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Question Asked: How long should rear air shocks last before leaking oil?
November 02, 2011, 07:21 AM
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?
Question Answered: Car just quits
November 15, 2015, 04:50 AM
WOW! This is still here 6 years later. Check (have the shop check) the main computer that controls the ignition as well as the ignition / spark control module. The main computer was replaced on my 1987 Olds Delta 88 when it would shut down without warning. That fixed it until it started missing and shutting down. The Olds dealer's service shop kept it on an analyzer and running until it happened again. They replaced a couple of ignition coils as well as the ignition control module. That part is under the ignition coils. After those repairs it did not stall again.
Question Answered: My 1992 buick lesabre quits running from time to time while driving it.
November 15, 2015, 04:46 AM
Check (have the shop check) the main computer that controls the ignition as well as the ignition / spark control module. The main computer was replaced on my 1987 Olds Delta 88 when it would shut down without warning. That fixed it until it started missing and shutting down. The Olds dealer's service shop kept it on an analyzer and running until it happened again. They replaced a couple of ignition coils as well as the ignition control module. That part is under the ignition coils. After those repairs it did not stall again. And there were no Service Engine codes.
Question Answered: I HAVE A 2002 BUICK LESABRE CUSTOM,AND I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE FUEL GAUGE.
April 16, 2014, 06:37 AM
If you have read on here that many people have had the same problem, then you know that replacing the fuel sensor may also require replacing the fuel pump since they are integral - and it costs several hundred dollars. Most people take the easy and inexpensive way out of this: reset the trip meter every time you fill up the gas tank and fill up when it gets to around 250 miles.
Question Answered: How do I replace right rear turn signal bulb?
June 13, 2013, 07:39 AM
My front turn signal housing (2003 LeSabre) leaked a small amount of water which could be seen where it condensed on the lens. It probably got in through a drain hole or through brittle sealer between the lamp reflector and the lens. I had to replace the bulb holder because the contacts also were corroded - the glass part of the bulb separated from the metal contacts when I pulled it out of the bulb holder. I paid about $12-$13 on Amazon for the bulb holder. Then I used a small screwdriver to separate the lens from the reflector part of the housing, pulled out the hardened sealer / gasket, and replaced the sealer with silicone sealant like what is used for aquariums / glass. I let it cure for an hour as I kept pressure on the parts to make sure it sealed. Hopefully, I won't have to replace another bulb for another 9 years. NOTE: This had to be repeated for the other side.
Question Answered: Water dripping on front passengerfloor just in last few wks when using A/C.
June 13, 2013, 07:30 AM
If you didn't get out whatever is clogging the condensate drain line, then you might use a shop vac with a damp rag to seal the space around the drain line and suck out whatever is in the drain line. (I had to do this with my home AC drain line when insects got into the drain line to build a home out of dirt. I used a small shop vac which has a 1 1/4 inch diameter hose.)
Question Answered: Driver side rear brake lights going out too frequently
June 05, 2012, 02:13 PM
Since water is seeping into the light assembly, you could make a new gasket to seal out water. Use silicone sealant where the original gasket may have become stiff. Also, put some sealant around each bolt / washer that attaches the assembly to the car. If you allow half an hour or longer for the sealant to set, it will be less likely to squeeze out. As for a spray-on paint, I would not recommend it unless you can remove 100% of the car wax that may have been used previously. If you could find some NeverWet, that would work. It was supposed to be available early this year, but I haven't found any on the market yet.
Question Answered: How much should it cost to re-attach a power steering pump and serpentine belt?
June 05, 2012, 04:47 AM
You may have gotten off cheap if they had to drill the bolts in the engine to remove them before replacing the power steering pump. That may have entailed moving the engine to gain access to have room for the drilling. WHY were those bolts loose? Had someone serviced or replaced the power steering pump and not torqued the bolts?
Question Answered: The electric windows and door locks were working and now there not, now what?
June 05, 2012, 04:39 AM
Have you removed the control assembly from the door of the car? It may be that the wires bringing power to the connector are disconnected or corroded since ALL of the functions have been lost.
Question Answered: when my car is off the gages move and the heater is running why? and kills batt
January 26, 2012, 06:19 AM
This sounds like the ignition switch is in need of replacing. Off should be OFF, so something in the switch is making contact as though it is still ON. It's not likely something is shorted if you can still drive the car. Take it to a shop and get a diagnosis.
Question Answered: No heat
January 26, 2012, 06:16 AM
Take your car to a shop and have it checked on a machine that will determine what is wrong. Why would the lights have any effect on the heater? Your car still starts and drives normally and the battery is sufficient, right?
Problem Reported: Multiple control switch back lights out on the steering wheel, climate control (and other places)
July 25, 2011, 07:54 PM
<p>I is not uncommon for various back lighting bulbs to fail, sometimes one right after the other. Most commonly the related switch our component is replaced. However with a little time and effort the bulbs can be replaced individually.</p>
Problem Reported: Fuel Level Sensor Failure
September 15, 2010, 10:08 PM
<p>It is common for the fuel level sensor in the fuel tank read the fuel level incorrectly. The sensor must be replaced to correct the condition. Our technicians recommend having the complete <a id="ce_77" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/fuel-pump">fuel pump</a> module replaced on high mileage vehicles.</p>
Problem Reported: Engine Performance Problems Due to Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure
September 15, 2010, 10:07 PM
<p>The <a id="[object HTMLInputElement]" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/crankshaft-position-sensor"><span class="ct_glossary tooltip">crankshaft position sensor</span></a> may fail causing the engine to stall intermittently, the <a id="[object HTMLInputElement]" class="ct_auto care advice tooltip" href="/understanding-the-check-engine-light"><span class="ct_how_to tooltip">Check Engine Light</span></a> may or may not illuminate.</p>
Problem Reported: Car Won't Start Because of Anti-Theft System That Uses Raised-Chip Key
September 15, 2010, 10:05 PM
<p>Problems with the anti-theft systems using the raised-chip key can prevent the car from starting. The wires in the steering column to the <a id="ce_87" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/ignition-lock-assembly">ignition lock cylinder</a> tend to break. The the key and ignition lock cylinder must be replaced to correct this condition.</p>
Problem Reported: Intake Manifold Gaskets Can Develop Engine Oil Leaks
September 15, 2010, 10:05 PM
<p>The <a id="ce_5616" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/intake-manifold-gasket">intake manifold gasket</a> can develop external <a id="ce_59" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/engine-oil">engine oil</a> leaks. The intake manifold will need to be removed and the <span class="ct_glossary tooltip">gaskets</span> replaced to correct this issue.</p>
Problem Reported: Wear In Outer Tie Rod Ends Can Cause Steering Problems
September 15, 2010, 10:05 PM
<p>The <a id="[object HTMLInputElement]" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/tie-rod-end">outer <span class="ct_glossary tooltip">tie rod ends</span></a> on the steering linkage may wear causing excessive free play in the steering and uneven tire wear. If the worn tie rod ends are replaced, the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted as necessary.</p>
Problem Reported: Water Pump May Fail Prematurely
May 27, 2010, 11:07 AM
<p>The <a id="ce_129" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/water-pump">water pump</a> may develop a <a id="ce_80" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/coolant">coolant</a> leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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