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Old 01-19-2007, 04:29 PM   #1
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I have owner an 2000 SE for a little better than a year and a half and come across many of the same issues as the rest of you. The steering, the bubbling hood, rear windows, etc. I do have a couple of issues that no one else seems to have said anything about.

With the self leveling system the sensor appears to have gone bad, making the compressor run nearly all the time. So the rear of my car is completely lifted in the air, killing my milage and making the rear view mirrors a bit useless. Has anyone had any experience with this, cost, frustration with the replacement? It'* the sensor on the drivers side of the car in the rear wheel well just for a reference. Or ais there perhaps an easier fix?

Also I thought I had a bad rear wheel bearing and a local mechanic claimed it is the rear brake rotors. Have any of you changed out the rear rotors and pads, if so how much of a pain was it, as I know the fronts are very simple, rear can always be more of a headache.

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It'* been a while, but there have been problems reported with the sensor the for ELC. Replacement takes care of the problem. While I haven't done it personally, from what I've read, it is easily replaced.

What kind of problem are you experiencing with the rear end? We've had several reports of front wheel hubs going, but only one that I can recall of for the rear hubs. The rear rotors have been known to warp, and/or pit and I think there was a technical service bulletin about some noise (moan or groan) where replacing the pads was the fix.

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The rear end problems were a loud chirping or squeaking. I've had other bonnevilles in the past that this indicated a wheel bearing rather than the typical groaning or growling sound associated with it.

Otherwise thanks for the input I'll probably just swap out that sensor and do a rear end brake job.
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The linkage for the leveling system is behind the drivers side rear tire. It may have come off its socket?
It is a compresion fit ball and socket, pinch it back on with a pair of pliers.

The brakes are much like the fronts only you have to slackin off the emergency brake cable to release the tension spring.
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Here'* a how to on the rear brakes. It'* for a 2003, but the procedure is the same for yours.

http://www.alldatadiy.com/alldata/AF...49497/93996096
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I had a problem with my ELC a year ago.
I disconnected it and worked it back and forth using some contact cleaner spray and it works fine now.
Check all your fuse box relays. One of mine burnt out also. Simple fix.

The rear brakes are as easy as the fronts......as long as the emergency brake cable slackening nut under the drivers door floor pan is not corroded.
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the rears are a little more difficult because of the emergency brake cable set up. the caliper itself has one bolt to remove on the bottom, and the top simply slides onto a pin.
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