A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.
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Most reported Buick Riviera problems
The auto level ride compressor may fail causing the rear of the vehicle to ride to high or too low.
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 leveling system air compressor head has a relief valve in it that corrodes and sticks over time. Each time the car is started, the compressor should cycle to pressurize the system and then the release pressure as needed to establish level. The condition becomes apparent when the rear of the car raises a little at a time until the air shocks are destroyed, requiring replacement of the rear shocks and the air compressor head. I have owned ...