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Buick Park Avenue



  • For the past few months there is this cranking noise :( (from the passenger front wheel) while making right turns (different from squeel of breaks for instance). when i lightly apply the goes away and the noise appears only when going speeds over 15-20mph.

    i have been to two different mechanics neither fixed the problem. one replaced the wheel bearing and didnt even hear the noise to begin with. my baby still makes the noise...i have inspected the cv joint, it is not cracked. the driver side front tire does show significant wear...all other tires are great. perhaps that is a clue?

    i love my car and i want it in top condition. please help me! :confuse:
  • Does anybody have any experience with excessive brake squeal and the brake calipers rattling on the pins?
    I have a '97 PA Ultra with touring suspension and 70,000 mi.
    Back at 60,000 mi. I replaced the brake pads and have had nothing but squeals and rattles since. Twice in the last 10000 miles I've taken it all apart and semared smeared the back of the pads with anti squeal lube with only temporary releif of the squealing and nothing seems to help the caliper rattle.
    I can rock the calipers by hand even after torquing the pins to spec.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • ary707ary707 Posts: 1
    Hi everyone, i just bought my PA and I love it.
    Problem: Whenever i press the brakes to hard there is annoying squeaking sound coming form the front left side. It changes pitch too.
    Does anyone know what the problem might be. I would appreciate it very much if somebody could help me out.

    Thank you
  • ejanusejanus Posts: 2
    Here here! I am also 36 and at 6' 8" , there are very few options out there.
    I just retired my 95 Crown Vic (207k miles!) to upgrade to the 2000 PA Ultra and love it!

    Although the Vic did have more head room for me. Anybody know if it possible to get the seat slid back farther on the track to give me an extra inch or two of leg room?
  • ejanusejanus Posts: 2
    Howdy all - some quick questions:

    On using Premium Fuel: I drive 75 miles one-way to work. Manual says
    you don't necessarily need premium fuel if the engine doesn't knock.
    I don't notice any knock with 87 octane and I can get 30-31 mpg
    on flat portions of highway with the cruise on. My question is: Is long-term
    use of premium "better" for the 3800/Supercharged engine? I'm guessing
    it matters not given my almost exclusive highway use of my Ultra.

    I've noticed a whine when I accelerate under certain conditions. Often,
    after turning off the cruise as I get into town. Anyone know what this is?

    I reviewed a bunch of messages here and my Ultra also seems to make
    a groaning sound when I turn the wheel hard (not too bad, but I've noticed
    then I go to park the car in my office lot, it will groan a little as I make that
    90 degree turn)

    FINALLY, I have an infant and was wondering if the 2000 PA comes with the new car seat anchors, I don't remember finding this when I looked. Are they located only on one side in the back? Anyone know?

  • Not currently. But I bought a new 1987 PA when I was 33, and I still have it.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,318
    >new car seat anchors

    Out 03 LeSabre has them. They are on the front edge of the rear shelf.


    Check for the strut cushions slipping erratically giving the moaning. My service manager had me hold my hand on the spring while he turned the front wheels smoothly from side to side. You could feel the cushion or bearing for the top of the strut give causing a twang sound. One slipping in smaller jerks could cause a moaning because the spring and suspension tended to resonate with the vibration.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • juice1juice1 Posts: 1
    Hello, first off, let me say congratts on the new purchase. I own a 1997 Park Ave Ultra and I love it. To answer your first question about the type of fuel to use.. you must use premium. Gas mpg has nothing to do with it. You are using a Supercharged engine that requires certain things. I'm sure you probably already know this but the supercharger forces air into your engine giving it boost. When it does this it requires the fuel to burn hotter and faster. If you only put 87 octane gas in it the fuel cannot burn hot enough or fast enough. This will lead to a bent valve, which believe me you don't want. You must run premium gas in this engine especially if you are driving a long distance to work. Once you are on the highway, it puts alot more stain on the engine to pass a car which in turn leads to you activating the booster. For you next question about the whine under acceleration. This could be your torque converter that resides in your transmission. PA torque converters are known to be noisy. You will be able to tell if the noise increases as your rpm increase and then drops as soon as your transmission shifts gears. If it is really noisy it could possibly be your supercharger differential. The differentials main purpose is to allow your tires to spin at different speeds under hard acceleration. If you or the previous owner has been hard on the car it is possible that the differential has been damaged. If you ever end up having your tranny rebuilt, ask the mechanic if the differential plate was blue or black. If it is blue its from spinning tires too much which in turn burnt the metal. If it is black, it is because of a defect and the fluid wasn't getting to it properly. To answer your question about the growl sound when you make 90 degree turns, this is totally normal. You are just straining the power steering pump. When you are in a parking lot you aren't spinning the pump very fast, this means that the pump isn't creating alot of pressure, giving you that growl sound when you turn the wheel. No need to worry its normal.
  • vehicle seems to be starting out in third gear.replaced speed sensor and module.fluid is good no debris in pan.
    no codes.
  • I have a 97 PA with about 88K miles on it, I am very happy with it. Recently I found my battery dead and was able to have it jump started. The problem is while trying to start it the fuel gauge kept going crazy and somehow got stuck under the nub that it rests on. I have to keep track of how many miles I'm driving now to make sure I don't run out of gas. Also after the battery was replaced the check tires warning came on. I checked them and even put in some air, but it still comes on each time I start up. My dealer says he can fix the fuel gage for $125, anyone have any idea how I can fix it myself? :sick:
  • Remove the instrument panel cluster and rotate the cluster in your hands upside down. You will see the needle move, rotate till the needle is on the proper side of the pin.
  • My '98 PA came back front some front end work with the gas gauge needle rotated full clockwise so that it rested against the back side of the stop peg. After reading several posts on this site I sucessfully tried the following "quick fix": Using a hobby pin drill vise, hand drill a small hole over the gas gauge needle's center. Slip a paper clip or finer wire through the hole and rotate the needle into the upper part of the gauge area. Turn on the ignition. The needle should move to
    "Empty" and then to its correct position.
    It worked for me! :D
  • Hi everyone - Looking for a little help. My Park Avenue won't start. I turn the key - and it does try - but it just won't start. I end up running the battery down trying. Sometimes after I try to start it and then turn the key off - if gives me a really funny coughing sound. Any help would be appreciated.
  • I had a similar problem with another car and the fuel injection was plugged. There should be a valve to release the pressure and normally this will allow it to start. Causes seem to be a tank of bad gasoline.
  • Mine does this and it is in the control module. Seems to require a "reboot" at times.
  • Did you find the problem???
  • I have a 1995 and a 2001 Buick Park Avenue. Both have very low miles for the year model. I have noticed that they both tend to wander quite a bit. I have had both aligned and new tires, front ends checked etc. I recently drove a 2003 and found that one as true as an arrow. Any ideas or comments? Did Buick have a handling/steering problem over this 5-6 year period? Thanks!
  • My 98 PA had the same fuel gauge problem. Thanks for your suggestion. I used a scratch awl to start the hole and then a very small pin drill and was able to move the needle which then worked properly. Thanks again!!
  • I have a 99 that is doing the same things as you describe, did you ever find out what was wrong and how to fix it?

