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Buick Park Avenue Maintenance & Repair

f2u8503f2u8503 Posts: 2
At approx. 55 mph and faster I have a light whistling sound similiar to a tea kettle just before it goes into a full boil. I've replaced the wipers and the passenger compartment dust/pollen filter. The excessive wind noise seems to have diminished, but the whistling persists except when it is raining or the day after a car wash. Any ideas?


  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    Does it have a sunroof?
  • rotaranrotaran Posts: 10
    Check the seal of the windshield.

  • rotaranrotaran Posts: 10
    Hi all,
    i need the camber-, caster- and the toe-in angles of a 1992 PA. Can someone help me?

  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    TSB #73-71-04A


    Some owners may comment on a noise, vibration or growl from front of vehicle during right turns or hard acceleration

    The rear transaxle mount may be grounded out due to a bound or twisted condition within the mount

    FOR 1995-96 VEHICLES
    This condition may be corrected by replacing the rear transaxle mount with a revised mount, P/N 22174976 Aurora, P/N 22174975 Riviera. See procedure below
    FOR 1997-98 VEHICLES
    The 1997-98 vehicles have been built with improved mounts but may still exhibit the condition if the mount is bound or twisted. This condition may be corrected by following the procedure listed below to correct the bound or twisted condition within the mount.

    1995-96 G CAR

    1. Raise the vehicle
    2. Support the transaxle with a screwjack
    3. Remove the rear transaxle mount studs
    4. Using the screwjack, lower the transaxle
    5. Remove the mount from the lower frame rail
    6. Install the new transaxle mount to the lower frame rail
    7. Raise the transaxle with the screwjack until the transaxle bracket contacts the mount. Check the mount alignment and reposition the mount as necessary to center the mount studs within the mount itself.

    The mount studs will not always be centered in the mount bracket. This is a normal condition. The mount bracket is slotted to allow for cross car build variation and should not be used to determine if the mount is positioned correctly

    8. Raise the transaxle with the screwjack to fully load the mount

    Loading the mount is important because the mount studs could potentially twist in the bracket while tightening the mount nuts, creating a twist or binding condition within the mount

    9. Tighten the mount nuts to 45 N.M.(33 LB.FT.)
    10. Remove the screwjack and verify mount alignment

    1997-98 C/G CARS

    1. Raise the vehicle
    2. Support the transaxle with a screwjack
    3. Loosen the rear transaxle mount nuts. Do NOT fully remove the nuts
    4. Using the screwjack, unload the mount by lowering the transaxle
    5. Adjust or reposition the mount to eliminate any bind or twist
    6. Using the screwjack, raise the transaxle until the transaxle bracket contacts the mount. Check mount alignment and reposition the mount as necessary to center the mount studs within the mount itself.

    The mount studs will not always be centered in the mount bracket. This is a normal condition. The mount bracket is slotted to allow for cross car build variation and should not be used to determine if the mount is positioned correctly

    7. Raise the transaxle with the screwjack to fully load the mount

    Loading the mount is important because the mount could potentially twist in the bracket while tightening the mount nuts, creating a twisted or binding condition within the mount

    8. Tighten the mount nuts to 45 N.M. (33 LB.FT.)
    9. Remove the screwjack and verify mount alignment

    P.S. The rear transaxle mount is the one on the left or driver's side of the vehicle (rear of transaxle), NOT the one toward the rear of the vehicle.
  • kcwolfpack59kcwolfpack59 Posts: 122
    This could be the same problem as experienced with the 2K Lesabre. Its the windshield molding coming loose in the heat and making a noise as the wind blows across it. There is a fix which the dealers know about. For more info. see the Lesabre posts.
  • mschoep1mschoep1 Posts: 4
    The exterior temperature is off by about 20 - 30 degrees. Hotter than actual.

    Is there a sensor that should be replaced? or is there some bug buildup over the sensor causing this inaccurate report?

