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Old 10-30-2004, 01:58 AM   #1
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Hi, my name is Lou and I'am new to this. I searched some of my problems and found some answers. But I have some new ones.
1st I drive this car alot and keep it in good shape. Every time I turn around something else goes wrong. Most of the time it'* the dealer that keeps screwing up my car. My car has now about 120K.
A-- I have this steering noise when I turn left at slow speeds. From what I read it chould be the intermed drive shaft or grease the spring cusions. If that is more or less the problem,if I go to the dealer does anyone know how much this might cost?
B-- My dash lights up like a Christmas tree. My air bag light stays on. Keep in mine the dealer had to replace my steering wheel at one time because they ripped the leather. How do I get this light shut off? My info center says, Check gas cap. How does this go away? Sometimes its on, then goes away. Once in awhile the check engine light comes on with it also. Then shuts off. Not always at the same time.
C-- New problem. My heat comes on hot on the drivers side and not the passengers. Even after I make sure that the temp is turned on, on both sides. The back off the console blows cold too. Any ideas how to fix this?
My drivers side rear floor gets wet when it rains real hard. The dealer replaced eveything when it came to the sunroof and it still gets wet. Any help here?
Last for now, my oil pressure gauge is pegged. I believe its just the switch.
If anyone has any idea how to help some of these problems, please let me know. I know it will just come down to a day at the dealer. I don't feel like paying them alot of money to trace all the electical problems and to fix all the stupid problems that they will say they can't find and charge me anyway. This email chould go one forever if I told you the whole story. Just thought some off these thing chould be a quick fix. Sorry to be so long. But I found this site and it might be my only hope. Thanks for reading. Lou.
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A) you say the steering makes a noise on turning left, can you feel it in the steering wheel or noise only? Does it seem worse when turning over a small bump? Does the steering wheel feel tight when turning from side to side?

B) Get a new gas cap, common problem with the cap seal. Take the steering wheel back to the dealer, the air bags are disabled and you need a proper GM scanner to figure out the problem, the SIR system is very tricky even the damp floor can effect the air bag system as the control is under the drivers seat?

C) There is an air mix door that lets in warm air (or cool) for each side of the car. The actuator or linkage is suspect and means much of the dash needs to be removed to gain access. How mechanical are you, do you think you could take on this task?
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Thanks for getting back to. Sorry I did not respond sooner. I've been away.
You can feel it in the steering wheel. Mostly turing slow turning. Don't notice it over bumps. It feels tight but I thought that was normal.
I'll take the car back for the airbag. Do you think they will charge for that? It'* been awhile.
As for the dash. I'm not too bad when it comes to mechanical stuff, but the idea to take apart the dash sounds like a nightmare. I'm also afraid to take it to the dealer. They took the radio out and banged up the console. They had to repair the vinly around the radio and the console part by the ash tray. I might give it a try.
Speaking of the radio. Did anyone ever have a problem with reception? Mine is really bad.
Thanks for reading.
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It sounds like most of these problems have been caused by the dealer, air bag, dash and dash vents were all result of the steering wheel being replaced?

The steering wheel vibration and noise sounds like an intermediate shaft a common problem with this generation of Bonneville. Search this forum for intermediate steering shaft for some updates and part #'*, theres even a how to posted somewhere but most take it to the dealer as it is a bit involved.
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Thank you. I will keep you updated.
I've been reading about buying parts from gmpartsdirect.com. If you buy parts from them and bring it to the dealer would they still install it?
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I think the ONLY time a dealer would install a part that a customer brought in was one that they could not get from ANY of their suppliers. And maybe they wouldn't do a job if they could not locate the part on their own, citing liability reasons Remember, they're in business to MAKE/take money!!!
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Speaking of the radio - I have a problem with reception also. The antenna is in the rear window. The radio reception problems only occur when the rear window defrost is turned on. Coincidence? probably NOT!
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Thanks for getting back to. Sorry I did not respond sooner. I've been away.
You can feel it in the steering wheel. Mostly turing slow turning. Don't notice it over bumps. It feels tight but I thought that was normal.
I'll take the car back for the airbag. Do you think they will charge for that? It'* been awhile.
As for the dash. I'm not too bad when it comes to mechanical stuff, but the idea to take apart the dash sounds like a nightmare. I'm also afraid to take it to the dealer. They took the radio out and banged up the console. They had to repair the vinly around the radio and the console part by the ash tray. I might give it a try.
Speaking of the radio. Did anyone ever have a problem with reception? Mine is really bad.
Thanks for reading.
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Are you sure its in the rear window? Mine is in the front, unless they have seperates for am and fm.
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