    Thank you,

  • Hi~ I have a 95 PA with about 115k miles and have been getting a whining noise when I start up the car. Sounds like its coming from the alternator / belt area. Whines at idle and highway speeds but more noticeable while idling or neighborhood driving at low speeds. Did seems to be intermittently but now pretty much constant. Any suggestions as to what this may be would be helpful.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,318
    IIRC some alternators had a whine. There was a TSB to do something to change them. I think my 93 had a whine I just lived with it--radio it's called. I usually had it on. The thing lost a diode at 70K mi about. 98 LeSabre has 130 on original alternator.

    Do you have a gauge? Does it seem to be charging at the right voltage. Do you notice any difference when starting the car like the battery doesn't seem fully charged; the starter just doesn't hit with the same zap it used to have.

    The whine could mean it's lost a diode. You might take it off and get it checked at the Auto places that run a free test in hopes you'll buy a replacement. I recommend Advance Auto because they have AC remanufacturer alternators if you do need one.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • I also have the 2000 Ultra. I have never heard any noises when using regular gas but i have had an idiot light come on, on two occassions. Both time i had to have the dealer reset it. Since then, i pretty much stick to premium.
  • I am looking @ a '02 Ultra @ a Buick dealer. He is saying the ultra does not require premium fuel. Can anyone outhere give me the straight story is prem. fuel req. for the PA ultra??
  • calvin5calvin5 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 park ave that jerks when you drive at 45 - 50 mph, you can even see about a 200 rpm jump on the tach. Have taken it everywhere and tried about everything but can't seem to find the problem. there is no code showing when hooked to scanner. Have changed plugs, wires fuel pressure diapham, seliniod pressure switchs in trany new torque converter, etc. and it still does the same thing. going broke, need help.
  • stlplyrstlplyr Posts: 3
    The Gas Gauge needle on my 98 Buick Park Avenue has slipped past the pin, and is lodged to the left of the pin, how can I get at it to bend the pin inwards so this cannot happen again. Thank You! Al Udeen
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,318
    I have read of this happening in another forum. Some drill very small holes through theplastic in strategic place so they can use a wire maybe a paperclip shaped to move the needle back where it belongs. They say it works fine after that.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • yes i to had this problem, my transmission was banging into gear at about 45mph. i took it to the dealer and they found that the springs on the 1-2 and 3-4 overdrive vavle ports in the tranny were getting residue and not allowing the tranny fluid to bypass unrestricted for smooth shifting.they cleaned these vavle out on the vavle body of the transmission,they can do this without dropping the tansmission do not be fooled.i have a 1999 p/a also they added lucas transmission additive hope this helps,aamco wanted to do a complete rebuild.......
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  • ingo1ingo1 Posts: 1
    My 2000 PA Ultra with 68000 miles started skipping. My dealer says I need new spark plugs and new spark plug wires. He quoted a fee of $400 for the plugs and wires installed. I realize that new plugs and wires may cost more than the $35 I paid when I was young, but $400 seems excessive. Am I being ripped off by the dealer?
  • mwillsmwills Posts: 3
    Maybe this will help. I had a '72 leSabre and an '85 PA with slight clinking noises that I could hear when driving past a hard wall such as road dividers or close buildings. The center decals in my wheel covers were held on by spring clips and were loose due to wear. They rattled as the wheel turned, and the noise was sometimes more noticeable when turning the steering wheel. If you have a wheel cover with a center decal, check this out. Good luck. :)
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