolation blocks becoming detached from the headliner. The repair involves re-securing the foam blocks using cable (zip) ties.

A buzzing type noise may be noted from the turn signal switch, Replacement of the switch is generally required to correct this concern.

Carbon buildup on the top of the piston is common. As the buildup increases with mileage and over time, symptoms vary from light ticking, to ticking/hammering, to hammering/knocking noises. Fuel injector cleaner often solves the problem.

Tire wear can be problematic, very dependent on driving style. Our technicians recommend regular tire inspection and replacement when necessary.

The 30amp high speed cooling fan fuse may blow due to high start up loads associated with the high speed cooling fan motor. Our technicians tell us the high speed cooling fan wiring and fuse should be upgraded to a 40amp circuit to correct this concern. The fan wiring MUST be upgraded along with the fuse to handle the increased current flow.