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Buick park Avenue Problems

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  • To do this, (on my '91 anyhow) you simply find the re-set button under the glove compartment on the left hand side. Put the blunt end of a pencil (the eraser) in the hole and push it in about a half inch. You will hear a click and it will then be re-set. Caution: these buttons CAN fall out. If you have the owners manual, you should find this information included in the book.
  • HAY GUYS,I STUMBLED ACROSS THIS WEB SITE LOOKING FOR A P/A,ULTRA.PLEASE YOU GUYS,GIVE ME SOME SERIOUS FEED BACK.HERES MY STORY.I HAVE ABOUT 60,000 TIED UP IN HOME RESTORATION AND IN THE HART OF WINTER,MY OLD CHEVY CAPRICE IS ON IT,S LAST DAY OF OPERATION.NOT TO PUT IT DOWN,THAT CHEVY HAS BEEN IN THIS FAMILY FOR 10YRS.IV BEEN SCRAMBLING AROUND LOOKING FOR A STRONG 4DR CAR FOR ME AND THE KID,WITCH IM A SINGLE PARENT.NEVER EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT A PARK AV,UNTILL I SAT IN ONE.WELL THE REST GO,S WITH OUT SAYING,IM HOOKED ON THE PARK,WITH 3 GRAND IN MY POCKET.BUT ALL IM RUNNING INTO IS THIS P/A WITH 185 TO 200,000 MILES ON THEM .I CLEARLY UNDER STAND THAT MY BUGET WONT TAKE ME VERY FAR BUT SOME ONE PLEAES TELL ME CAN I GET A CAR LIKE THIS WITH HIGH MILLAGE WITH MINAMALE REPAIRS AND THAT WILL LAST ME AT THE MOST 5-YRS.IV BEEN LOOKING AT 1991 TO 1993,S.THEY APPEAR TO BE VERY CLEAN AND THATS WHAT SCARES ME.THE DEALERS WONT COME DOWN A PEENY BELOW 3,000.IV BEEN READING THE POST ON HERE AND NOW IM IN A TIZZY WOUNDERING WHAT TO DO.IF I COULD GET THIS CAR WITH LOW MILES I WOULD,BUT I CANT.IV LOOKED FOR PRIVATE SALERS WITH NO AVALE.PLEAES!!!!PLEAES!!!!!HELP!!!!!!!!.
  • There is a TSB (technical service bulliten) from GM regarding these whining noises. They say it is caused from the alternator being mounted on the same bracket as the coolant hoses that go through the bulkhead to the heater core, I have this noise in my 99 Ultra. The dealer where I purchased the car says the VIN number of my car is not within the range that Buick says affected cars are within. Duh!! I have found another Buick dealer that has staff with people and technical skills and they will be taking care of the problem. There are many other TSB related problems posted here. These bullitens are available!! Look in your owners manual or ask a competant (helpful) Buick dealer to come to your aid in obtaining these invaluable sources of info. Many independent shops subscribe to a computer program called "ALL DATA" which lists these TSB's for almost all cars !
  • clmjlclmjl Posts: 1
    Several of the trouble lights stay on after starting and running the auto. They are Check Engine, Air bag, Traction Off, and Change oil soon. I have tried to read an error code out with an OBDII service meter, but get a message "Not Responding". Any solutions out there?
  • jon50jon50 Posts: 1
    Parkcrazy1 I have a 91 Ultra for sale. 128k miles, leather, all power, dark blue, new tires, brakes, alternator, battery, water pump, belt, you can e-mail me at jheilman@hiwaay.net, I live Decatur, AL.
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
    Of course you know that our Terms of Use here in Town Hall do not allow "For Sale" ads.... However, it is clear that you are only trying to come to the aid of a fellow member.

    I will be deleting your post in about 1 week, just so that others won't get the wrong idea.

    Thanks.

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  • My 1993 Park Avenue has a problem that I call a stumble. At anywhere from 45 to 60 miles when it gets in a slight pull, it seems to loose power or stumble. If I press down on the gas and downshift, its fine. It's almost like my Oldsmobile does when it is "pining" although my
    Buick never pings.

    I talked to my dealer, and he said they could change the PROM (whatever that is) and this would change the shifting of the transmission. I'm not sure I want this.

    Does anybody out there know what I am talking about?
  • walt66walt66 Posts: 9
    I can sympathize with all the complaints with the Park Avenue as I have one and have done nothing but repair and replace almost every component on the thing..... cannot believe that what was once such a fine automobile has become a pile of junk !!
    There is no need for me to restate all the problems I've had with this machine as I've seen it time and again in Edmunds' web sites... two years ago a response told me to get rid of it as his father had one and took a loss to forestall further expensive repairs... This is not completely confined to GM as tons of our domestic autos are falling apart while still in their prime...
  • dch98dch98 Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Park Avenue, currently with approx 60,000MI/100,000KM. After driving for about 30 minutes, my transmission sometimes develops very harsh upshifts. This has gradually become more frequent over the past year, to about two days per week now. Once the problem starts, it always continues for the remainder of the key cycle.

