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Sounds to me like the plug is still in the head as normal, just with the porcelain and electrode snapped on the top end (where the ignition line attaches). If that's the case, it should be really easy to handle, you just need the exact right tool. You may need to take the manifold off to open up your workspace, but you should be able to access it with a ...


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I'm not positive, but it looks like a vent actuator. In most older vehicles there were manual vents down in the foot well area of the passenger cabin. You'd have to reach down to actuate it by pulling/pushing a knob. Since Buick's were a little more on the "high end" of the car food chain, they would have such controls at easier access to the driver (...


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As you know, the rear shocks are McPherson struts. There aren't a lot of options to lift a car with a suspension like that. At least not economically. Most obvious, would be replacing the springs with new ones. This may give you some extra ride height, as the original ones are likely sagging and the progressive resistance has diminished some.


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I found what was causing the noise. There is a small metal plate, roughly sized and shaped like a one of those little wooden ice cream spoons that come with a Dixie cup. It is positioned suspending from the bottom of the hub parallel to the back of the rotor. On both sides of the car it was touching the rotor causing the noise. On the driver side the ...


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If the electrode pulled out of the plug you may be able to use an epoxy to pull out the rest of the porcelain. If not you'd have to smash it and get it out of the ground strap. Then you may be able to use an extractor kit on the ground strap. I'm pretty sure you don't have to pull the engine to remove the head. But the lower intake etc... would have to ...


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Use a coolant flush kit You can add a 'T' to one of your radiator hoses that allow you attach a garden hose to your cooling system. Once you have added the 'T' to your system you can run your car and the garden hose simultaneously in order to fully circulate the fluid in your cooling system as well as flush out all of the contents of the system to ensure ...


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To handle this I would advise you to take it to have the airbag system scanned to see if a trouble code exists. For us to simply just tell you what the issue is we are going to need more information, such as: Have you experienced a wreck recently? Have you done any adjustments to the steering wheel? Have you spun the steering wheel? Have you examined the ...


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According to this Delaware DMV page, the parking brake must stop a vehicle in 54 feet from 20 mph. For reference, the foot brake has to stop the car in 20' from the same speed. It doesn't sound like you're registering the car as an antique/collector, but if you do, you only have to pass the inspection once. As for checking the function of the brake, I ...


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There are reasons you'll find the price disparity between what you'll find online or at the parts store versus what a shop will charge you for the same part. (I'll give you an anecdote after I answer this.) Most non-dealer shops buy there parts as cheap as they can get them. They may have a deal with a parts store to get a discount on parts if they buy ...


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It possible that could be air still in the system. In general if it's air you should be able to pump the pedal and have it come up and be firm and hold that level. Air compresses while the brake fluid does not. If you allowed the fluid level in the master cylinder to drop to the point it could draw air in you may have air trapped in the ABS unit. ...


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The torque mount is fairly important. It keeps everything in place when the engine is trying to torque over from either a launch or a stop. While this one isn't completely shot, it needs to be replaced before that happens, so as to not cause issues in other areas of the vehicle. It will eventually affect the other motor mounts (because they have to do the ...


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There is a kit that contains a new sending unit, float and seal. It retails for 239.20 according to gmpartsdirect.com, they will sell it to you for $124.38. There should be an access panel in the trunk under the mat, so dropping the tank should not be necessary. Expect a shop to bill retail for the part plus an hour of labor. You can probably do this ...


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I assume that at this point you've already figured it out, or gone another route. Buuut for anybody that's still interested, this will work as described in this photo from above: The negative outputs (blue and green) are simply connected to ground when the corresponding relay (unlock and lock) inside the remote start is activated. The unit labeled "...


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According to the 2001 Buick Regal service manual (PDF) spark plugs wires should be inspected at 100K miles, and replaced if necessary (p. 7-15).


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Flush it out with a hose (ordinary garden hose will do fine), backwards - so that the water flows though in the opposite direction to which it would do in normal operation. Generally they flow from top to bottom, so you want to flush it from bottom to top - it's often easiest to take the rad out and turn it upside-down for this. Keep going until the water ...


