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Buick Century - 1999 3.1 Fix Known Issues
AUTOMOTIVE TIPS - MR. E can help
ALWAYS USE JACK STANDS! - Taking a short cut can cut your life short.
Passenger Side Front turn signal
The bulb burns out , actually shorts out. To fix. Order new turn signal socket (rockauto was cheapest) at 19$. about 5 minutes to install. On each side of the headlamp housing look for 1/2 inch wide 3 inch long white plastic clips. Pull up, remove clips. Remove lamp housing. Remove rubber cover, twist turn signal socket to remove.
AC DELCO part # LS115 Parking Lamp Socket
Buick Century Odometer, gear selector not lighting, or dim
Buick Century 1999-2004 Have an issue where the Odometer does not light as for the gear selector too. Four resistors will burn out, as each burns out the odometer gets dimmer till all go out.
Fix is easy. You tube provides the instructions:
Screwdriver, Slotted and Phillips
25w Solder iron
Radio Shack -
Obtain (4) 150 ohm resistors
Rosin Core Solder
De solder ribbon
Thanks to all who post the info that I used. Nice job.
Buick Century 1999-2004
Cooling level indicator ( right side Red lighting on dash console, intermittent, or full on)
Ratchet and Sockets
O ring assortment
50 / 50 antifreeze
Bucket to catch anti freeze
Cooling Level Sensor 30 to 50$
To get to the sensor.
The water pump is up front on passenger side. 8 mm socket and 10 mm socket. A 3/8 rachet, and along big screwdriver.
Time 40 mins, Cost Water pump on sale 17$ , fluid - 10$. Dealer 275-300$
Only trick is the long screwdriver which is used to hold the pully. put blade between 2 of the 4 bolts, and the AC compressor.
Loosen petcocks till antifreeze comes out. bring up the temp to let thermostat open. 7 and 8 mm
Pully 81 Ft Lbs water pump 7.25 ft lbs or tight then 1/4 turn.
Usually the cable will break. Easy to replace.
Purchase the complete motor and track. about 75$. Pick up new trim push pins need 10. Screw Driver , and set of sockets for the bolts. The bolts are reused.
Remove screw on door lever, the cap in the hand hold has 2 bolts, then remove the panel, Unconnect the tweeter wire, the door lock and the window control cable. Peal back the plastic vapor barrier.
Black arrow show what to remove. Disconnect the wire from the motor
Shows the 2 bolts that act as a clamp on the glass.
My last visit for 60k tires the shop came back with the following prices:
$105 for Antifreeze Flush
$120 for Power Steering flush
$51 for air cleaner filter
I did it for:
$10 Antifreeze Flush
$ 10 Power Steering Flush
$ 10 for air cleaner
1 hr labor
Saved $273 - 30$ = $243.00
Savings, it's up to you.
- Oil Change Up to 50$ a yr
- Air Filter 40$
- Fluid Replace Power Steering, Transmission, Cooling - 2 yrs / 30 k 200 or more in savings.
- Brakes - 40 to 60 k save $100
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