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One rear shock has oil leaking, but air suspension does not seem to be a problem. When I had tires replaced, I was told that I had a leaking shock. I had previously seen that while replacing brake pads, so I have a pair of the shocks. If I wait to replace them, will the air compressor for these air shocks also need replacing?


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If the car overheated and the belt is fine, then the water pump is not the problem if you don't hear any noise coming from it AND if you don't have coolant leaking. More than likely, the thermostat is the culprit. You HAVE checked to ensure that the coolant level is correct? You weren't stuck in traffic, were you? Answer #3 is correct in the approximate location - passenger side of the engine. With the serpentine belt removed, the pulley on the water pump can be turned to see whether it is rough or has too much play (which means the bearings are bad). Another reason for overheating could be a bad fan that doesn't pull cooler air though the radiator. The fan motor can be replaced without too much trouble. My 2003 LeSabre has two of these fans.


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It sounds as though the wires have been reversed to the gauge or the sending unit - UNLESS someone tried to 'jump' the car when the battery was unable to start the car. Then the polarity of some gauges can be reversed. For some problems, we have to bite the bullet and take it to a service department, either dealer or independent.


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You will need to remove the push-in plastic pieces that hold the trunk liner - maybe 4 places. A tool to do this is available at a parts store, but it isn't cheap. It can be done with a screw driver and pliers, but then they cannot be reused unless you were very careful. Once you can get in between the liner and the metal of the trunk lid, you use a small socket (cannot remember which size right now, but maybe 3/8-inch) to remove about 6 nuts from the bolts that are attached to the license plate assembly. That whole assembly then can come out, but be careful that you don't pull too hard or the wiring can be damaged. The bulbs can be replaced easily once the assembly is out of the vehicle. If you think it is a pain to get it out to replace a bulb, then you should replace ALL the bulbs at the same time - unless some of them of been replaced within the past year or two.


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The headlight assembly is held in place by two bolts that can be removed easily when the hood is opened. Once those are pulled up and out, the headlight assembly can be pulled out with a strong pull from a balljoint on the rear side. The ball is in a plastic fitting and held there by friction. Wear gloves and pull hard. After pulling out the first one, I found that the second one came more easily once I knew how it was held. Then the headlight bulbs as well as the 1194 side lamps and 3057 / 3157 turn signal bulbs can be replaced - all for the price of the bulbs. It's a good idea to replace all the bulbs at once if you have not replaced any of them previously. (I answered this on previous questions about headlight changes. The only difficult part was figuring out how the assembly was held in place on the back end since it is not covered in the driver manual and the Haynes Repair Manual has not been updated, even though it says it now covers through 2005 - it does NOT.)


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The problem could also be in the belt tensioner (chattering), so check to see if that wheel is turning freely. The AC compressor pulley could be causing a problem if the bearings are frozen or the compressor motor is freezing / seizing. That is an expensive replacement. This is not the problem if you are not experiencing an problems with the AC or the heating.


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On the downhill, the cruise control is not supposed to brake the car, is it? I would think this is not a problem unless the cruise control is causing the acceleration. Chalk it up to good wheel bearings that allow the car's wheels to turn with less friction than older cars.


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A year ago I bought a replacement battery for my 2003 LeSabre because I figured it would die soon since it was seven years old. My replacement is fine; it came from Advance and cost about $130. However, the original battery still shows a green color in the inspection window. I would suggest that you remove bulbs from places where they SHOULD be off when you cannot see them. The trunk light and the glove box are two places where you cannot see if the lamp bulb went off when the doors were closed. I am curious as to why you would find ANY current through the places you mention when the ignition is off / key is out of the ignition switch. On my Custom, the only draw should be the little red security light on the dash.


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The headlight assembly is held in place by two bolts that can be removed easily when the hood is opened. Once those are pulled up and out, the headlight assembly can be pulled out with a strong pull from a balljoint on the rear side. The ball is in a plastic fitting and held there by friction. Wear gloves and pull hard. After pulling out the first one, I found that the second one came more easily once I knew how it was held. Then the headlight bulbs as well as the 1194 side lamps and 3057 / 3157 turn signal bulbs can be replaced - all for the price of the bulbs. It's a good idea to replace all the bulbs at once if you have not replaced any of them previously. (I answered this on previous questions about headlight changes. The only difficult part was figuring out how the assembly was held in place on the back end since it is not covered in the driver manual and the Haynes Repair Manual has not been updated, even though it says it now covers through 2005 - it does NOT.)


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The headlight assembly is held in place by two bolts that can be removed easily when the hood is opened. Once those are pulled up and out, the headlight assembly can be pulled out with a strong pull from a balljoint on the rear side. The ball is in a plastic fitting and held there by friction. Wear gloves and pull hard. After pulling out the first one, I found that the second one came more easily once I knew how it was held. Then the headlight bulbs as well as the 1194 side lamps and 3057 / 3157 turn signal bulbs can be replaced - all for the price of the bulbs. It's a good idea to replace all the bulbs at once if you have not replaced any of them previously. (I answered this on the previous question about headlight changes. The only difficult part was figuring out how the assembly was held in place on the back end since it is not covered in the driver manual and the Haynes Repair Manual has not been updated, even though it says it now covers through 2005 - it does NOT.)


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The headlight assembly is held in place by two bolts that can be removed easily when the hood is opened. Once those are pulled up and out, the headlight assembly can be pulled out with a strong pull from a balljoint on the rear side. The ball is in a plastic fitting and held there by friction. Wear gloves and pull hard. After pulling out the first one, I found that the second one came more easily once I knew how it was held. Then the headlight bulbs as well as the 1194 side lamps and 3057 / 3157 turn signal bulbs can be replaced - all for the price of the bulbs. It's a good idea to replace all the bulbs at once if you have not replaced any of them previously.


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