Buick Rainier Electrical Problems
my speed odometer will register the wrong speed I am traveling, sometimes it will freeze and I lightly tape on the dashboard, sometimes this helps and sometimes not. This is inconsistent as many days everything is working great, the buick dealership recommends a $500 replacement part. Could a wire be loose, a bad fuse, poor batteries. poor connection somewhere in the dashboard, could condensation and or different outdoor temperture intefer with accuracy????
Truck would not start (dim lights, starter "clicking")...replaced battery. Everything fine. 3 days later... "battery not charging" warning light comes on. I charge battery, light goes off. I take it to the dealer figuring the alternator is bad. Electrical check shows alternator and battery good. Nothing showing "drawing" on battery. Can anyone offer a suggestion what the issue is?
Were you able to get any other diagnosis of your problem ?? :lemon:
P.S. My first symptom was 2 days prior with a oil pressure gage that was reading 160 psi. 180 degrees to the right of 0 psi. I believe that the "stepper motor" on each gage is what fails. It sounds like gm has a new stepper motor version on the replacement cluster.
Well, it started again 18 months later, at first just a few times per night. Now it is crazy, they flicker so badly it has cars in front of me are wondering why I am flashing my lights like a crazy person.
Does anyone have any idea or has had the same problem?
Have had other problems too....alternator was replaced, A/C & Heating vents not blowing enough air, they've been worked on several times, still a problem. Crazy A/C & Heating unit is terrible to adjust to right temp., it's either blowing hot or cold....always at the wrong time. They can keep these automatic climate control units....just give me the old-fashioned type, they work great. And several other items....
The vehicle had zero issues, not in the shop once (except for service), until it approached 30,000 miles, now it seems we are in the dealer's shop often....Does the Rainier fall about as it ages? Is the future going to be like this?
Any input is appreciated. Thank you.
I've checked fused and wire bundle connections but have not been able to find any problem.
My problem was solved by having the garage replace a stepper motor. Now I get smooth speedo needle movement, rather than the eratic, twitchy movements I was getting.
Your problem sounds more serious than a simple stepper motor change. I wonder if the whole cluster is in need of changing.
PS. I also hated the automatic climate controls, especially on the windshield defrost setting. It was impossible to adjust the temp, either too hot or too cold.
Im having a problem with my 05' Rainier.
The Gas Gauge seems to malfunction. When I fill up the tank to full it will read that it is empty and will continue to fluctuate up and down. This happened a month after I bought it from the dealer and now I am stationed overseas and cant ship my car to my station until this problem is fixed. Anyone else have this problem and know how much it cost them??
$700 plus a $900 core charge for the old one. Fortunately, I had purchased an aftermarket warranty on this car, so I had to pay only a $100 deductible. Its ridiculous that GM does'nt give any better warranty coverage than 36 months, This was an expensive car. I believe perhaps mid thirties when new. I'm pretty much done with GM and Detroit too. My wifes Subaru had the same aftermarket warranty. We've had it for over five years now and have had zero claims. nothing but normal wear items. It was way cheaper and older when purchased too.
Will keep you posted on the outcome. I planned to refinance it so that it would be paid off faster. Best believe I will be trading it in....
Any help or advice would be welcome
The AAA man also suspected the alternator was bad (but after testing it, it was fine).
I would suggest going to get your batter, starter, and your alternator tested, that could be the root of the problem.
My headlights also flicker. One night they went out completely on dim and I had to drive home bright lighting everyone. I put a new battery in and there is no change. Today my gearshifter messed up. The shifter cable broke. I'm waiting on a replacement from the auto parts store. Has anyone else had this problem?
Were you planning on having the vehicle diagnosed by a GM dealership? Please keep me posted on any information.
Caron, GM Customer Service
1 owner (me)
Little over 100k
Never again will I Buy a Buick
Bought it with 110 miles. Bought the extended warranty (ended at 100k). In November 2012 the gear shift cable broke. 7 1/2 months pregnant. Drove it to the doctor's office then stopped at a dealership to get the inspection sticker. They were unable to move it as the cable clamps broke. The clamps are made of plastic and exposed to weather without any protection. The dearlship was able to test it & guess what IT PASS!!! How does a major cable brake, prevents the vehicle from moving but still passes an inspection. BECAUSE THAT CABLE DOES NOT CAUSE THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO TURN ON. Contacted GM and as everyone else on here & all other forums, after knowing your vehicle is over 100K, its oh well your problem not ours!!!
My main concern was, what else can malfunction (& make it unsafe) and not cause the check engine light to turn on. When I called a Buick dealership, they said you have to bring it in so we can hook it up and see what is the problem. I was furious, I'm telling you what needs to be replaced (another mechanic from a Honda dealership) & NO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON!!! Finally said it would be $400. Fixed it, what else could I do with a baby on the way.
The waterpump acting up. Changed it $500.
NOW, fuse ING E keeps blowing.
Driver vent blows cold air while the passanger blows hot air. And yes I have checked the temperature and also changed the mode to the dual setting.
RMP gauge is not working properly, its unstable while driving. When I press on the gas it goes from 1.5 to 2.5 back and forth, unstable.
Sounds like it wants to cut off (which at times it has while waiting in line at a drive thru, red light ect.)
Has a rough kick when the ac it turned on.
Buick I understand vehicles will not last forever. But your vehicles only last to 100K, you should inform potential clients of that defect. I WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT ONE, HAD I KNOWN. I also own a 06 Honda Accord (170K) which runs like new, 02 Sequoia (115K) no major issues except to replace the normal wear and tear stuff.
Today I will be looking for another SUV, IT WILL NOT BE A BUICK. Any make but yours. I have told everyone I know to not through their money away with buying any Buick vehicle.
YOU WILL EVENTUALLY FILE CHAPTER 11!!!! I WILL PRAY FOR NO MORE BUICK OWNERS LIKE ME!!!!
Potential buyers: YOU HAVE BEEN WARN!!!! MANY OF US WENT WARN, BUICK IS NOT WORTH THE MONEY UNLESS YOU WANT A VEHICLE FOR LESS THAN 100K!!!! Take your money and run from ALL Buick dealerships!!!!!
The dealership informed us the front mounts needed to be replaced, but other than that there was nothing wrong with our car and they knew of no recalls on the vehicle. The mounts were replaced but the other problems persisted. The AC/heat stopped working completely. On a Friday evening the windshield fluid sprayer started working and wouldn't turn off. We joked that the car was possessed and was going back to the dealership on Monday. The next day the car caught fire and burnt to a charred shell of metal. We were lucky to get out as we were driving on a busy interstate.
Insurance investigators determined it was the AC switch malfunction. The dealership denies any responsibility. GM denies any responsibility, and we still owe the finance company. We're glad to be alive, but will certainly NEVER buy a GM vehicle again. Does anyone have suggestions on how to get some justice ?