    Downshifts are smooth and normal, but the whole car will shudder on each upshift through all four gears. Additionally, when cruising along in overdrive and sliding the selector into neutral, there is an immediate resistance lasting for a few seconds, similar feeling to dropping a gear at too high a speed. It is as if there is some foreign resistance, possibly the torque converter lock-up not completely releasing? I just don't know. Other than these terribly annoying symptoms, it doesn't appear to impair the performance of the car in any noticeable way.

    I have taken the car to my independant mechanic and to the Buick dealer several times. Nobody can find a problem with the car, but of course, the problem is intermittent and has never occurred when it's in the shop.

    Any suggestions or similar experiences?
  • I have a 91 park avenue. Just had brakes done by a shop all around and this did not fix my problem. Also had the master cylinder replaced....pedal feels firmer but still no good. my problem is that when i am driving down the road, not applying the brakes, a strange sound starts up... if i put my foot on the brake pedal lightly, it pushes back up hard and I can feel a strong, pulsing through the brake pedal. Any ideas??? maybe something in the antilock brake system??? is this dangerous... your help or advice whould be appreciated.
  • I was extremely unhappy with my new PA's engine whine. The dealer said my VIN number indicated the problem had been fixed, IE, nothing could be done. I requested a meeting with a zone manager who got his technical support involved and they installed a longer radiator hose and looped it so the noise from the alternator was baffled. Much to my sunrise the noise is gone, so far anyway. Probably some bean counter who shortened the hose to save 75 cents. Any way this problem can be fixed. Good luck.
  • I was extremely unhappy with my new PA's engine whine. The dealer said my VIN number indicated the problem had been fixed, IE nothing could be done. I requested a meeting with a zone manager who got his technical support involved and they installed a longer radiator hose and looped it so the noise from the alternator was baffled. Much to my suprise the noise is gone, so far anyway. Probably some bean counter who shortened the hose to save 75 cents. Any way this problem can be fixed. Good luck.
  • Does anyone know if it is normal for the rpms to go up slightly but noticeable when slowing down to a stop. My mechanic says the car is downshifting. i dont know about that but I never had a car do that so noticeable. Another crazy thing is that i have felt brief jerks when accelerating. It is just started happening but not consistently. Help anyone. My PA has only
    66000 miles on it.
  • Does anyone have any information regarding known trunk leak problems with the 90 to 96 Park Ave body style?

    My recently purchased '92 Park Ave Ultra is accumulating water in the trunk tire well at an alarming rate every time it rains. The rear deck lid gasket seems to be intact, but I cannot be certain of the two gaskets in the tail lamp assembly. The last rain storm resulted in approximately 3/4 of an inch of rain in the bottom of the wheel well.

    Except for the Jacques Cousteau trunk experience, it's been a fantastic car. I'd like to upgrade the existing supercharger with a '94 or '95 supercharger and throttle body assembly to pick up an additional 20 hp, but am having trouble locating the assy. All tips and tricks are welcome.

    Thanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    yes, it is probably the tail light lens gaskets, definitely.

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  • jimbo521jimbo521 Posts: 1
    i recently bought a 1997 pk. ave.. in the past day or so i have started to hear a whining noise i read the comments by angus8 and mksafino with similar complaint but different model years than 1997. has anyone else had this problem? does anyone have any more input on the longer hose and re-routing to baffle the alternator noise or any other fix(es) ? will appreciate any comments !!
  • i also have problems as # 70. This only ocurr when warmed up. Also trans will shudder in 1st gear if i floor it--otherwise it is fine. It seems to be sporadic and possibly linked to an electrical sensor rather than a mechanical problem in the transmission. Has anyone found a diagnosis yet??
  • kfowlerkfowler Posts: 1
    I have had extensive experience with a water leak in my 92 PA. It was leaking into the back floorboard and the trunk as you described. After considerable expense ($1,500), I think I finally have it fixed. The problem with the trunk was with the rubber seal around the trunk. That is probably the least expensive and the first thing I would try. It will probably still run around $200 as it is not just a rubber seal but has some molding with it that is factory ordered. If that doesn't work, try the rear light assembly as recommended earlier. I did that first and it didn't work. That assembly is expensive if you buy it from a dealer ($800). I bought mine used from an internet parts dealer for $375 and had them install it for $60. But as I said, too bad it didn't work. The water leak into the floorboard was the result of some shoddy workmanship in replacing the vinyl top and so don't fault Buick for that. Hope that helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
  • We just bought a '94 Park Ave. 88,000 Mi. After 2 days driving great the battery began discharging and the car died. We discovered the alternator was bad, replaced it, charged up the battery, turned the car on and the battery exploded. Exchanged the alternator just in case though it tested fine, bought a new battery, car started fine but automatically began discharging. Sounds like an electrical problem and so now are forced to take it to the dealership. Any ideas on anything else we can try ourselves?
  • I own a '94 Buick Park Ave Ultra which I purchased 2 years ago. Within this time period, I have replaced the alternator twice. Fortunately, I purchased a new alternator from my local Pep Boys store which has a lifetime warranty the first time around.