    Look for your help, anyone!
  • mike0757mike0757 Posts: 1
    My serpentine belt shredded half off at a light and my car stalled. I put a new belt on which was pretty easy, but now the car doesn't start. What would the belt whipping around do to cause this. I've replaced the fuel pump, coil pack and cam sensor so far. Help!
  • I have a Buick Park Avenue 92 and today I just had the problem like the car was running out of gas but there is a full tank. What could be all the possibilities that could cause the problem. I have never experienced this problem with this car. I did notice that when it reached over 200 degrees it started to studder. After cooling for about 10 minutes it is fine for another 25 miles. I need massive help....... :cry: :confuse:
  • I tried to start my 2000 Buick PA and the steering wheel locked and the key will not turn. I have jiggled, and turned back and forth, while trying to make the key turn to no avail. What is the deal??? Any suggestions on how to fix this??
  • Have 2001 Park Avenue. Replaced battery 2 weeks ago. Last ran car 4 days ago. Now it will not start. Battery is okay because everything else works, except car will not start. Steering wheel not locked. What could be wrong?
  • I just bought a 95 buick park avenue, and when i test drove the car it didn't do this but now it does, during light accleration to 60 mph, it sounds like i went over a grate as the tranny shifts , i almost have to put the pedal to the floor to accelerate as a reasonable rate after 50 when it most often makes that vibration/just went over a grate noise. does anyone know what is causing this and what i can do to remedy the problem? any suggestions are welcome. thank you.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,798
    I think that's been mentioned in certain T60E transmissions as a known problem and I can't recall the cause. It's called the washboard effect. If I find it elsewhere, I'll post back here.
  • ok imidazol97, i would appreciate it so much :)
  • I have had a continuing problem of the PassII alarm system draining my battery. Recently it the service engine light started coming on and the car would start to stutter going up inclines. We can make it do the same thing on flat surface but more noticable on inclines. The car is barely drivable now because of this problem. It does not seem to be the transmission, could a sensor be causing this? :confuse:
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,798
    How do you believe the PassKey II system is draining your battery?

    Is the service ngine light steady or flashing? Steady means there's a problem with a code stored in memory and flashing means a serious problem that needs to be seen and fixed.

    If your car is as serious as you sound, it needs to be diagnosed with a code scan and then fixed. It could be transmission. Stuttering sounds like wires and plugs need replaced with quality replacements--not pop culture stuff from the box stores. Get AC Delco plugs and AC Delco wires or Belden from NAPA. Get Original Equipment quality on the wires. If they haven't been replaced in 60K miles, they're due. If could be ignition coils. It could be the ESC that controls the ignition coils (I believe it's right under them).

    It could even be your battery and connections at the battery not supplying adequate voltage. There are many connections to remove, clean, and check. When was the battery last replaced? Does the voltage drop into the orange zone during cranking on the voltage gauge inside the car? It should stay up in the clear area meaning the battery is supplying enough power under load.

    You didn't mention number of miles or kilometers and any history on the car. Are there any other symptoms? Losing water out of the reserve tank? Overheating?

    It could
  • Last night my Check Engine light came on when I started my '96 PA and stayed on. Car drives fine, oil level is good. Did rain hard on the car the night before (doesn't rain much where I am) but that shouldn't have caused it.

    I drive this car about 2-3 times per week sometimes less. How important is it that I get this checked out? I'd prefer to just drive it and ignore it until I noticed it underperforming...etc. Plse advise.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,798
    If the light is not flashing it is not an immediate emergency. It may be from gas cap seal after putting in fuel.

    Did you recently put in gas? The car checks for the seal on the pollution system that captures the evaporating gasoline hydrocarbon vapors when the motor is lukewarm and restarted. Also the gas tank needs to be between 3/4 and 1/4 full IIRC.

    You can check the rubber seal around the cap and the area where it contacts the metal filler tube. Sometimes the metal filler tube collects a brown scudacrud. I cleaned mine with petroleum jelly. That helps soften the rubber seal on the cap. Replace and drive car til temp gauge starts up from bottom. Stop car for few minutes. Then restart; that may trigger a recheck for fuel vapor leaks. Mine turned off two times when I did that. A first time I took it to the dealer--they didn't tell me not flashing wasn't emergency--and there was a broken hose where it attached to the charcoal filter under the air intake area in engine compartment. They may just have resealed the filler cap.
  • saguesague Posts: 1
    hello everyone, my 94 buick park avenue has a problem with the ride level air hight adjustment.

    The "leveling" lamp dash indicater lights,
    I can hear the air compressor start under the hood. the compressor runs for about 2 seconds before blowing a fuse. Please advise thank you
  • Greetings,
    I think I am abought to buy a 95 Park Ave for a "work vehicle" and would
    like some advice on what might be wrong with the AC. Also would like a guess on
    the potential costs to repair the problem if any of you folks are familiar with
    this car.

    The AC blows cold air just fine, but the clutch on the compressor is constantly
    cycling(disengaging/engaging). The fellow already had it charged with freon and
    it seemed like it solved the problem at first but the compressor started cycling
    again about every two seconds.

