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1996 Buick Skylark Problems

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Most Common 1996 Buick Skylark Problems

A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor...
A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.
The heater core under the right side of the dashboard may leak engine coolant which can puddle on the passenger front floor. The loss of coolant may cause an engine overheating condition. Our tech...
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1 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Brakes Problem

A weak battery or a burned out brake light bulb may cause the ABS light to illuminate.

2 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Drive Train Problems

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 ...
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 com...

3 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Electrical & Lights Problems

A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor...
The ignition switch may fail causing a no start condition. This is not generally a theft system (passlock) issue because the security light does not illuminate or flash.
The instrument panel and switch backlighting may fail due to a faulty dimmer control module. A failed module will require replacement.

6 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Engine Problems

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.
The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Running the engine wit...
The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians recommend replacing the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to help prevent undue strain on the fuel pump.

1 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Exhaust & Emissions Problem

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

2 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

The heater core under the right side of the dashboard may leak engine coolant which can puddle on the passenger front floor. The loss of coolant may cause an engine overheating condition. Our tech...
The HVAC blower motor may stop working at one or more speeds due to a faulty blower motor resistor block. Our technicians recommend to confirm the resistor is at fault by first checking the o...

1 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Maintenance Problem

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

2 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Miscellaneous Problems

The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

2 Known 1996 Buick Skylark Suspension & Steering Problems

The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid; it should be replaced.
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.

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Known 1996 Buick Skylark Problems & Complaints

The ignition switch may fail causing a no start condition. This is not generally a theft system (passlock) issue because the security light does not illuminate or flash.
The instrument panel and switch backlighting may fail due to a faulty dimmer control module. A failed module will require replacement.
The spark plugs should be replaced every 100,000 miles. Our technicians recommend replacing the spark plug wires also at this time.
A weak battery or a burned out brake light bulb may cause the ABS light to illuminate.
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