    My guess is that GM designed it to use "disposable" alternator since they make it so easy to replace under the hood. It took me less than 20 minutes in the parking lot at Pep Boys to yank out the old, exchange at the counter, and install the new.

    But as for solving the cause of the problem, I have no ideas.
  • twurmtwurm Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Park Ave with 55,000 miles on it. The wipers quit working. Buick dealer service dept said it needed a new wiper motor. After replacing motor service department then called and said it needed a new wiper transmission. Seems unlikely that both would fail at the same time. Total cost $525. Water pump failed at about 40,000. Buick has designed a service center profit monster. Any similar experiences?
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    If the wiper transmission jammed it would prevent the motor from turning, burning it out.
  • fgoodyearfgoodyear Posts: 1
    I had the same problem of the trunk leaking on my '96 PA. It leaked on the pass. side of the trunk. I got in the trunk and my daughter sprayed water on it. It leaked at the pass. corner at the rear window. I had the rear window resealed and it cured it for less than a hundred dollars. It was leaking where the side panel and top go together. This seems to be a common problem, but they always want to do something more expensive to fix it. This was an easy fix.------ Though OTHER problems aren't. A/C computer($700)--Transmission($2400)--EGR valve($300) ---Battery cables won't stay tight---keeps losing programming for doors, remotes --etc. All this at less than 90,000 miles. I bought a PA because I have a '91 Century with 147,000 miles on it and have done nothing except rack & pinions and it still runs like new. I still trust it farther than the '96 PA!
  • I've got a 99 Park Avenue Ultra with around 24000 miles on it. It's developed a strange pop in the steering column and/or floorboard during the following conditions. In motion, applying brake, making a right turn and some suspension movement. It feels like something is loose under the car or binding in the steering column. You can hear and feel this pop thru the column and floorboard. Sofar the dealership is stumped. Any ideas on what this could be??
  • My 99 Park Avenue Ultra has the same symptoms that you described. There is a TSB out that covers the 97-2000 model PA. that describes this problem to a T. The TSB# is 99-02-32-007. The correction involves replacing the current power steering inlet and outlet hoses with a revised set. It's pretty easy to tell if you have the right ones. Open your hood and follow the hoses. The original design runs both hoses along the passenger side frame rail. The revised design runs the one hose along the passenger side frame rail and the other on the drivers side frame rail. I bet you can have your local dealership look this TSB up and print it out for you. Hope this helps.
  • angus8angus8 Posts: 3
    There is an intermit ant noise from the rear. Sounds like bottles or dishes rattling. Occurs when the trunk is loaded; extra passengers or going over dirt roads. Any one with a similar experience?
  • alnehlsalnehls Posts: 2
    I just bought my Grandmother's '89 Buick Park Avenue about a month and half ago. It had been running great up until last Thursday. When we started up the engine, a rattle developed after the engine slowed to its idle speed. The noise dies away when the engine runs a little faster but comes back every time it slows back down (so we were thinking we should just increase the idle speed). Does anyone know how to adjust the idle speed - we have the complete tear down and rebuild repair manual, but couldn't find it. My Dad and brother who have worked on their two Buicks (one older one newer) checked out the problem but couldn't find the source of the rattle. It may be part of the fuel injection system or possibly part of the cooling system. If anyone has had a similar experience, please let me know.
  • schiotzschiotz Posts: 1
    My engine is not running well, when I start,it seems like the engine doesn´´t run on all 6 cyl.
    After a while it comes around but does´I run perfectly anyway.
    The diagnostic code is 44 (oxygen sensor-lean exhaust indicate) or (sensor circuit-lean exhaust)
    If I keep it on 2000-3000 RPM it runs OK for a while but then it goes back to being "uneasy".
    If I don´ touch the gas at all it just doesn´t´ run well.
    Does anybody have an idea of what the problem is?
    Annette
  • rstoeverrstoever Posts: 2
    I have a problem with my PA stalling out while driving, with no warning. It was checked out and the computer didn't register any code. Replaced filters etc and degreased engine to see if that would help. Not.
    Any advice?
  • jreecolejreecole Posts: 3
    Has anyone had this problem when making sharp turns left or right . My dealer said they had (3)
    other people having the same problem. They have contacted GM for a fix. If you have this noise
    please tell me what you did to correct it. Johnny
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