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Buick LeSabre



  • davcodavco Posts: 9
    Seems the problem with these dash buttons only working when they want to is not a vacume problem, but is centered on the unit in the dash itself...
    or directly behind it...

    ...I had disconnected a large round twist off connector that sits directly above the main abs brake unit, had forgot to take off the neg. battery cable, (don't ask) and the dash ABS light stays on and I don't think the ABS is activating... Any suggestions?
  • davcodavco Posts: 9
    Buick has two types of dashboard heater controls. Mine is the "manual" type. Would the "automatic" type work in my car ? Ebay has one for $20...
  • tigercat21tigercat21 Posts: 28
    Check for a blown fuse in main fuse box...abs has its own fuse.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,038
    Hope you've fixed your problem by now.

    But if you haven't, the voltage of a battery should be 12.6 volts. That's 6.1 volts for each of the six cells in a Pb acid battery. You may have a problem battery or a badly calibrated meter.
  • I finally did get my problem fixed! I am soooo happy but frustrated at the same time.
    It appears that I was fortunate enough not to have only purchased 1 bad brand new battery but 2 bad brand new batteries. I kept testing my battery with my volt meter and everytime the car was turned off the battery died instantly!
    This was the second battery that I had put in since around March of this year this battery was to replace the original I bought in March. So I took my car to a place that specializes in just batteries and he told me I had a couple of dead cells and marked them off so I could return my battery once again. I then bought a battery from him and he replaced the bolts because the place where I had the other battery put in well it appears that they badly stripped them! Its been since about June 23 and I have not had any problems at all I am still monitoring the voltage on my battery and it is staying charged! Hopefully you will figure out what your problem is. Every place I have been to has commented on the shape of my car and my mechanic said they have excellent engines and will go on forever I like you did not want to part with my car.
    My problem was the same I would boost it and it would run for a day or so then it was getting to the point where every time I turned off my car I would need to boost it!! I

    Good luck with your car! Hopefully you will get it going before spending alot of money on things that you do not need to fix like I did.
  • My dad owns a 1998 Buick Lesabre with 58,000 miles on it. Last nite as they were leaving my home, they got into the car and it wouldn't start. Tried jump starting. No luck. The key turns, all the lights, bells and whistles indicate all is normal.. however, when the ignition is completely engaged, not a sound. He removed the starter and took it to the dealer and it checked out fine. Any suggestions???
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,038
    I assume the Security light didn't stay on after the key is turned to "on." IF it did that means the resistor chip isn't being read in the key. You get all the lights but when you turn the key, nothing happens inthe way of cranking.

    It's happened to me a couple of times with a dirty resistor contact. Scrape it, pencil eraser is good for cleaning. But you have towait 3 or 4 minutes until the computer for the key resets; once you turn the key 3 times with a bad read from the resistor it turns off the ability to start the car for 3 minutes.

    There is a possibility it's the ignition switch not connecting to the start mode wire. That's on top of the steering column just above the brake pedal. Then there's the small computer that reads the key chip; I think it's buried inside the instrument panel behind the speedometer so that it's not easily bypassed. I'd start with the easiest first. Connections at starter, bad starter, etc.
  • Tried the eraser on the key. No luck. The security light continually flashes with the key on. I think he's going to have it towed to a dealer tomorrow. We also tried the extra key by the way, and it didn't work either. Thanks for your input. I'll let u know the outcome.
  • doedoedoedoe Posts: 1
    1992 LeSabre has loud knocking sound when idling. When I excelerate and drive over 25 mph the sound goes away. Does anyone have any ideas as to what this could be? Thanks for you input.
  • x90071x90071 Posts: 8
    The panel that covers the windows and mirror knobs is shedding its black paint
    where can i get a new panel?
  • ilnoleilnole Posts: 1
    well group hers is my problem i have a 1997 buick lesabre i added a cd player and a single subwoofer and my abs light has been coming on often the abs light comes on the cd player goes off then starts right back up, then tonight on my way home the abs light cut on and i continued driving like normal then the spedometer went nuts then the battery voltage light came on, i drove a lil bit more and all the lights went out and the car was fine anybody know what the hell is going on?
  • davcodavco Posts: 9
    I wish I knew... These LeSabre's seem to have poor wiring designs. And minds of their own...
  • I got locked out of my car so a friend used a slim jim to try to open the doors. It never worked. Now the key will not unlock the front doors, the lock buttons on the inside will not unlock them either. I cannot lock the car and I have to either crawl through the window or get in from the back seat! Does anyone know what could have happened? Someone suggested that the anti theft system may have something to do with it and that I need to have the car's computer reset.
    Please help.
  • dave65dave65 Posts: 2
    i think my abs light in my 94 lesabre is burnt out cause it doesn't come on when i turn the key. do i just pull out the speedo to get at it to replace?
  • dave65dave65 Posts: 2
    i think the abs light on my 94 lesabre is burnt out cause it doesn't come on when i turn the key. what is the fastest way to change the bulb? just pull out speedo?
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    Using the slim jim may have bent or jammed the rod that connects the lock to the manual switch on the door panel. Best bet is to pull off the interior door panel and take a look.
  • How do I get the door panel off with the door shut? I can only find two screws - one of them takes off the panel where the handle is and the other only removes the panel over the arm rest - there is nothing behind it.
  • For the past few months, I've noticed an increasingly strong smell of coolant coming from the hood of my '97 LeSabre, and in cold, damp weather an occasional bit of steam coming out of the grille. My reservoir was recently empy; I refilled it a few weeks ago and it's almost all the way down again. There don't appear to be any leaks, nor do I believe that I'm burning any coolant during combustion (as the smell and occasional steam are coming from under the hood. The heater core does not appear to be the issue, as the smell hasn't reached the cabin except on rare occasions. Has anyone experienced similar problems on their Buicks? Are there any frequent failures in the cooling system that I should be aware of? Thanks.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,038
    You don't mention the mileage on the car. It could be coming from a leaking hose, leaking radiator, water pump, or the seals around the air intake plastic upper manifold, or around the lower metal manifold seals. You need to open the hood when the car has built up heat and pressure and is showing moisture coming up and do a quick check to see if you can find any color trails or liquid coolant somewhere.

    Do you see any drips on the ground when you park the car after it's hot? That might show you it's under the radiator or the water pump area.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,038
    If you believe the problem is electrical, it may be the ground connection at the left side kick panel beside the parking brake. I never found it, but it gets moisture and age and can cause strange problems with things like air and power door locks etc.
    My 1993 had that. I never followed up to clean and tighten the grounds because I traded the car before it started doing it enough. It would go to air conditioning defrost default and the power door locks wouldn't work for a few minutes.

    There also is a ground under the carpet between the door sill and the driver's seat. It would be about where your fingers hang straight down while you're sitting in the seat. You can feel the plastic cover above the connects that may also be related to some dash operations.
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