    Its not a deal breaker(I love this car), but I would like an idea of what the problem
    and the cost to repair might be.

    Thanks for any help.
  • Last week when I turned on my car the gauge needles moved up, as they usually do, except for the gas gauge. It went nuts and rotated all the way around to where the post stopped it from going further. It doesn't move now and I don't know how to get the needle back around?? I understand I am looking at $500 for someone to take off the dash and fix it :-(
    Any ideas? How hard is it to get at the needle to move it back around? I tried a magnet but all that did was clear all my other electronic gauges.
    Thanks for any ideas..........
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,798
    Try searching this discussion for key words like paper clip or drill hole. It seems to me that people reported this problem and used a fine drill bit (manually I assume) to drill through the plastic in a place so they could use a paper clip with a bent 90 degree angle on the end to lift the needle over the peg. I don't know if that's on years as new as an 01.

    Searching the web for key words with park ave may find other discussions about this problem.

    EDIT: ann16, "Buick Park Avenue" #329, 11 May 2006 10:37 am
  • bob2bob2 Posts: 10
    I have been ill and have been unable to drive my car for about 7 months. It is a 97 supercharged park avenue. Suffice it to say that the battery is dead. I plan to call a road service to come give me a jump, but I am concerned about one thing. Is there anything I should do prior to trying to start the car. It has been serviced regularly with no problems. Any help/suggestions that anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,798
    Before jumping turn off all accessories, especially the automatic climate control. I'd wait until the motor has run and the voltage drops back some before I turned it on. A few people have reported strange effects if they didn't turn it off when replacing batteries or jumping...

    If you are in a cold climate where the car is below freezing and the battery is completely discharged, the battery may have frozen. You may have a bad battery in other words.

    You may want to look into a trickle charger for your battery and charge it up slowly. The jump will start the motor but the battery needs a substantial amount of drive and run time to slowly build back up with the alternator.

    There's a possibility if your battery is a few years old that being completely run down may affect how long it lasts. So watch your gauges for normal behavior on voltage and charging after the first hour or so of driving time.

    Another alternative would be to take the battery out and take it somewhere like Advance Auto. Here they will recharge your battery free and check it's serviceability--in the hopes that if defective you'll buy one of their replacements.

    I believe your battery under the rear seat like my 03 LeSabre. You just lift up on the rear seat cushion at the front...
  • bob2bob2 Posts: 10
    Thanks for your suggestions. I will make sure these are considered when I try and start the car.

  • banjo2kbanjo2k Posts: 1
    I just purchased this car and the cruise doesn't work. Are there fuses or relays, etc. that I can check myself before taking it to the dealer?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,798
    Does the cruise light come on?

    I believe there are two electrical circuits that need contact to keep the cruise working. There are two connections on the brake pedal switches. IIRC my cruise quit and the dealer replaced the mechanical box and it still released again after a while. Then they found there were two switches. Either replaced or adjusted the switches. I had studied the circuits in the factory service manual and couldn't quit figure it out. It seemed like they were duplicating part of the circuit. But after they said there were two circuits then it made sense...

    I have a 93 service manual if you can wait a couple of days until I can dig it out.
  • I have a 91 and a 93 park ave and have been tripped up by many different gremlins my 93 started having tranny problems out nowhere one day it would slip and not fully engage into gear until about 40 mph. after several weeks and a fluid filter and lucas trannyfix additive it still slipped . as a last result Idecided to check for blown fuses before a trip to the tranny shop.a 10a fuse feeding the transmissioncoolant fan was blown I believe that feeds the fan on the passenger side of the radiator, any way i replaced the 10a fuse the car worked like normal again I was later told that the computer will put certain parts of the car into a limp mode to stop catastrophic damage from say a overheated tranny. unfortunately most people will run to a repair shopfirst and get charged 1300.00 dollars for a 10a fuse know it has happened more than we want to know!
  • albarrsalbarrs Posts: 1
    1997 Buick Park Avenue: 3800 Engine

    I need to know how to get to the A/C filter down by the accelerator. The Owner Manual says it can be replaced or discarded, but I can't tell if I have to remove screws to get to it or if there is a door of some kind. Any help appreciated. Al Florida :confuse:
  • I have a 2000 Ultra that has a vibration only in forward gears. If you put it in reverse and move back smooth as glass. It also has the vibration with brake applied and give it a little throttle. I think it is coming from the transmission? It has now wheel front wheel bearings and left axel shaft.
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