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Actually maybe I will attempt to answer this. This is my theory, note I am a consumer, not a seller / mechanic. I've just seen a similar pattern with my own vehicle (2001, Honda). I think a few factors come into play here: OEM vs non-OEM parts: Equivalent parts manufactured by third-parties tend to be less expensive (for example, and also here). Price ...


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SOLUTION: As is turns out, I was not connected to the VATS resistor value/ground reference wires at all. The PLJX instructions SUCK and give almost no info on VATS systems while everything is written up more for the older Passlock I and II systems. I had followed the instructions as spot-on as I could and found the yellow/black/green wire that was inside a ...


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I know some of the older GM V-6's had issues with the throttle plate binding in the throttle body. Try to locate the throttle body. It can found by following the large plastic hose attached to the air cleaner box. If you remove the hose you may be able to see some carbon build up. Get a can of throttle cleaner at the local autoparts store and follow the ...


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If you perform the repairs yourself the fuel level sensor seems to cost about $100. When the sending unit goes bad the fuel gauge will usually not move at all. It does sound like it could be an issue with the fuel level sensor in your car. Perhaps the float just needs to be adjusted. Maybe someone bent it out of shape when performing a repair. For ...


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If you have access to the nuts on threaded studs, you can use a nut splitter to get the nuts off. Then you can clean up the threads, and you might have access to the blind side of the mounting point.


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When the alternator fails, the copper windings melt and become shorted. This will cause an electrical fire smell and will cause several indicators to come on. As others have stated, burnt fuses and failed regulators can cause the same smell. When a regulator stops... regulating, your voltage can spike to excessive levels causing equipment to burn out and ...


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The power door lock circuit includes the Body Control Module, Door Lock Switches, and Door Lock Actuators. The upper plug has no relevance in the circuit and is used partly as the door ajar circuit. The lower plug with the tan and gray wires are for the door lock actuator. The door lock switches are 3 wire. Black is ground, red/black is output signal to ...


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Side windows are tempered glass. They are made to shatter into a million pieces (as you just found out). All it takes is pressure in the right place in the right direction to have it shatter. Can it being off track cause this? I would assume there was just enough stress in the right place and that's all she wrote. I had shut a car door once with the window ...


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First I'd clean your battery terminals, since even a cold battery at fullish charge will try to start. After cleaning, make sure they're clamped tight and there's no corrosion. Also, describe "won't start" - clicks, nothing, slow turnover, turns and stops, etc.


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There's a couple of scenarios that come to mind. Originally, I was going to write this as a comment, but it would simply be too much text. Others, please feel free to give reasons why any of these isn't the answer. Clutch is Failing (manual trans only) Generally, when your clutch fails, it only catches partially. Even if you give it a whole lot of gas, it'...


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P0602 simply means the control module is not programmed. Programming is generally required when installing a new PCM in most modern vehicles. You will need to take the vehicle and the new PCM to a shop with the specialize equipment to program the computer. There really isn't a DIY solution to this problem.


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There are various factors which can cause the symptoms you are stating. If your car (1997) has a mechanical ignition system which is highly probable then check your ignition coil and if that is fine then check the spark plug.If your spark plugs work then clean them and check if the problem still exists.(BTW they should be brown in colour if they are dark ...


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Is this on the front or the back? Also, did you try taking the brake rotor off of the hub? In either case (front or back), you should be able to remove the caliper, brake pads, and rotor off of the hub. When you get down this deep, there should be plenty of room to get the studs out and replace them. EDIT: IF you cannot get the studs out, you'll need ...


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The only place where I'd expect such a wire is the one between the ignition lock and the starter relay (i.e. the one that tells the starter to crank). Do they expect you to splice your starter button into this lead?


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It turned out the drum adjusters were set wrong and seized. As near as I can reason, what I was feeling at first was the fluid back-pressure needed to overcome the portioning valves (and some braking force from the discs). Then the "dead zone" was fighting the drum's wheel cylinder return spring after the portioning valves had opened. The final stage of ...



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